Senior School & OLA 6th Co-Curricular & Clubs

OLA Co-Curricular Life

“I was always at my best when I was learning, when I was curious.  When I had yet to see past the next horizon.”  Reinhold Messner (Italian mountaineer, explorer, and author)

Every pupil at OLA is presented with a vast range of opportunities to develop, progress, excel or simply enjoy themselves beyond the classroom.  OLA Sphere is our co-curricular programme, offering all pupils an array of activities which help them to expand their sphere of learning, capture their curiosity and interest as well as realise their potential in a variety of ways.

The co-curricular life at OLA is not seen as an “add on” that pupils can opt into but is very much part of our curriculum.  We recognise that academic progression is not just limited to a classroom.  Whether pupils enjoy Sport, Modern Foreign Languages, Music, Art or Drama the education of the whole person is considered and vast range of enjoyable opportunities are available.

There is something to suit everyone’s interests in the sphere; why not try something new or build up your skills?

Hilary Term Club List

CLUB

YEAR GROUP

OPTION

TIME

DAY

Girls Football

All years

A 60 minutes

12:55 - 13:55

Monday

Boys Football

Year 9

A 60 minutes

12:55 - 13:55

Monday

Badminton

Year 10/11

A 60 minutes

12:55 - 13:55

Monday

German

Selection

A 60 minutes

12:55 - 13:55

Monday

Synchronised Swimming

All years

A 60 minutes

12:55 - 13:55

Monday

McAuley Talks

All years

A 60 minutes

12:55 - 13:55

Monday

STEM 

Year 7 to 13

A 60 minutes

12:55 - 13:55

Monday

Model United Nations

Year 9 to 13

A 60 minutes

12:55 - 13:55

Monday

Ancient Greek

Year 9

A 60 minutes

12:55 - 13:55

Monday

Art

Year 7

B 30 minutes

13:25 - 13:55

Monday

Biology U6

U6

B 30 minutes

13:25 - 13:55

Monday

DofE

Year 9 to 11

A 60 minutes

12:55 - 13:55

Monday

Early Morning Swim

Year 9 - 11

Before school

Before school

Tuesday

Boys Football

Year 7 and 8

A 60 minutes

12:55 - 13:55

Tuesday

Girls Netball

Year 7 - 9 

A 60 minutes

12:55 - 13:55

Tuesday

SING! Choir

All years

B 30 minutes

13:25 - 13:55

Tuesday

Science Clinic

Year 11

B 30 minutes

13:25 - 13:55

Tuesday

French

Year 10 and 11

B 30 minutes

13:25 - 13:55

Tuesday

Origami

Year 7 - 9 

B 30 minutes

13:25 - 13:55

Tuesday

Textiles Sock Club

Year 7 and 8

A 60 minutes

12:55 - 13:55

Tuesday

Art

Year 8

B 30 minutes

13:25 - 13:55

Tuesday

Maths Challenge

Year 7 - 11

B 30 minutes

13:25 - 13:55

Tuesday

Maths Help

All years

B 30 minutes

13:25 - 13:55

Tuesday

Biology Help

LVI and UVI

B 30 minutes

13:25 - 13:55

Tuesday

Spanish

Year 10 and 11

B 30 minutes

13:25 - 13:55

Tuesday

Design Technology

Year 8

A 60 minutes

12:55 - 13:55

Tuesday

Maths Higher

Year 11

B 30 minutes

13:25 - 13:55

Tuesday

Spanish

Year 10 and 11

B 30 minutes

13:25 - 13:55

Tuesday

Geography

UVI

B 30 minutes

13:25 - 13:55

Tuesday

Design Technology

Year 7

B 30 minutes

13:25 - 13:55

Wednesday

Boys Football

Year 9 - 11

A 60 minutes

12:55 - 13:55

Thursday

Girls Netball

Year 10, 11, 6th

A 60 minutes

12:55 - 13:55

Thursday

ALICE! School Show

All years

A 60 minutes

12:55 - 13:55

Thursday

Food 

Year 9 

A 60 minutes

12:55 - 13:55

Thursday

Further Maths

Year 11 GCSE

A 60 minutes

12:55 - 13:55

Thursday

Psychology

U6

B 30 minutes

13:25 - 13:55

Thursday

Knitting

All years

B 30 minutes

13:25 - 13:55

Thursday

Art

Year 9

B 30 minutes

13:25 - 13:55

Thursday

Spanish

Year 10 and 11

B 30 minutes

13:25 - 13:55

Thursday

DT CAD/CAM

Year 9 - 13

A 60 minutes

12:55 - 13:55

Thursday

Greenpower Engineering

Year 7

A 60 minutes

12:55 - 13:55

Thursday

Economics

LVI and UVI

A 60 minutes

12:55 - 13:55

Thursday

BE VOCAL! Singing

