The British School has a rich and varied extra curricular programme for all students from Year 3 upwards, providing students with the scope to develop and pursue interests in a wide range of areas.
There is a club or activity to suit the tastes and needs of every child, with opportunities in sports, the arts and music. From pop idol to rock band, textiles to tae kwon do, jewellery-making to gymnastics, cooking to climbing – there really is something for everyone. Children also compete in sports fixtures against other schools in football, netball, cricket and swimming. In addition, specialist coaches provide opportunities for students to develop their skills in rugby, cricket, netball, gymnastics, tennis, sailing and football – to name just a few.
We now run more than 100 clubs across the school. Almost all of the primary children from Year 3 upwards, and over 85 per cent of secondary students are actively taking part in at least one after-school activity a week.
Both the Primary and Secondary schools run successful weekly inter-House competitions where year groups compete in sports, art, drama and music.
A mainstay of the secondary enrichment programme is the Duke of Edinburgh International Award scheme. In 2009-2010 we have more than 250 students from Year 9 upwards taking part in the Bronze, Silver and Gold categories. The students take part in a programme of activity, which culminates in DoE expeditions, from camping trips in the UAE desert to a five-day residential trip to Mauritius for Gold students.
Students also have many opportunities to get involved with some of world class events that take place in Abu Dhabi throughout the year. For example, secondary students have worked with the event organisers for the Capitala World Tennis Championships and the Abu Dhabi Golf Championships. These events entailed a lot of hard work, as well as the chance to mingle and meet with some of the world’s top sport stars!
The British School prides itself on providing an education for ‘the whole child’. Our extra curricular programme aims to:
· Enable students to make choices about the types of activities they wish to pursue in their leisure time.
· Provide students with the opportunity to pursue in greater depth activities that interest them.
· Enable students to try out a range of activities which may in turn lead to them finding new interests/hobbies.
· Provide opportunities for students to learn new skills and to further develop those they already have.
· Encourage students to have fun and to make new friends.
· Help students develop as rounded, talented individuals.