S. Anselm’s aims to provide children with the best possible start in life, both academically and socially, and prides itself on the variety of opportunities given to its pupils. As well as an emphasis on the teaching of Sports and Games the school provides an Extra Curricular activity programme that hopes to broaden pupils’ horizons in every area of their school life.
Accordingly, our Extras programme has a wide range of activities that children can enjoy in a relaxed and friendly environment. Every possible area for a child’s development is considered ranging from academic based extras (such as revision skills for Year 8), to more social ones that encourage communication skills (such as Gardening). We also provide non-curricular sports such as Mountain Biking and Ju-jitsu for those children wishing to participate in a more active option.
The programme varies from term to term with new Extras aiming to be introduced regularly. Fot this term's extras programme please use the following link.
Extras Programme Autumn 2012
Summer Term 2012
NEW – Junior Arts & Crafts (Mrs M. Brewster)
Pupils between Years 3 and 6 get the chance to paint, make, sew, model, build and generally craft in a variety of different activities throughout the term.
NEW – Raspberry Pi Club (Mrs D. Young)
This is open to all budding ICT enthusiasts who have been lucky enough to buy a Raspberry Pi computer and wish to get involved in computer programming. The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer costing £22 which plugs into a TV and a keyboard. (There will be some additional cost such as leads etc) The intention is that pupils will bring their own Raspberry Pi, however as demand is so high it may be they have not arrived for the start of term.
NEW – Sailing (Mr J. Carr)
This extra is being run in collaboration with Carsington Sailing Club which will be providing instructors, boats and any other equipment we need. There will be two groups of six pupils, each supervised by two instructors. The aim of the extra is to get pupils out onto the water for a couple of hours per week so that they can have fun and learn to sail in a safe environment. This extra will suit both pupils who are new to sailing and who want to learn the basics and more experienced sailors. It should be possible for beginners to reach RYA Level One or Two by the end of term. Our more experience sailors will be able to bring along their log books and make progress towards higher awards.
Pupils taking the Sailing extra will leave school with a packed lunch at 12.30, arriving in plenty of time to change into wetsuits for a two hour lesson from 1.30 to 3.30pm. A towel and appropriate footwear (old trainers or waterproof sailing boots) will need to be brought, as well as a hat and warm outdoor clothing to change into at the end of the session. Hopefully, sunglasses and sunblock will also be required. Please note that Sailing runs throughout both Session A and B of the Extras programme.
NEW – Well Dressing (Mrs H. Seddon)
This year, as part of the Bakewell Carnival Celebration week, the school have been asked to decorate a well. In the run up to the event the pupils will be involved in planning the design, visiting wells and gathering the natural materials to be used in decorating the well. The design will then be created in the week running up to the carnival and on display in Bakewell during the carnival week. This ancient craft will be led by Mrs Seddon and will take place on Wednesdays after games and evenings in the ‘decorating week’ for Year 7 & 8 girls..
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND – Athletics (Mrs M. Northcott / Mr R. Tadman)
An excellent chance to have a go at all the different activities that are encompassed within the word Athletics, as well as having some extra training time. This Extra is open to all year groups and abilities. Please note that this Extra is not solely aimed at potential Athletics Squad members and in no way affects any decisions made by the Games Department as to future squad selection.
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND – Gardening (Mrs C. Price)
Children from Year 3 to Year 8 can enjoy creating their own patch in the sunny and secluded garden area. They are shown how to sow seeds, nurture young plants and take responsibility for watering. It is a time to chat to friends and to get to know children from other year groups.
All that is necessary is for the children to bring in a few tools such as trowels and spades or forks and be prepared to dig their small plot. They must wear overalls or games kit as they often get dirty. They usually work in groups of 4 or 5 and enjoy planning their gardens together and when the weather is warm enough they may bring in bedding plants and enjoy creating very colourful areas.
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND – Middle Boys Exploring(Mr M. Smith)
The school’s most popular Extras has returned! Exploring gives Years 4 – 6 year boys the opportunity to see many varied aspects of Derbyshire within a short distance from school. Thursday afternoons become a highlight for participants as they have boisterous fun rampaging noisily around some fantastic countryside. Please note that Wellies may be required on occasion.
