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Extra Curricular and Enrichment

Enrichment:

“Anything that someone chooses to do outside of academic studies of benefit to themselves and others.”

In the Sixth Form we take enrichment seriously. Success comes from qualifications, experiences and skills and the programme of enrichment will support all three. Enrichment activities and experiences broaden horizons, develop new skills, and cultivate personal and social qualities such as commitment, good citizenship, initiative, leadership and team spirit.

  • ENRICHMENT OPTIONS

  • Whilst in the Sixth Form you must accumulate a minimum 100 hours of ‘enrichment time’. The choice is diverse and designed to accommodate a range of interests and personalities. The table below gives an indication of the type of opportunities available.  Students should choose from a minimum of two activities from two of the three columns.
WORK RELATED LEARNING
COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
• Engineering Education Scheme
• Enterprise events
• Paid employment
• Work experience
• Work shadowing
• Young Enterprise
• British Red Cross
• Charity events and fundraising
• Charity volunteering
• Community Sport Leader
• UK Award
• Duke of Edinburgh’s
• Award Scheme
• Environmental or conservation
• projects
• Fair Trade
• In-class support
• Literacy schemes
• Paired Reading
• Peer mentoring
• Running after-school clubs
• Scouts and Guides
• St John Ambulance
• Student council
• Voluntary work
• (eg care home or charity)
• World Challenge
• Youth work
• Art, crafts or design (exhibition)
• Cookery course
• Dance
• DIY
• Duke Of Edinburgh’s
• Award Scheme
• ECDL
• Film and media
• First aid
• Languages
• Leadership roles
• Music (concerts) 
• Outward Bound
• Performing arts
• Personal fitness
• Societies and clubs
• (eg bridge, maths)
• Sponsored runs
• Sport
• Trips and expeditions
• Writing and journalism
• Youth organisations
(eg Cadets, Guides)
  • GETTING INVOLVED

  • There are a number of short courses, events, activities and visits open to Sixth Formers including the following activities:

    Young Enterprise

    Students set up and run a real firm for a year under the guidance of a business volunteer. They get practical experience of the joys and pitfalls of creating a truly functioning enterprise. They do everything from raising the initial share capital through to designing and making their product or service to selling directly to customers at specially organised trade fairs and ultimately winding up the firm and paying their taxes! The current Young Enterprise team ‘Timeless’ are the National champions maintaining the entrepreneurial traditions of the school.

    Student Leadership

    To help develop all Sixth Form students to become leaders within the school, and future leaders within their communities, Sixth Form students and staff help to select the Head Boy and Girl and their Deputies each year. These Senior students play a vital role in the school leadership, including attending Governors’ meetings and other formal occasions. We also have a team of Senior Prefects who work on a range of tasks and with staff and younger students. Within the Sixth Form our Student Council organise social events and represent the views of the Sixth Form to Senior Staff.

    Performing Arts

    Our Performance Team provides plenty of opportunities for all future stars be they actors, costume, lighting or set designers or stage managers to get involved with school productions. Our music team are always keen to spot new talent to perform at our numerous concerts or to represent Bishopshalt School at public events. The school production is of the highest quality involving professional artists to support students in their endeavours and many Sixth Form students take lead roles.  Sixth Form students also take on key positions in the shows of individual year groups.  The school has Arts College status and promotes the Arts as a benefit for the development of all students.

    Sport

    We encourage all students to partake in sporting activities, whether you are a serious sports performer with aspirations to play professionally, for enjoyment or whether you just want to stay fit we will try help make it happen. The Sixth Form are encouraged to participate in competitive sports and play competitive matches against other schools and colleges in local and national competitions.

    Duke of Edinburgh Award

    The school supports a popular and vibrant Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. It provides an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding programme of personal development with students achieving Silver and Gold Awards. It’s a great way to make new friends and your teamwork and leadership skills will impress future employers and universities.  Students partake in a variety of activities, including sporting, adventure and charitable work. This year four of our Gold Award students travelled to Africa to take part in a charity project in Uganda

    Clubs & Societies

    Why not get involved in the many clubs and societies on offer? Joining is a good way to make friends with students who share your interests. If the club you want doesn’t exist you can start it! For example in 2013, students have set up a school newspaper ‘The Messenger’ and a Debating Society.

    Volunteering

    The school offers a range of opportunities to become a volunteer. Our local community is eager to work with you. We are developing placements in the following areas: with young children, children with special needs, senior citizens, conservation & the environment with more to follow.

    Peer Listening

    In partnership with local voluntary organisations, Sixth Form students have been trained to become Peer Listeners and work with younger students to offer counselling support for children who may need guidance at school or home with issues such as homework, friendship groups or just need a friendly face to talk to.

    School Charities Committee

    Bishopshalt’s School Charities Committee is a student led organisation that provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate their abilities away from the academic side of school and fulfil their wish to give aid to those who truly need it.  The School Charities Committee is an active, lively and well respected group of students.  We welcome everybody and are glad to have help, especially Sixth Formers, whose leadership skills we value!  The Committee members are able to choose the Charities they wish to support and how to raise the money; methods include concerts, quizzes and non school uniform days.  The Charities Committee have raised a substantial amount of money every year, and we hope to carry on with this success.

    Community Service

    There are many opportunities for helping other people both in school and outside.  The Charities Committee organises a great number of activities and the school is highly regarded by local charities for the work it does.  The School Council also provides an opportunity for students to voice their opinions on school wide issues.

    The School Magazine

    Bishopshalt’s dynamic school magazine is famously named ‘The Mitre’.  With two student editors and the cooperation of a student team, ‘The Mitre’ has been a huge success every year.  Full of comical anecdotes, serious articles, challenging quizzes and loads more!  ‘The Mitre’ gives the student body the opportunity to become part of the team whenever they like and to contribute whatever they like.  Whether you are a true artiste or an opinionated writer, ‘The Mitre’ has a place for you.

    Business Links

    All Year 12 students take part in the annual Sixth Form Enterprise Conference which enables them to gain a positive experience of industry and commerce.  Students also have the opportunity to organise work experience to complement their course.

  • PREFECT SYSTEM

  • Our Sixth Form currently has a Prefect Team that consists of around fifty students.  The Prefects are divided into five teams that are led by Senior Prefects.  Becoming a Prefect opens the opportunity for students to become a Senior Prefect and then possibly progress to Head Boy/Girl via interviews.  Prefects play a vital role in aiding teachers in various activities and events, e.g. open evenings and charity events.  Being a Prefect is recognised and valued by universities, which means you’ll have something to write about on your personal statement!  It is a position of responsibility that is well respected throughout the school.  Applications for Prefects are usually issued within the first four months of Year 12 and Senior Prefect interviews are held towards the end of the academic year.

    Prefects are senior students who support staff at a variety of events ranging from:

    • Faculty support
    • Assisting/Running Form time
    • Supporting Literacy/Numeracy – Paired reading
    • Academic Mentoring
    • Supporting staff on duty
    • Open Evenings
    • Front of House at BODS Performances