EXTRA-CURRICULAR

Extra-Curricular

St. John’s offers a wide variety of after-school activities

For St. John's International students, the Extra-Curricular Activities Programme plays an integral role in their school journey as a purposeful extension of the learning and academic curriculum. We place great value on the role Extra-Curricular Activities play in supporting the growth and development of well-rounded, responsible and curious individuals. The emphasis is on activities that inspire and challenge students, which are delivered in a way that demands inquiry, reflection and collaboration. Student-led elements are encouraged to develop existing interests as well as foster the pursuit and mastery of new skills. Creating a fun and holistic learning environment is the underpinning principle and our ECA programme is also a place where, new talents are discovered, passions are honed and leadership skills are developed!

Browse Activities

SPORTS
  • Basketball
  • Climbing wall
  • Gymnastics
  • Multisports
  • Running
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Fencing
  • Girls Football
  • Tennis
  • Kid’s Gym
  • Taekwondo
PERFORMING & CREATIVE ARTS
  • Art & Crafts
  • Band
  • Choir
  • Drama
  • Cheerleading Team
  • Dance Team
  • Kid’s Dance
TECHNOLOGY, LANGUAGES AND HOBBIES
  • Computer Coding
  • Chess
  • Robotics
  • Cooking Club

It's not Just Sports!

We aim to support a range of activities, with strong links to our hugely popular and successful Visual and Performing Arts Programme and a wide variety of other clubs and other societies on offer. There is something for everyone regardless of age or level or interest.

St. John's Primary School Teams

The ECA programme follows the 3 season model of Fall, Winter and Spring and within this model we are proud to be able to provide local competition opportunities for our Primary School (PS) teams.

For PS students we have representative interscholastic STJ teams in Football, Basketball and swimming and these teams are populated by those attending the corresponding Extra- Curricular Activity (ECA).

The purpose of the PS sports teams is to provide local competition opportunities, maximising playing time and having fun together as a team in preparation for the transition to MS STJ sports teams.

“Not everyone can be a winner all the time but everyone can make that effort, that commitment to excellence.“ Vince Lombardi

Extra-curricular and After School Activities Descriptions

Members of staff, external instructors, students and parents form our dedicated and dynamic team of instructors. They are highly qualified and successful in their own right. They include ex-international, national and club level athletes who also work for local clubs, teams and societies, forging close links within our local community. Have a look at their offer below :

Gymotricity

Movement plays an essential role in not only the physical development of the child, but also their mental, motor, artistic and socio-affective development. In this activity the students will learn to control their body, and learn fundamental movement patterns and skills through fun and play.

Basketball

This weekly clinic is designed to introduce and improve the fundamentals of the game, including dribbling, passing, and shooting. Skill development will be achieved through fun games and challenges with a focus on fostering strong team work. All abilities and levels will be catered for. The players will be grouped by age (U8/U10) with weekly practices and some friendly games with other schools on Saturdays. 

Swimming

Swimming lessons from basics to competitive swimming. The lessons are open to anyone wishing to improve their swimming skills. The main goal of this programme is to further develop the knowledge of swimming and to give students a comfortable posture. You will need a swim suit (one piece for girls, no shorts for boys), a swimming cap, goggles and a towel. For the Swim Team Winter season practices & competitions, please go through the Athletic Department. The activity takes plave at Braine L'Alleud or Waterloo Commune Pool facilities. Students are transferred by bus which leaves school at 3.45.

Arts & Crafts

Arts and crafts activities helps children develop many skills such as problem-solving, risk-taking, focus and creativity. If you love making or drawing things and want to spend more time in the Art studio, this club is for you! Students will work on various projects and experiment with different Arts & Crafts techniques. Developing 2D and 3D skills in a fun and friendly environment. 

Gymnastics

Gymnastics tones your muscles and body, builds self-esteem, helps to get better body coordination, boosts courage, and teaches self-discipline. Students will learn how to have good body-control, body-coordination, perfect balance and look amazing by doing so. Starting with basic floor gymnastics exercises such as forward roll, back roll, cartwheel, head -and handstand, bridge etc. Later using low beam and high beam, students will learn how to do different motions in total control in a small targeted area. They will also learn to master different jumps on the trampoline for example straight up, knee high, leg stretch, somersault, flip forward etc. 

