Clubs are an essential element of life at St Nicholas’ School as they offer our pupils an opportunity to engage in exciting new challenges, or to develop existing areas of strength or interest.
Our intention to educate the whole child links closely to our extra curricular provision, and we encourage pupils to engage in the programme given the personal development that it can facilitate. We aim to provide a broad range of clubs to provide something of interest to all pupils, and these sessions also provide chances for children to develop their social skills by interacting with pupils of different ages in a context different to that of the classroom.
Our programme varies each term to extend this breadth, and each member of our teaching staff provide an after school activity to help to build strong relationships between staff and pupils. However, we also take advantage of our close links with our sister schools, allowing us to provide exciting opportunities for pupils to challenge themselves outside of School, and a number of activities enjoy specialist, professional coaching and input to provide the best experience possible, developing new skills in a safe, well-organised environment
Our library provides an excellent variety of non-fiction books which are accessible to the children from Reception through to Year 6.Each class visits the School Library on a regular basis with their class teacher and the children are also encouraged to use it for independent research.
The Library is organised by library monitors from Year 6. It is their responsibility to classify and label new books and to keep the library in good order.
In addition, each class has their own class library of appropriate fiction books which the children read avidly. They are updated regularly by the class teacher.
ICT is an important tool in a child’s future.
Children have a scheduled weekly lesson with the ICT teacher who plans lessons in consultation with the class teacher, to deliver a seamless link with topics and subjects from the classroom. Lessons begin from Reception where the children learn mouse control and basic keyboard skills. As they progress through the school, they learn how to use a variety of software packages to further develop their skills. Examples of areas of work covered include Paint tools, Data Handling, Databases, Control, Spreadsheets, Slide Presentation, Graphic Modelling and basic programming using Scratch. Children also learn how to use the internet for independent research.
Our students experience wonderful music lessons where singing, listening, musical composition, percussion, rhythm and pitch are part of the curriculum. Our Summer and Christmas Concerts involve all children from Reception to Year 6. Here they have the opportunity to sing, act and entertain family and friends.
Almost 60% of our pupils play a musical instrument.
The children have the advantage of top level tuition from peripatetic teachers from the age of 6. The musical instruments on offer include; piano, violin, viola, cello, flute, guitar, tenor horn, cornet, trumpet and trombone. These musicians collaborate and play in the school orchestra which holds an annual concert for parents.
The school has a senior choir and they are involved in senior school Music Days, large Charity concerts, Carol singing at Wembley Park station in aid of charities, as well as singing at a local nursing home at Christmas. They perform for parents at the end of year Prize Giving ceremony.
Children from the youngest to the oldest attend musical concerts at the Barbican run by the London Symphony Orchestra. Here they are introduced to classical pieces of music in a fun way, and have the opportunity to see a full orchestra in action.
We enjoy our children’s music and, as a result, enjoy our reputation for excellence in the field.
Over the past years, music scholarships have been awarded to our children by senior independent schools.