Bellan House Activities
Bellan House offers a wide range of after school clubs and activities, with new choices each term.
They are designed to appeal to a wide range of interests and pupils of all ages are encouraged to get involved. While most clubs are free, there is a charge for some activities.
Music, Dance, Speech & Drama
We offer a wide range of performing arts clubs, including Ballet, Modern dance, Tap, Street Dance and Drama. There is an additional charge for these clubs.
Music clubs, which vary throughout the year, include percussion, handbells, choir and much more.
Specialist peripatetic teachers visit the school regularly and instrumental lessons can be arranged via our Head of Music.
Bellan pupils also stage a number of wonderful performances throughout the year, which helps to build confidence and character, as does our structured approach to public speaking, with younger pupils taking part in a local poetry and prose festival and older pupils entering the English Speaking Board (ESB) examinations each year. Pupils have also progressed to competitions at a national level.
Sport is an integral part of the Bellan House curriculum, making use of the excellent facilities at the nearby Senior School, including an indoor heated swimming pool, extensive playing fields and gymnasium.
The PE staff, Oswestry School Sports Leaders and specialist instructors also provide a wide range of out of school hours learning opportunities that take place immediately after school. Extra- curricular sports are fully inclusive and are of mixed sex however, some activities are age specific.
They include: Football, Hockey, Rugby, Cricket, Netball, Swimming, Tennis, Rounders, Athletics, Cross country, Kung Fu, Fencing, Basketball, Ball-sports and Multi-sports.
Through attendance at such clubs, skills are improved and the will to win becomes stronger.
What is Forest School?
We have created (and continually develop!) our own Forest School site within the extensive school grounds. All pupils are able to make use of this as a regular part of their curriculum, building on a child’s innate motivation and positive attitude to learning, offering them the opportunities to take risks, make choices and initiate learning for themselves. The learning potential of this kind of site, through frequent and regular experiences throughout the year is maximised by organised and qualified Forest School leaders. Through this experience pupils learn to understand, appreciate and care for the natural environment.
How does Forest School work?
The philosophy is to encourage and inspire, through mastery of small, achievable tasks in a woodland environment, to grow in confidence and independence so that children are able to develop a sense of self-worth.
Children will acquire new skills as they are ready for them so that activities can maintain a degree of challenge and excitement, whilst remaining safe and controlled.
Pupils may arrive between 7.45am and 8.00am when breakfast is provided.
At the end of the day pupils can be supervised until 4.30pm. It is also possible to extend this wraparound care until 6.00pm which includes an evening snack provided in the dining room (for a small charge). Should you wish to take advantage of this service we ask that places are booked by the previous day for breakfast club and by 10.30am (morning break), for the afternoon wraparound care.