Our Lady's Abingdon - Senior School & OLA 6th Co-Curricular & Clubs

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?

Trinity Term Club List

CLUB

YEAR GROUP

LOCATION

TIME

DAY

Girls Rounders

Yr 7, 8, 9, 10

Barton Field

13:05 - 13:45

Monday

Art Club

Yr 7

Art Room

13:15 

Monday

Synchronised Swimming

Yr All

Swimming Pool

12:30 - 13:15

Monday

PRODUCE! Garage Band

Yr All

Music Department

13:05

Monday

Carnegie Reading

Yr 7, 8

Ratcliffe Library

13:15

Monday/Tuesday

OLA Space programme

Yr All 

ICT 1

13:00

Monday

Chaplaincy Drop-in

Yr All

Chaplaincy

13:05 - 13:45

Monday

DofE

Yr 9, 10, 11

Room tbc

12:55 - 13:55

Monday

Ancient Greek

Year 9

Room tbc

13:10

Monday

Biology Support

Yr 12

B Lab

13:15 - 13:50

Monday

Cricket

Yr 7, 8

Sports Hall 

13:05 - 13:55

Tuesday

SING!

Yr 7, 8

Music Department

13:05

Tuesday

Maths Challenge

Yr 7 - 11

Room 34b

13:20 - 13:50

Tuesday

Maths Help

Yr All

Room 34a

13:20 - 13:50

Tuesday

OLA Space programme

Yr All

ICT 1

13:00

Tuesday

Chaplaincy Drop-In

Yr All

Chaplaincy - Sacristy

13:05 - 13:45

Tuesday

Art Club

Yr 8

Art Room

13:15 

Tuesday

Morning Swim Training

Yr 9-UVI

Swimming Pool

07:00-07:45

Tuesday

Tennis

Yr 9+ 

Tennis Courts

13:05 - 13:45

Tuesday

GCSE Speaking Practice

Yr 10, 11

Room 10

13:20 - 13:50

Tuesday

Geography Revision

Yr U6

Room 41

13:20 - 13:45

Tuesday

Maths Help

Yr 11

Room 35

13:20 - 13:50

Tuesday

Maths Help

Yr 13

Room 35

16:00 - 16:50

Tuesday

Morning Swim

Yr 7, 8

Swimming Pool

07:00-07:45

Wednesday

GCSE Further Maths Help

Yr 10 Set 1

Room 34a

16:10 - 17:00

Wednesday

Tennis

Yr 7, 8

Tennis Courts

13:05 - 13:45

Thursday

PERFORM!

Yr All

Drama Studio / Music Department

13:00 - 13:50

Thursday

Knitting Club

Yr All

Room 10

13:20 - 13:50

Thursday

Swim Fun

Yr All (max 20 people)

Swimming Pool

16:00 - 16:30

Thursday

Space to Be

Yr All

Chapel

13:05 - 13:45

Thursday

Cricket

Yr 9, 10

Sports Hall

13:05 - 13:45

Thursday

Art Club

Yr 9

Art Room

13:15

Thursday

Economics Revision

Yr UVI

Room 43

13:15 - 13:45

Thursday

Pyschology Revision

Yr UVI

Room 42

13:15 - 13:45

Thursday

Maths Help

Yr 13

Room 35

13:00 - 13:30

Thursday

Bridge Club

Yr All

Room 34a

13:20 - 13:50

Friday

Juggling

Yr 7, 8, 9

CMR

13:25 - 13:55

Friday

PLAY!

Yr All

Music Department

Lunchtime

Friday

Chaplaincy Drop-in

Yr All

Chaplaincy - Sacrisity

13:05 - 13:45

Friday

Science Club

Yr 7, 8 (max 20 people)

F Lab

12:55 - 13:50

Friday

Athletics

Yr 7 - 10

Barton Field

13:05 - 13:45

Friday

OLA Space Programme

Yr All

ICT 1

13:00

Friday

Film Club

Yr 7 - 9

Room 51

13:00 - 13:50

Friday

Art Club

Yr 10, 11

Art Room

13:15 

Friday

GCSE Speaking Practice

Yr 10, 11

Room 10

13:20 - 13:50

Friday

Maths Help

Yr 11

Room 35

13:20 - 13:50

Friday

Geography Revision

Yr 11

Room 24

13:00 - 13:45

Friday

Download the Trinity 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 their PE Teacher and Co-Curricular Coordinator.