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St Bernard`s Preparatory School
Hawtrey Close, SL1 1TB, UK Slough
+44 (0)1753 521821
www:http://www.st-bernards-prep.slough.sch.uk/e-mail:info@stbernardsprep.org

St. Bernard's Preparatory School

Hawtrey Close, Slough, Berkshire, SL1 1TB
Head Teacher: Mrs. M. Smith

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Telephone: 01753 521821
Facsimile: 01753 552364
E-mail: schooloffice@stbernardsprep.fsnet.co.uk


Welcome to our school
The Mission of St. Bernard's Preparatory School
The mission of St. Bernard’s Preparatory School is to educate children towards a real love for, and commitment to the Gospel ethic, which is both specific to Catholics and other Christians, but universal in its application to all people through the provision of a broad and balanced curriculum and by placing emphasis on the uniqueness and value of the individual.
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News Room
 
School Information
Children are taught in class groups. Specialist teaching begins in Early Years with Music and P. E., and French is introduced in Prep., and this is developed further in Key Stage 2 with the addition of specialists for Science, ICT and Design Technology. The average class size is 20, with children in Key Stage 2 being split into smaller groups for specialist teaching in Science, ICT and Design Technology. The School has a dedicated ICT Room, Science Room, DT Room and Music Room. Read more



Reflections on Our School
REFLECTIONS : As our current Year 6 children prepare for the transition to their new school they have reflected on their experiences in St. Bernard’s Prep School. Their reflections capture the ethos of our school. Read more

History
 
In July 1897 a small group of Bernardine nuns arrived in the rural parish of Langley, led by Dame Lucie Destailleurs, to re-establish in safety their community and spiritual life.
 
The England that welcomed them, by contrast, was revelling in euphoria of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria, crowned sixty years before on 28June. Throughout the land, this great anniversary was being celebrated.
 
It was in early June 1897 that the Prioress, Dame Ernestine, came to inspect Aldin House and check whether it would suit the purposes of the Order as a community house and school. The present flourishing and enormously expanded community of St. Bernard’s, school and convent, is proof of the wisdom of those who decided that the house would make an acceptable refuge from France.
 
Aldin House had a short, though interesting history. Built in 1860’s by Baroness Coutts, an heiress and lady in waiting, it was never used by her and in 1869 she sold it to an Anglican cleric, the Rev. J. Hawtrey. He created what became a thriving preparatory school of 300 boys for Eton College. Hawtrey then moved his school to Westgate in 1883, to be succeeded at Aldin House by a Welsh Charity which used it as a school for just a year before it was sold in 1884 to a Jesuit community who, like the Bernardines, were refugees from France. They remained in residence until 1890 from which time the house lay empty until the arrival of the Bernardines in July 1897. Strangely the house was never used for its original purpose but has always served, in some way, for a community and a school.
 
Dame Lucie and her sisters came to an empty building that required much work to make it habitable for the nuns and for the pupils. Days were spent in obtaining kitchen equipment and furniture and contracts were placed for installing heating, lighting and sanitation. But before even these basic needs were tackled, the spiritual life of the community in its new home was marked by a mass of dedication on 4 July 1897.
 
The frenetic work of the first weeks at Langley enabled the first pupils – all boarders, twelve coming from France and two from England – to be welcomed on 6 October. Three weeks earlier, the first lay teacher, Miss Gertrude Butt, had been appointed to help the nuns and the pupils in their learning of English. On the day the school opened, the statue of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart was formally blessed and the community entrusted to Our Lady’s protection. Two weeks later, on the feast of the Holy Angels, the pupils were taken on an excursion to Stoke Poges and entertained in the evening at a concert given by old girls from Equermes. The tradition of Guardian Angels was thus established from the very beginning.
 
This first year was fruitful in other ways. In December Father Drake was appointed Chaplain and continued so until 1914. In January Miss Wells was recruited to the staff, a notable addition as she was to be professed as Dame Marie Hilda in 1901, the first English girl that S. Bernard’s has the honour and joy to present to the Congregation. Dame Marie Hilda later became a determined, efficient and long serving headmistress who guided the school to recognition by the Board of Education in 1920 and was still keeping a motherly eye on her charges during years of blitz bombings on London and the Home counties.
 
