Co-curricular Distance Learning Programme
The co-curricular programme is central to a Sevenoaks education. We offer a wide range of activities outside the classroom, based on the conviction that individuals thrive in an environment in which their abilities and talents are recognised and nurtured.
This term we have tried to replicate the co-curriculum as much as possible as part of our distance learning provision. Below are some examples of how we have moved our programme online.
The Music department is offering a series of lunchtime and after-school activities that students may engage with at home, as well as a system of online support for instrumental and vocal playing.
Students can continue to take part in the following: Symphony Orchestra, Foundation Orchestra, Voices, Choral Society, Sennocke Consort, online performance recordings with different year groups, The Space Ensemble, a virtual sing-off and other activities and opportunities to continue with their music practice.
Additionally, a member of staff is available every day to answer parent and student email queries about instrumental progress and there are two virtual drop-in clinics on Tuesday and Thursday after school where students can request specific help with moments in the pieces they are learning which they are finding difficult.
We hope that this co-curricular musical activity can lead to live performances when school reopens as well as providing fun and interest during the period of closure.
The Drama department has collated some excellent resources for students to view and read online, which includes practical workshops for practitioners and guides including warm-up techniques and physical skills.
They are also providing an array of opportunities for students to engage in virtual drama-related activities and projects, and are even trying to devise a virtual theatre trip.
It is imperative that our students continue to exercise during these challenging times and the PE and Sport department has put together some resources to help them do this remotely.
The Games programme for all students is taking the form of activities set via lesson plans on our secure Microsoft Teams or Firefly platforms.
Staff are uploading regular online fitness classes that pupils can follow at home and the department is providing further motivation, tips and workouts via its new Instagram account: @sevenoakssport
Service is a core strand of a Sevenoaks education. It is important for us to continue to emphasise the importance of students supporting others during this challenging period, which will have a positive impact upon their own wellbeing, as well as that of others. Those students who are usually part of the Thursday service programme in Years 10 and 12 will continue with their current option in an online form, unless their option is not viable, in which case they will be asked to choose a new option (such as knitting for the NHS or engaging in community journalism), take an online course to deepen their understanding of effective action, or lead their own project.
Learn more about our community support work here
The Art department has established a Remote Co-curricular Art Firefly page with a range of creative activities that are suited to remote learning.
Additionally, they will be offering after school clubs via Teams. Sessions include:
- 3D Art Club: origami, papier maché, recycled materials
- Digital Photography Club
- Painting Club and Drawing Club
- Portfolio Extension (L6 Artists)
The department is sharing work by students and staff on Instagram as @sevenoaks_art
The CCF will be delivering as much content as is possible to deliver remotely via email and Firefly. This will include elements of the cadet syllabi to progress through the various qualifications for cadet seniority levels, as well as some interest and reference material.
CCF staff are also expecting some of the senior cadets to be involved in leadership tasks such as syllabus planning, organising and delivery.