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND – Mini Olympics (Born2Move)
With the school in the grip of Olympic fever pupils in Years 3 to 5 are invited to have their own mini Olympic competition with the coaches of Bron2Move. Different ‘events’ are staged each week with pupils participating as part of a team to see who can eventually become true S. Anselm’s Olympiads.
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND – Social Tennis (Mrs J. Berry)
A more relaxed option to choose, rather than the skills based Tennis Academy, this Extra is open to those simply wishing to enjoy a game of Tennis
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND –Tennis Academy (Mr J. Gledden)
Continuing with the successful Extra led by the senior coach from Sheffield-based Abbeydale Tennis Club, this Extra (split into Junior and Senior groups) is for those wishing to hone their skills and receive top level coaching.
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND – Ultimate Frisbee (Born2Move)
Ultimate Frisbee is a great game for all ages and abilities. It includes skill development and team work which can be adapted for any ability. When played well Ultimate Frisbee is a fast paced exhilarating game, it can be played with little skill but can be developed into a highly skilled sport as children develop and learn the necessary attributes to play the sport.
Archive 125 (Mr D. Eaton)
Have you ever thought of being a writer? Have you ever wanted the chance to have your work published? This Extra is specifically designed to allow senior pupils to research an area of our school’s history for inclusion in a special publication due out in the summer of 2013 chronicling the 125 year history of S. Anselm’s. The Archive Extra has provided a small but vital role in the fabric of our school for several years now but for this venture to be worthwhile a dedicated team of individuals is now needed to make the 125th celebrations really have the focus it deserves.
Art Portfolio (Mrs J. Pryor)
This is an opportunity for potential future scholars in Years 5 to 8 to build up a portfolio of work. Please note that this is for pupils who are seriously considering art scholarships and must be cleared with Mrs Pryor before signing up.
Junior Baking (Mrs C. Eaton)
With Mrs Price’s ever-popular Cooking Extra running at full capacity once again after many terms this Extra hopes to allow some of the younger members of the Prep school a chance to do some home baking with houseparent Mrs Eaton. Based down at one of the girls’ boarding houses, Garden House, this session will allow groups to make those baking favourites such as cookies, gingerbread and cupcakes in a relaxed and friendly home environment.
Ballet (Ms. C. Dobinson )
The ballet and dance extra is taught by Claire Dobinson (F.N.A.T.D.) and follows the syllabus of the National Association of Teachers of Dancing. The first half of the term is devoted to Ballet, currently Grade Three level, which includes barre work, centre practice and unseen combinations of steps as well as a classical Ballet dance. The latter part of term is dedicated to Modern Dance including a warm up with limbering, rhythm work, turns, kicks, leaps and combinations of steps to both pop music and set N.A.T.D. music. Please note that this Extra runs on a Monday lunchtime between 1.00 – 1.40pm.
Chess Coaching (Mr D. Levens)
An exciting Extra for this term sees the return of some extremely high level coaching from Mr David Levens, the current Junior England Chess Team Manager. This Extra is now running outside of the normal programme on a Monday lunch time and will break into two slots; a Senior session (Years 7 & 8) during the 12.20 – 12.55 break and a junior slot (Years 4 – 6) during the 1.05 – 1.40pm break.
Cooking (Mrs C. Price)
Pupils learn how to make tasty teatime treats (usually involving lots of chocolate!) in a fun and enjoyable Extra open to all age groups.
Drama Scholarship Tuition (Mrs H. Hunter)
Aimed at all senior thespians, this Extra aims to let pupils practice their Performing Arts skills in readiness for any potential forthcoming scholarships in a small group setting.
Great DJ (Mr M. Stonehouse)
With the school offering such a wide variety of musical and performing arts opportunities it is unsurprising to find that another new and fresh element of musical interpretation is being added for the very first time to the school’s Extras programme. Martyn Stonehouse, sound engineer and music producer from DCAS Studios in Chesterfield, has recorded with the Year 7 Rock Band this term and now comes to us with the opportunity of allowing pupils in Year 6 to 8 to learn how to DJ. This will be both a digitally and practically based Extra with pupils getting to grips with laptop DJ software as well as the more traditional vinyl and hopefully begin to scratch’n’mix their way to creating some new songs. Places are limited to eight so if this is for you please make sure it is in your first place slot!
