Excellence Beyond the classroom
The English School seeks to provide a wide range of extra and co-curricular opportunities which are inclusive and take into account the full range of educational needs – from exam support to stretching our Gifted and Talented students.
Our founder, Canon Newham, made it clear that education was about more than learning in the classroom. As early as the 1900s, he introduced football, cricket and hockey to the boys of The English School and to Cyprus, and was well-known for his “healthy body, healthy mind” approach, a philosophy he held which now seems so far ahead of its time.
As a first-year student, children are guided towards choosing activities by their form tutor as well as the teachers in charge. Students are given the opportunity to join at the Activities Fair in September as well as at different points during the year. We endeavour to ensure that activities for Juniors are inclusive and open to all students without audition or try-outs – the only requirement is interest and a willingness to try. As students progress through the school, activities become more challenging, rewarding and diverse. Our most successful activities are those where the senior students coach and mentor the juniors, or which are initiated by students themselves.
In recent years, our celebrated debate team has travelled to Australia, South Africa, Hong Kong and Canada. Our Thimun delegates travel to the prestigious Hague International Model United Nations – last year representing Finland. In April 2019, 95 of our art, music and drama students took in all that the beautiful city of Vienna had to offer in the creative and performing arts.
At the heart of the activities for Juniors is our afternoon games programme, where students compete in Houses and are offered a wide variety of sports activities throughout the year. Members of the PE department offer professional coaching to our school teams and we are equally proud of our students who train at clubs, National and Olympic level. Canon Newham’s original vision is still very much alive as students learn valuable lessons in teamwork and physical fitness.
As much as we look back on our traditions with pride, we are also innovators and pioneers. To give you an example, we were the first school to introduce a non-competitive Talent Night and this year will be holding our 24th annual performance. Medimun – a Mediterranean Model United Nations Conference was started at the English School and has been hosted by the School since 2006.
Another central part of extra curricular life at The English School are the many charity initiatives which take place all year round. These include collaboration with local charities and NGOs as well as student led fund raising and projects. The effective and swift way in which our staff and students respond to local and global events proves that we are caring, active and socially aware members of society.
Our students and teachers work together inside and outside of the classroom to provide experiences and memories to last a lifetime. It all starts with their passion and commitment – together we can, like our Astronomy Club, reach for the stars.