After School & Weekends
Years 7 & 8
After lessons on weekdays, Junior School boarders in Years 7 and 8 are encouraged to take part in the extensive clubs and activities programme on offer to all junior pupils, before cooked supper and then supervised homework.
Weekends can be a fruitful time too. There is a popular boarders’ activities programme every Saturday morning, at school or further afield. Recent Saturday morning activities at school have included workshops in art and craft, pottery, drama, cookery, sport and a technology challenge; activities beyond school have included ten-pin bowling, a leisure pool swim, mountain biking, an adventurous walk, and visits to a dry ski slope, the cinema, and Leeds Castle grounds and maze. There is no additional charge for these activities.
On Saturday afternoons boarders can go shopping in Canterbury under age-appropriate supervision or relax at the boarding house before ‘movie night’ on Saturday evenings. On Sundays boarders can have a more relaxed day, enjoying the School’s ample recreational facilities and taking off-site trips (recent examples include sea fishing, archery, canoeing, and fun on the beach).
Years 9 – 13
The Senior School operates an exciting and diverse Saturday morning programme which is popular with all boarders and which is accessed voluntarily by a sizeable proportion of day pupils for whom the programme is optional. A wide range of enjoyable, yet educational, activities and courses are offered on a half termly basis and pupils from all year groups enjoy having breakfast and lunch together at the beginning and each end of the session.
Options change each half term and the school is keen for day pupils to come along and sample what is on offer to see if it is for them. Recently, options available have been International Cuisine, Maths in Practice, Geology, Short Stories and Poetry, Learn to be a Screenwriter, Photoshop Design Project, Open Sport (featuring a range of sports options), Open Music, Open Art, and Research and Personal Study.
Pupils who attend feel that they have spent their Saturday morning in an interesting and productive manner, and they find that, when they return to the classroom on Monday morning, they are ready for the week ahead with their energy levels high and their academic preparation complete.
To view the activity timetable for the Saturday Morning programme please follow this link.
Saturday evenings are a good time to unwind and socialise. There are regular film nights and during the winter and spring indoor sports are organised in the Sports Hall. During the summer, barbeques and picnics are enjoyed alongside informal games.
Sunday activities are a staple of the boarding experience, providing opportunities for cultural enrichment, community bonding and, above all, fun. The activities are optional but carefully chosen and timed to ensure that they are attractive to all. Indeed, many of the regular fixtures in our calendar have been directly requested by the boarders themselves. Striking a balance between local, even home-grown, entertainments and journeys further afield, Sunday activities complement the ebb and flow of academic demands across the year.
The range of events is diverse and has recently included ice skating at Somerset House, outings to some of Europe’s largest malls such as Bluewater and Stratford City, tours of landmark destinations including London and Brighton, days out at national theme parks and competition in multi-discipline sports tournaments.
For all boarders, the opportunities enjoyed of a Sunday come to form some of their most treasured memories of life at St Edmund’s.