OLA Co-Curricular Life
Every pupil at OLA is presented with a vast range of opportunities to develop, progress, excel or simply just to enjoy themselves beyond the classroom. Current COVID-19 measures have restricted the number of clubs we can offer but an exciting and varied range is still available for pupils.
Download the clubs list below and sign up for each club via Mr Samways, Co-Curricular Coordinator.
Clubs start week of 20 September.
Our co-curricular activities help young people to realise their potential in a variety of ways. The co-curricular life of 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, Drama, Debating or national community or active service programmes, there is an education of the whole person and a vast range of enjoyable opportunities available.
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.
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.Find out more
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 and 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?
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.
The McAuley Lecture Series
McAuley lectures are organised by Annalee Thomas, our more able co-ordinator. They are offered to all OLA students, helping to fulfil one of our four key values ‘to develop independent thinking and a love of learning’. Pupils enjoy talks, offered on Tuesday 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 OLA students become more knowledgeable, more curious, more interesting, and more interested people through their experience of these talks.