The Catholics of Langley and Slough welcomed the Bernardine community, joined them in the celebration of Mass and looked to them for help. The convent school was devoted to boarding young ladies but there was a need for a day school for local children of all ages. Tentative beginnings led to the purchase of a substantial house at the gates of the convent where an ever growing number of pupils were taught in the new St. Joseph’s school, for many years under the leadership of Dame Marie Edith.
 
The two wars inevitably had an effect on the community and school. In 1914, the ground floor was converted into a military hospital with room for nearly 80 soldiers.    The King and Queen visited the hospital in 1915 but, for some reason, only a few men were ever sent to the hospital and these were mostly territorials from home units.  By July 1916 the hospital was closed and the rooms returned to school use once more.
 
St. Bernard’s emerged, intact, into a post war world where many and dramatic changes in society would happen. Europe was marked by continuing hardships, separation of families, rationing and the resettlement of displaced persons, marked also by an idealism aiming at building a better society based on greater justice and equality. In Britain, Butler’s Education Act of 1944 was of great significance. For the first time, the state was to provide secondary education for all to the age of fifteen in grammar, technical or modern schools.
 
This act stimulated an important development at St. Bernard’s. It was decided that the two schools, St. Bernard’s and St. Joseph’s, were to amalgamate. St. Bernard’s would consist of an independent senior school with grammar places and some boarders while the children of preparatory school age were to be taught in the building vacated by St. Joseph’s. After many years of committed service Dame Marie Hilda retired as Headmistress of St. Bernard’s and Dame Marie Edith as Headmistress of St. Joseph’s.
 
The tradition of long and devoted service was continued by Dame Dorothy who was Head of St. Bernard’s for twenty five years and Dame Marie Hedwige who looked after the new preparatory school for the same length of time. At this early stage, the two schools together numbered about five hundred pupils.
 
In 1944 a very important Education Act was passed which caused many changes in the running of all schools through the country. In the wake of the changes St. Bernard’s Preparatory School became an independent school in September 1945, taking over the building on the corner of the London/Langley Road, which had formerly housed St. Joseph’s. In that momentous year, 1945, the senior girls of St. Joseph’s cross the road to St. Bernard’s Convent School, and the junior children from St. Bernard’s came across to what would now be St. Bernard’s Preparatory School, catering for girls 4-11+ years and boys 4-8 years.
 
Sister Francis Mary became Headmistress in 1973 when Sister Mary Hedwige retired and in 1981 the school moved to a bright, modern building in the Convent grounds. The rest, as they say, is all history!
 
In August 2006 the Bernardine Community moved from Slough to Convents in Hyning and Stroud. However they remain Trustees of our School in the foreseeable future.

SCHOOL HOURS
 
Early Years Department (Part-time by arrangement) 8.45-11.50 a.m.
Early Years Department 8.45-3.00 p.m.
Prep Class - Year 1 8.45-3.15 p.m.
Upper Prep Class - Year 2 8.45-3.15 p.m.
Lower Trans - Remove Year 3 to Year 6 8.45-3.00 p.m.
                        
  
No pupil is allowed to leave before the end of the morning or afternoon session except in the case of illness, or, for some good reason for which permission must be sought. No excuse other than illness is accepted for absence, unless leave has previously been obtained from the Headteacher. In all cases of absence, a note should be sent by the parents to the Headteacher notifying the cause. In a case of absence due to sickness over a longer period, a Medical Certificate is required. Notice should be given to the Headteacher before a child takes part in a concert, play or public a performance other than those prepared at school. 
 
No magazines or periodicals may be brought into school without the Headteacher’s permission.
 
TERM DATES 2007 - 2008
 
ADVENT TERM 2007
Preparation Day – Friday 7th September
Inset for Staff – Monday 10th September
Term begins - Tuesday 11th September
 
Half-term
Monday 22nd October – Friday 26th October
N.B. Provisional Closure date for 11+ - Thursday, 1st November
 
Term ends
Friday, 14th December – 12.00 noon
 
LENT TERM 2008
Inset for staff – Monday 7th January
Inset for Staff – Tuesday 8th January
Term begins – Wednesday, 9th January
 
Half-term
Monday, 18th February – Friday, 22nd February
 
Easter Bank Holiday
Friday 21st March and Monday 24th March
 
Term ends
Thursday 3rd April – 12.00 noon
 
PENTECOST TERM 2008
Inset for staff – Thursday 24th April
Inset for staff –  Friday 25th April
Term begins – Monday, 28th April
Bank Holiday - Monday, 5th May
 
Half-term
Monday, 26th May – Friday, 30th May
Inset for Staff – Monday 2nd June
School restarts – Tuesday 3rd June
 
Term ends
Thursday, 17th July – 12.00 noon
 
School Uniform
  
All children should wear the St. Bernard’s Prep uniform which is available to be purchased from John Lewis, Reading Branch. School Uniform Advisors from John Lewis visit Prep School twice a year to fit and take orders for any uniform requirements.
 
