Before School, Lunchtime and after School Clubs and Activities

Our Library is open every day from 8.30am until 5.00pm except Fridays, when it closes at 4.30pm for the afternoon. Beechen Cliff Library offers a ‘safe’ place for pupils to study, do their homework, use the internet or simply unwind and read a good book. 

All pupils are encouraged to take an active part in sport and outdoor activities. We regularly compete with other Schools in a wide range of sports. There are music and drama events and frequent trips both home and abroad.

Breakfast:
Open every morning for all pupils and students in the Dining Hall, from 8.00am to 8.25am. Serving delicious, nutritious meals including full English breakfast, bacon sandwiches, baguettes, bagels and drinks. Why not come and join us?

Animation Club:
Years 7, 8 and 9 are invited to come and have a go at model making, stop animation and flip books, every Tuesday in Dali-Art from 3.30pm to 4.30pm with Miss Holloway and Miss Arundel.

Art Club - All years welcome, Monday from 3.30pm 4.30pm with Miss Holloway in Dali Art Room.

Art Club - All years welcome, Wednesday from 3.25pm to 4.15pm with Miss Cavolick in Moore Art room.

Basketball:
Open to all Years, running on different days and at different times after school. Team players and non-team players are welcome to come.  This is a great opportunity to learn the basic skills.  Sessions will be organised with drills and skills and competitive matches will be arranged.

Years 8 and 9
Monday lunchtimes, 1.15pm - 2.15pm in the Barn with Mr Roper.

Board Games  for Year 7:
These puzzles support the development and co-ordination of a wealth of skills, such as lateral thinking, numeracy and literacy, spatial awareness, visual perception, fine motor skills, problem solving and much more. Please join Mrs Leonardi in English-Smith on Tuesday lunchtimes 12.30pm to 1.10pm.

Combined Cadet Force (CCF):
Open to Years 9 - 13, running Wednesday after school at King Edwards School, from 4.00pm - 6.00pm. The CCF is a youth organisation which aims to teach practical skills such as map and compass reading, adventure training, military and survival skills and first aid. It also offers opportunities to develop valuable life qualities such as leadership, resourcefulness, self-reliance and endurance. Please see Mr Matheson for further details.

Lunchtime Chess Club :
All levels welcome, please come along for a game, to watch or pick up tips. Year 7 pupils, please join Mr Anstey in B5 on Thursday lunchtimes, 12.15pm - 1.15pm. Pupils in years 8,9,10 and 11, please join Mr Anstey in B4 on Tuesday lunchtimes 1.15pm to 2.15pm.

Christian Union:
Pupils in Years 8,9,10 and 11 can meet and talk together about issues that are important to their faith on Friday lunchtimes 1.15pm - 2.15pm in M5, with Sixth Form students.

Climbing Wall Club:
Everyone is welcome, we meet on Tuesday after school by the climbing wall at 3.30pm to 5.00pm. Climbing club novices or experienced climbers are welcome, equipment provided, but bring loose fitting jogging pants or trousers (not jeans), T-shirts, jumper and trainers. We use the wall, and when possible go further afield and climb or abseil outdoors.  A fee of £20.00 will be charged for the upkeep of equipment. Please see Mr Murphy for further information.

Computer Programming Club:
Years 7, 8 and 9 are welcome. We will meet in Technology on Thursday afternoons from 3.30pm to 4.30pm (approximately) with Mr Corradi

Cricket:

Year 7 - tbc

Year 8 - tbc

Year 9 - tbc

Years 10, 11, 12 and 13 - in the Sports Hall with Mr Wilmot 3.30pm - 5.15pm

Years 12 and 13 - in the Sports Hall with Mr Wilmot 2.15pm - 3.15pm

Debating and Public Speaking - 'Beechen Orators':
Years 8 and upwards are welcome to take part in this lunchtime club, 1.15pm to 2.15pm on Mondays in Lincoln Room- English Block.  
A diverse range of subjects are debated in what is a lively and sociable society. All will develop the ability to talk knowledgably about issues they feel strongly about and learn how to argue in a persuasive and cogent style.  The society aims to compete strongly in external competitions, where pupils and students will get the opportunity to impress speakers from other schools with their rhetorical prowess!  Please see Mr West and Mr Saunders for further information.

Duke of Edinburgh training:
This popular voluntary activity programmes with four sections: a Volunteering, Physical, Skills and a Team Expedition (a Residential for Gold) with activities chosen to suit your individual interests. Everyone in Years 10, 11, 12 and 13 welcome. Please see Mr Young, Mrs Denning or Mr Brewer for further information regarding training for this.


French Films/Grammar Club:
Mrs Merrett runs this club for Sixth Form students to watch French films to increase ability to understand French language and increase cultural awareness of France and the Arts. This takes place in Y4 on Thursday lunchtimes 12.15pm to 1.15pm.

