At Deer Park we offer more than a visible curriculum. Pupils are encouraged to participate in a wide range of extended and extra curricular activities, many of which are designed to support learning as well as promoting interests and developing abilities in new areas.
Our comprehensive extra-curricular list is revised termly to reflect seasonal shifts in activities, particularly in sport and events in our school calendar. Some specialist enrichment opportunities run for a fixed period of time both within and outside the normal curriculum and often involve our pupils working alongside experts. Enrichment standstill days may take place during the year, with pupils having the opportunity to participate in active workshops related to a central theme such as ‘Financial Awareness’ or ‘Lifestyle for Learning’.
We have a strong tradition of offering innovative trips to foreign countries for pupils. Countries which our pupils have visited over the past five year include France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Holland, Iceland and Nepal. Every child in the school will have the opportunity to participate in at least one foreign trip, many of which take place during our annual Enrichment Week which offers all pupils a structured cross-curricular programme for one week during Term 6 each year.
We currently offer musical tuition on Cello, Violin, Viola, Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Cornet, Trombone, French Horn, Tenor Horn, Baritone, Euphonium, Tuba, Piano, Keyboard, Drum Kit, Classical Guitar, Electric Guitar and Singing. Each year pupils have 30 lessons of 30 minutes each. These are either paired lessons or individual lessons (except piano, where paired lessons are not possible). Individual lessons are currently £13.50 each and paired lessons £6.75. Pupils come out of their class lesson to attend their music lessons. The timetable is rotated to ensure that it is not the same subject lesson missed every week. If you have any questions please contact Mr Cook.
In addition to Music Lessons, we offer a range of music activities at lunch time and after school: Deer Park Players, Ukulele Group, Junior Choir, Senior Singers, Guitar Group, Flute Group and Music Theory Workshops. Concerts form an important part of the school calendar: Christmas Concert and Carol Service, Young Musician competition, School Productions, Summer Showcase of Expressive Arts.
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PE Clubs (Spring)
PE clubs in the Spring term include
All Years Trampolining
Year 7 Year 8 G&T
Year 9 Girls High Intensity Training
The Photography Club is open to pupils in all years and is an opportunity to work on improving your photography skills. There will be opportunities to go out and find different types of photographs to capture and then to work on getting the best shot possible! There are chances to get involved in local and national photography competitions too. Come along to the club on Wednesday’s from 3.25-4.25pm in DA2. For more information please see Mrs Evans.
The Dance Club looks at lots of different forms and dance and movement. You will work on developing your own dance skills and work as part of a dance team. There will be opportunities to perform in Expressive Arts events. If you are interested the group will be rehearsing on Thursdays after school in EA1,3:30-4:30pm. See Miss Mulcahy for more details.
The Steel Band is a fun ensemble for anyone interested in playing these great sounding drums. The group performs in school concerts and have also recently performed in a local steel band festival. The group rehearse on Wednesdays after school in the Main Hall. See Mr Cook for more details.
Tutor Group Sport Tournaments
As a faculty, in PE we pride ourselves on the high percentage of pupils who get involved in extra-curricular activities, including our much sought after Key Stage 3 Inter Tutor Group Tournaments and the award for the overall winner each year.
KS3 Rugby (boys) – October
KS3 Netball (girls) – October
KS3 Hockey (mixed) – December/January
Football (mixed) – March
KS3 Rounders (mixed) – June
Tennis (boys/girls) – July
Athletics (all) – July
BBC News School Report
A group of our pupils will be making the news on Thursday 10 March 2016 when they take part in the BBC News School Report. Schools across the country will be researching and producing their own news reports on things happening in their area. Last year over 1,000 schools took part. The club runs on Tuesdays after school in E1. It is a chance for KS3 pupils to research and write/present their own news stories and take part in the exciting News Day. For more information, please see Mrs Voss.
The DP Players is aimed at musicians who are from beginning to intermediate level and are interested in playing in a group. There will be opportunities to perform in various concerts that the music department organises. If you are interested, the group will be rehearsing on Thursdays after school in EA3, 3:30-4:30pm. See Mr Cook for more details.
