Enrichment

As humans, we learn and grow from new experiences.  At King Edward VI Handsworth Wood Girls’ Academy, we ensure that all of our pupils have access to the widest range of learning opportunities through our extensive enrichment programme.   This provision provides all pupils with the opportunity to learn, develop and master a range of skills that will help to create lifelong interests, whilst building positive relationships, confidence, self-esteem and resilience.  We recommend that all students at King Edward VI Handsworth Wood Girls’ Academy participate in at least two enrichment activities each week.

The House System

Additional opportunities for enrichment are provided through the house system.  A wide range of healthy house competitions are promoted each half term.  All pupils are encouraged to participate in these house competitions.  Students who are committed to their house and regularly participate in house in events are rewarded with half and full colour awards that recognises their contribution and dedication.

Pupil Pledge

We ensure that every student has access to many experiences during their time at King Edward VI Handsworth Wood Girls’ Academy.  Our Pupil Pledge provides a ‘bucket list’ of activities that ensures that our students leave us as well- rounded young people with the skills, knowledge and aspiration to so on to succeed in an ever-changing world.

Pupil Pledge – To give you the edge.
To attend a residential
To be involved in charity/fundraising events.
To make a change in the community
To attend a regional/national event
To take part in a performance/speak publicly.
To represent your house/school.
To visit a place of worship and non-worship.
To visit a place of higher or further education.
To venture beyond the local community.
To attend a live professional performance.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE)

The Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE) is a fantastic opportunity for our students to learn life skills.  This nationally recognised award combines fun adventure, social action, setting personal challenges and pushing personal boundaries.

There are four sections to complete at Bronze and Silver level and five at Gold. They involve helping the community/environment, becoming fitter, developing new skills, planning, training for and completing an expedition and, for Gold only, working with a team on a residential activity. Through a DofE programme young people have fun, make friends, improve their self-esteem, build confidence and raise aspirations.  Students will gain essential skills and attributes for work and life such as resilience, problem-solving, team-working, communication and drive.  Endorsed by over 100 UK employers, and recognised internationally, the award gives pupils the edge when applying for college, university and employment in the future.

Enrichment Timetable (Sample) – TBC for September 2020

DayWeek A/BEnrichment ActivityActivity Description
MondayA/BFootball ClubDevelop football skills, techniques and tactics.  Opportunities to represent HWGA school Team.  
A/BLearning Resource ClubLose yourself in a good book, or colour away stress.  Get involved in a variety of board games.  
TuesdayA/BThe Rep Satellite Youth TheatreDrama club ran by a director from the Rep theatre – building towards a final performance at the Rep theatre.
A/BNetball ClubDevelop netball skills, techniques and tactics.  Opportunities to represent HWGA school Team.  
A/B  Art and Craft ClubGet creative by having a go at Origami and other craft activities using a range of media.
A/BLearning Resource ClubLose yourself in a good book, or colour away stress.  Get involved in a variety of board games.  
ACoding ClubCome to the IT department and try to crack the codes.  
A/B Textiles ClubTextiles club offers a range of techniques that students can pick and choose from. Starting with hand embroidery, painting on fabric and knitting, to some fun one off projects to adorn your room.
A/BCooking ClubLearn how to prepare and cook quick healthy nutritious lunches.
A/BStage CrewTraining in all aspects of theatre design.  Assisting in performing arts events across the academy.
WednesdayA/BEco-ClubMaking the school environment more pleasant for everyone
A/BKS3 Drama clubPupils in years 7 and 8 who love drama to meet up and create work together for performance.  
A/BTed Ed ProgrammeA thought provoking programme which supports students in discovering, researching, exploring and presenting their big ideas in the form of short, TED-style talks which they will then present in front of their peers.
A/BGames ClubPlay board games and make new friends.  
A/B Learning Resource ClubLose yourself in a good book, or colour away stress.  Get involved in a variety of board games.
ThursdayA/BFootball ClubDevelop football skills, techniques and tactics.  Opportunities to represent HWGA school Team.  
ADanceLearn dance routines and using a variety of styles of dance.  
A/BDrone ClubDesign and make a drone.
A/B Confidence in 30 lunchtimesIt takes your brain 30 repetitions to create a habit.  Come along to learn new skills to boost your confidence.
A/BCollaboration concertPractice for the collaborative concert.
A/B  Learning Resource ClubLose yourself in a good book, or colour away stress.  Get involved in a variety of board games.
A/B  Entomology (Bug) ClubLooking at the life cycle and care of different insects and amphibians.
FridaysA/BTable Tennis  Develop table tennis skills, techniques and tactics.  Participate in tournaments.  
A/B Learning Resource ClubLose yourself in a good book, or colour away stress.  Get involved in a variety of board games.
A/BCreative Writing ClubChance to engage in creative writing opportunities including contributing to the school’s new online magazine.  
A/BDebate Club  Debate of moral / ethical / political / current news items.  
A/B  Choir Singing practise for students wanting to improve their vocals.