Co-curricular

Enhanced programmes and learning experiences outside school hours

Co-curricular

The ethos of co-curricular is embedded into BCS and works to support the whole school directive of the 4Cs (curiosity, commitment, creativity and community). Its aim is to provide opportunities for pupils and students to access activities, programmes and learning experiences that complement their learning in school. There are a variety and number of activities for both girls and boys to take advantage of. 

Co-curricular at BCS encompasses musical and sporting events, celebration of the arts, academics, chess, orchestral evenings, house events, careers talks, scholar twilight seminars and much more. 

These opportunities allow pupils to gain something which enhances their educational experience and equally is something that we the staff and pupils are proud of.

When will it happen? 

The co-curricular programme runs before school, at lunch and after formal lesson between 3.40pm and 4.40pm. In addition there are a number of evening and weekend opportunities. 

Each year group will be offered a different timetable of activities each term which they sign up to, these will be a mix of academic extensions, leadership and cultural opportunities. Pupils will also be able to use some of this time for prep. 

We encourage pupils to lead in the activities being offered during the co-curricular time through the pupil voice.  

For more information about the Co-curricular subjects available, you can download a version of the Summer 2017 programme here.

Music

Music is a thriving subject at BCS; both in the classroom, on the stage and throughout the life of the school. The curriculum for Key Stage 3 aims to engage pupils in a love of practical music and focuses on the three essential skills: performance, composition and analysis. Pupils learn through a wide range of topics including world music, classical traditions as well as the development of popular music.

At BCS we have a huge number of pupils who learn an instrument with one of our visiting music teachers. The study of an instrument or voice is fantastic for academic and personal development as well as increasing levels of self-esteem. This is again developed further when pupils join in one of our many extra-curricular groups, in which both skills and friendships grow.

There are many musical ensembles at BCS for all levels and age groups. We have both a whole-school and sixth form choir, orchestra, rock bands, samba group, big band and many other pupil-led ensembles. The performing opportunities are also inclusive to pupils of all levels and experience, whether it be our concerts or ‘open mic’ events, our popular ‘Songs from the Shows’ supper evening, the larger events such as the Spring Concert or Creative Arts Evening, or just jamming in the practice rooms; there is something for everyone.

We also have a growing network of community events with charity events and visits to local churches and groups in the Bournemouth area. Ensemble groups run throughout the week at both lunch and co-curricular times and individual music lessons are weekly.

Performing Arts

Whether you are already an experienced actor, dancer or musician or whether you would like to develop a new skill or hobby, there is opportunity for all in the Performing Arts at BCS.

Over 100 young people are involved in productions each year and, whilst many enjoyed the onstage applause, others preferred to remain backstage working on their skills in lighting, makeup or stage management. Here at BCS we have opportunities every day to get involved in a wide range of activities to do with performing arts.

Musicals are a strong feature at BCS following the success of such performances as Les Miserables and Hairspray to sell out audiences and reviews in the Bournemouth Echo stating that the students “excelled, shining like stars beyond their years”. The school has cemented its local reputation as a centre of excellence in the performing arts.

If you prefer ‘straight’ acting, then there are a wide range of opportunities out there. ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ was our most recent contribution to the Shakespeare Festival for Schools at Poole Lighthouse Theatre and followed the previous successes of ‘Macbeth’ and ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. We also performed ‘Journey’s End’ as part of the School’s remembrance of the lives lost in the First World War. This showcased the talents of our GCSE pupils, many of whom gained top marks for their sensitive portrayal of life in the trenches. Our younger pupils have also had the chance to shine with an outdoor performance of the CS Lewis classic ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’. Directed by Year 12 Performing Arts Scholar, Jessica Stoddard, this play showcased not only the acting talent that we have in Year 7 to Year 9 but also the leadership and direction of our older students.

Smaller events run throughout the year, such as the popular ‘Songs from the Shows’ and year group performance showcases, which give all students the chance to be involved on a more casual basis, should they choose. We also perform on the Bournemouth Stage during the Christmas festival each year.

Co-curricular clubs run throughout the week, offering the chance to develop performance skills such as dance and physical or musical theatre, but also skills that support performance. Each year we host the ‘BOSCAs’ which is a high profile awards dinner to recognise the talents of the previous year, one of the most popular and ‘star studded’ events of the school calendar.

Sport

Sport for all at BCS – Sport is a key part of the BCS culture and all pupils are encouraged to get involved. No matter your passion, all levels of experience and ability are catered for. BCS takes sport very seriously and is supported by the whole school from top to bottom and it therefore plays a major part in school life.

BCS is competitive in a variety of sporting disciplines and really strive for sporting success whilst equally understanding the importance for sport for all.

BCS has adopted a unique and exciting approach to sport. At our school we run an elite athlete/sports programme alongside a culture of ‘everyone can enjoy and succeed’ in sport. We recognise that many talented sports people only reach great heights as they mature, therefore we give every pupil the best teaching, the greatest encouragement, and as many opportunities as possible to develop their all-round and sport specific skills. It is also our aim to promote the most diverse sporting programme possible in order that pupils may discover a new sporting interest, learn more about themselves as people, in individual or team based sporting environments. For those who wish to study in more details, the School offers GCSE and A Level Physical Education. In addition to the sports on offer in our Sports Academy, pupils benefit from timetabled PE and Games lessons and are able to enjoy the many extra-curricular activities on offer.

Sports currently on offer at BCS are: Rugby, Football, Hockey, Netball, Fitness, Badminton, Basketball, Swimming, Rowing, Triathlon, Cricket, Rounders, Athletics, Cross Country, Tennis, Surfing and Sailing (as extra-curricular activities).

“Our team of enthusiastic sports staff at BCS are passionate about sport and believe that sport is a gateway into the development of a person as a whole, it gives the individual the opportunity to enhance their skills in team work, leadership and problem solving whilst having fun. Sport allows for whole person development. It gives all an insight into the importance of being healthy mentally, physically and socially and the benefits this can have on the individual. Sport can be undertaken by everyone at all levels at BCS, from elite athletes to those who wish to take part for recreation. In sport you are placed in many competitive situations, a skill which can be utilised in many areas of life”
Richard Harrison-Poole, Director of School and Academy Sport.

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