All uniform must be clearly marked with a Cash nametape or similar. (P.E. clothing must also be marked on the inside). Children also wear a uniform shoe. Boys should have lace ups or Velcro shoes in the Advent and Lent term. Girls should wear a standard bar shoe, no block heeled shoes, please. Sandals should be worn in the Summer. No jewellery should be worn for health and safety reasons. Permission is granted for religious reasons. A simple earring stud is permitted for girls as long as the children can remove them themselves for P.E. and can take responsibility for their safe keeping. The school thanks you in advance for your co-operation.
 
Please go to the download section for a current uniform list.

CURRICULUM

Early Years Department
 
Welcome to the Early Years Department
 
Staffing
Our Early Years Department has a qualified team of Early Years specialists, who recognise, respect and celebrate the individuality of each child in our care.
 
Accommodation
The department is divided into two bright, spacious classrooms. Early Years 1, with children from 2 and a half years to four years and Early Years 2 four-five year old children (Reception). The department has a self-contained, well equipped outdoor play area, partly covered to enable use in all weathers. The outside area is used to develop and support all aspects of the curriculum. The department has two class based computers, a variety of programmable toys, notebooks and interactive smartboards. The ICT suite is also used by Early Years children.
 
Our Aims
In the Early Years Department we aim to
 
  • Provide a warm, caring and stimulating environment in which children will have an opportunity to learn, to develop skills and to become both independent and confident.
  • Provide a well planned, fully resourced and appropriate curriculum, in line with the DfEE curriculum guidance for the Birth to Three Matters and Foundation Stage.
  • Encourage the children to develop as individuals and have a positive self image.
  • Work in partnership with parents.
 
Curriculum
Children aged from 2 ½ to 3 years follow the Birth to Three Matters Framework under the headings:
 
  • A Strong Child
  • A Skilful Communicator
  • A Competent Learner
  • A Healthy Child
 
The foundation stage curriculum (3-5 years) is organised into six areas of learning:
 
  • Personal, social and emotional development;
  • Communication, language and literacy;
  • Mathematical development;
  • Knowledge and understanding of the world;
  • Physical development;
  • Creative development. 
 
Weekly planning and termly topic plans are available for parents to read on the Parent’s notice board.
 
A termly newsletter is sent home with information about the topic each term.
 
Music, French, PE and Dance are taught by specialist teachers.
 
A wide range of structured activities including role play, sand and water play, construction, small world and creative play, enable the children to achieve the Early Learning Goals.
 
The children in our Early Years Department are introduced to the joy of literacy in numerous ways - listening to stories, using puppets to retell stories and acting out stories. Synthetic Phonics are introduced using the Jolly Phonics scheme which is multi-sensory and helps all children to acquire phonic knowledge in order to progress to become independent readers.
 
We have extensive grounds which are used by the Early Years to enrich their understanding of the world around them and we further extend this by using the local environment, walking to the Post Box, visiting the local country park and other educational visits.
 

Key Stage 1

The Key Stage One Department is happy, lively and very busy! The children are actively engaged in practical learning opportunities that give every child a chance to experience success and achieve their full potential. Learning is made fun and exciting and our superb Key Stage One results show how truly successful we are.
 
The children are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning and even set their own learning targets on a regular basis. Achievement, large or small, is always celebrated and each week one child in each class is nominated ‘Star of the Week’. This is a wonderful honour that recognises each child’s positive attributes and special skills.
 
It is impossible to list all the wonderful, creative and dynamic learning opportunities the children experience but here are some of the things that Key Stage One children are involved in:
 
Drama and Role Play
  • Practical problem solving tasks particularly related to numeracy
  • Assemblies – for the class and the school
  • Weekly art and design technology lessons
  • Cookery
  • School trips and visits
  • Visits from drama groups and theatre companies
  • Rugby, football, netball, dance, gymnastics, athletics, cricket, rounders and so much more
  • Weekly French lessons with a specialist teacher
  • Weekly music lessons with a specialist techer
  • Weekly ICT lessons
 
As you can see the curriculum is varied and broad with activities that appeal to all children. The curriculum is fully differentiated and support and extension are given where appropriate.
 
