ILLUMINATE

Extra Curricular Activities

We encourage our students to become involved in as many extra-curricular activities as possible, both in school and in the wider community. These interests and activities change on an annual basis, dependent on individual choices and skills, but in recent years have included:

 

Duke of Edinburgh

At JCSC the Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE) is delivered by Mr. Anderson, Mr. Armstrong, Mrs. Charnley, Miss Don and Miss Holmes on Friday between 3.30pm and 4.30pm. These sessions are used to help prepare students for their expedition. This includes, Navigation, camp cooking and setting up a campsite.

What is the DofE?

The DofE award is open to anyone aged between 14 and 24, and consists of three levels – Bronze, Silver and Gold. Each award is achieved by completing a personal program of activities within four different sections – Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition. The Gold award also includes a Residential element too.

The award can be personalised to include a wide variety of activities and projects. Most people will find themselves helping people or communities, developing new skills, and improving their fitness as part of the DofE award.

Why do the DofE?

The experience is a real adventure full of different aspects that are both challenging and fun. As well as discovering new skills and talents and making new friends the experience also builds confidence and helps to prepare young people for university or working life.

The DofE award will arm you with skills such as self-management, problem solving, team working and communication; all of which are highly desirable skills that employers look for in candidates. Achieving the DofE award, particularly at Gold level, is also of great benefit to anyone going through the UCAS process and applying for universities. The achievement is recognised worldwide and well respected by employers and universities alike.

 

DT Club

Exclusively For year 7 at Acklington Road every Thursday 3:30pm – 4:30pm Throughout the year.

DT allows students to increase students engagement with Design and Technology as well as improve confidence and skills to support lesson progress.

This club gives students the opportunity to work at the high school and use the amazing facilities we have here on site with the department from the 3D printer and CNC machines to traditional machinery to produce hand crafted products made in the workshop.

 

Art Club

Monday: Exclusively for years 10 from 3.10 – 4pm, and then exclusive to year 11 from 4pm – 5pm.

Thursday – open to all year groups. 

Art club runs throughout the year, and is a fantastic opportunity for students to gain access to the fantastic array of artists materials and resources, where students can develop their creative skills and experiment with new media, while also increasing their independence and making exceptional progress within their own art projects.

 

Writing Club

A writing group runs every Wednesday lunch time for Y9 and Y10 students – but all years are welcome. All students need is a passion for writing and a pen! Students get a chance to explore a range of writing types and challenges which they then workshop.

This builds confidence, both in writing and in presenting work. Students also get the chance to critique other peoples’ work and develop their own writing challenges which the rest of the group participate in.

Most of these students enjoy it so much they end up signing up for the Arvon creative writing residential!

 

Interact club

Exclusively For year 7 at Acklington Road every Thursday 3:30pm – 4:30pm Throughout the year.

Interact club is supported by the local Rotary club recently students that are members have taken part in a variety of fund raising and community based activities. Over the autumn term they have helped with the sleigh at Christmas, organising the shoebox collection

The Interact club runs at lunchtime every other Tuesday. Students interested should see Mrs Parks for more information. This is open to all year groups from 9 to 13.

 

Science Crest Club

Last year, we were delighted that 65 of our Year 7&8 students completed their Bronze Crest award.

Two of our year 13 students completed their exclusive Crest Gold award during a summer university placement, organised by the Nuffield foundation. Both were invited to participate in this programme after a selection process.

What is Crest?

The CREST Awards scheme is the British Science Association’s flagship programme for young people. Around 40,000 students in the UK gain CREST Awards every year. It is the only nationally recognised accreditation scheme for STEM project work (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects, providing science enrichment activities to inspire and engage 5-to-19-year olds.

What does Crest do for our students?

CREST gives our students the chance to participate in hands-on science through investigations and enquiry-based learning, supporting them to solve real-life science-based challenges through practical investigation and discussion.

It also develops our students practical and investigatory skills in readiness for their GCSE Science course.

Our Crest Programme?

Our Crest programme for this year will commence in the Spring term and run through to the Summer term. Students will be selected in Year 7 and 8. We are currently looking into the opportunity for some Year 9 students to complete their Silver Crest award.
Mrs Old manages our Crest programme.

 

 

Sports Clubs

Badmington Club (Mondays after School)

Students from all year groups are welcome to come and practise their badminton skills through game play. There are a variety of ages and skill level so everyone can get involved. There is no sign up needed, just turn up and play! Runs all year round 3.10pm- 4pm.

Netball Club (Thursday after School)

Students from all year groups are welcome to come along to Netball Club. We practise passing, shooting and set drills as well as playing games. We also enter the Nothumberland Schools league for the older year groups which could involve travelling for matches. Runs from September to February 3.10pm – 4pm.

Badmington Club (Thursday after School)

Students from all year groups are welcome to come and practise their athletics events. We offer running events at the track, jumping events both indoor and outdoor and throwing events on the field. All year groups including those at the middle school attend and all PE staff get involved. It runs after school 3.10pm – 4.10pm in the summer term only.

 

Revision classes

English Revision

The English department run English GCSE revision for Year 11 every Thursday after school from 3.15pm-4pm following the October half term. All Year 11 students are invited to the sessions. These sessions are designed support their learning in English lessons and prepare them for the end of year examinations. Throughout the sessions, students will cover all key skills and content needed for their GCSE examinations for English Literature and English Language.

Year 11 Science Revision

Year 11 science revision classes occur every Tuesday evening from 15:10 to 15.55. All students should attend in order to prepare for their forthcoming exams in May. Revision classes will continue until the last science GCSE exam in June.

Maths Revision

The maths department runs maths GCSE revision for Year 11 every Monday after school from 3.15pm-4pm following the October half term. All Year 11 students are invited to the sessions. These sessions are designed support their learning in maths lessons and prepare them for the end of year examinations. Throughout the sessions, students will cover all key skills and content needed for their GCSE examinations.
2017 visit to Cambodia
Charity committee
Conservation work
Writing newspaper articles
Hosting charity events
Work opportunities
Classroom support
Sports leadership
Coffee mornings
Volunteering links with Warkworth & Amble
Rotary Interact
Film Club
Engineering project