Extracurricular activities enrich children’s experience and allow them to develop their talents and interests.

The practicalities of providing these opportunities are, however, a challenge for most schools i.e. reliance on teachers’ goodwill to run the activities, the shortage of time for activities at lunchtimes, the travel problems involved if children stay on after school for activities.

At Yavneh College, we overcome these problems by timetabling extracurricular activities for KS3 pupils into the school day as a 40-minute ‘Enrichment Programme’ immediately after lunch on Mondays to Thursdays, thus ensuring that all pupils and teachers are involved. Each term, pupils select new activities from the list of enrichment activities. Pupils therefore take 12 enrichment activities each year.

Most of the activities are mixed-age i.e. available to pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9. Having mixed-age activities fosters communication and friendship between the year groups, which in turn helps to reduce the likelihood of bullying.

One of the most popular extracurricular activities at Yavneh College is the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Participants receive expedition training from JLGB, supported by Yavneh teachers, and pursue their own volunteering, physical and skills interests. The purposeful, wide-ranging and independent nature of the DofE programme, and the leadership and teamwork skills which it gives participants, makes it highly regarded by universities and employers. At any one time, over 150 of our pupils and students from Years 9 to 13, are busy working on a Bronze, Silver or Gold level DofE, enjoying new experiences; making new friends; building their self-confidence; and honing or discovering new talents.

Currently, the Enrichment Programme offers the following activities:

A G & TAm EchadAnalysing advertsAnalysing theatreArt TimelinesBand TimeBatik (Fashion)Bat Mitzvah Club
Battle Re-enactmentBill the Bard’s Best BitsBoard game designBoys’ and Girls’ Badminton/Table TennisBoys’ and Girls’ G & T Multi-SportsBoys’ and Girls’ Outdoor CircuitsBoys’ and Girls’ TrampoliningBoys’ Football
Boys’ Gaelic FootballBoys’ HockeyBoys’ RugbyBuilding an Automaton ToyCan’t Wait for YCIT?Candle MakingCar MechanicsCard Making
ChessCookeryCreative WritingCryptographyCS UnpluggedDebatingDecorative HandwritingDevising Drama
Duke of Edinburgh AwardFeel the BeatGirls’ BasketballGirls’ ChoreographyGirls’ Fitness/DanceGirls’ FootballGirls’ NetballGlee Club
Graphic DesignHandballIsraeli sport and gamesJ-ArtJammingJewellery and MetalsmithingJewellery MakingJunkyard’s Got Talent
Karaoke StarsKeep calm..Kipa CrochetingKnitting for BeginnersKrav MagaLaser-cut Toy SculpturesLatinLife-changing moments of 20th Century
Magazine ClubModern Hebrew catch-upModern Languages Live!Modern Orthodox PhilosophyMovies & MoralsMusic TheoryPassionate about politicsPhotography
Portrait EmbroideryPrezi ClubProgramming using PythonPublic SpeakingRadio YavnehTelling TalesThe word is...Touch Typing
Using Mixed MediaVive le Verse!Wildlife GardenYad YavnehYavneh SvivaYavneh TimesYC ApprenticeYoung Readers at Monksmead
Youngsters’ Yarns

  • In addition to the KS3 Enrichment Programme,
    we offer all pupils a wide range of extracurricular activities, including school productions (e.g. My Fair Lady, Les Misérables, High School Musical, Evita, Bugsy Malone, West Side Story, Oliver), school concerts, gliding, theatre trips, competitions, a host of informal Jewish activities (described in more detail in the Jewish Studies Department section of this website) and a packed programme of before-school and after-school sports activities.

  • Our extracurricular programme has been highlighted as good practice in Hertfordshire Local Authority’s Inform magazine and has been commended by Ofsted:

    “ Every student opts into a vast range of enrichment activities. These activities contribute enormously to students’ excellent personal development.

    Ofsted report, May 2008

The popular range of enrichment and extra-curricular activities effectively extends the curriculum, often through collaboration with other schools and organisations. Enrichment happens every day in Key Stage 3, so all students have the chance to sample a very broad range of experiences, in readiness for the next stage of their learning.

Ofsted Report, 2011