The Key Stage One team is a strong one. The teaching and support staff have many different qualifications, skills and specialisms. We work very closely together so that our children really benefit from this experienced team of professionals. We are supported by outstanding specialist teachers for Music, French, PE and Science.
 
Come and see us in action! New parents and children are always welcome to come and visit us. Just phone the school office to arrange a convenient time.
 
My team and I look forward to meeting you soon and sharing our excellent practice.
 
 
 
Ms A Underwood

Key Stage One Co-ordinator

Subject Areas

History
 
“How do you know who you are unless you know where you’ve come from?” How can you tell what’s going to happen unless you know what’s happened before? History isn’t just about the past, its about why we are, who we are and about “what’s next” – Tony Robinson, Actor and Television Presenter.
 
“In history pupils find evidence, weigh it up and reach their own conclusions. To do this they need to sift through evidence and argue for their own point of view – skills prized in adult life.” National Curriculum.
 
At St. Bernard's Preparatory School we endeavour to foster a love for history and develop our pupils’ sense of curiosity about the past. We aim to develop children’s sense of identity through learning about the development of Britain, Europe and the world. Our children are introduced to what is involved in understanding and interpreting the past.
 
This begins in our Early Years Department where the children are given opportunities to learn about the difference between past and present. Their learning culminates in Remove class (Year 6) where our pupils use their factual knowledge and understanding of history to describe and make links between features of past societies and periods. They know that history can be interpreted in different ways and can suggest possible reasons for this.
 
In order to foster a love for history we offer our pupils a varied and stimulating curriculum. The children have the opportunity of handling historical artefacts and enjoy such sessions as ‘What am I?’ and a Victorian washday. We invite theatre, music and dance groups into school to run workshops with the children. There are presentations by specialist historical companies who really bring history alive with their lively workshops. Of course the children have the opportunity of going on school trips to experience the Victorian schoolroom, story telling in a replica Celtic roundhouse and many more.
 
Programme of Study
 
EYD
How are our toys different from those in the past?
What were homes like a long time ago?
 
Prep – Year 1
What were seaside holidays like in the past?
Who do we remember Florence Nightingale?
How do we know about the Great Fire of London
 
Upper Prep – Year 2
How can we find out about the Aztec Civilization?
What are we remembering on Remembrance Day?
What can we learn about recent history from studying the life of a famous person?
 
Lower Transition – Year 3
Why have people invaded and settled in Britain in the past?
A Roman case study
A brief study of other invaders – The Anglo Saxons and Vikings
What was it like to live here in the past?
 
Transition – Year 4
What can we find out about ancient Egypt from what has survived?
What was it like for children living in Victorian Britain?
How did life change in our locality in Victorian times?
 
Upper Transition – Year 5
Why did Henry VIII marry six times?
What were the differences between the lives of rich and poor people in Tudor Times?
Who were the ancient Greeks?
How do we use ancient Greek ideas today?
 
Remove – Year 6
What was it like for children in the Second World War?
What can we learn about recent history from studying the life of a famous person?
 
 
Due to our whole school topic teachers may choose to investigate another period in history which they feel is more appropriate to our theme for that term.
 

Science - Lent Term 2007
In addition to our usual exciting Science lessons there are some great events scheduled for 2007!! Many pupils are currently involved in the creation of the 2007 Edition of the Science Magazine. This is a special one-off bumper issue which has been produced with two reasons in mind. The first is to celebrate Book Week, by involving as many pupils as possible in various aspects of creative writing, as well as editing, etc. The second is to use this task to underline this term’s theme of Technology, as some pupils may use computers, digital cameras or publishing software in it’s production.

Just before Christmas pupils were invited to make submissions for ideas for the magazine and at the same time were asked to forward suggestions as to how they might wish to help… We were very impressed with the response!! By mid-December we had what looked like an editorial team headed by Nawal Malik Year 6 with an impressive array of possible section leaders/contributors.
 
It was suggested that pupils meet up over the Christmas holidays to write articles in order to meet the deadline for first draft on Wednesday 10th January 2007. These contributions were assessed and some pupils were invited to make a final draft contribution for the magazine with an aim to be as inclusive as possible… We shall have to see how all this develops… so here goes!
 
