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Hello, all and welcome to the latest Enrichment blog.

Although our in-school activities have been a bit hit-and-miss, our students have been afforded other opportunities to participate in enrichment activities.

Virtual running and cycle clubs have been popular with students and staff alike- thanks to Mrs Chittenden for organising this.

The Podcast Club set up for year 8 students by Miss Nee has produced its first excellent offering on the theme of Truth. It is available here: https://open.spotify.com/show/43SZhOTGcRtLXJcbXQL6vU .

The group meets on Friday lunchtime in M31. They are now working on “Food” as their next topic.

Some of our students attended Debating workshops with the University of Kent. 

The Geoguessr challenge continues- can anyone match Mrs Kite’s perfect score? Go to https://www.geoguessr.com/  and then get yourself an account. The website uses Google Maps to “place” a competitor, who then has to try to locate where they are on a map.  Students are invited to play the United Kingdom version of the game and then to email Mrs Kite with a screenshot of their score: a.kite@st-anselms.org.uk

The year 9 Film Club is continuing on Friday lunchtimes in MOA3; we have signed up to Into Film which gives us access to thousands of movies and affords the students opportunities to vote for which films they would like to see, as well as allowing them to write their own film reviews should they so wish. We have just finished watching The Corpse Bride and we are now watching Spies in Disguise.

As we have had a few tutor periods, we are able to participate in some other enrichment activities, including quizzes, puzzles, origami and competitions.

For year 7 students, we have begun a Maths and Art club, looking at geometric patterns in Islamic art. This is on Wednesday lunchtimes in MOA3.

We are planning to have rounders matches in year groups after half term.

 In Sixth Form we have provided a number of online opportunities that students can explore in their own time.  Students have been successful in making their own clothes/masks, learning an instrument, learning British Sign Language and cooking new dishes!  

Links with the local university, University of Kent, offered a virtual debating club where students can practice and improve their debating skills.  This was noted as ‘an excellent learning experience’ and ‘thoroughly enjoyable’ by those involved.

Sporting activities and tournaments have been highly sought after by our students and now our timetables have slightly changed I am pleased to announce that during Cycle 4 this will be part of enrichment again!  Please do get in touch with s.woolford@st-anselms.org.uk  with which sports you would most enjoy playing/competing in.

 

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Hello all, and welcome to the first Enrichment Blog of St Anselm’s School. 

We’ve been delighted to see how our students have been making the most of the time out of school to develop and enhance new skills, such as art, cooking and music, and we want to encourage them to continue in their endeavours. 

Enrichment is an important part of St Anselm’s School’s life and is usually done through our tutor times, with activities such as sports tournaments, Spelling Bees, quizzes and art competitions. 

However, as we are unable to offer these activities at the moment, we are trialling some new methods of delivery. 

Year 7 and 8 students have some enrichment activities in the Inspire sessions, consisting of quizzes, debates and thinking skills, and we will be offering a variety of new initiatives to our older students. 

The first one of these is a Virtual Film Club for year 9 students. Those who are interested will vote for what they want to watch, and then there will be the opportunity to discuss the various aspects, such as storyline, cinematography, score etc through a Teams meeting. This will be monitored by a member of staff, but it is hoped that the students will eventually be willing to run this themselves. The films will be watched via BBC iplayer until such time as we are able to hold a club in person. 

If your child is interested, please contact a.kite@st-anselms.org.uk to request a permission letter. 

For year 10s, we will be holding an art competition. We would love the students to help brighten up their “bubble area” and so we have a number of large pebbles which can be decorated using permanent marker pens and then varnished. The theme is “Wise Words”, and the decorations can include pictures and/or text. Students wishing to participate should email a.kite@st-anselms.org.uk and the pebbles will be distributed to them. There will be prizes for the best three designs. The deadline is Friday 23rd October 2020.  

In Sixth Form, we are providing enrichment opportunities that students can explore in their own time.  Each cycle there will be activities and new things to learn that will be published to students via the Sixth Form Bulletin. 

This cycle, students have been given videos that can teach them how to make their own clothes/masks, learn British Sign Language and learn an instrument!

By participating in these opportunities, it not only provides the students with additional interests alongside their studies but gives them something different that they can mention in their personal statements to help them stand out. 

I would love to see the fruits of students' labour if they do decide to participate so please email any pictures/videos to s.woolford@st-anselms.org.uk  

Coming next cycle......

Geography competition

Simon Singh's Parallelogram 

Mrs A Kite                                                            Miss S Woolford 

Enrichment Coordinator                                    Sixth Form Enrichment