27 April 2021

 

The Birkenhead Park School has launched a range of fun new clubs and activities for Year 7-9 students to get involved with.

 

As part of the summer extracurricular programme, four new clubs have been introduced in addition to some longstanding favourites. In partnership with the University of Liverpool, STEM Club is one of the new clubs for this term and is based around science, technology, engineering and maths. Every week students are set a challenge in one of these areas – for example this week students have to make a boat out of foil and see how many pennies it can hold. Through these games and challenges students can learn about fundamental ideas and principles whilst still having lots of fun.

 

Another club new for summer is IDEA Club, which is all about developing digital and enterprise skills through a series of challenges. It follows a similar format to the Duke of Edinburgh award where students can achieve bronze silver and gold awards and potentially win industry-recognised awards too.

 

Every Thursday students can now have dance sessions with a dance practitioner from The Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA). LIPA is a world-class performing arts institution founded by Sir Paul McCartney, so this is a fantastic opportunity for students to learn or further develop their skills.

 

And finally, every morning during breakfast club students can now take part in the Morning Mile. As the name suggests, students run a mile in school with a PE teacher. This is all about getting active and having fun before lessons start. It also doubles up as a training event for Race for Life in aid of Cancer Research UK, which we will be taking part in.

 

The main aim for these new clubs is for students to have fun with their friends and make memories, explains Tracey Houghton, Assistant Headteacher and Head of Extracurricular: “This is a perfect opportunity to help students catch up on social experiences they have missed throughout lockdown in a safe and controlled way. We hope the clubs will also enrich our students school experience, help them develop key skills such as teamwork, leadership and critical thinking, as well as prepare them for their future. We are proud to utilise our partnerships with Everton, LIPA and Liverpool University to bring unique and ambitious experiences to school and give them networking opportunities for their future careers.”

 

Adam in Year 7, a member of Idea Club, is one of the many students that has been getting stuck in to the new clubs and has completed three bronze badges already. “I chose to join the Idea Club because I wanted to learn some extra life skills and I like IT,”, he says. “The way they teach the skills is very fun and I have learnt how to protect a site from hackers.”

 

As a result of his fantastic effort, Adam also won the first Character Champion of the term. Character Champion is an award given weekly to students that have made an extra special engagement with or contribution to extracurricular activities, along with exemplifying the school’s core values of positivity, ambition, resilience and thoughtfulness.

 

For further details and the full schedule of our extracurricular clubs and activities, head to our Extra curricular page.