Pupils in Early Years 2 (Reception) and Upper Prep (Year 2)  can look forward to a real treat which has been organised by Mrs Roseman and Mrs Underwood. This is a whole day visit to the Science Museum in Kensington on Friday 26th January. Experiences include the ‘Launch Pad’, the ‘Pattern Pod’ – a multi-sensory gallery exploring patterns, and a Fascinating Science Show on Bubbles!
 
Other events include the Westonbirt Science and DT Challenge for girls. Four of our Year 5 girls – Emma Pang, Nimi Gill, Jasleen Batra and Jaya Rajapaksa, will be going off for an exciting day of fun Science activities at this prestigious independent school for girls in Gloucestershire.
 
Our much loved Quantum Theatre Company will be coming on two visits this term with some exciting productions. One Tuesday 13th March at 1.30 p.m. we have a performance of ‘What if it rains’ and on Tuesday 27th March 1.30 p.m. ‘The Starry Messenger’.
 
Finally later on in the term our upper school children will be hosting a Science and Technology Fair on Thursday 15th March at 2.30 p.m. in the main hall. This is a great opportunity to see some exciting exhibits which the children bring in to dazzle and amaze friends.
 
French
Every child in our school learns French from age 2 through to age 11. At St. Bernard's we sing in French,we pray in French,we have fun in French! Our school logo is French: 'Dieu mon abri' as we were founded over 100 years ago by a French religious order: the Bernardines.
 
Madame McAteer, our specialist French teacher, encourages all our children to enjoy language learning as an exciting and stimulating experience, forming a sound basis for further study at KS3 and beyond.
 
We take our Remove [Year 6] children to France every year for an exhilarating and successful 'French Adventure' based at the Chateau du Broutel in Northern France where they experience a wonderful mixture of French culture and language [chocolate factory, Nausicaa Sealife Centre in Boulogne, Battlefields of the Somme , not forgetting the large dose of fun; abseiling, canoeing, archery, food tasting [frog's legs and snails!] We just cannot wait!
 
Art, Design & Technology
Within the Art, Design and Technologycurriculum at St. Bernard’s Prep School, the pupils are given opportunities to develop and build-up their creative and technical skills by being introduced to a wide variety of original works of art, design forms and reproductions within the different tasks that they are set.
The curriculum followed enables our pupils to see the potential, and, master the practice of any relevant technologies – from the handling of simple hand tools to the world of Information Technology. It allows them to work confidently in group and class situations as well as individually:- thinking, making, appraising and modifying the work they are undertaking, negotiating skilfully with one another and discussing what they are doing, or, have done.
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Our curriculum makes it possible to introduce children to the wonders and realities of the world in which we live, and, does include art, craft and design forms from our own and other cultures and times. These prove to be an enriching experience and will broaden the children’s understanding and expectations.
Looking at expressive and functional qualities in other people’s art and design and considering shape, form, pattern, space, form, colour, line, tone and texture helps to make the children’s own work more real and relevant.
 
Children need first hand experiences as a learning resource to provide nourishment to support their physical and mental practices.
 
‘The yeast in Art, Design and Technology must surely be the life, energy and individuality of the child and the teacher, working creatively with the ingredient of experience. It is a means of communication which can promote thinking, creativity, aesthetic learning and cross – fertilisation of ideas.’
 
Art, Design and Technology is an important aspect of our curriculum – it offers the stimulation to think, observe, research, study, analyse, create, experiment and design. It can also support the development of life skills.
 
In conclusion, the aims within Art, Design and Technology at St. Bernard’s Prep School are:-
  • To indicate standards of achievement, values and high expectations of the pupils’ standards of work.
  • To give confidence and a sense of achievement.
  • To give purpose and value to the children’s work.
  • To celebrate the achievements of all children.
  • To provide a visually interesting and stimulating environment, to arouse curiosity and promote development.
  • To support and integrate the teaching and learning of other subjects within Art, Design and Technology.
  • To encourage children’s care and respect for each other’s work.
  • To inform parents and visitors to the school about the range, nature and quality of work taught within Art, Design and Technology.  
Music
"In a healthy society all men should be artists to some extent and is some way, in proportion to their capacity to live creatively."
Wilfred Mellers, 'Music and Society' (1946)
 
Music at St Bernard’s enthuses and inspires. With a large choir, recorder group and other smaller music ensembles the pupils experience a rich variety of creating music together.
 
