Extra-Curricular

Sport

Physical Education and the use of sport to develop moral character is very important to our College. Our excellent facilities, added to those which are available to us locally through Greenvale Leisure Centre and Meadowbank Sports Arena mean that we have the opportunity to develop many sports.

Sports offered currently include:

 Athletics Dance Class  Netball  Table Tennis
 Badminton  Gaelic Football  Orienteering  Tennis
 Basketball  Girls Soccer  Rugby  Volleyball
 Camogie  Gymnastics  Soccer  
 Cross Country  Hockey  Swimming   

 

Participation in After School Sports is strongly encouraged. A large percentage of our pupils get the opportunity to play in a team by attending weekly training sessions. School teams are entered into competitions where possible.

Our PE staff have established links with coaching bodies for all major sports and representatives of these bodies assist with some Extra Curricular Sport.

 Athletics, indoor and outdoor  Integrated Schools Netball
 NEBSSA Golf Tournament  Rugby competitions
 Hockey Tournaments  Soccer Leagues
 Inter Schools' Cross Country  Squash Blitz
 Integrated Schools Gaelic  

Work Experience

Students in Year 11 and Year 13 each get an opportunity to have a placement in an employment situation of their choice. This helps them to focus their thinking on possible future careers.

Music and Culture

At Sperrin, Music is promoted as something with intrinsic value, and as a way of broadening the pupils’ cultural experience. As a result our choir is very active and the school organises tuition in singing, clarinet, flute, percussion, drums, electric and acoustic guitar, Traditional Irish music and piano.

Clubs and Societies – Sperrin Independent Learners Awards (SILA)

Pupils have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of extra-curricular activities at Sperrin. These clubs run all year round and pupils have an opportunity to receive an award known as SILA – Sperrin Independent Learner Award. There are several different levels of award so pupils can progress their skills and talents. Clubs include Choir, Duke of Edinburgh, Folk Group, ICT Club.

Enhancement Activities

In order to enhance learning, the College provides pupils with a wealth of opportunities to learn and achieve beyond the classroom. Many of our pupils participate in these extra-curricular activities. These include:

 6th Form History Trip to Poland  House Competitions
 Art and Feis competition participation  Nerve Centre Links
 Break and Lunch Time Sports Club  Poetry Competition
 Computer Club  Public Speaking Competitions
 Drama Club  Pupils' Council
 Educational Trips  Subject based workshops
 Film and Media Competitions  Story Writing Competitions
 French/History trip to Normandy and Paris  Theatre Visits
 Foyle Film Festival  Whole School Sponsored Walk
 Homework Club  Young Enterprise

Currently we are planning for:

  • School Production Autumn 2015
  • Ski Trip for Year 9/10 February 2016
  • Sixth Form Habitat for Humanity Overseas Project June 2016

Unique Artistic Opportunities

Art, Drama, Moving Image Arts and Graphic Design (BTEC) are now well established both within and outside the curriculum especially at Sixth Form level where Sperrin delivers Moving Image Arts to the partner schools.

Charity Work

As part of our ongoing work with our pupils, raising awareness for the needs of others both in our community and beyond is very important. We encourage our pupils to be active in charitable organisations and fund raising activities. Our pupils contribute to, and have fund-raised for:

 Action Cancer  Macmillan Cancer Care
 Blytheswood Shoebox Appeal  Marie Curie Cancer Care
 British Deaf Association  MENCAP
 Christian Aid  St Vincent de Paul Christmas Hamper Appeal
 Clic Sargent Cancer Appeal  The Salvation Army Christmas Hamper Appeal
 Habitat for Humanity  The Salvation Army Christmas Hamper Appeal

Habitat for Humanity

In June 2014 20 students, staff and governors travelled to Romania to work on upgrading homes for orphan children. We plan to return or visit a new project in 2016.