We believe that pupils can learn as much outside the classroom walls as inside. We therefore place strong emphasis on providing a range of extra-curricular activities with a broad appeal. Such is the breadth and quality of this programme that it has earned us recognition from Education Extra and Sport England in the past. We have been awarded Healthy Schools Silver Award and International Schools status.
Here is just an overview of some of the activities that your child might get involved in: –
The following clubs take place after college or in the lunch hour:
Duke of Edinburgh
Recently our pupils have had the opportunity to visit Berlin, Austria, France, Iceland, and CERN in Switzerland, as well as participate in field trips such as the Eden Project and CAT Camp (Centre for Alternative Technology). Departments run regular weekend trips including retreats to Whitstable, field trips to Swanage, theatre trips and expeditions for the Duke of Edinburgh scheme.
All pupils are encouraged to participate in extra-curricular sporting activities and we try to provide something to interest everyone. Lunch-time and after-school clubs focus on activities ranging from basketball to table tennis and include dance, rounders, rugby, athletics, cross country, football, hockey, cricket and fitness training. Through participation in, and enjoyment of, a variety of activities pupils are encouraged to develop their talents, character and sportsmanship within the Christian ethos of understanding and tolerance.
Pupils who show a particular aptitude for a sport may be selected for school teams and play competitively against other schools or within college in inter-form and house matches.
We are pleased to report that a number of our pupils have been selected to represent the area and County and have won a number of honours outside college.
Drama, like Music, forms part of the college curriculum with the option to take both subjects at GCSE level. However, pupils with a particular interest can also attend clubs at lunch-time and after college and get involved in productions. In recent years the college has presented a number of musicals including ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’, ‘Little Shop of Horrors’, ‘Annie’, ‘Oliver’, ‘Godspell’, ‘The Wiz’, ‘Back to the 80’s’, ‘West Side Story’, ‘Return to the Forbidden Planet’ and ‘Disco Inferno’. Other performances include Shakespeare’s ‘A Comedy of Errors’, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and ‘Richard III’.
We have excellent facilities to promote and develop a learning and love of music. In addition to two spacious teaching areas and numerous practice rooms, we have a recording studio featuring all the latest digital mixing and recording equipment. The music suite is equipped with thirteen imac computers, running industry-standard software.
The work of our specialist music teachers is supported by the teaching of peripatetic teachers for guitar, wind instruments, brass, strings, percussion and voice. Pupils are strongly encouraged to make use of this facility.
The Music Department has a busy schedule of extra-curricular activities including two choirs, an orchestra, brass ensemble, a string ensemble, rock school, drumming club and ‘GCSE extra’. Pupils are encouraged to perform in front of their peers at assemblies and masses and in front of the wider community at events such as the Eastbourne Prom Concert, Summer Sing and at Parish events from Mass to Advent Services.
Fundraising for Charity
We promote a strong ethos of community living, whether that community is the college or the local, national and global community of which we are all part. Pupils are therefore encouraged to support charities and do something to help others. Each year the college comes together to raise funds for ‘Surviving Christmas’ in support of the homeless and the Love in a Box campaign. Mufti days have raised money for charities such as St Michael’s Hospice, CAFOD and Parkinson’s UK. We also have an annual fundraising project to sponsor disabled children travelling to Lourdes at Easter and to subsidise the transport costs of some of our year 11 pupils who act as helpers.
In addition, each Year Group adopts its own charity to support. In past years, CAFOD, Cancer Research, British Heart Foundation and Guide Dogs for the Blind have benefited in this way.