Peripatetic teachers visit the school to teach piano, wind and string instruments. All instrumentalists are prepared for graded examinations.
 
Regular music recitals ensure plenty of performance opportunities for the pupils. The choir perform annually as part of the song festival at St Paul’s School with preparatory schools from across the country. We were delighted to perform with
John Rutter last year.
 
Musical productions are also an enjoyable and lively experience in which every pupil takes part particularly during our three Christmas productions.
 
Work in the community involves taking small groups to perform for the Lady Astor Court over the Christmas period.
 
The curriculum focuses on three main strands 
  • Listening and appraising
  • Composition
  • Performance 
 
P.S.H.E./Citizenship
P.S.H.E. stands for Personal, Social and Health Education. At St. Bernard's Prep School we believe that personal and social development lies at the heart of educational achievement.
 
Through P.S.H.E. and Citizenship we aim to:-
 
  • Develop self-esteem, confidence, independence and responsibility.
  • Encourage pupils to recognise and make the most of their abilities.
  • Develop relationships in which pupils learn to respect the differences between people.
  • Encourage pupils to play an active role as responsible citizens and members of society.
 
P.S.H.E. and Citizenship are delivered through many subject areas as well as in dedicated lessons. Key themes are also re-inforced through assemblies and activities such as fundraising for charities. Knowledge is also gained through visitors to our school e.g. representatives from Guide Dogs for the Blind, Mission Together, local police officers, a local dentist and a representative from Slough Borough Council amongst others.
 
The School Council gives pupils the opportunity to have a voice in the school decision making process. Each class selects their representatives, who then take the ideas and opinions of the class to be discussed at school council meetings. The representatives from the school council meet with the Headteacher to raise the key points from the meetings.
 
Representatives on the School Council are responsible for organising the meetings and taking and recording minutes from the meeting.
 
Our Remove children are asked to take responsibility within the school as Class and Subject Monitors. They are role models for our younger children.
 
Children are ‘buddied’ across school. During ‘buddy’ sessions in class children read to each other; teach learning strategies for reading, spelling, number etc; share assemblies and many other activities. This friendship is extended to the playground.
 
 
ICT
In the light of our school mission statement ICT is taught here at St. Bernard’s Preparatory School in a way that aims to raise the awareness of the children to the awe and wonder of the world about us, recognising that such brilliance of design and use of programs should always be used for the betterment of people all over the world and to the greater glory of God.
 
AIMS IN TEACHING ICT
Our aim is to produce learners who are confident and effective users of ICT. We strive to achieve this aim by:
 
  • Meeting the requirements of the National Curriculum in ICT and helping all children to achieve the highest possible standards of achievement.
  • Helping all children to use ICT with purpose and enjoyment
  • Providing creative activities
  • Providing opportunities for enhancing and enriching pupil’s current learning across all curriculum areas through the use of ICT
  • Helping children to develop the necessary skills to exploit ICT
  • Helping the children to become autonomous users with a positive attitude towards ICT
  • Helping all children to evaluate the benefits and limitations of ICT and its impact on society.
  • Differentiating for each areas of the ICT curriculum so that children achieve to the best of their ability.
Physical Education
 
“To see young people growing in physical skills, self confidence and self worth is a truly enriching experience. Nowhere in school is it more visible than in PE.” Duncan Goodhew, Swimmer.
 
“Physical education develops pupils’ physical competence and confidence. It provides opportunities for pupils to be creative, competitive and to face up to different challenges as individuals and in groups and teams.” National Curriculum.
 
At St. Bernard's Preparatory School we endeavour to develop a positive approach to physical education. We aim to produce skilful and intelligent performers who are able to select and apply skills, tactics and compositional ideas to various activities. Regardless of their ability the children receive equal encouragement and are offered the opportunity to take part in a wide variety of sporting activities.
 
In the Early Years Department the children begin to explore a range of basic skills, actions and responses to music. We focus on enjoyment and participation culminating in our Sports Days.
 
In the Lower School (Years 1 and 2) we harness the children’s natural enthusiasm for movement, developing their skills. The children are given the opportunity to practice these skills in small sided games of netball, rugby and football. During gymnastics and dance the children explore movement and develop these movements through repetition and observation.
 
