Notre Dame offers a wide range of extra activities. From sports clubs and drama to music, art, science and technology there is plenty to choose from. Older students benefit from a vibrant Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme as well as a whole range of trips and visits.
The school runs Challenge Week every three years, regular Dimension Days when normal lessons give way to new approaches to learning, and there is an exchange programme for students with Notre Dame Academy near Boston, USA.
The school also provides a strong faith life. Retreats, reflections, liturgies and Mass are part of the pattern of the school year.
Lunchtime and After School Activities
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The PE Department provide a range of extra curricular opportunities throughout the year including netball, dance, table tennis, rounders, tennis, and athletics. We also have our Fitness Suite available at lunchtime and after school.
We also provide students with an opportunity to compete against other Plymouth schools in netball, rounders, football and athletics, as well as staging an annual dance show.
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Among the many musical activities offered is membership of the school Harmony Choir. Students can participate in musical productions for public performances. We have large choirs in Christmas Concerts and have produced, alongside Drama, many musicals including “Grease” and “An Evening of Musicals”. Students can also enjoy participating in the school jazz band.
“Catch-up” and extension lessons are available at lunchtimes for most year groups each week. Life Drawing classes are run after school for KS4 and KS5 and opportunities to work in other schools in workshop conditions are available each year.
Catch up and revision lessons are available at lunchtimes and after school during exam periods for all students. We offer Book Club and Film Club as well as visiting authors who work with a range of different students. We take part in workshops involving the Carnegie Award and there are numerous competitions which take place throughout the year.
There is a programme of theatre visits and drama workshops and a weekly KS3 Drama Club. Drama students also participate in the many concerts, assemblies, liturgies and productions the school presents each year.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award aims to provide an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding programme of personal development for young people aged between 14 – 25. By undertaking the award students make new friends, discover new activities and develop new skills. The award is undertaken during lunchtimes, after school and weekends. The award has been running in the school for a number of years and is very successful.
- Personal development
- Learn new skills
- Awareness of potential
- Have some fun!
Volunteering – to encourage service to individuals and the community. It could include activities such as helping out at after school clubs or St John’s Ambulance ie. helping others
Skills – to encourage personal interests, social and practical skills. This could include learning to play a new musical instrument, fashion design, fly fishing, ICT, juggling or drama
Physical Recreation – to encourage participation and improvement in physical activity, and could include activities like surfing, sailing, mountain biking, dance or yoga
Expedition – to encourage the spirit of adventure. This section involves a 2 day walk with an overnight stay
- Bronze 6 – 9 months
- Silver 9- 12 month
- Gold 18 months
Design and Technology
Technology provides a variety of opportunities for pupils to enhance their learning by allowing pupils to work on personal projects as well as contributing to whole school projects at designated lunchtimes and evenings every week. This could take any form such as making delicious and skilful products in Cookery Club to building a boat to compete against other schools in the Southwest. With this department being at the forefront of new technologies, the possibilities are endless for a budding innovator.
There is a computer club, and access to ICT facilities during lunchtime and after school.
The liturgy and worship of the school is central to its ethos as a Catholic school and there are many activities to support faith organised by Emma Bonard, the Lay Chaplain.
There are Year 10 and Sixth Form residential retreats each year, and we also provide House Retreats for all Year 7 students at Buckfast Abbey. There is a Christian Union group that is run by Sixth Form students and a regular Mission programme which, in 2016/17, focuses on the theme ‘Hearts as wide as the world’.
Students of other faiths are welcome and there is a joint Christian-Muslim group in school who network with others across the city.
The Learning Support team run a breakfast and lunchtime club daily for students wishing to complete homework or coursework with the added support of Learning Support Assistants.
All year groups attend this well structured and friendly environment, building social skills and widening friendships.
Modern Foreign Languages
There is a lunchtime Latin club for those that like a challenge. Students can also test themselves against the best linguists in the school to see if they have the ability to go on and earn a fortune at the E.U.!
Year 10 and Year 12 students have the opportunity to follow a nationally recognised programme where they learn – with first hand experience – the reality of running their own business and possibly even making a bit of money for themselves in the meantime.
Every 2 years for one week in the summer term the normal timetable is stopped and students take part in a wide range of different activities, for example water sports, horse riding, scrap booking, skiing, and discovery days. The students choose which activity they will take part in and they may involve a residential experience such as a week in the UK or abroad. It is a great opportunity to learn new skills and take on exciting challenges that encourage students’ personal and social development, enabling them to learn about themselves, other people and the world in which we live.
Military Kids Club Heroes is a unique student voice group, affiliated to the Royal British Legion (Devon), for the support of Service children and young people. This group works, actively, in harmony, to ensure that every member has a voice and is able to use it for the benefit of all. Members of MKC Heroes are ambassadors and young advocates for Service families. Most importantly, they are friends for each other, especially in times of need. Please see the link below for more information.
Thank you to our military sponsor who sent us the following message:
The Young Carers group meets on a weekly basis for mutual support and fun. Membership is open to all students who have to care for someone at home and the group arrange a variety of activities and trips.
For more information, please visit the Young Carers page here - http://www.ndonline.org/young-carers/