Co-Curricular Activities

The aim of any successful school must be to develop the whole person as well as stretching them academically.

Our extensive co-curricular programme at the Royal School is all about passion. The children enjoy a vast array of activities; from Information Technology and Music to Sports and Orchestra, the list is long and varied. All children develop a healthy balance in their life when real importance is attached to their time outside the classroom.

Monday: ICT with L. Marcus 3-3.45pm.

The children enjoy an ICT workshop where they learn how to produce  power point presentations, design coding games [scratch], publish documents [black cat spider] and become more confident with their technology skills. The children build their confidence in all these areas which then impact on their classroom ICT skills. This will develop their ICT levels which are then tested through levelled pieces of work which are then moderated.

 

Monday: Orchestra with Mr. Harris

Children in the Prep benefit from specialised Music teaching in the Senior School from P3-P7, where they follow a varied curriculum of listening, performing and composing. They have access to a suite of Apple computers as well as a classroom of keyboards and percussion instruments. All Prep children from P3-P7 participate in the Preparatory Department Choir and perform at the School Carol Service, held annually in St Patrick’s Cathedral, as well as other events including Speech Day and the Portadown Festival. Instrumentalists of a high standard can be invited to join the Senior School Orchestra.

Tuesday: AQE Prep with K.G.G.Carson-McClenaghan

The children attend extra workshops to give them even greater confidence with difficult areas of Maths and Literacy. This is a relaxing session when the children have one to one opportunities to work with their teacher on areas that require extra revision. The pupils enjoy the time as they have their teacher all to themselves and they feel they can discuss any issues that are worrying them.

The classes are all about ‘positivity’ and gaining that extra experience of problem solving techniques that are required to sit any test.

Testimonials……

“I feel less nervous about asking if I don’t understand a topic.”

“We go over topics that we find difficult and not always what the teacher decides.”

“We sit in a circle and discuss problems and how to solve these and then we solve them visually.”

“Our teacher always tries to reassure us and revise as many problem areas that she can with us.”

“We usually get a treat at the end of all our hard work.”

Wednesday: Music with C. Philips

Children in the Prep benefit from specialised Music teaching in the Senior School from P3-P7, where they follow a varied curriculum of listening, performing and composing. They have access to a suite of Apple computers as well as a classroom of keyboards and percussion instruments. All Prep children from P3-P7 participate in the Preparatory Department Choir and perform at the School Carol Service, held annually in St Patrick’s Cathedral, as well as other events including Speech Day and the Portadown Festival. Instrumentalists of a high standard can be invited to join the Senior School Orchestra.

Thursday: Sports Club with B. Stewart

The children make good use of the school’s excellent sporting facilities on a weekly basis, all year round.

This time is used to prepare the children for upcoming sporting tournaments in sports such as rugby, hockey and football.  As well as more competitive team training the club also allows for blocks for time for the children to develop the basic fundamental movement skills required for general team sports in a mini game setting.

Monday: Spanish Lessons P1-7 with Clara

Clara visits our school as an expert Spanish tutor. She is an extremely bubbly and friendly teacher which encourages the children to speak Spanish at all levels. Her lessons are totally amazing and she always puts all her energy into each class. The children learn so much from Clara as each lesson is well planned and interactive. She speaks to the children totally in Spanish and by P7 we hope that each child will be able to use this language fluently if they visit a Spanish country. In our recent inspection some of the children were able to answer their teacher’s questions not only in English but in Spanish too, which was very impressive.

Wednesday: French lessons P4-7 with Joanna.

Joanna is a specialised French teacher and she is also French. She teaches the children in Prep on Wednesday mornings and they enjoy interactive lessons, French conversation and French games. The children will build a firm foundation which they can continue at the senior school and indeed if they visit a French speaking country. The Primary 6/7 class visit Paris each year and these lessons certainly become useful when using the language on our visit. It is always said that a language is best learned as a child and this is what we aim to help the children with in our department.

Tuesday: Hockey coaching sessions P1-3 with professional coach Christine Russell.

Christine Russell coaches all the pupils in the Prep each Tuesday in their year groups. She tailors their coaching to their age and their ability. The children all enjoy learning about the safety of playing hockey and how to be properly prepared for playing.

Christine has played for Ulster and Ireland and is an extremely exuberant and talented coach. She takes a personal interest in each child in the Prep and encourages every pupil. Christine always has a player of the week and they receive stickers and T-Shirts with the CR Logo on them as rewards.

The children learn skills and play matches in each lesson and they enjoy the outdoor facilities of the senior school.

The children in P6/7 will participate in the school’s tournament at Ardmore and each year they have been tremendously successful. In 2015 the Prep came 2nd out of all the surrounding schools in Armagh which was amazing!