Extraordinary Experiences: Clubs 

Why do we run clubs?

Extraordinary Experiences are all about opportunities outside of the usual classroom environment.  The central part of our clubs is for our students to make friends and have fun.  Our clubs are designed to support students to develop their character, skills and qualities – these all strengthen applications in the future and tell an education provider or employer that this candidate is more than just grades.

For example, students who go to skate club vary in ability, they have great integrity and altruism in teaching each other new skills.  They are respectful in the way they interact with the staff at Mount Hawke and have great resilience and ambition in trying new tricks and attempting different areas of the skate park.

iDEA and GCSE RE will enable students to gain qualifications during those sessions.  Students participating in the Duke of Edinburgh Award and Ten Tors are also able to achieve those awards.  Mock Trial is a competition which helps to build ambition, skills and qualities for future careers in law and public speaking.

Do students get a say in what clubs are run at CSIA?

Yes.  Student voice is very important to us.  Students are actively encouraged to suggest new clubs and we will try our hardest to meet their requests.  This is not always possible.  However, the majority of requests have been met – for example, bike club.

What other experiences do students get at CSIA?

Lunchtime and after-school activities are in addition to our fantastic International Programme; faculty fieldtrips; work experience; university visits; activities week and our outstanding outdoor education provision.  The careers team will also host ‘Meet the employer’ experiences where students, parents and carers can meet with employers from a focused area eg medicine to have in-depth conversations about futures in that labour market – these will be posted on the parental calendar and announced on ClassCharts.

At lunchtimes, we also have a wide range of free-flow activities for students to choose from including basketball, table tennis and a fitness trail.

Do clubs have limited numbers?

Some clubs will be limited in numbers due to the nature of the activity.  There will be some clubs where if students do not get their first choice of club for the term, they will be prioritised for that club next term.

Why is there sign up for clubs?

We have registers for clubs after-school so we know where everyone is.  It also helps us to book transport for clubs outside of school, and make sure that we have enough resources.

Do clubs get cancelled?  What should happen then?

Sometimes clubs will get cancelled.  If we are able to give you advance warning, we will do that via ClassCharts.  If it is on the day, a message will be sent out via ClassCharts or via text message.  If students are not able to head home at 3.00pm, then they need to see Mrs Gellatly, who will organise supervision for them until 4.15pm.

Do outside providers help with clubs?

Yes.  Clubs are supported by Eskinzo Surf School, Mount Hawke Skate Park, Camborne Bowls Club, and The Cornwall Bicycle Project.

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