Student Zone » Extra-Curricular Activities
The newly launched Music Centre at Saint Wilfrid's offers a wide variety of instrumental and vocal lessons. We provide high-quality tuition on a weekly basis that will provide you with both a broad and balanced curriculum, aimed at developing musical skills and supported by great technique. Lessons are held by local professional musicians, who act as both tutor and mentor throughout the course of a 10-week term. There are several extra-curricular, music-related clubs for students of all musical abilities. Some are geared towards those who have reached a certain standard on their instrument, whereas others are more for those who just want to get involved in music. The clubs are also open for anyone learning an instrument outside of the Academy. Music is carefully selected and adapted to suit the needs of each group, giving pupils the opportunity to develop their playing, singing and musicianship skills, with performance opportunities in the Academy and the wider community.
We host performances and concerts throughout the year, with our beautiful Christmas Carol Service always a highlight. Please see Mr Keeling or Mrs Ayres for any further information.
BRASS AND STRING GROUP
For students who enjoy playing any Brass or String instrument.
ACADEMY CHAMBER CHOIR (ACC)
Students will be invited to audition for the ACC.
‘KADEMY FUN CHOIR (KFC)
If you just enjoy singing, then you’re welcome to join and get involved in this fun new group.
For students who are playing at, or above, Grade 1 standard - any instrument welcome.
For students who enjoy singing or playing Contemporary Christian Worship music. This group will help to lead worship in the Academy.
SCHOOL OF ROCK
For students who play guitar, bass guitar, drums or just want to Rock!
This lunchtime club is for students who enjoy keyboard work in class.
The PE Department organises a wide range of extra-curricular activities:
Boys and Girls Football clubs and fixtures for all years.
Boys and Girls Basketball clubs and fixtures for all years. Boys Rugby Clubs and fixtures for all years.
Girls Netball clubs and fixtures for all years.
Gymnastics Club for all years.
Dance Club for all years
Athletics Club for all years.
Running Club for all years.
Rounders' Club and fixtures for all years.
Boys and Girls Cricket Club and fixtures for all years.
Boys Softball Club for all years
Multi-Sports Club for year 7, 8 and 9
Fitness and Health Club for all years
Boys and girls Boccia Club for all years
The PE Department has a Sports Hall, Sprung Floor Gymnasium, a state of the art Fitness Studio, a dedicated Dance Studio, 2G Astroturf, Multi Use Games Area (MUGA), Yard, Large offsite Playing Fields and 2 dedicated classrooms. In addition to school facilities the pupils have opportunities to use public facilities, including Witton Park Athletics track, Boulder Up Climbing Centre and Blackburn Ice Arena to name but a few. Please see Mr Pallas or Mr Stamford for further information.
Friday Lunch A61 - 12:35PM - 1:05PM
Over this series we'll be looking at the attribute and names that Jesus has throughout the Bible. Through interactive study, times of worship and opprtunities to share, we will learn together about who God is and what Jesus means to us. The club is designed for anyone with an interest in who Jesus is.
The Expressive and Performing Arts Team at St Wilfrid's work closely with English/PE learning areas to provide many opportunities through extra-curricular activities in the Arts to complement classroom teaching. Over the last few years we have performed our whole school musicals; 'Hairspray' and 'Beauty and the Beast' and some of our modern musicians recently contributed to a well received 'Rock Fest' concert at King George's Hall in Blackburn. Whether you're a performer, a visual artist, or someone interested in being an effective back stage crew hand, there will be something for you to get involved in at St Wilfrid's and you'll feel a valued member of the team.
Professional artists are also invited to visit the school with expert workshops on stage make up application and lighting design techniques.
Duke of Edinburgh Scheme
From the age of fourteen (Year 10), young people can enrol to join the Award and progress through the three levels; Bronze, Silver and Gold.
We have many pupils who join and train, in their own time, to participate to gain this 'extra' qualification. Pupils must fulfil the requirements of each of the four sections of the Scheme; Service, Skill, Physical Challenge and Expedition. The activities encourage cooperation, responsibility, self-reliance, personal achievement and perseverance embodied within a spiritual, personal and social development. St Wilfrid's is proud to say that at last years presentation ceremony we had more pupils receiving awards than in any other Blackburn school! As we have our own highly skilled, experienced and qualified leaders you can rest assured that participants are in safe hands.
The opportunity is for all and challenge is the essence of the concept. The Expedition programme exemplifies this with planning, preparing and completing a journey with a specifically outlined purpose.
Practice and Assessment journeys are generally undertaken in areas like Trough of Bowland and Derbyshire area for Bronze and Silver Awards. The more adventurous Gold Expeditions tend to take place in mountainous regions, like Snowdonia in Wales and the Ben Nevis region of Scotland. Five of our students successfully completed their Gold expedition this summer and will be meeting the Duke himself in spring to receive their awards. Prospective employers and Universities look favourably on this award as it shows a level of commitment. It is also a lot of fun!
Additional Clubs and Activities
The Academy has plenty of activities throughout the year to suit all. A full list of the current clubs offered can be downloaded below.
We participate in the Bolton Book Award and have had famous children's authors working with pupils including Joe Craig and Nigel Hinton - unforgettable hands-on experiences which the students thoroughly enjoy.
A 'Readathon' raised over £2000 for children's charities in its first year (1997), and is now established as an annual event in the school's busy calendar of events.
The Young Engineers and Technology clubs continue to flourish, whilst the Science Area is engaged in a number of external competitions.