Multi Sports

This is a non-competitive, fun way to improve skills and teamwork in various sports. Each session, the students will be offered the opportunity to discover a new sport that they may have never heard of such as Ultimate Frisbee, Lacrosse, Kinball, Dodgeball, Indiaca, Flag rugby, Rollerblade floor hockey, Quidditch, Tchoukball and Thieves and Police. The goal of this activity is to broaden the students knowledge in different sports and to open their mind to new possibilitiesIt is an opportunity to be active with their firends in a fun environment.

Dance

Various dance classes are offered, including Cheerleading, Creative dance, freestyle and Hip Hop. The goals for the students-dancers are that they will grow in confidence and be stronger in their daily lives. At the end of the season, students should be able to make their own choreography and have the knowledge to perform on stage and be self-aware about their body, movement and freestyle. 

Taekwondo

This Martial Art comes directly from South Korea, and contains a lot of virtues such as self-confidence, self-control, modesty, perseverance and integrity. Taekwondo is a Martial Art, using every part of the body. This includes kicks, punches, hand and foot blocks, sweeps, joint locks, grappling and throws. The students continuing the class after the first session need to have a dobok (uniform). They can buy it from the Master.  The activity is run by Master Park, a Taekwondo Master who graduated in Martial Arts from Incheon University, who has more than 30 years of practice in this Olympic sport. The fee for this activity includes testing and examination with belt ceremony.

Fit, Fun & Run

Fit, Fun & Run is a program that encourages children to get fitter and healthier while developing positive lifelong habits and having fun! Whether running, walking or moving each participant will set certain goals and mileage that develops healthy lifestyles along the way. The activities will be game and play based, not just running.

Chess Club

The Chess Club offered is open to grade 1-8 students of all abilities, from absolute beginners to experts. The students will get to enjoy learning about and playing chess while sharpening their skills and having the opportunity to pit their wits against each other and the activity instructor. Tournaments (online and face to face) are organised throughout the year which provide an excellent competitive outlet for those who wish to participate.

Tennis

All students are welcome from complete beginners through to experienced competition players. Specific tennis programmes are designed and delivered in a fun, safe and secure environment where students can develop and enhance their tennis skills at a pace suitable to them. Our programmes offer more than just tennis, they are about having fun, making friends, building confidence and developing positive attitudes for life-long fitness. All tennis lessons are delivered using the latest innovative programmes.

Cooking Club

The cooking class places emphasis on enjoying the experience of creating delicious healthy food and where possible making a connection with the vegetable and fruit growing in Timbertops, the Early Learning Centre Garden. Students will learn about the food cycle and the connection with the soil and our environment via compost. We experiment with a delicious, healthy and colourful recipes, decorating homemade cupcakes and cookies, preparing simple snacks, sushi, wraps, smoothies, fresh pressed juices and more... Best of all students get to take home their creations for friends and family to enjoy!

Coding and Robotics

Using Scratch (and other coding systems), students will follow a programme of learning that will teach them the basic skills of Coding. With these basic skills, the students will be able to make simple but fun games.

Fencing Club

Ludo-fencing is an introduction to Fencing which contributes to the development of: Physique : co-ordination, agility, speed and endurance. Focus : concentration, reflection and management of emotions. Self Confidence : mastery of a new skill, introduction to tactical and strategic thinking. Fair-play and Team-work : respecting your opponents and team mates, and having fun!

Football

One of the most popular team game sports where each player will play and progress his own individual skills in a team environment, learning about working with teammates to improve together and have fun! We have an U8 Team and an U10 Team, with friendly competitions against other schools on some weekends. The goal for this activity is to work and progress our skills, strategies and basic rules of football in a fair-play environment. Come and join us to play with St John's friends and have a lot of FUN!

Girls Football

A relatively new activity but going from strength to strength and proving very popular with our PS students. The activity is open to all levels of players and the emphasis is on learning and developing our basic skills in a supportive environment as the foundation to team-work and successful match play. We aim to play friendly competitive matches against local schools when possible. It is a dynamic, fun activity where you will work hard and enjoy being active with your friends!

Testimonials

"An impressive 3 in 4 St.John's students participate in extra-curricular activities."
"On average students sign up for 2 or more activities"