Movement Club - with a qualified instructor for pupils from Key Stage 2. This club takes place from 3.15 - 4.15pm in the school hall for a maximum of 12 pupils. The sessions run on a 6 week rota so everyone who wants to join in gets a chance to 'have a go' and pupils are assisted by two learning support assistants from Bower Grove. Parents should apply to Mrs D Shalders (PE Co-ordinator) if they would like their child to take part.
Junior Kids Club - Every Wednesday the children who belong to the Bower Grove Kids Club meet after school from 3.15 until 5pm to have fun with arts, crafts, stories and games. The Volunteer Services Unit, led by Emma, brings a group of young adult volunteers from local secondary schools to support the children and introduce them to a range of activities. The sessions have followed a range of themes including animals, travelling around the world and characters from fiction. The club is open for children from groups 4, 5, A3 and 6 and, although originally planned for 12 children, it has proved so popular that membership had to be increased to 20. There is a nominal charge of 50p per week to cover the cost of refreshments and art materials. The children go home at the end of each session carrying an array of colourful hats and models, though most eatable goodies have usually disappeared before 5 o'clock! For more information contact Mrs P Stephens, group 4 teacher at Bower Grove School.
MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY
Library Club - The Library Club is held every Monday and Wednesday lunchtime and is proving very popular with senior school pupils. The club is run by Mrs Green and Mrs Coveney and is open to all senior pupils who want to "chill out" while they enjoy reading comics and magazines, look at books or play board games and listen to music. If you are a pupil in the senior school and are interested in joining this club then come along during the lunch break on a Monday and Wednesday. We look forward to seeing you.
Football Club - meets every Thursday after school from 3.15 - 4.30pm. Pupils from years 5 & 6 are coached by Mr Wiley and Miss Linn together with a learning support assistant. Pupils from Key Stages 3/4 are coach by Mike Knight (FA Coach) who is assisted by Mr Dalton and Mr Wells. Matches are often played against local mainstream primary schools. Boys and girls year 5 upwards are welcome to join this club. If you would like your child to take part, please contact Mr Wiley.
Netball Club - meets every Thursday after school from 3.15 - 4.15pm and is coached by Mrs Shalders, Mrs Johnston and Mrs Cadman. This is open for all pupils from year 5 upwards (both boys and girls). Matches are frequently played against local mainstream primary schools.
Music Club - meets every Thursday after school from 3.15 - 4.30pm. The workshops are open to all children in years 2 to 6 plus pupils in groups 7S and Enhancement and are fun by an experienced teacher from the Kent Music School. There are up to 15 spaces. The sessions offer pupils opportunities to respond to a variety of musical sounds and activities. The emphasis is upon enjoyment as they create a repertoire of songs, rhymes and games to develop self-esteem, social interaction and language. Movement to song, percussion instruments and a variety of musical styles are used to encourage emotional responses and every aspect of co-ordination. The cost is £3 per session.
SQUARE PEGS DRAMA CLUB
This drama group is run by volunteer parents and is for young people aged between 7 and 16 who may find it difficult to fit into other groups. There are two sessions: 7-11 year olds from 6.30pm - 7.30pm and 12 - 16 year olds from 7.30pm - 9pm. The group leader is drama trained and assisted by volunteers. To find out more about this club please contact: Nicky on 07736 521875 or Jonathan on 01622 209530. There will be a small charge of £1 per session, payable on a half termly basis.
Discovery Day - Discovery Days are held at local sports centres in Maidstone, Larkfield and Tonbridge. Pupils are given the opportunity to try out 5 different sports such as trampolining, golf, twirling, judo, boccia, and curling with qualified coaches. These Discovery Days are aimed at pupils with special educational needs and are always very popular.
Kent Youth Games - The Kent Youth Games are held on a Saturday in June and last year pupils competed in cycling, archery and orienteering. Specialist coaches came into school prior to the games to coach these sports so pupils were able to compete. This year we won the orienteering and Bower Grove was awarded a trophy.
Fixtures - Pupils are able to take part in various sports fixtures throughout the year, participating in football, netball, cross country and swimming against teams from other special schools and sometimes mainstream schools throughout the county.