In this club, pupils use resources from the Code Club website and other sources to develop their programming skills. Projects include game, program and app creation using Scratch, Python, Kodu and App Inventor. All of these applications are free to download and pupils can continue their projects at home or in ICT Rooms when available. The club runs on Week 1 Friday lunchtime (KS3 period 4). For more information please speak to Miss Rubringer. All Welcome!
The Drama Club is for anyone who is interested in Drama. The club explores the different elements of dramatic performances. You will have opportunities to perform to an audience. If you are interested the group will be rehearsing on Wednesdays after school in EA1, 3:30-4:30pm. See Mr Anzalone for more details.
Deer Park School’s Amnesty International Group is a Key Stage 4 group that organises charity events, raises awareness and holds a number of talks and discussions surrounding Amnesty and the issues it campaigns for. For more information, please contact Mr Broussine.
The Deer Park Singers is aimed at anyone in Years 9, 10 and 11 who likes to sing, the group tackle more challenging music in many different styles. There will be opportunities to perform in various concerts that the Music department organises. The group meet on Thursdays in EA2, 3.30-4.30pm. See Mr Cook or Miss Faux for more details.
Go4SET is a STEM Club for Year 8 or Year 9 pupils, working with local engineers on a 10 week project. Mentored by the engineers, each team chooses a project to work on and over the 10 weeks they produce a scale model of their design, write a full technical report, and present their ideas to a panel of judges and before the teams from competitor schools. As well as innovative problem solving, it is a great opportunity to develop team skills, working to a brief, scheduling and meeting deadlines, and presenting ideas to an audience. For more information, please see Mrs Charleston.
The Junior Singers is aimed at anyone in Year 7 and Year 8 who likes to sing, the group tackle music in many different styles. There will be opportunities to perform in various concerts that the Music department organises. If you are interested, the group will be rehearsing on Wednesdays during KS3 lunch in EA2. See Mr Cook or Miss Faux for more details.
The Flute Group is aimed at flautists who are grade 3 and above who want to learn different styles of music and work in an ensemble. There will be opportunities to perform in Expressive Arts events. If you are interested, the group will be rehearsing on Thursday mornings at 8:40am. Speak to Mrs Mitchell or Mr Cook for more details.
We run extra training over the year to enable pupils to participate in the School Games programme, which is made up of four levels of activity: competition in schools, between schools, and at a county/area level. These extra sports complement our already diverse and extensive extra-curricular weekly PE programme across the year and include:
Rowing Table tennis Basketball Badminton Archery Mountain Biking Watersports Equestrian Boccia Skateboarding/Scootering/BMX Kwick Cricket
The Guitar Group is aimed at guitarists who want to learn different styles of music and work in an ensemble. There will be opportunities to perform in Expressive Arts events. Times to be confirmed. See Mr Cook for more details.
The ukulele group is aimed at anyone interested in learning to play the ukulele. There will be opportunities to perform in various concerts that the Music department organises. If you are interested the group will be rehearsing on Tuesdays after school in EA3, 3:30-4:30pm. See Mr Cook for more details.
The Brass Group is aimed at brass players who want to learn different styles of music and work in an ensemble. There will be opportunities to perform in Expressive Arts events. Times to be confirmed. See Mr Cook for more details.
Textiles Club is open to pupils in all years: there are opportunities to develop your screen-printing skills in addition to working on pieces of clothing that you may want to design and make. If you want to know more information about this club then please see Ms Cato.
PE Clubs (Summer)
PE Clubs in the Summer term include
All Years Athletics (Tuesdays after school)
All Years Tennis (Wednesdays after school)
All Years Cricket (Thursdays after school)
All Years Rounders (Thursdays after school)
New Year 8 & New Year 9 Boys Cricket (Monday lunchtimes)
New Year 8 G&T (Tuesday lunchtimes)
New Year 10 High Intensity Training (Fridays after school)
PE Clubs (Winter)
PE Clubs in the Winter term include
Key Stage 3 Cross Country
Years 7 and 8 Gifted and Talented
KS3 & KS4 Boys Rugby
KS3 & KS4 Boys Basketball
KS3 & KS4 Girls Netball
All Years Badminton
All Years Trampolining
KS4 Girls HIIT