First Aid Club:
Sixth Form students are welcome to join Jack Torrance (Sixth Former) in the Music Centre, Thursday afternoons from 2.15pm - 4.15pm.

Formula 1 in Schools Club:
This activity is open to all Years in Technology rooms on Tuesday at 3.25pm to 4.30pm with Mr Bartlett. F1 in schools is an internationally recognised competition where pupils are tasked to design and build a gas powered car to a tight list of rules and regulations using CAD (computer aided design) and CAM (computer aided manufacture) equipment. The school won an award for 'Perseverance in the Face of Adversity' last year as the Year 7 team overcame comparatively limited resources and competition from 6th Formers. The pupils spend their time designing a portfolio for presentation at the event along with a 2 minute speech demonstrating their knowledge as well as the design and testing of the car itself.

Journalism Club:
Each Tuesday, at1.15pm - 2.10pm in English - Lassman, pupils in Years 8,9,10 and 11 will be writing articles and puzzles, eg: Book of the week, top 10 reads, anagrams and local events.  This will be published in the Wednesday Letter. Please see Mrs James for further information.

Lego Robotics:
Year 7, 8 and 9 pupils are invited to work together to design and build a robot that will complete a range of challenging tasks. The club encourages a cross-curricular approach using Programming and Control, Design and Technology, Mathematics, Research, Presentation Skills, Strategic Thinking and Teamwork to achieve the aims of the challenge. Regional competition to be held at HP Bristol. This activity takes place on Mondays in T5, 3.30pm - 5.00pm with Mrs Innes.

Marbles Club:
Everyone is welcome to come and join us to play marbles, checkers, chess, etc in RS1 on Monday lunchtimes at 1.30pm - 2.10pm with Mr Bell.

Model United Nations:
Model United Nations looks at current problems in the world and debates them from the points of view of different countries. Mr Cruickshank invites Years 8, 9 ,10 and 11 to take part on Friday lunchtimes in C4 from 1.45pm to 2.10pm and Years 12 and 13 meet 12.20pm to 12.45pm on Tuesday lunchtimes. Please see Mr Cruickshank to confirm venue.

Mountain Bike Club:
Years 7 and 8, please meet Mr Cook after school on Thursday 3.30pm to 4.30pm, at the Tennis Courts. A Mountain Bike or Cross Bike is essential. We look forward to seeing you there!

Musical Activities:

Chamber Choir:
This is open to enthusiastic singers in the Sixth Form of any ability.  The repertoire ranges from sacred music to pop and jazz.  The choir performs at the Presentation Evening, the Christmas Carol Service in Bath Abbey and the annual School Concert. Chamber Choir takes place on Fridays at 12.15pm to 1.00pm in the Music Block with Mr Sillem.

Choir - Junior :
This group sings repertoires from pop songs through to musicals every Wednesday from 3.15pm - 3.45pm in the Music Block with Mr Parker.

Concert Band:
This is open to all woodwind, brass and percussion players of any ability throughout the School, on Tuesday afternoons 3.30pm - 4.15pm in the Recital Room with Mr Calvert. The repertoire ranges from original works through to popular arrangements. This is the biggest school ensemble and it is usually the headline act at the School Concert!

Folk Group:
Mrs Nourse invites all string players, guitarists, accordionists, whistle players etc of any ability in all Years to join the Folk Group on Thursday afternoons, 3.30pm - 4.15pm in the Music Block.   This dynamic group is in demand both at School and playing at events in the wider community.

Guitar Ensemble:
Mr Clark welcomes guitarists of Grade 2 and above from all Years to join his guitar ensemble which takes place on Monday at 3.30pm - 4.15pm with Mr Clark in the Music Block.  We play a wide range of music from 16th Century lute music to rock classics.  The guitar group perform at the carol service in Bath Abbey and also at the School Concert in March.

Year 7 Orchestra:
This ensemble is for Year 7 musicians of any ability from beginning through to advanced.  It is a good opportunity for new pupils to get involved in the musical life of the School.  The repertoire ranges from classical to pop with a focus on improving ensemble skills. This is held on Monday lunchtime 12.15pm - 12.45pm in the Music Block with Mr Calvert.

Percussion Ensemble:
An ensemble for percussionists of any year and ability on Fridays at 3.30pm - 4.15pm in the Music Block with Mr Brian.   This group performs in the annual School Concert.

String Ensemble:
This ensemble mainly focuses on classical arrangements but has also performed some more modern music and is open to all string players who are Grade 1 and above.  In recent years, some of our pupils and students have written music for the group to great acclaim.  The group performs at the annual School Concert. The ensemble welcomes all years to play on Wednesday after school 3.30pm - 4.15pm in the Music Block with Mrs Nourse.

Saxophone Group:
This ensemble is open to Sixth Form saxophonists.  The repertoire extends from classical through to pop and jazz arrangements.  The group performs in the annual Music Concert and assemblies and meet weekly on Tuesday lunchtime at 12.45pm - 1.15pm with Mr Morgan in the Music Block.

