La Retraite Roman Catholic Girls' School

Enrichment

Enrichment

A broad and enviable enrichment programme complements the quality and strength of our academic offer, equipping every student with the skills, qualities, and attributes necessary for them to flourish in their professional and personal lives, be ambitious for themselves and ready to make a difference to tomorrows’ worlds.

A wealth of experiences beyond the classroom are offered to every student in year groups, empowering every student to become the best versions of themselves, and not only nurtures their individual personalities, talents, and aspirations, but challenges them to grow as leaders and innovators of the future, equipped with the qualities and traits needed, for success in the global world.

Trips and Experiences

Woven into the curriculum to complement academic studies and offer real-life learning experiences, our menu of trips are highly rewarding and introduce students to new things they may not have had the opportunity to experience before.

Music Offer

Throughout the school year our music offer incorporates concerts, services, competitions, and events, including invitations to perform at ensembles outside of school, ranging from performances in London concert Halls and cathedrals, to Sunday mass services at our local parish churches.

Students can get involved in these events by joining our various performance groups including choirs, orchestras, and bands. In addition, a music tour abroad takes place annually. Recent tours include singing in Bruges Cathedral (& Euro Disney. The department also regularly hosts trips to see concerts, operas and shows in the West End.

Students can apply to learn a musical instrument with a specialist teacher. We offer tuition in most instruments, from violin to electric guitar, trumpet to saxophone. The school will pay for a large amount of the cost of these lessons, with parents asked to pay just a small contribution.

Our music instrument teachers are all highly accomplished at performing and teaching their instruments. When they are not teaching in school, they often perform with famous artists and orchestras, so you will be learning from the very best on how to become a great performer yourself.

Extra-Curricular Clubs

At La Retraite, we ensure a wide variety of Enrichment activities are available for all students to take part in, developing students’ skills and interests, and giving them new and exciting experiences and opportunities.

Please see below for the enrichment activities and clubs offered by each department.

Computing

DISCOVERY CODING

For students in KS3. You'll learn about Python, an industry-standard coding language, which will assist you in developing your own programmes and games. Tuesdays, 15:15 - 16:15.

PYTHON CODING CLUB

For students in KS4 and KS5. Targeting Women in to STEM careers with Imperial College London, and enriching the T Level curriculum. Thursdays from 16:00.

Creative Arts

CREATIVE ARTS BOOSTER SESSIONS

For students in KS4 and KS5. Date and time to be confirmed.

KS3 & KS4 POP-UP CLUBS

Two separate clubs, for students in KS3 and KS4. Each week, students will focus on a different art specialism, including illustration, photography, fashion and more. Date and time to be confirmed.

CREATIVE ARTS SCHOLARS CLUB

For Scholarship Programme students interested in Art & Textiles. Date and time to be confirmed.

FASHION ILLUSTRATION CLUB

For students in Year 10. Wednesdays at lunchtime.

Drama & Theatre Studies

LA RETRAITE THEATRE COMPANY

For students in all year groups. Join the La Retraite Theatre company, there are roles to suit all individuals: actors, technicians, artists, script writers, marketing representatives, costume and stage prop managers.

Tuesdays, after school. Speak to Mrs Masoliver for more information.

YEAR 7 DRAMA LUNCH CLUB

For students in Year 7 with a passion for Drama, acting and performing. Fridays at lunchtime. Speak to Ms Clarke for more information.

YEAR 8/9/10 DRAMA LUNCH CLUB

For students in Years 8/9/10 with a passion for Drama, acting and performing. Mondays at lunchtime. Speak to Ms Clarke for more information.

EAL

PORTUGUESE CLUB

For students in KS3 and KS4. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursday, 15:30 - 17:00. Speak to Ms Ferreira for more information.

ITALIAN A LEVEL PREPARATION

For students in KS4. Wednesdays, 15:10 - 16:00. Speak to Mrs Jarrett for more information.

MANDARIN FOR BEGINNERS & INTERMEDIATE

For students in KS3 and KS4, beginners. Wednesdays, 15:10 - 15:45. Speak to Mrs Jarrett for more information.

For students in KS3/4, intermediate and preparing for GCSE. Wednesdays, 15:45 - 16:30. Speak to Mrs Jarrett for more information.

GERMAN EXCHANGE

Cancelled until further notice.

ARABIC GCSE PREPARATION

For students in KS3/4 and preparing for GCSE. Tuesdays, 15:10 - 16:30. Speak to Mrs Jarrett for more information.

GARDENING CLUB

For students in KS3 and KS4. Support our local environment and expanding our school's orchard and gardens. Wednesday lunchtimes. Speak to Mrs Jarrett for more information.

MORNING SUPPORT CLASSES

For selected students in KS3 and KS4. Offering targeted support and catch-up help for EAL students. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 07:30 - 08:45. Speak to Mrs Jarrett for more information.

