Thursday Afternoon Activities

Thursday Afternoon Activities

The emphasis that Ipswich School places on personal as well as academic development is what makes us stand out from the crowd. Thursday afternoon offers an opportunity for pupils in Years 9-13 to participate in a variety of activities outside the classroom.  This encourages each pupil to develop their current interests and explore new ones. 

Years 9, 12 and 13 are able to opt for a different activity each term from the list below: 
  • Additional Art (Years 12 & 13)
  • Art (Year 9)
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Board Games & Chess
  • Cookery (Years 12 & 13)
  • CCF – Army/RAF (Seniors – NCOs)
  • Creative Writing
  • Cricket Team Training
  • DT (Year 9)
  • Engineering/Caterham Project
  • Equestrian Club
  • Film Review
  • Fitness Suite (Years 12 & 13)
  • Five-a-side Football
  • Fives
  • Football (Years 12 & 13)
  • Golf
  • Hockey Team Training
  • Indoor Climbing
  • Leadership Programme (Years 12 &13)
  • MFL Film (Years 12 &13)
  • Netball Team Training
  • Rugby Team Training
  • Squash
  • Step Aerobics
  • Tennis
  • Yoga for Health (Years 12 & 13)

Step Aerobics: An activity run by Mrs. Blee in the pavilion at Westwood Boarding House, performing exercises and fitness to music. For Sixth Formers, it comprises of stepping onto an adjustable step which can be used for increasing levels of difficulty, keeping in time with the upbeat music. It provides great health benefits, including a good cardio workout and muscle building, as well as being fun and enjoyable. It also provides a community, and social aspect of working out together. This fun, social activity is a great way to meet new people who also enjoy a good workout.

Foodshare: Every Thursday, a team of keen gardeners meet at the Westwood Boarding House to plant and nurture their crops, which are then shared in the community for good causes, for example the local nursing home. They have a main vegetable patch, a greenhouse and a herb garden. They grow a range of products including parsnips, asparagus and occasionally accidental finds, such as the recent ‘Romanesco’, which is a hybrid between the white- sprouting broccoli and cauliflower. The first crop of the year is always an exciting affair and the activity is also a great place to learn new skills about growing your own healthy food.

Cookery: The Sixth Form cookery activity is run by Mrs. Brown. Set in the school Pavilion’s kitchen, which is a good location with plenty of space and facilities, it provides an exciting opportunity to learn and try out new skills, as well as making different dishes and recipes each week. The group learn to cook at least one savoury dish per week, as well as puddings. Themed recipes are also made around Christmas. The activity is rewarding, as well as a platform for friendship, and trying out new skills. Cookery is an extremely important skill, and is very helpful in later life.

MFL Film: The MFL Film Club is run by MFL and Film Studies teacher Mr. Clare, and is a chance to experience world cinema at its best. Films are shown in different languages from around the world, in French, German, Spanish, Russian, even in Japanese and Swedish. The activity is a wonderful experience for those studying modern foreign languages at A-Level, as it portrays the language used in a natural setting, which supplements the foreign experience. It also is good for anyone with a taste for culture, giving a broader understanding, or a passion for cinema, showing niche and exclusive films from worldwide.

DT: An activity for Year Nine pupils, where individual creativity leads to inspiring projects. Pupils come up with different achievable ideas for projects to suggest to the Design Technology department, who will then guide them through the processes, making their projects a reality. Recent makes have included a rolling cart, with a set of drawers, and a miniature air hockey table. The activity provides a chance for creative thought, as well as a fun, enjoyable way to spend an afternoon.

Squash: Held at Ipswich Sports Club on Henley Road for Middle School pupils, the squash activity is a great chance to play for all abilities, from expert competitions and tournaments to recreational playing. Led by Mr. Boyle, pupils can use the sessions for informal playing, or developing new skills. Squash is a highly active sport, which involves a good cardio and muscular workout, and skills can be built up over time. The activity is a great chance to enjoy playing.

Fives: Every Thursday afternoon, the Ipswich School fives team gathers together to practise and develop new skills. Fives is a high intensity, active sport which requires fitness and skills. Ipswich School has a long history of Fives, with one of the best teams in the region. The Under 14s team recently had national success, qualifying for the national finals, with the final competition in due course  It provides a chance to develop new skills, enjoy exercise and meet new friends, whilst being a unique selling point, and a different activity to try out.

Primary Schools: Every Thursday afternoon, pupils can visit primary schools across the region, helping out with various activities in the classroom and developing new skills. Pupils provide extra help with looking after and teaching children. The activity gives pupils new social and leadership skills, as well as experience outside the classroom. According to a member of staff from a recent visit to Henley Primary School, the pupils ‘get stuck in, they are very involved. It is such an experience for the pupils, and a great help.’ The activity provides an opportunity to meet new people, learn new skills and use them in a fun environment.

Badminton: The Badminton group go to the YMCA centre every Thursday afternoon to play a recreational, but high intensity game. It provides great exercise, and a social environment. Players can compete in either singles or doubles tournaments, and the YMCA centre provides one of the best Badminton courts in the region. Head of Science Mr. Halford- Thompson, who takes the group, says ‘It is so good to play a sport that is fun, energetic and benefits the community. The Badminton court at the YMCA has the best floor; it’s very easy on the knees!’ The activity is an experience for fun and games, and a chance for fitness.