Year 7

A 60 minutes

12:55 - 13:55

Thursday

Cross Country

All years

A 60 minutes

12:55 - 13:55

Friday

Badminton

Year 7 - 9

A 60 minutes

12:55 - 13:55

Friday

Design Technology

Year 9

A 60 minutes

12:55 - 13:55

Friday

PLAY! Orchestra

All years

A 60 minutes

12:55 - 13:55

Friday

Chemistry Clinic

Year 11

B 30 minutes

13:25 - 13:55

Friday

Biology

LVI

B 30 minutes

13:25 - 13:55

Friday

Science Clinic

Year 10

B 30 minutes

13:25 - 13:55

Friday

Juggling

Year 7 - 9

B 30 minutes

13:25 - 13:55

Friday

Film Philosophy

Year 7 - 9 

B 30 minutes

13:25 - 13:55

Friday

Textiles Catch-up

GCSE/A-Level

A 60 minutes

12:55 - 13:55

Friday

Latin GCSE Extra

Year 11

B 30 minutes

13:25 - 13:55

Friday

Bridge

All years

B 30 minutes

13:25 - 13:55

Friday

French

Year 10 and 11

B 30 minutes

13:25 - 13:55

Friday

Psychology A-level drop in

LVI and UVI

B 30 minutes

13:25 - 13:55

Friday

Maths Revision

Year 11

B 30 minutes

13:25 - 13:55

Friday

Download the Hilary Term Club List

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a popular co-curricular activity at OLA, with most pupils in Year 9 taking up the challenge at the Bronze level. About half of these continue with the Silver Award during Years 10 and 11. Students in the Sixth Form progress onto the Gold Award.

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Senior School Council

The Senior School Council meets each half-term, over an OLA chocolate brownie to discuss topical issues affecting OLA life.  Council members are encouraged to make their voice heard by gathering and collecting views on learning, curriculum, sport, clubs, activities and anything else that needs to be considered that affects school life.

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The McAuley Lecture Series

McAuley lectures are organised by Annalee Thomas, our more able co-ordinator. They are offered to all OLA pupils, helping to fulfil one of our four key values ‘to develop independent thinking and a love of learning’. Pupils enjoy talks, offered at lunchtimes. Speakers from all walks of life give a talk on their specialism. The programme is extremely varied: from designing vaccines to Japanese Samurai; from American Politics to Birdwatching.  Through the series, pupils are challenged to think about areas of interest they may never have encountered, or expand their understanding of something they already know.  At OLA we understand that learning is one of the most enjoyable and rewarding parts of life. Our intention is that our pupils become more knowledgeable, more curious, more interesting, and more interested people through their experience of these talks.

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The co-curricular life at OLA is not seen as an “add on” that pupils can opt into but is very much part of our curriculum.  We recognise that academic progression is not just limited to a classroom.  Whether pupils enjoy Sport, Modern Foreign Languages, Music, Art or Drama the education of the whole person is considered and vast range of enjoyable opportunities are available.

There is something to suit everyone’s interests in the sphere; why not try something new or build up your skills?

For Year 7, the transition to a Senior School can be a daunting one and taking part in new activities or clubs is a common route for pupils to meet new friends with similar interests. Students in Year 11 and the Sixth Form can build on their experiences and enhance the enjoyment of clubs for younger pupils not only by getting involved, but also by helping to organise and run their own clubs.

Clubs usually take place during lunch breaks or after school and the activities on offer change each term.  Pupils may sign up for clubs via Mr Samways, PE Teacher and Co-Curricular Coordinator.