Extra-Curriculum


ACTIVITIES BEYOND THE CLASSROOM


Extra-curricular activities are an integral part of life at Elizabeth College.

It is our intention to offer an education for the whole person not separating what happens in the classroom from what happens outside. To that end we offer a large range of activities beyond the school day designed to encourage participation and to offer students the chance of success in arenas other than the classroom.

From the start of their time at Elizabeth College, we encourage our students to try everything so that they can discover their talents and passions, wherever they may lie. Beginning in the Junior School children in Year 2 upwards are able to enjoy a variety of experiences by joining in the extra-curricular activities offered by the staff. As students move up through the school the programme becomes more extensive and students are encouraged to stretch themselves and try new things.

The quality and range of activities enables all students to find their niche as well as making new friends. The variety and number of activities on offer continues to grow and is a significant feature in what makes an Elizabeth College education so special.

For an insight into the range of activities available at Elizabeth College and the Junior School please visit our Calendar page.

The Elizabethan Awards are a new and exciting development in our extra-curricular offering.

Launched in 2019 the initiative has been an unprecedented success, with the first cohort of students achieving their Bronze and Silver levels in Trinity 2020.

The awards are designed to encourage students to take part in our extensive activities offering, and be recognised for their contribution. The awards cover key areas including:

  • Physical
  • Skills
  • Service
  • Creative
  • Cultural
  • Reading

Designed to encompass three levels: Bronze – Year 7; Silver – Year 8; and Gold – Year 9. Each element takes approximately a year to complete. While the awards have the same core strands, each level requires slightly longer commitment. Silver awards ask that you show a level of excellence in at least one strand. The Gold award additionally asks students to set themselves a significant personal challenge to achieve at the start of the award to be agreed with their Head of Year.

It is testament to the success of the new scheme that so many students proudly wear their Elizabethan Award lapel on their blazer.

The Upper School follows an alternative timetable on Friday afternoons that is designed to allow students to access activities focused on practical and active learning.

Students are more often than not outside of the classroom environment, in different groups and often with a mix of year groups. The new timetable has re-energised our students and is time they, and the staff, really look forward to.

Activities typically include: Photography, Table Top Tribe (Strategy and Role Play games),  Futsal, Art Sculptures, Eco-Warriors, Podcasting, Vintage Vinyl, Bellringing, Survival Skills, Chess, Jewellery Making, The History Boys (island exploration and hidden history of Guernsey), Film Club, Ukele, Bass Guitar, Fife and Drum Band, International Culture and Cuisine and Roving Reporters.

The programme for each year group includes:

  • Year 7/8: Over 20 different options are available. Students select a choice of five, before being allocated a final three to take part in for the year. Each option block lasts for ten weeks. Plenty of time to get a real taste for something new and see if it something they would like to do more of in the future.
  • Year 9: Enjoy a rotation of activities designed to introduce them to some of the options available to them in years 10-13. The rotations can include: CCF (Army, Navy, RAF), First Aid, Navigation DofE, Coding and Outdoor Pursuits.
  • Year 10/11: Can opt for CCF Basic/Advanced Course in Army, Navy or RAF, Sports Leadership, or Eco/Conservation skills.
  • Year 12/13: CCF Leadership, Sports Leadership, Eco/Conservation skills, DofE assistance for Bronze groups, Elizabethan Award Leaders.

Each year the last week of the Trinity term is Investigation and Discovery week. Normal lessons cease and students are given the opportunity in different areas either to learn new skills or improve on skills they already have.

Options are usually College based in the morning and run by College staff – many are creative, musical or mentally challenging in nature. In the afternoon activities are in different locations around the island and are more physically inclined.

Each student is asked to read through the options booklet sent out just after Easter and then to select, in order of preference, four activities from the morning choices and four from the afternoon choices.

An Open Evening is held on the Thursday, where students explain the activities they have been involved in to visiting parents and friends. The Drama and Music groups put on a performance to showcase what they have learnt during the week.

Depending on the year group typical examples of activities include:

  • Year 9: Duke of Edinburgh qualifying trips and activities.
  • Year 10: CCF annual camps or assist with the sports leadership programme.
  • Year 12: Prefect training/ bespoke sixth form programme.
  • Year 11/13: CCF cadets may have the option to attend camp as NCOs.

Within the Junior School we aim to educate the whole child both inside and outside of the classroom. Throughout the year enrichment activities take place across the curriculum for all year groups.

Children from Years 2 to 6 are able to enjoy a variety of experiences by joining in the extra-curricular activities offered by the staff. Children in Year 2 may join in with two after-school clubs each term and children from Years 3 to 6 can join any activity open to them either during the lunch hour or before / after school. The range of activities on offer include:

Art Club Gardening Club Samba Drums
Boot Camp Gymnastics Sea Swimming
Chess Hama Beads Sewing Club
Choir Hockey Spanish
Coding Club Italian Squash
Dodgeball Lego Club Steel Pans
Drama Magic Club Touch Typing
Eco Club Mathletics Trading Cards
Fencing Multi Sports Yoga
Football Nature Club
Futsal Coaching Netball

During the Trinity Term in the summer, we offer all the children an activity day (Reception to Year 2) and an activity week (Year 3 to 6). The younger children all spend a day on a local beach where they enjoy a fun-filled day. The children in Years 3 & 4 enjoy a week of on island activities. Currently, children in Year 5 travel to an activity centre in the UK, Manor Adventure, and those in Year 6 to a PGL activity centre in France.

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