English

DEBATE MATE

For students in Years 7 to 10. Tuesdays, 15:05 - 16:05.

POP-UP WRITING CLUB

For students in KS3. Details to be confirmed.

Geography

DUKE OF EDINBURGH AWARD

The Duke of Edinburgh award is a multifaceted opportunity for students at La Retraite to make the most of their talents and leadership abilities by nurturing their creative side, taking on a physical challenge, and volunteering their time or expertise for the benefit of others. Through this they can gain their Physical, Skills and Volunteering sections and complete a certificate of achievement. Many students will also complete a two-day offsite expedition to gain their full Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Our extra-curricular meetings after school are designed to teach orienteering (map skills, route planning and other skills) which they will need to complete a successful Duke of Edinburgh expedition. The meetings are also helpful check-in points to ensure students are making progress on their award. Some meetings are designated for specific year groups or expedition groups, so please check the weekly bulletins and schedule below to see if your year group is expected to attend.

Meetings in E17 / E16 on specified Tuesdays / Fridays (15:10 - 15:50pm).

For more information, speak to Ms Cook, Duke of Edinburgh Manager.

Humanities

WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?

For students in KS3 interested in exploring their past or the history of where they live. Date and time to be confirmed.

KS4 HISTORY ENRICHMENT

For students in KS4. Details to be confirmed.

HISTORY BOOSTER SESSIONS

For Year 11 students. Details to be confirmed.

POLITICS SOCIETY

Details to be confirmed.

Learning Support

HOME LEARNING CLUB

For Year 7 students: Monday, Wednesday and Friday lunchtimes, in C5

For Year 8 students: Monday, Wednesday and Friday lunchtimes, in C6

After-School Home Learning Club: Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 15:05 - 16:00, in C5.

Students are welcome to come along to the clubs, there is no need to sign up. Speak to Ms Martin or Ms During for more information.

Library

BOOK CLUB

For students in Year 7. Monday lunchtimes.

DRAWING CLUB

For students in Year 7. Tuesday lunchtimes.

GAMES CLUB

For students in Year 7. Wednesday lunchtimes.

FILM CLUB

For students in Year 7. Thursday lunchtimes.

CROSS STITCHING CLUB

For students in Year 7. Friday lunchtimes.

Maths

KS3 MATHS CLUB

For students in Year 7 and Year 8. Fun maths games and activities, including art in maths and learning how to play chess. Thursdays, at lunchtime.

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Media

LA RETRAITE MEDIA PODCAST

For students in KS5. Discover how to plan, record, edit, and produce compelling audio content for La Retraite's first ever podcast. Mondays, 3.15pm - 4.15pm, in A2 (Aya Centre). Speak to Mr Lopez for more information.

MFL

MFL FILM CLUB

For students in all year groups. Mondays at lunchtime.

SPELLING BEE

Fridays after school.

Music

To complete the music instrument tuition application form, please click here.

JUNIOR CHORUS

For students in Year 7 and Year 8. Monday and Friday lunchtimes.

ORCHESTRA

Open to all students. Mondays, 15:15 - 16:30.

BAND

Open to all students. Tuesdays, 15:15 - 16:30.

MUSIC BOOSTER SESSIONS

For students in Year 11 and Year 13. Tuesdays, 15:15 - 17:00.

TOUR CHOIR

For students in Year 10 and Year 12. Wednesdays, 15:15 - 16:30.

GOSPEL CHOIR

For students in Years 8 to 13. Fridays, 15:15 - 16:45.

Science

KS3 SCIENCE CLUB

For students in KS3. Do you want to see explosions? Look inside a squid? Launch a self-made rocket? Join Science Club! Date and time to be confirmed.

KS4 SCIENCE CLUB

For students in KS4. Details to be confirmed.

Spanish

YEAR 9 GCSE Exam PREPARATION

For Year 9 native Spanish speakers. Mondays, 15:15 - 16:30. This class is to prepare students for taking the GCSE Spanish exams; attendance is required as per any other lesson during the school day. Sessions will be led by Mr Orjales-Mourente. Speak to Mrs Vajsz for more information.

YEAR 10 GCSE PREPARATION

For Year 10 native Spanish speakers. Tuesdays, 15:15 - 16:30. This class is to prepare students for taking the GCSE Spanish exams; attendance is required as per any other lesson during the school day. Sessions will be led by Mr Orjales-Mourente. Speak to Mrs Vajsz for more information.

Sports

BADMINTON

For all year groups. Mondays, after school

FOOTBALL

For all year groups. Tuesdays, after school.

NETBALL

For all year groups. Tuesdays, after school.

ROWING

For all year groups. Tuesdays, after school.

BASKETBALL

For students in KS4 & KS5. Wednesdays, lunchtime.

DANCE

For all year groups. Thursdays, lunchtime.

FOOTBALL MATCHES

For students in Year 8 and above. Fridays, lunchtime.

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