Extra-Curricular & Holiday clubs
At Coworth Flexlands School, we have a wide variety of clubs to suit everyone’s talents and hobbies. They take place before, during and after school. Pupils can sign up for them on a termly basis.
We have two main art clubs, one for the Pre-Prep children (Reception to Year 2) and another for the Prep girls (Year 3-6), held in our Art Room. They have the opportunity to explore and acquire new skills and develop artistic techniques through the use of a variety of media including ceramic, materials and paint.
This is a popular club run in the first two terms of every year where the girls from Y3–6 can share and discuss books that they enjoy. This club encourages children to read a wide range of books and develop a lifelong love of reading.
Breakfast club is available from 7:30am every morning for all children aged 3 upwards. Children enjoy a continental breakfast before playing with friends.
Children can also be dropped off having had breakfast, to be looked after from 07:30 to 8:20am when the classrooms open.
Children who need to stay longer than the school day may go to Care Club to after be looked in a safe and fun environment. It is popular too with our parents and carers who find it a very useful and flexible help in their families' busy lives as it can be booked at the beginning of a term or on an ad-hoc basis. It runs from 3:30–6pm (5.30pm on a Friday) with the older girls coming in when homework and other clubs have finished.
Chess club is run at lunch time in the library by ECF Accredited Coach and National Master Mr Chris Briscoe. There are two sessions for Year 1 & 2 and Years 3 to 6 respectively. Children are taught the rules of the game and then practise to improve and learn strategies so that they can beat their opponents. It is very popular.
For those interested there is the opportunity to enter the Junior or Senior Mega Chess Challenges. Coworth Flexlands’ boys and girls have reached recent mega finals.
This Monday afternoon club is a chance for a mixture of younger and older pupils to enjoy using our computing facilities to play games and develop skills. They use a variety of programs and activities, sharing their knowledge and expertise and develop confidence beyond their years.
Ballet, jazz and character dance are taught by visiting staff member Miss Georgina Smith, LRAD-AISTD who follows the RAD programme. Nursery to Year 2 (aged 3 to 7) focus on ballet. The Prep girls extend their dance to incorporate jazz and character.
Modern dance has recently been added to the Dance options. It is offered from Year 2 to 6 and taught by Miss Janine Pardo, MA Performance (Musical Theatre)
Boys (Year 2) and girls from Year 2 to 6 enjoy making a variety of objects such as aprons, mother’s day gifts and knitted scarves. They learn valuable skills and gain new ideas to support their design work in school. Another very popular club!
Various holiday camps are held at Coworth Flexlands School including Forest Camp, Sports Activities and Musical Theatre. These are run by our experienced staff and external companies in our safe grounds. The camps are always well attended by our pupils.
Available on a Monday to Thursday after school Homework club offers the older children the opportunity to complete their homework with the availability of the computers for research and teachers who can support them with their tasks.
LAMDA lessons extend the provision offered in the Performing Arts curriculum for our Years 2 to 6 pupils. Lessons are taught by Miss Janine Pardo, MA Performance (Musical Theatre) during the school day. Sessions are in small groups with everyone working towards a LAMDA exam in one or more of the disciplines of verse & prose, mime, acting duologue or monologue. LAMDA is hugely successful. In 2016, 51 entries achieved 31 distinctions and 20 merits. In 2015, 59 pupils were rewarded 48 distinctions and 11 merits.
Musical Theatre is loved by our budding actors and actresses, singers and dancers. Miss Janine Pardo teaches Musical Theatre Club during term time for Years 3 to 6. Sessions are a musical extravaganza featuring script, songs and dances from popular musicals leading to mini performances.
On Saturday mornings and in the holidays Miss Pardo opens up her Surrey Academy of Musical Theatre to Coworth Flexlands’ pupils and the community hosting musical festivals in the Coworth Flexlands’ sports hall, always ending in a mini performance.
A lunchtime Maths club for Prep girls extends and challenges their curriculum Maths in a fun and relaxed arena and includes problem solving, complicated puzzle tasks, games and investigations.
We have a talented and highly qualified team of peripatetic teachers who provide individual lessons in over ten instruments from the usual piano and violin to the less common drums, ukulele and singing. Pupils may hire selected instruments from school when they first begin.
Lessons are timetabled across break times and lessons. The timetable varies each week so a child rotates private tuition with break times and the lessons missed. Core subjects of maths, English and science are not allowed to be rotated with private music lessons or LAMDA.
Choirs, Recorder Group & Orchestra
Those with a love of music sign up for the weekly choir, orchestra, recorder group and auditioned chamber choir practices which affords them additional chances to perform both in and outside of school, including representing the school at competitive music festivals. Mrs Claire Glover, Director of Music, runs these groups with practice sessions during lunch breaks and after school.
Rainbows is for girls aged 5 to 7, Reception to Year 2. The Rainbows’ philosophy is all about developing self-confidence, building friendships, learning new things and having fun.
We are lucky that our Reception Teaching Assistant, Miss Sandra Saul, is our qualified Rainbow Leader. The children meet once a week after school to enjoy handicraft, gardening and playing. Most girls take their promises and move to local Brownie packs.
Science club is open to Years 4 to 6. Projects extend knowledge and problem solving techniques are practised. It opens eyes to how science impacts our world and to how science and maths are integrated. It inspires curiosity, creativity and rigour and teaches collaborative skills, in an exciting way.
Wind Turbine Project 2015-2016
In December 2015 Science Club began immersing themselves in the world of wind turbines. In association with BP the girls took on the challenge of BP’s senior schools Wind Turbine Project .
With the support of a BP scientist and Year 2 parent, the girls used the practical application of maths and science coupled with imagination, innovation and resourcefulness to find out the most efficient structure of a wind turbine. There was much analysis on shape, size, length, weight, number of blades and the size and shape of the turbine shaft.
Working in small independent groups of three or four girls, (across the year group ages), the first predictions were established based on any current knowledge and guesswork. They made models of wind turbines, making adjustments to improve the turbine design to enhance its efficiency based on experimental results.
Included in their research was an informative collaboration, via Skype, with an ex-NASA scientist, now investigating the best form of wind turbine for BP based in Houston, Texas, USA. Via Skype she presented some up to date knowledge with the call ending in an open forum for questions. The children presented their final designs via Skype.
Spanish is included in the curriculum from Year 1. Boys and girls from Reception can get a taster for Spanish via Spanish Club which is open to all from Reception to Year 5. The children have fun learning vocabulary through role play, songs and activities. We find this fosters a love of learning languages.
At Coworth Flexlands School we have a wide selection of sports for your child to choose from.
For sports matches and local class trips we use our very own mini bus. For residential trips and larger groups we hire a coach. There are regular organised trips for the Pre-Prep and Prep pupils. Recent trips have included the Reception Class visiting the Watercress Line and the Year 6 class traveling to the Lightbox Museum.
Please click here for the Club Timetable & Application Form: Spring Term 2017. Forms should be returned to the School Office by Wednesday, 4th January 2017.