Extra-Curricular Clubs

At KLB, we aim to nurture our pupils’ talents and interests. A wide range of activities are put on at lunchtimes and after school which all students are welcome to participate in. Departments also offer enrichment opportunities that allow pupils to experience their subjects beyond traditional classroom teaching.

Sport

The clubs below are available for students at KLB over the school year. Days and times will be confirmed at the start of every term  Notices are placed on the PE notice boards, Electronic notice boards and announced by tutors in tutor time and across the KLBsport social media accounts.

If you would like any further information please contact Mr Daniel, Head of PE rdaniel@klbschool.org.uk, Mrs Wills, Head of Girls PE lwills@klbSchool.org.uk or Mrs Bates, SSCO sbates@klbschool.org.uk.

Music

  • Jazz Band – If you play an instrument and have an interest in jazz, soul or funk, come along and join us!
  • Orchestra – An opportunity for musicians of all abilities to hone skills with others and practise a wide variety of music. The ensemble sometimes splits into Training and Senior groups for various pieces. Come and enjoy the social benefits of playing with other instrumentalists.
  • Computer work – The music computer room currently houses 8 computers, with access to Sibelius, Musescore, and Soundtrap (DAW). They are equipped with MIDI keyboards and headphones, which pupils can use input their own creations. Come along to learn more and supplement work covered in lessons.
  • Choir – For all years who enjoy singing in a group. Repertoire ranges from traditional choral arrangements to popular music songs.
  • Chamber Choir – For students in Years 9 – 13 who enjoy singing in parts. Repertoire ranges from traditional choral arrangements to popular music songs.
  • String Ensemble – An ensemble which rehearses periodically throughout the year, suitable for all abilities and levels of experience. Speak to your music teacher for more information.
  • Samba Drumming – Discover your sense of rhythm in these Samba drumming workshops – no experience necessary! Performances include school concerts and various public venues around the local area.
  • Ukelele Group – The music department has acquired a set of ukuleles for September 2020! Come and play familiar songs and learn a popular instrument. Beginners welcome.

Drama

Following the Year 7 & 8 Drama Club on Monday lunchtimes, students will be given the opportunity to audition for a part in a production (pantomime, adaptations or original scripts) that will be performed on the main stage to an audience of family and friends one evening. This is an opportunity open to anybody interested in growing drama skills both on and off the stage, building confidence, and making friends.

English

  • Youth Speaks Competition – Students in KS3, 4 and 5 will have the opportunity to take part in the Nation Public Speaking Competition organised by the Rotary Clubs of Great Britain and Ireland.
  • Young Writer Competition – Students are invited to enter the Young Writer Competition organised by the Rotary Clubs of Great Britain and Ireland. It offers participants a chance to express themselves and get creative with the written word. After being given a theme, participants can choose to write fiction, non-fiction, a story or a poem.
  • Poetry by Heart – KS3, 4 and 5 students will have the opportunity to take part in the National Poetry Recitation Competition organised by The Poetry Archive.
  • BBC Radio 2 500 Words Competition – Students are encouraged to enter the 500 Words creative writing competition organised by BBC Radio 2 and Oxford University Press.
  • GCSE Poetry Live Simon Powell Poetry Prize – KS4 students are invited to enter the Simon Powell Poetry Prize which is run as part of the GCSE Poetry Live event.
  • EMagazine Close Reading Competition – Students in KS5 are invited to enter the close reading competition run by EMagazine which is published by the English and Media Centre.
  • The English Association Betty Haigh Shakespeare Prize – KS5 students are invited to enter and essay writing competition focussed on comparing film adaptations of Shakespeare plays to the original texts.
  • Corpus Christi English Essay Competition – Students in KS5 are invited to enter an English essay writing competition organised by Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.

Library Clubs

  • Screen Reads – Hooked on books? Enjoy a good movie? We read the book, watch the movie and then compare the two. Refreshments are available. Open to students in Years 7, 8 & 9
  • Board Games – Lunchtimes in the Library. Challenge your friends to a game of Chess or Scrabble, Mastermind, Bananagrams or Boggle. Games are available to use in the library at lunchtimes.
  • Silent Reading – Wednesday lunchtime in the Library – Entry before 1.00pm.

Language Department

  • Language Exchanges – In Year 9 and Year 10 there will be an opportunity for students studying the relevant languages to participate in week-long exchanges with France and Spain. Those studying Japanese will have the chance to host a Japanese student in Year 9, with a view to participate in the return trip to Japan in Year 10 or Year 11. Sixth Form students also have the opportunity to visit the countries of the language(s) they are studying.
  • Chinese Speaking Competition – Students studying Chinese have the opportunity to take part in a Chinese Speaking Competition in all three key stages.
  • French Spelling Bee – KLBee – Students studying Japanese is Year 7 have the opportunity to practise and improve their vocabulary, spelling and memory skills in French by taking part in the Spelling Bee.
  • Manga & Anime Club – Come along and learn how to draw manga, share ideas with friends and catch up watching the latest anime from Japan.

Computing

Computer Club – These are drop-in sessions for anyone who would like additional computer time or would like to learn to program. Staff members are available to offer help and support.

Mathematics

  • Mathematics support is available to all KS3 students during our drop-in sessions every Wednesday from 2.45pm – 4pm in the Maths block.
  • Students will be invited to join enrichment events outside and inside school where appropriate to their year group. These vary from year to year and include the UKMT Maths Challenges. Several events have a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) focus and will link to other subject area, for example building spaghetti bridges.
  • Our traditional Fun Maths Roadshow event will run again for all Year 7 and Year 8 students at the end of the summer term.

Horticulture Club

This group is run by Emma Taylor a horticulture lecturer. Students will learn about horticulture, growing, maintaining plants and a vegetable garden. For students who are keen to improve and preserve the environment. This is a weekly lunchtime group.

Science

  • Year 7 Science Club & Year 7/8 Dissection Club – Alternates fortnightly (day tbc)
  • Science Club – Open to all Year 7 students. Complete amazing Science experiments and projects.
  • Dissection Club – Open to anyone in Year 7 or 8 who has an interest in seeing what’s really inside organisms. Or for the budding surgeon to hone their skills. From hearts and eyes to digestive systems of fish!

For both clubs details, further information about specific sessions and permission letters will be available on posters in science.

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