In the Upper School (Years 3-6) the children enjoy using their creativity and imagination in physical activity. Within gymnastics and dance they learn new skills and link them to compose sequences of movement. The children are taught to analyse performance and develop the use of tactics. They develop their understanding of why physical activity is important to their health and wellbeing. 
 
The curriculum is extended until 4.45 p.m. on a Tuesday (Years 3 and 4) and on a Wednesday (Years 5 and 6) giving the children a greater opportunity for games activities and matches against other local prep schools. We also offer the children the opportunity of joining our Saturday Sports Club which is held at school between 10.00 a.m. and 12.00 noon.
 
Sports taught during the year
 
Advent Term
Netball
Rugby
 
Lent Term
Netball
Football
 
Pentecost Term
Rounders
Cricket
Tennis
Athletics

EXTRA-CURRICULAR

Clubs and After School Activities
 
St. Bernard’s has developed a programme of after school activities which not only broadens the school curriculum but also provides opportunities for the children to challenge and extend themselves through the pursuit of new skills.
 
In the Upper School, the sports curriculum is enhanced and developed by After School Sports Clubs, in which all children are required to participate. These are held weekly on a Tuesday for Years 3 and 4 and on Wednesday for Years 5 and 6. The additional sports curriculum for the Upper school enables the children to develop both their skills and their team spirit through friendly matches with other local Independent Schools. During the first two terms of the Academic Year, the Year 3 classes have the opportunity to acquire and develop their swimming skills. They are supported by our trained staff using the facilities of the Langley Leisure Centre.
 
In the Upper School a Homework Club is held after each school day, enabling the children to complete their homework with supervision. The Lower School children have an activity club which is preceded by a drink and snack with a short playtime.
 
There are also many opportunities for the children to develop interests beyond the normal curriculum. A range of after School Clubs are held, with ballet, football, drama, art, computer, judo, golf, yoga, German, Spanish, flute, violin and piano currently offered. Children are encouraged to participate in as wide a variety of interests as possible – they are free to choose clubs that are of particular interest to them. Although we retain popular activities, we are constantly seeking new opportunities for our children. Our Remove children participate in a trip to Chateau Broutel in Rue in France taking part in cultural and sporting activities. Our children practice their language skills in a French market, visit the war graves and engage in abseiling, canoeing, archery and other activities.
 
We have recently established Holiday Clubs offering sports coaching and educational activities during the school recess.
 
The school is justly proud of its annual theatrical performances. During the Advent Term the Early Years Department present a Christmas Concert whilst the Middle and Upper Schools present their own end of term plays, produced and directed by specialist senior staff. Dramatic and musical skills are fostered as the children and staff work together to create an unforgettable experience for both the children and their audience. 
 
CLUBS AND AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES - LENT 2007

Clubs will start the week beginning Monday, 15th January and end the week ending Friday, 23rd March 2007. Homework club will start on Tuesday 9th January and end on Tuesday 27th March 2007.  Upper School Homework Club and Lower School After School Club take place Monday to Friday. The proposed clubs are for EYD to Year 6 as follows.
 
Monday               
Drama – Yr 3-6 - 3.30 p.m. – 4.45 p.m.
Dance – EYD + Beginners – 3.30– 4.15pm Y1-2 4.00-4.45
Football – Yr 1 – Yr 4 – 3.45 p.m. – 4.45 p.m.
Art – Yrs 3-6  - 3.45 p.m. – 4.45 p.m.
Piano Yrs 1-6 (variable times)
Lower School Activity Club from 3.00 p.m. as appropriate
Homework Club - 3.45 p.m. – 5.00 p.m.
 
Tuesday              
Sport for Years 3 and 4 extended day until 4.45 p.m.      
during the weeks that the other clubs are operating.
Lower School Activity Club from 3.00 p.m. as appropriate
Homework Club - 3.45 p.m. - 5.00 p.m.
Piano Yrs 1-6 (variable times)
 
Wednesday         
Sport for Years 5 and 6 extended day until 4.45 p.m.
during the weeks that the other clubs are operating.
Lower School Activity Club from 3.00 p.m. as appropriate
Dance – Yrs 2 upwards – 3.30 – 4.15pm Girls that have
taken their First Exam 4.00-4.45 p.m.
Homework Club - 3.45 p.m. - 5.00 p.m.
Piano Yrs 1-6 (variable times)
 
Thursday             
Judo Yr 1 – Yr 6 - 3.45 p.m. – 4.45 p.m.



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