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At The British School of Amsterdam we see after school activities and enrichment as an integral part of the education of our children, and to that end offer a wide range of clubs that aim to introduce the child to potential hobbies, develop particular sports, provide language learning or other skills such as computing and inspire an interest in areas that perhaps they would not be exposed to through the normal curriculum.
Whilst the school recognises the importance and value of extracurricular activities, it chooses to offer only a limited programme to children in the Early Years. The school realises that young children are often very tired at the end of the school day and would not benefit from attending after school clubs so limits the number of after school activities on offer to children in Reception. Our extra-curricular activities include FitNut, biodanza, Fun Learning English and social club. When children join the Infant School they are able to enjoy a wider range of age appropriate extracurricular activities.
There are no extra curricular activities for children in Nursery.
We run a popular enrichment programme for the children for six months of each year (when they are not taking part in swimming lessons). The children have the opportunity to work through blocks of activities such as drama, coding, sewing, first aid, road safety, cooking, photography, gardening and sustainability. This gives the children the opportunity to work together, think creatively and apply their curricular learning to real-life situations.
Alongside our enrichment programme we run our Forest School programme, which involves groups of children taking part in outdoor learning lead by our qualified Forest School leaders at local woodland areas. Forest School is a programme that offers all learners opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment. At the end of each year, we take the children to a large nature reserve outside Amsterdam for our Infant School Away Day. During the day, the children take part in outdoor workshops and activities similar to the activities they will take part in when they go to camp in the Junior School.
We have a wide range of extra-curricular activities which happen after school. The clubs on offer change each term and there is always a variety to choose from including sports, arts, languages, chess and academic clubs.
In the Junior School we have an active after school clubs programme, with around 25 clubs each week to take part in. Clubs range from sports teams and fitness clubs to arts, music and drama, and some language clubs and book clubs. We work with a range of outside providers to include a good range of clubs that involve the children in enjoyable activities, and parents can sign up each term for different clubs or continue with the same options.
The Senior School offers a wide range of morning, lunchtime and after school clubs. Our dedicated staff lead clubs and activities which provide students with the opportunity to pursue and develop their own interests, to experience new ventures, and to compete as individuals or as a member of a team in various settings.
There are wide variety of clubs on offer at the Senior School.
In addition to our enrichment opportunities there is also the possibility to attend homework club, running most nights during the school term. Here there is a member of our teaching staff dedicated to supporting pupils with their homework after school. Homework club is offered as a “drop in” session and can be used regularly or when required.