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Bishop Douglass Catholic School

Bishop Douglass Catholic School

In Pursuit Of Excellence

Clubs and Activities

We have a comprehensive extracurricular programme that enables growth and development beyond the classroom. Sport is a particular strength and is well facilitated with onsite pitches, a fully equipped fitness centre, and a multi court sports hall. Subsidised music lessons for all Year 7 and 8 provide the opportunity for students to acquire accredited grade qualifications. Residential opportunities are provided for all students from Year 7 to 10 as part of an annual activities week, whilst a comprehensive trips programme enriches the broad curriculum and supports learning at all levels

Sport

All PE staff are committed to the departments extensive extra-curricular programme and we offer a comprehensiverange of activities that are run at lunch time and after school. Occasionally activities may also run as a breakfast club before am registration.

All students have an opportunity to engage in outside of curriculum time sports and activities which include many practice sessions as well as the opportunity to join one of our many sports teams as listed below.
This term Bishop Douglass has had great success in many competitions across the different key stages. Some of these success stories include

Year 11 Barnet Basketball - League, Cup and Championship Triple Winning team
Year 9 Barnet Basketball – League and Cup runners up.
Year 8 Girls Basketball - Cup Winning team
Ks3 Barnet Trampoline – Individual Gold medallist
Ks3 Barnet Trampoline – School Bronze medallists
Ks4 Barnet Trampoline – School Bronze medallists
Year 8 Girls Rugby – Barnet Tournament Champions

Extra Curricular opportunities

We run PE clubs throughout the year in the following activities:

Athletics 

Badminton

Basketball

Circuit and weight training

Dance

Fitness training

Football

Netball

Rounders

Rugby

Softball

Table tennis

Tennis

Trampoline

Volleyball

Teams

 

Boys

Girls

Football

Years 7-13

Years 7-9

Rugby

Years 7-10

Years 7-10

Trampoline

Years 7-13

Years 7-13

Basketball

Years 7-13

Years 7-13

Dance

Years 7-13

Years 7-13

Athletics

Years 7-13

Years 7-13

Softball

Years 8-10

 

Rounders

 

Years 7-10

Netball

 

Years 7-10

Maths Challenge

The department participates and enters students in Mathematics competitions organised by the UKMT (UK Mathematics Trust).  The UKMT is a charity which organises national mathematics competitions and other mathematical enrichment activities for 11-18 year old pupils in the UK.About 30 year 7 and 8 pupils are selected to enter for the Junior Challenge each year. The same numbers of year 9 and 10 students are entered for the Intermediate challenge and a number of  year 12 students are entered for the senior challenge. The department also selects four students (two from year 8 and two from year 9) to represent the school in a Team Maths Challenge (TMC).  Students are given extra lessons to prepare for these competitions. We have had successes with gold, silver and bronze certificates in the Junior Challenge and we were 9th out of 24 schools in last year’s Junior Team Challenge.

Music

At Bishop Douglass School we recognise and value the importance of music to the personal and emotional development of our students. The Music Department offers a wide variety of extra curricular activities including lunchtime clubs four days a week, lunchtime gigs for students to showcase their work, the Gospel Choir and performance opportunities during school events across the year. There are also opportunities to get involved in the development of the Bishop Douglass School Orchestra. There are opportunities for pupils to showcase their talents at local school events with pupils taking the lead in preparing and delivering music for the schools mass and religious services. We want to encourage all pupils to actively engage with our programme of music education through learning a musical instrument. Pupils in year 7 and 8 have the opportunity to receive subsidised individual or group instrumental/vocal lesson in addition to their normal music lessons.    Lessons lead to graded qualifications. Pupils choose from the following options:

  • Electric Guitar
  • Double Bass
  • Singing
  • Acoustic Guitar
  • Violin
  • Brass
  • Bass Guitar
  • Drums
  • Woodwind
  • Piano
  • Keyboard
  • Cello   

Lessons are delivered by a specialist instrumental teacher and last approximately 20 minutes in length.

There is considerable research that studying a musical instrument helps with attainment in other subjects, particularly Maths. It is also a wonderful skill to have!  

Model UN

Three times a year the school sends a delegation of students from Year 9 through to Sixth form to take part in inter-school model United Nations conferences. Simulating the real-life procedures of the United Nations, you will represent a country and will have to convince other countries in your committee to listen to your point of view. Conferences run over one or two days and enable you to hone your skills of advocacy, negotiation and diplomacy.  

English 

"All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players"

(Shakespeare)

In the English department, we firmly believe that enrichment yields passion, engagement and commitment in this most important of subjects! We aim to give every student, in every year group, the opportunity to attend an off-site enrichment excursion; in 2012-2013 this has included an enchanting trip for Year 7 students to the magical Bothy theatre in nearby Avenue House on a balmy midsummer afternoon, to see Shakespeare's classic, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" as well as debating opportunities for students in KS3 and KS4 in a variety of very prestigious locations - including The London School of Economics. 

Through trips like this, we aim to promote engagement, scholarship and passion for this subject which will stand our students in excellent stead throughout their lives.The whole English team are committed to bringing texts and ideas studied to life for students and to ensuring that students can experience contemporary as well as more classical theatre and film. We have cultivated an excellent relationship with nearby independent cinema, The Phoenix, and are planning more and more exciting visits and workshops there for our students. 

In addition to this, we run residential trips for students in KS5 in order to help them to engage more fully with the literary texts they are studying. In April 2013, our study of "Wuthering Heights" led us to take a residential trip to the beautiful village of Haworth in Yorkshire's "Bronte Country". One student, Wani Awoloto, described this as "the high point of my years at BD so far. An experience I will never forget!"