Padworth students are encouraged to participate in co-curricular activities to give an important balance to their academic study and to enable them to get the most out of school life. Activities take place at lunchtimes, after school and at weekends and are organised both by our own Academic and Boarding Staff and outside Instructors to cater for different tastes and talents.
A wide choice of co-curricular activities is on offer – as well as a full programme of Saturday excursions and special interest trips to the theatre, museums and art galleries and activity days such as Go Karting and Paintballing.
|Weekly Activity Programme (please note that this programme is subject to change)|
|Monday||Football Fitness Power Walking Chess Club Cookery Gym Fitness Session Circuit Factory (Girls) Board Games|
|Tuesday||Choir Circuit Factory (Boys) Dance Photography IELTS Gym Fitness Session Zumba|
|Wednesday||Football training Power Walking Philosophy Club Book Club Running Club Christian Worship|
|Thursday||Netball Gym Fitness Session IELTS Economics Club Cipher Club Art Club Pottery Club|
|Friday||Friday Night Out – Cinema, Bowling or Ice Skating|
|Saturday||Weekend Activity or Trip e.g. London, Oxford, Windsor, Go Karting Day, Thorpe Park, Longleat Safari Park and other cities and places of interest Newbury Park Run|
|Sunday||Weekly trip to Reading Retail Park Basketball Horseriding Badminton Club Boarders’ Forum Meeting|
Here’s some news from a few of the Clubs…
The Economics Club meets each Thursday for lively discussions on ‘Economics in the News’. So far this term they have explored the current news events which relate to Economics, such as the recent Scottish Referendum, the Budget plans of the main political parties and the UK’s membership of the EU. Head of Economics, Michael Laizans runs the Club with the aim of helping students understand and enjoy the practical side of Economics.
Philosophy Club meets every Friday lunchtime to discuss interesting philosophical issues such as the Existence of God, Ethical puzzles and Beauty which have led to some lively discussions amongst the Sixth form students and staff who attend. In the words of one of the students, “Philosophy Club is great because you can express and explain your ideas in a safe and sensible environment and it also widens your understanding by listening to other peoples’ opinions and views on subjects that don’t necessarily have a right or wrong answer”.
All students have the opportunity to take individual instrumental lessons which can be arranged for any instrument and will include theory of music – such lessons incur an additional charge. Singing lessons are also available.
The Padworth Singers, a staff and student choir, meet weekly during term time and everyone is welcome to join. Events are organised on a termly basis to offer the opportunity for the Padworth Singers and for all students to perform in front of an audience and these always provide a wonderful occasion for the college community to enjoy.
Every weekend, there is a full day excursion to visit a city, place of interest, theme park or special activity. This term, the trips include London, Salisbury and Stonehenge, Bicester Village, Thorpe Park, Longleat Safari Park, Dry slope Skiing, Reading and a visit to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, London.
Every Sunday, we take students to the nearby shopping centre and every Friday night, there is an outing to the cinema, ice skating rink or bowling alley.
Social events include Welcome Suppers, Talent Nights, Student discos, Hallowe’en Party, Christmas in Words and Music, Leavers’ Prom, Presentation Day, Quiz Nights, Summer Art Exhibition, Sports Day and International Evening.
Student Council and Boarders’ Forum
The students have their own representative bodies, the Student Cabinet and the Boarders’ Forum, which provide an opportunity for all students to have their say on any aspect of school life and to organise events.
In addition, a number of students, both day students and boarders, are given the opportunity to play a leadership role within the student community. Each year, a number of students are appointed to positions of College Leader, Heads of Boarding and Prefects.
I love interacting with people and at Padworth, I ran for the Student Cabinet and was elected – I tried my best to address any problems students may face and voice their concerns”, Xiao Qian, former Padworth student