With a fresh face leading the gymnastics tuition in school, this session is provided for us by one of the major Gymnastics Clubs in Sheffield which now has waiting lists in over 25 other local schools for their coaches to work with. The Club has many years of experience of teaching and pupils will be working towards British Gymnastic Awards and badges throughout their Extras.
Horse Riding(Mr M. Donaldson)
Lessons are given in small groups by Louise Thompson, former member of the England Under 21’s team, or her assistant, both of whom are BHSAI qualified. Beginners and more experienced riders are welcome - even if you have your own horse, instruction with Louise will improve your technique! Please note that Horse Riding runs throughout both Session A and B of the Extras programme.
ICT Scholars (Mr K. Barton/ Mrs D. Young)
A small group aimed at helping potential future ICT Scholars with their preparation. Please note that this Extra will run outside of the normal Extras programme – speak to Mrs Young for more details.
Mountain Biking(Mr M. Speed / Mr M. Gerard-Pearse)
An exciting chance for Year 7 & Year 8 to stretch their legs and experience all the excitement of off-road mountain biking. This ever popular Extra would be great for anybody wishing to try a slightly different sporting activity or simply just those with boundless energy!
Children will need to bring their own bikes and safety equipment – if your child is thinking of beginning this Extra in the autumn please contact Martin for full details and a necessary equipment list prior to the start of this Extra. Please note that Mountain Biking runs throughout both Session A and B of the Extras programme.
Music Technology (Mr M. Stonehouse)
The second of the musical Extras this term again works with Martyn from DCAS, but is this time a taught and structured lesson of Music Technology with a particular emphasis on the use of recording equipment and software. Today’s music industry relies heavily on this element of production techniques and Music Technology is one of the fastest growing choices at higher levels of education. Martyn will guide pupils from the very basics of software use through to some of the more advanced techniques using plugins and proper EQ-ing. Pupil numbers are restricted on this Extra as smaller groups will benefit more readily from the materials being taught.
Pottery (Mrs E. Eccleston)
The Pottery class is an opportunity for students to enjoy themselves and be creative with clay. Pupils have fun using expressive skills and learning different techniques to produce pots by hand or using a wheel. They experience the whole process, from taking the raw clay to the finishing and glazing of their fired piece. They also make different pots for the different seasons, such as Christmas and Easter but have the chance to make pretty much make anything you can think of!
Rock Band (Mr D. Eaton)
With the Year 7 Rock Band now firmly established as an ensemble in their own right, this Extra hopes to allow new groups to sign up for any pupils in Years 6, 7 and 8. Pupils must sign up as a group together and be playing instruments appropriate to what the band aims to do in the coming term/s. Please ensure you speak to Mr Eaton before signing up!
SA Bloggers (Mrs D. Young)
All year groups have their own individual blog sites which can be accessed from the homepage on the school website. This extra gives pupils the chance to communicate to the world about all the exciting events that take place in school over the week relating to their year. Pupils will upload their own news and information and will also be encouraged to comment on each other's blogs too.This is open to all pupils from Y3 to Y8.
Senior Play (Mrs H. Hunter / Mr J. Weller)
The Senior Play this year is the musical ‘Honk!’. This Session A Extra is compulsory for all main cast, and any Year 8 pupils who are still in preparations for Scholarships or Common Entrance (where they will be attending Mrs Taylor’s Study Skills sessions whilst not practicing).
Junior Swim Club (Mrs D. Lee)
Swimming is an opportunity for swimmers to develop style and stroke technique whilst working towards various badges and awards. The children are given the opportunity to learn diving and associated skills such as starts, finishes and tumble turns as well as being given the opportunity to improve speed and stamina. It is also great fun to be with new people and a variety of age groups.
Web Design (Mr J. Weller)
An Extra for any pupils from Year 3 right through to Year 8 to learn the basics of use web design software to construct their own websites.