Swing Band:
This ensemble is open to all year groups.  There is an informal audition.  Players will be expected to have reached at least Grade 3 standard.  The group regularly performs in assemblies, school concerts and the wider community. Swing Band members meet on Wednesday after school at 3.30pm - 4.15pm in the Music Block with Mr Daniels.

Philosophy Film Club:
Miss Crosweller invites pupils in Years 10,11, 12 and 13 a chance to watch some philosophical films and think about the meaning of life, why we are here, what is real and other light Friday lunchtime conversation! Please meet in RSC1 from 1.15pm - 2.10pm.

Photography Club:
This club is open to all year groups for fun.  Pupils will need their own cameras, but anything will do from a phone camera to full DSLR if they have one. Pupils will learn about taking pictures and using Photoshop to enhance them. All years are invited to come and join us on Monday 3.30pm to 4.30pm in Art-Klimt with Mr Murphy

Reading Groups:
During the Summer Term we will have the opportunity to read the books on the list for the Battle of the Books competition and the books on the shortlist for the Carnegie Book Award.  Some reading Group members also become interested in helping as Library Assistants. Please see below for times and days for different year groups.

Reading Group - Year 7
Tuesdays, 12.30pm - 1.15pm in English - Eves/Payne with Mrs Salmon and Mrs Tinkler. For anyone who enjoys reading and sharing books.  See you there! 

Reading Group -Years 8,9,10,11
Fridays, 3.15pm - 4.00pm in the Library with Mrs Tinkler. For anyone who enjoys reading and sharing books. 

Remote Control Car Club:
All Years are welcome to join, Monday and Tuesdays 3.30pm - 5.00pm in T1 with Mr Johnson. Formula Schools – An opportunity for students to build and race Radio Controlled cars. They are powered from nitro engines and electric motors. Cars can be assembled from kits, or designed and engineered from scratch, with the chance to compete against other schools at the annual Silverstone race day. The nitro powered cars can reach speeds of up to 50mph.

Rowing Club:
Years 9 and 10 are invited to join is 3.40pm to 5.30pm.
Rowing now takes place on the river at Minerva Rowing Club, Newbridge. Transport is provided to and from school when a mini bus is available.The boys are taught to scull in singles and coxed quads by British Rowing qualified coaches. They can continue rowing with the school in subsequent years but are encouraged to join Minerva or other local clubs if they want to take it to the next level.

Rugby:
Senior rugby training runs this term for Years 12 and 13 on the 3G with Mr Turner on Monday after school from 3.30pm to 5.00pm.

Shooting Club:
Pupils of all Years will be invited by the Headmaster to partake in this activity on a Friday 3.40pm - 5.00pm in his Study.

Southwest Shooting Academy - All Years - Fee paying:
This club is for those who enjoy shooting as a hobby or for fun and for any pupil or student who wishes to start the sport of shooting and 'have a go'. We look forward to seeing you! The fee is £35.00 for one weekly session for the term. Sessions run on a Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 3.30pm - 5.30pm at the Shooting Range with Brigitte and Dave. Please see notice boards and ask Brigitte and Dave for further details.

Tennis Practice:
Practice for all fixtures. All pupils are welcome. team players are expected to attend. Please see days and year groups below:

Years 7 and 8 - 3.30pm to 4.30pm with Mr Markall at the Tennis Courts.

Years 9 and 10 - 3.30pm to 4.30pm with Mr Markall at the Tennis Courts

Ten Tors:
Years 10,11,12 and 13. The Ten Tors Competition is an annual event that takes place on Dartmoor during mid-May.
Teams of six are required to complete a journey of 35 (Bronze), 45 (Silver) or 55 (Gold) miles, carrying full kit, including overnight camping equipment during a 34-hour period. This is a very demanding challenge which begins with classroom training in Autumn, initial day walks in January culminating in hard core walking over several weekends from February. Please see Mr Brewer and Mr Stewart for details.

Warhammer:
All years are invited to join Mr Saunders at the Games Workshop, Bath, from 3.30pm to 5.00pm. Looking forward to seeing you!

Weight Training Club:
Years 10, 11, 12 and 13 are invited to come to the Fitness Suite, Wednesday and Thursday from 1.15pm - 2.00pm with Mr Hawkins to use the treadmill, rowing machine and weights to help improve your fitness.

Strength and Conditioning - Fee Paying Activity:
Mr T Stayt invites pupils and students to attend this activity, held in the Fitness Suite for the following Year groups:

Year 10:
Monday - 3.30pm to 4.30pm in the Fitness Suite
Tuesday - 3.30pm to 4.30pm in the Fitness Suite

Year 11, 12 and 13:
Monday - 1.15pm to 2.00pm
Monday - 4.30pm to 5.30pm
Tuesday - 1.15pm to 2.00pm