Sporting options, our curriculum, student achievement and facilities
At Halcyon, we prioritise making provisions for every sporting goal to be fulfilled.
Through our Explorations Programme, our Extra-Curriculars, our PHE curriculum, and our student-driven sports expansion, sport is undoubtedly a central part of student learning at our school.
Explorations and Extra-Curriculars
We aim to give our students as much choice as possible when it comes to sport at Halcyon. We integrate this directly into our school programme by ensuring providing a range of sporting options for Grade 6, 7, 8 and 9 through our weekly two-hour Wednesday Exploration sessions. This allows students to commit to 6 sessions of 6-week-long school-organized activities which cover a variety of student-requested options, from Ice Skating to Horse Riding.
SPORT EXPLORATION OPTIONS
SPORT EXTRA-CURRICULAR OPTIONS
We also ensure we provide our students with an expanding list of sporting Extra-Curricular Activities outside of school hours, and we encourage our students to join teams that participate in inter-school competition.
This is an opportunity for students to develop their fitness profile, stamina and play football each week. The club will be working on general overall fitness and ball control, passing technique and shooting. We have senior teams for Boys and Girls individually for Grades 9-12 and a junior team of mixed students for Grades 6-8. Practices are held once per week throughout the school year. Students participate in competitions with students at local London schools.
Gymnastics Club is open to all grades and abilities. Students will have the opportunity to improve their floor and vault skills incorporating different gymnastic elements to create their own routines. Students in this club will develop their resilience, confidence and interpersonal skills. Gymnastics Club runs two sessions per week. Students may opt to participate in one or both sessions. The students (Gymnastics and any other interested students) also have termly trips to the Oxygen Freejumping Trampoline Park.
Table tennis is a popular sports option at Halcyon! Students work with Olympic coach, Natacha Moura on strategy and skill. Beginners first learn technique while developing speed, coordination, consistency and concentration. More advanced table tennis players develop tactics that can then be applied in matches. They also play in friendly matches against other schools.
This is an opportunity for students to improve their cardiovascular capacity, speed and personal skills such as motivation and resilience. The sessions will take place at Hyde Park where students explore the amazing network of paths that the park offers.
Cross Country Success!
Congratulations to Jonah, Marie, Matis, Saveliy and Wiebe for taking part in the London Schools cross country with hundreds of other students from schools around London. They all did very well in tough and muddy conditions. Jonah qualified for the London team (again!) with an extraordinary second place; the first silver medal in athletics for Halcyon! A fantastic result.
This is another activity to improve important hand-eye coordination skills. Basketball is a student-led club, run with staff oversight. Diploma students lead weekly sessions, planning all activities and working directly with participants. Each session is a mix of drill and games.
We have often sought the consultation of our parents and students on what sporting options and teams they would like to see included in our Extra-Curricular Activities and Explorations, and we are open to collaborating with external providers to make this happen. Building the foundation for a culture of student advocacy must happen in all areas of student life – and that includes sport.
Our students are also engaged in a rigorous PHE (Physical Health Education) programme. Halcyon’s PHE units further our students’ engagement with team sports such as rugby, and remind students of the importance of fitness through an academic approach to the impact of activity and nutrition on the body.
In recent years, our students have led the creation and running of Halcyon’s Boxercise and Basketball clubs, and we always look forward to supporting our students in bringing further enrichment to our community.
We also aim to support and facilitate our whole community in pursuing their sporting passions outside of school hours. Promoting a culture of fitness and team sport is a core part of bringing students to be ready to learn, and we seek to celebrate the sporting achievements of all our students – from motor racers to marathon runners – outside of school as well as inside.
On National Fitness Day, we asked all students, staff and parents what their sporting goals and achievements were – those listed below are only a few examples of the great commitments to fitness that Halcyon can be proud of.
We are equally proud of our students’ sporting efforts outside school.
What sport are you involved in?
I’m a runner! In the winter I take part in cross country and in the Summer I am an 800m runner. I have run for Serpentine Running Club for the last 4 years.
What’s been your biggest running achievement so far?
Last year I competed in the league of races – a number of running events held between running clubs across London. I competed in the age category above me (15+) and placed second.
What’s the most challenging thing about running?
The training can be tough and physically difficult – especially during the colder months.
Would you recommend someone taking up running? Do you have any tips?
Absolutely! I’d recommend getting involved with a running club and then stick with it! The more you do the easier it becomes!
What sport are you involved in?
I am a Springboard diver! I
What’s been your biggest sporting achievement so far?
I’m really proud of being the Swiss springboard diving 1m and 3m champion on three occasions.
What’s the most challenging thing about your sport?
My sport can be very challenging and takes a lot of work. The most difficult thing is learning more difficult dives. You have to keep practising and perfecting your skills.
Would you recommend someone taking up your sport? Do you have any tips?
Yes, diving is a great sport to be part of! I think my top tip would be to make sure you build up your flexibility and strengthen your core – it will make diving easier!
How did you get involved in diving?
I was a swimmer and had the chance to try diving. I really enjoyed it, and it turned out I was also very good at it!
We have amazing access to a variety of locations
Seymour Leisure Centre is located a short walk from Halcyon. Our students regularly visit the centre for their PE classes and some after school activities. With access to the large sports hall, they are able to take part in a wide range of activities including basketball, football, hockey and dodgeball.
At lunch once a week students get to enjoy Hyde Park, one of the largest parks in central London, with a host of fun ball games and activities run by Fit for Sport.