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Extra-Curricular

Clubs and Activities

Prep school is the perfect time for children to have a go at lots of different activities because one of them might be the pursuit that brings colour and delight to them for the whole of their lives.  At Broomfield we are glad to offer a wide range of clubs, to entertain them and build skills as the children learn more about what makes them happy.

Many of these clubs are provided for free but some are charged for and the costs of these clubs is given in the fees list.  At 3.30pm when school finishes the children attending a club will have a nutritious snack in the Dining Room, to give them the energy for the next stage in their day.  Clubs run from 3.45pm until 4.45pm or 5pm.

Currently, while we are unable to mix class bubbles some clubs are not running as normal.  We will return to the arrangements set out below as soon as Government regulations allow.

Art

Our artist-in-residence, offers three Art Clubs after school on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays to Years 2 and above, as well as a lunchtime club for Year 1 pupils on a Tuesday.  She is a former Broomfield parent and qualified art teacher. The children work across a range of exciting media and themes to enhance the established variety and range of art activities on offer during school time.  She often uses clay and reclaimed materials to help the children create weird and wonderful sculptures.  If your child is in Art Club there will be a plethora of imaginative paintings and artefacts to decorate your home!  (Extra-curricular)

Athletics Club

Brentford FC Community Sports Trust provide athletics training for our children after school on Wednesdays, offering an excellent form of exercise while developing a number of different skills.  It is a great introduction to a sport in which the UK excels.  It may also support the children in preparing for their performances at Broomfield’s Sports Day! (Extra-curricular)

Chamber Choir

Children in Years 4 to 6 can audition for Chamber Choir, which our Music Teacher rehearses twice a week.  This is the opportunity for older children to develop the ability to sing in parts.  The Choir performs a variety of music and takes a leading role in the Senior Carol Service at St. Anne’s Church on Kew Green.  It also performs at various community and other school events and has participated in some brilliant workshops and celebrations with other choirs across the UK in venues such as Westminster Abbey and the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court.  (Free club)

Chess

The strategic thinking needed to play chess well is a brilliant skill to acquire and helps with other problem-solving activities in our Maths curriculum.  So our teaching staff enthusiastically lead Chess Club, with the support of our Year 6 Chess Captain.  Taking place during morning break on Tuesdays, this is a popular club and in the summer term we hold Junior and Senior Chess Competitions, with the winners being awarded individual trophies.  We also run a House Competition, where the teams compete for the Chess Cup.  It is a joy to watch the Year 5 and 6 prefects coach the younger members and develop relationships across the year groups.  (Free club).

ClariClub

We are blessed with a lot of keen clarinet players at Broomfield, encouraged by Mr Stuart, one of our peripatetic music teachers.  To reflect the children’s enthusiasm he runs ClariClub each week on Tuesdays at lunchtime.  This is a wonderful way to develop the children’s love of their instrument, playing and rehearsing together and we are so happy to hear them perform at every opportunity.  (Free club)

Cookery

Our school chef offers Cookery Clubs for Years 3-4 after school on Mondays and Thursdays.  Letting the children into her catering secrets, she encourages a love of cooking and some great sweet and savoury dishes are whipped up in our kitchen.  The Christmas cakes, with flamboyant decorative touches, are always a winner.  (Extra-curricular)

Dance

Dance Clubs are open to children in Years 1-6 during break and lunch times on Fridays.  They work on different styles and techniques, often including short routines to help children develop their ability to pick up choreography.  Our Year 5 and 6 Dance Club has participated in the RichDance Festival for the last few years, relishing the chance to perform on the same stage as dancers from the English National Ballet and the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance.  (Extra-curricular)

Drama

Our Drama Teacher offers speech and drama opportunities to children in Year 3 and above during break and lunch times throughout the school week.  As well developing the children’s understanding of staging plays they work on acting and presentational skills.  In the summer term children can enter the English Speaking Board (ESB) examinations, in which they do extremely well.  In 2018 the ESB chose Sacha, Year 6, to be one of their 12 Young Speakers of the Year.  The following year we did even better as Sebastian became a Young Speaker of the Year 2019 and 5 other pupils from Broomfield were Highly Commended (out of a total of 13 awards in this category).  So you can see there is a love for drama at Broomfield and our teaching gives opportunities for considerable success.  (Extra-curricular)

Drumming

Miss Magsam, part of The Rhythm Studio’s drum teaching team, leads our djembe drum clubs on Fridays during break and lunch times.  The children learn West African rhythms and perform complex multi part pieces.  It is fun, vibrant and a marvellous way for children to learn how to master rhythmic musical performance.  Whether children are flamboyant or more reserved it is such fun to see them light up as they concentrate on synchronising with their friends.  (Extra-curricular)

The Rhythm Studio is a music academy where students are inspired to develop their musical talents while learning to play and produce the music that they love.  Their community of young musicians form bands, write and produce their own music, and perform at live gigs throughout the year.  The music school in West London also offer school holiday camps. https://www.therhythmstudio.co.uk/

