A wide variety of clubs take place throughout the year providing opportunities for young people to improve their skills in a certain area or have a go at something new. Below are some of the things we have to offer.
Extra-Curricular Timetable - January 2016
Homework and Reading Club
Mrs Kegel-Duc is running a homework and reading club every evening after school in our library from 3:15 until 4:00. This provides a quiet and peaceful environment for our pupils to complete their homework, read and change their books and do their reading quizzes. Pupils have access to computers and the reference books and Mrs Kegel-Duc, the librarian, is on hand to help with choosing and using the library resources. There is no charge for this club.
Mrs Faux and Mr Bunn are running swimming lessons with Year 5 pupils. The feedback has been excellent from both pupils and parents alike, with some parents pursuing external swimming sessions as a result. Mrs Faux has been impressed with the effort and enthusiasm from Year 5 children who have taken part, and it is expected the program will be extended to other pupils in the coming months.
Table Tennis (lunch time)
We have started running a lunchtime table tennis club in which pupils of all year groups can attend. We are looking to start a league with the pupils that come every lunch time.
Year 8 Basketball Club (lunch hour)
This club is run by Mr Gripton to increase skills and build a team who will play in matches against other schools and tournaments
Year 5 Sports Club (lunchtime, Monday)
This club is run in partnership with Youth Sports Leaders from Arrow Vale R.S.A. Academy. A number of sports are tackled in a fun way to build knowledge, stamina and resilience.
Choir (Wednesday and Thursday lunchtimes)
This club is run by Miss Craner. It is open to boys and girls from all year groups. The pupils learn a wide variety of modern pop songs, as well as songs from films and shows, which they perform in public at celebration assemblies and special events.
At Christmas they have a full programme, performing at the Winyates Carol Service in the local shopping centre,The Redditch Civil Carol Service at St. Stephen's Church in the town centre, GKN Industry Carol Service, and for the Senior Citizens Christmas Lunches at St Peter's Church (Ipsley) and Christchurch (Matchborough). They are also star performers at the school Carol Services that take place every year. There is also a tradition for these talented youngsters to visit our neighbours in the 'old folks' bungalows to sing for them and take them a small Christmas gift.
The choir also takes part in the annual Pyramid Concert, which takes place at the Palace Theatre in Redditch. This is a very exciting event as it is a collaboration between Ipsley, Arrow Vale and all of the other first and middle schools in the local area that feed into Arrow Vale. Each school has the chance to perform, while the show is opened and closed by ensemble numbers performed by all the schools taking part! This is a fantastic way for Ipsley to showcase it's fantastic choir and for pupils to meet other young people in the area who have an interest in music and singing. It is also a brilliant opportunity for pupils to perform in a theatre that has seen many famous celebrities!
Choir is a great chance to meet new friends, enjoy singing, have fun and boost your sef confidence. Many pop artists of today started their career by singing at school!
Inter Class Sports Competitions
These take place on a rolling programme throughout the year. Challenges include the Cross Country Challenge, Inter-class Rowing competition and an Athletics morning.
Year 5/6 Key Stage 2 CHILDLINE Service
Childline, in conjunction with the N.S.P.C.C. have a specialised tutor who visits school for an initial assembly then delivers an hour long workshop with each class. Advice of how to keep safe from child abuse is delivered sensitively with well researched back up materials which the children are encouraged to take home.
Year 5 Friendship Club (lunch times, daily) lunchtime
Friendship club teaches social skills and is a place where our newest school members can make friends, stay safe at lunchtime, learn how to play a variety of games, do crafts and build models. Children who find the hurly burly of the playground have a sanctuary here. There can be a quiet pocket for readers but usually there is a buzz of fun as there are a variety of educational play activities on offer.
Young Citizens (years 7/8 Key Stage 3)
Run by Sarah from the Council and a Community Service Officer, the group offers a 5 week programme to help students keep themselves safe and ‘wise-up’ on dangers in society. The groups are all male or all female. Learning on topics such as the problems of drugs, smoking, alcohol, safety in relationships, knife crime etc are tackled, often with agency workers from within the community coming in to show films. Entry to this opportunity is by personal invitation after discussion with parents/carers.
“Working together as a community to make the Environment a better place.”
Mission statement written by Ellina Lawless: Eco Committee meets on alternate Wednesdays, 3.15-4.15 pm. We work closely with Wildlife Club (which also meets on alternate Wednesdays) and Gardening Club to make our school a better place to be! We raise money for charities, like Water Aid, and try to make changes around our school that mean we are recycling, saving energy and looking after our environment.
Great News!!! Ipsley Achieves Silver Eco-Schools Award
Many thanks for all of the Morrison’s vouchers you donated to the academy. We have placed our order for some new gardening equipment. This will really help support our new Gardening club starting next spring.