Resilience | Integrity | Scholarship | Enrichment

As stated in our Mission Statement, we aim to give each pupil a well-rounded education – teaching pupils for life, not just to pass exams. This encourages an inclination to branch out – keeping all possibilities open for a future full of potential. A well-rounded education is not a luxury for today’s pupils, it is a necessity if we are to prepare them for the realities of an ever-changing world. Almost all careers as well as global citizenship require an interdisciplinary understanding and out-of-the-box thinking, which can best be cultivated through a well-rounded education.

In order to fulfil this, we have created an extensive enrichment programme which includes cultural, spiritual, moral, social, sporting and creative activities. We encourage our pupils to engage with the programme, so they can develop independence, confidence resilience, leadership, and above all, skills for the world outside of school.

Before the programme starts on Wednesday 12th January, pupils (and parents) will select their 1st and 2nd choice activities. This means we can offer an activity the pupils will enjoy while keeping session numbers low to maximise the experience. If an activity is oversubscribed, pupils will be placed on a waiting list to ensure they will get their first choice next time. The programme will start on Wednesday 12th January (every Wednesday and Friday) for 6 weeks until the end of half term. Following this, there will be a new range of opportunities for the children to experience.

The enrichment activities take place in period 6 during the school day.

UPDATED – NEW ACTIVITIES FOR SPRING TERM 2022

Law Court

Law court is an introductory enrichment session into the study and practice of law, with an opportunity for pupils to gain a great insight into the justice system within the UK. Pupils will develop enquiry, critical thinking and decision-making skills through investigation of legal issues which are important, real and relevant to the world in which they live, and base reasoned judgements and arguments on evidence. At the end of the term, pupils will have the opportunity to explore the roles of a courtroom and learn about the justice system by attending a trip to the National Justice System.

Political Science 

Political Science will introduce pupils to the world of politics. Understanding how Parliament works and how a government is formed in the UK. Pupils will delve into different political ideologies and key roles of the cabinet through discussions and debates. Evaluating key events and the impact they have had on society while analysing political documents. Pupils will form a mock cabinet and begin to shape the future!

Phurther Physics

Are you curious about the kinds of things you could be doing in A-level physics? You could learn about anti-matter, photons, polarisation, harmonics, resistivity, simple harmonic motion, or fields.

Zumba

Zumba is a fitness program that combines Latin and international music with dance moves. Zumba routines incorporate interval training — alternating fast and slow rhythms — to help improve cardiovascular fitness. Want to learn a new skill or just enjoy improving your fitness with your friends? Then join Zumba for this half term.

Arts and Crafts

When you hear “arts & crafts” you may immediately think about glue, paper shreds, and big messes. But, these activities can certainly be enriching, especially if they involve creating something new and different, or something innovative if kids are given a prompt and only a set amount of resources.

In addition to exploring drawing as an art form, whether that’s through creating comic style art or another genre they’re excited about, taking art digital with graphic design or photography is an exciting option! Likely to be new to many young artists, digital art transforms paper works into share-ready masterpieces.

Web Design 

Each week pupils will develop key skills and utilise modern platforms to design their own webpage. Being able to utilise themes to target your specified audience and develop a User Interface to encourage interaction from users. This is an exciting opportunity for any pupil interested in computer science.

Netball 

Netball is for pupils who wish to improve their individual Netball skills and develop a greater understanding of the game and its tactics. The club will suit pupils who are motivated to improve and those who wish to be part of the competitive school Netball teams. Pupils who wish to be considered for selection into school teams need to select these activities in enrichment time.

Basketball

Basketball is a fast-paced, high scoring ball game and the basketball club utilises this element to develop pupils’ skills and knowledge through a range of engaging and fun drills. This is open to those pupils who want to develop and take part in extra-curricular competitions.

African Drumming

Always wanted to learn a new instrument? Have a natural talent on the drums? Or have you always been interested in music. This half term we are offering the chance for pupils to learn how to play the Djembe and develop their talents to be able to take part in a group performance.

Further Maths

Further Maths offers the opportunity to extend your mathematical knowledge and the application of this knowledge. You will leave with an additional qualification at the end of school for completing the course. Only open to year 11.

Problem Solving 

Each week pupils will complete a different obstacle or task aimed towards improving their problem-solving skills. It will be fun and create challenges set around the school. Teamwork and communication will be key!

Japanese Silk Screen

Silk painting is a technique where designs are outlined with gutta or water-based resists, which are applied to white silk that has been pre-washed, dried and stretched (on a stretcher). Once the gutta or water-based resist has dried, it acts as a barrier for the dye or paint; keeping the colour within the outlined areas of the design and allowing you to achieve sharply defined borders. Pupils will gain confidence in drawing and sketching and learn how to draw with ink gutter on silk material.

Engineering Club

Can you beat the competition to come up with the fastest, strongest, or most creative designs? Then the Engineering Club could be for you. Build bridges, design planes, and withstand earthquakes.

Boardgame Inventor

Pupils will have the opportunity to improve their geographical knowledge to create and design their own geographical board games. Pupils will be able to select their own topics and use a range of maps to create a variety of board games that they will then be able to use to play against each other. Pupils will then evaluate the games they have created and look at ways to create different variations.

Model UN 

Model United Nations is for those who love to debate, work together as a team and enjoy exploring how politics works on a global scale. It is an excellent opportunity to work with pupils from other year groups and improve skills such as public speaking, the ability to work towards compromise and compose logical and well-researched arguments.

Netball 

Netball is for pupils who wish to improve their individual Netball skills and develop a greater understanding of the game and its tactics. The club will suit pupils who are motivated to improve and those who wish to be part of the competitive school Netball teams. Pupils who wish to be considered for selection into school teams need to select these activities in enrichment time.

Handball

Handball is an invasion game where participants work together to outscore their opponents by throwing the ball into a goal. This sport provides opportunities to develop cardiovascular fitness, teamwork and tactical knowledge. All sessions will include drill activities to enhance each participants knowledge and skill level with opportunities to apply the new-found knowledge and skills into game situations.

Sewing club

A beginners guide to sewing, making small practical items like hair accessories, scented cushions and small pocket purses.

African Drumming

Always wanted to learn a new instrument? Have a natural talent on the drums? Or have you always been interested in music. This half term we are offering the chance for pupils to learn how to play the Djembe and develop their talents to be able to take part in a group performance.

Crochet Club 

Using small hooks and wool, learn how to make small crochet projects e.g. hats and mittens.

Science Investigation

Put your scientific knowledge into practice by learning fun and interesting experiments. Explore the possible outcomes and marvel at the findings within each session.

The Crew/Rotary Speaking

The Crew is an opportunity to immerse yourself in a love of literature and creative writing. Offering precious quiet time to read and discuss books, alongside developing, exploring and sharing your own writing.

Rotary Public Speaking is a prestigious competition that Tower College has participated in for many years. Learning how to deliver a speech in public is a skill that will last a lifetime. Working together as a team develops self-confidence, analytical thinking and the ability to respond to questions in a mature manner. Over the years Tower College has had much success at all stages of the competition and we hope that this tradition will continue this year.