extra curricular activities
Exciting opportunities are available at St Edward’s Primary, in the form of extra-curricular activities, both at lunchtime and after school. We provide specifically selected activities for different age groups from Reception to Year 6 so that the students are challenged and stretched in a way that exhilarates and stimulates them. Our students are encouraged to participate in activities that they love and strengthen their skills and knowledge, along with trying out a new skill or activity that they are interested in learning.
The clubs at our school are organised based on the children’s interests and are a perfect time for the students to stretch their imaginations, push their boundaries and increase their social and physical skills all the while having fun!
We have implemented clubs to cater for a range of creative, active and intellectual minds. Please find below the clubs which are running this term.
In September 2014 our Key Stage 2 choir was launched. Many children took part in auditions for the 20 places that were available .The 20 successful singers then had to sign a written agreement to commit to the demands of the choir throughout the year. This involved attending a lunchtime practice, an after –school club every week and use some of their own time at home to practice our repertoire.
Why did the choir need to practice so much? Well , in 2014-15 the choir took part in three different events .
December 2014- Performing at Regent’s Hall in Oxford Street, the choir took part in the Tri-borough Christmas music extravaganza, playing alongside musicians from the Royal College of Music as well as singers from Grey Coat Hospital School. Parents and friends were invited and enjoyed a stunning performance of Carols sung in English and French.
January 2015 – The choir made their first local public performance, attending the opening ceremony of the Church Street Library. A large crowd of public dignitaries and library users gathered to hear us perform Swing Low and The Beatles classic, With a Little Help.
Summer 2015- From February through to June ,the choir rehearsed for an operatic performance of Seven Seeds , a piece written specifically for the Tri-borough schools and performed in front of a full house at the world famous Royal Albert Hall. The dedication the children showed throughout the practice sessions was admirable, their moment in the limelight on the evening of June 27th was unforgettable .The families of the choir members were invited to attend and all agreed that this was a moment of triumph for our young singers and the effort and commitment had all been worth it.
This academic year we have been able to increase the number of choir members to 30, with auditions taking place in September. Rehearsals take place each Monday and Thursday Lunchtimes.
The school has signed up to take part in the Tri-borough Christmas performance and will be learning 6 songs .This includes one in Latin and one in Spanish.
In the Spring term we will be taking part in ’Fire’, a Classical Roadshow concert ,written by Richard Brown , performed at Cadogan Hall ,alongside the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Rehearsals begin in January 2016.
Other events are expected, including local performances, so watch out for more news on upcoming events.
2014-15 was a great year for sport at St. Edward’s. We became a ‘Community Partner School’ with the MCC and Lord’s Cricket Ground, the home of world cricket.
As a result of this partnership, every child in Key Stage 2 had the opportunity to experience a visit to the stadium and watch a live professional cricket match - but that is not the only thing that took place.
Years 5 and 6 took part in the boys’ and the girls’ cricket tournaments. Both squads were outstanding ambassadors for the school and we are proud of their achievements.
Year 5 received coaching from professional cricketers and were invited to use the England Cricket Team’s indoor training facilities throughout the winter. Year 5 were also invited to the Christmas Carol Concert held in ‘The Long Room’. We were even served mince pies and gingerbread men…and we also joined in with the singing! Finally we were invited to attend the Inter-Services 20-20 Tournament to watch and play on the pitch during the lunch break. What an experience!
Throughout the spring and summer our cricket squad trained every Monday evening at Paddington Recreation Grounds. Our players are now part of the local youth cricket scheme and will continue to receive high quality coaching throughout their time in education.
Our Year 4 classes were invited to tour Lord’s and then take part in an art competition. The winning prizes went to Haley and Shenai, who were presented with their awards on day three of the England v Australia Test match. Their artwork is now being shown in a central London art gallery and will be displayed permanently at Lord’s.
Our efforts at promoting cricket were rewarded at the end of the year when we received a visit from the captain of the World Cup winners, Australia. Michael Clarke spent over an hour at St. Edward’s coaching and playing with the cricket squad. He shared tips and encouraged the children to show real commitment to the game. Michael brought with him two of the finest young cricketers in Australia, Tom and William Kelaart. He thanked the school and gave us a gift, one his own bats that he signed for us. The cricket squad each received a signed cap from Michael. This was an event that the children will never forget.