Fencing

Thursday lunchtime sees children in the Years 4-6 Fencing Club taking over the hall for their lessons.  Jonathan Weekes Fencing has had British Champions and a Commonwealth Champion in recent years, so you can see the team have everything it takes to develop a love of the sport and give a great grounding for any competitive opportunities.  In 2018 one of our students, Gabi, competed for the first time in a national fencing competition, coming in the top 16 competitors in the U11 category.  She lost to the number 2 seed and we are hugely proud of her achievement.  Jonathan is supported by Marion Nemitz, who also runs a Wednesday lunchtime club for Years 2 and 3.  (Extra-curricular)

Football

We offer three Football Clubs, after school on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays for children of different age groups with a focus on developing ball skills.  These are run by coaches from Brentford FC Community Sports Trust and our own teaching staff.  The older children enjoy their football at our Sports Field, Old Deer Park, adjacent to Kew Gardens, while the younger ones play at school.  The clubs’ training helps to develop their talent, which stands them in good stead when opportunities for competitive matches come along.  (Extra-curricular)

Gardening Club

Children love to get their hands dirty and Gardening Club offers some great opportunities for this.  We have a secret vegetable patch which club members keep planted and weeded until they are ready to produce delicacies which our chef is happy to cook or add to her delicious salads for school lunches.  At certain time of the year tomatoes and salad leaves, radishes and potatoes are dished up fresh from the Broomfield garden courtesy of Gardening Club.  The team also keep our flower beds looking colourful. (Free club)

Gymnastics

Our wonderful gym wall in the school gymnasium could well look familiar to you from your own schooldays.  With opportunities for climbing, exercises to develop core strength, flexibility and rope work it is a key part of Gym Club.  From vaulting over the horse to floor and bench work, there is something for everyone in these sessions.  Delivered by coaches from Brentford FC Community Sport Trust it is open to children in Year 2 and above, on Friday mornings.  Gym is a great way to get fit, be more supple, build muscle and enhance those gross motor skills.  (Extra-curricular)

Karate

Pee-Wee Karate and Funakoshi Shotokan Karate UK (FSKA) offer non-contact karate to the Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten and Year One children in a fun environment at school on Monday lunchtimes.  On Wednesdays and Thursdays before school, our black belt instructors teach Funakoshi Shotokan Karate to Year 2 children and above and we are delighted that Broomfield is such a hotbed for young karateka.

Many Karate Club members have taken part in national and international competitions both locally and abroad.  In December 2019 ten students from Broomfield represented FSKA at the International World FSKA Championships which were hosted by Renshi Debi Steven, winning gold, silver and bronze medals.  A terrific haul!

Our karateka also support the FSKA community programme, giving demonstrations at local care homes for elderly people and at the annual Kew Fete, where our Broomfield squad can showcase their skills and the fun they have in karate.  (Extra-curricular)

https://www.fskauk.co.uk/

LEGO

Our Headteacher runs LEGO Club on Mondays in morning break and our Deputy Head (Pastoral), runs one on Tuesdays each week.  We aim to give opportunities for the children from Kindergarten upwards to work creatively, in groups or individually, to build from their imagination.  Completed creations are photographed for our display board and occasionally shared in assembly.  The children often choose to use the LEGO to recreate something from the learning they have had in class.  A group from Year 4 won a Detail and Design award in the Lego League Junior programme in 2019 for their amazing Space Base, complete with jacuzzi!  (Free club)

Modern Foreign Languages

Within Broomfield’s curriculum we teach Spanish but our Languages Teacher also runs clubs during morning break for native speakers in both French and Spanish.  For those children for whom English is an additional language this is a great way to maintain their own home language.  She works with them mainly though games, stories and activities that develop their vocabulary and conversation.  (Free clubs)

Netball

On Tuesdays after school our Netball Club puts children in Years 3 and 4 through their paces.  Coaches from Brentford FC Community Sports Trust work to develop ball skills, improve hand/eye coordination and increase fitness.  Broomfield is lucky enough to have many netball hoops around school and so shooting skills are often kept up during playtimes as well as in the club.  (Extra-curricular)

Orchestra

Led by our wonderful Music Teacher, Orchestra brings together the children learning musical instruments individually and allows them to understand how, by working together, they can achieve a much bigger and more layered sound.  Many of us will have experienced the joy that being part of a band or group can bring and Broomfield’s Orchestra does this and more, playing a repertoire which might otherwise seem out of reach.  They concluded one of our 2020 Instrumental Concerts with a rousing chorus of Land of Hope and Glory.  Orchestra also perform at school events and festivities and regularly bring a happy tear to a proud parent’s eye!  Orchestra meets on Wednesdays each week at morning break.  (Free club)

Science Club

Most children love the hands on experience of science and our club offers opportunities for this.  From experiments with light and prisms to competing to make the tallest structure possible using marshmallows and spaghetti, Science Club is both fun and educational.  (Free club)

Technokids

For the children motivated by the wonders of new technology we are delighted to have TechnoKids in school to deliver Computing sessions after school on Mondays.  Technokids have been running their technology club at Broomfield for over 20 years!  The sessions focus on developing digital literacy, creative computing and coding skills in a fun, social context.

A different set of tech comes into school each term, including laptops, iPads, programmable robots and more.  The tutors teach a variety of modules designed to support the Computing curriculum for Key Stages 1 & 2. (Extra-curricular)

Technokids at Broomfield is administered directly by Bruce Harrison at:  www.technokids.co.uk