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Clubs are an important part of life at Saint Ronan’s and offer opportunities for children to have fun while learning and having new experiences. The following clubs are currently on offer.
Art & Craft (Class 3 and 4)
Art and Craft classes are for the younger members of the Prep School who are keen to develop their artistic flair. They will experience craft work, 3D work, ceramics and experimental work, further developing the themes and ideas from the term’s Art topic.
Sarah Denman is a ballet specialist who holds the highest dance qualification possible and is a fellow of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance. The students will work towards ISTD examinations in ballet which they can take during the Summer Term if they wish. Ballet is an extremely important discipline as the techniques learned underpin all other dance genres.
Participants will play Board Games in small groups. This is a stimulating club where all participants have fun together whilst improving their logical and reasoning skills. Playing board games helps with learning, social and communication skills, it also helps improve verbal abilities and attention by making the children focus for longer periods of time. What’s not to love!
Terry Davies will be working with groups in Tongswood, teaching basic and advanced bushcraft skills, wilderness survival, primitive technology, how to forage for wild foods and lots, lots more. Waterproofs and backpacks are needed!!
A chance to learn the rules of the game and play against your peers.
Calling all children who love to create a good story! Do you enjoy using your imagination? Years 3 & 4, come along to creative writing club for lots of fun activities and the opportunity to create your own book. J K Rowling, step aside… here come the St. Ronan Writers!
The computer programming club takes the pupils programming skills to higher levels. Drone programming and Robotics (in conjunction with DT for VEX Robotics). The next generation of coders are here.
Debating (Midway and above)
The aim of this extra is to enhance the public-speaking and debating skills of the pupils. In a series of structured exercises, as well as in different debate formats, pupils will learn how to research both sides of an issue, how to make a point effectively, how to respond with alacrity to criticism, as well as how to deliver a persuasive speech – all using erudite vocabulary. It is envisaged that the most eloquent pupils will participate in national public-speaking competitions.
Design and Technology
Pupils will be involved in a variety of Design and Make tasks. Pupils will use a variety of techniques and materials, along with CAD, to draw their ideas. The projects vary from making coasters and wooden bags to building and racing an electric car in the Young Eco Engineers’ competition.
Drama Club is run in close consultation with the children and is a super way to develop confidence and creativity. The children decide what areas of drama they would like to explore, be it learning soliloquies, writing their own scenes, learning and performing a short script or creating a film on ipads! There is usually time for a few fun drama games too!
Fishing – Summer Term only
Fishing around the Hammerpond with Nathaniel. More information to follow.
This extra allows pupils to explore different aspects of modern dance. They will have the opportunity to develop basic steps, jumps, turns and other movements and then incorporate them into simple dance routines. Watch out Diversity!
Icreate is an opportunity for the children to make creative projects using our iPads. This includes writing, directing and performing their own movie (using props and costumes from the costume cupboard). They may also use Apps like Garageband to make their own music and use the green screen to deliver our school news!
Journalism and ‘eco’ club
This is an opportunity to form part of a team that will create a monthly Saint Ronan student journal . You will work on the skills required to create and edit written and audio visual reports on a range of topics like: sport, climate change and sustainability, current affairs (what’s happening around the world now ) music and culture (films, arts , theatre ect). As part of this extra you will also help to continue the work started in the last academic year on plastic recycling and the environment more generally; we will need your help in ways to use the plastic bricks that are being collected for example.
Come and explore our very own Tongswood, play in the Rockery or up in Treetops! If it is wet, we come inside for a film.
Judo is an Olympic sport. It helps children with their fitness, strength and discipline. Grading examinations are undertaken at the end of the term to assess a student’s fighting ability and theory knowledge. Students are also entered into National School competitions, if appropriate.
London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art is changing this year. We will be holding Group Lamda lessons alongside individual/paired sessions. Please click here for more details.
LEGO (Class 3 and 4)
Calling all budding architects and builders! Come along to Lego Club and get involved in building on a miniature scale. Lego will be supplied. We would hate to be responsible for your Millennium Falcon not being able to make the jump to hyperspace because the capacitor was holding someone’s swing or shop front together!
Ben De Wynter, Member of the Magic Circle for 20 years, will teach basic to intermediate coin, card, mentalism, rope and DIY magic. Great fun If you’ve ever been interested in magic and would like to develop sleight of hand and presentational skills to a performance level.
For those who like mud, blood and sweat! Pupils make use of the beautiful school grounds, including Tongswood, to create and ride their own trails. Riding takes place off road and often over very rough terrain. Mountain biking develops a rider’s strength, balance, bike- handling skills, fitness and sense of responsibility. Riders need to be closely in touch with nature and the landscape. Children find real pleasure in riding in a traffic-free environment. Every ride is an adventure. (Bikes not included.)
Members of the Paradise Farm Team are expected to help with feeding, mucking out, organising rotas/teams and selling any produce from the Farm to keep this enterprise going. Alongside Debbie Dalloway, the team are involved in decision-making and are able to really get their hands dirty! Welly-boots and overalls are supplied by the school.
If you are a keen cross-country runner or athlete, why not sign up for Running Club? It is a great way to train for the various cross country events (not to mention the Brodie Shield) that are held during the Autumn and Spring terms and also a fun way to maintain and develop your general fitness for improved performance in other sports. The Club will be run by Mrs Fagg, herself a keen athlete and runner. She will use different methods of training to help inspire, keep sessions engaging and challenging, whilst also improving your respiratory and cardiovascular fitness.
Participants play Scrabble in groups made up of 2 – 4 players. This is a stimulating club where all participants take the game seriously and most definitely improve their Scrabble skills and techniques. We allow Scrabble dictionaries to be used to triple-check spelling and meaning and also to discover new and interesting words. Plenty of fun to be had, whilst learning at the same time. What’s not to love!
Pupils with no Spanish, as well as those with some knowledge, are welcome to join. Members of the Spanish club can be divided into two groups if there is an advanced level. For beginner Spanish, children will learn the basics through fun games and conversation; we explore the cultural side of Spanish and Latin American traditions too. The more advanced level can make progress through a personalised programme. Que no tarde, venga!
The children rotate through a variety of indoor and outdoor sporting activities, depending on weather and season!
A fun and exciting way to boost enjoyment and learning across Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
Swim club – Summer & FIRST HALF half Autumn Term
Swim Club is an opportunity to develop your swimming strokes with coach Janet Morris. Children work hard to improve their skill, speed and stamina in backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and front crawl. Swimsuits, swimming goggles, a swimming cap and towel are needed. The outdoor pool is heated but swimmers should walk to swimming with shoes on and a warm top as air temperatures do vary!
A chance to learn the rules of the game and play against your peers.
Tap dancing at Saint Ronan’s is a fun club. All children wear tap shoes that have metal on the heels and toes that enable the children to make percussion sounds while striking the floor! Each term the children learn a variety of warm up steps and technical exercises which leads onto learning a tap dance routine that is then performed to family and friends at the end of term. It’s a great form of exercise and very popular!
Tennis coaching with our visiting professional. Summer term only, with coaches from Hawkhurst Tennis Club.
Touch-typing is an important life skill and one that can be fun to learn! Mr Stickney teaches the children with the aid of specialist software and they are soon tapping away at speed. Children enjoy seeing their rates increase and at the same time are learning an indispensable skill.
Namaste Kids teaches yoga using the Yoga Banana’s technique. Incorporating all the elements of traditional yoga in a fun, inspiring and structured way, Yoga helps to maintain strength & stamina, improve the immune system, explore creativity & imagination, improve memory & concentration and reduce stress & anxiety.