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Extra Curricular & Music

Pupils at Blanchelande enjoy a wide variety of clubs and extra-curricular activities, which run before school, during lunchtimes and after school.

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Extra-curricular Activities

Pupils at Blanchelande enjoy a wide variety of clubs and extra-curricular activities, which run before school, during lunchtimes and after school.

Infant school clubs and activities
  • Recorder
  • Tennis
  • Football
  • Sewing
  • Construction
  • Drawing
  • Brilliant Books
  • French
  • Board Games
Junior school clubs and activities
  • Art
  • Recorder
  • Homework
  • Fitness
  • Choir
  • French
  • Netball
  • Football
  • ICT
  • Choral speaking
  • Coding
  • Chess
  • Tennis
  • Tag-rugby
  • Kwik cricket
  • Bikeability
  • Gardening and environment
Senior school clubs and activities
  • Academic support and extension groups
  • Badminton
  • Chess
  • Creative writing
  • Cross-country
  • Dance
  • Debating
  • Drama production
  • Duke of Edinburgh award (Bronze, Silver and Gold)
  • Fitness
  • First aid
  • Italian
  • Lego Robotics
  • Orchestra
  • Prep
  • Sports clubs for all major school sports

School Music

Music forms an essential part of the school curriculum and there are also lots of additional ways to get involved outside the classroom. Whether striving for perfection or just picking up the basics, whether four or fourteen, we want all pupils to have fun studying and making music.

 

Class Music

Pupils benefit from use of the latest music composition software – Garageband and Logic – on iMacs, as well as Sibelius on the department’s PCs.

  • Nursery: 20 minutes of class music and collective singing. Music as part of continuous provision activities
  • Infants (Reception – Year 2): 30 minutes of class music and 30 minutes of collective singing
  • Juniors (Years 3-6): one hour of class music and 30 minutes of collective singing
  • Seniors (Years 7-9): 70 minutes of class music
  • Years 10-11 (GCSE) receive just over two hours of class music in small classes

 

Instrumental lessons

Pupils can have instrumental lessons from Year 1. Lessons are charged directly by the instrumental teachers and are currently available for the following instruments: violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano, singing, trumpet, trombone, French horn, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, ukulele, recorder, drumming, guitar (acoustic, classical and bass).

Blanchelande College enters its pupils for ABRSM and Trinity College music exams.

Gifted musicians

Pupils have the opportunity to join a wide variety of music groups.

  • Choir: the school has choirs for infant, junior and senior pupils, and a harmony group for seniors by audition
  • Groups for keyboard players (seniors) and recorder (Y2-Y6)
  • The School Orchestra (open to pupils who have reached Grade 2)
  • Ensemble groups (often for GCSE students)
  • Pupils also have the opportunity to set up their own bands with their friends.

 

Additional activities

Pupils have opportunities throughout the year to showcase their musical abilities.

  • Michaelmas and Spring Concerts
  • Carol Service
  • School liturgy
  • Eisteddfod
  • Prize Giving

For more information about music at Blanchelande, contact Dr Kennedy. Email kennedyl@blanchelande.sch.gg

Primary Extra-Curricular list Hilary term 2024
Senior Extra-Curricular list Hilary term 2024