The Extended Curriculum
Overview
David Massiah
DIRECTOR OF extended curriculum
At Newton, we encourage student leadership, social action and well-rounded development by enriching what students learn in the classroom through broader action throughout the school, wider community and with other schools. The extended curriculum includes the student council, prefects, co and extra-curricular activities, as well as BSP and LAHC events. It also promotes expanding the learning experience to include an authentic application and social action within the school community. The focus is to promote inquiry and investigation that leads to systemic change.

We aim to have students become an integral and main part of how the school runs and develops, from consulting them and working together on some areas, to having them lead other important changes.

In Lower and Upper School, the majority of these activities take place from 3:30 to 04:45 p.m. from Monday through Friday, and sometimes during weekends. The ones currently available are:
1. Sports
The school's Physical Education teachers and specialist coaches train the students in the following sports:
• Basketball
• Athletics
• Football
• Rugby
• Volleyball
• Gymnastics
• Tae Kwon Do
• Swimming

All sports emphasize the learning of skills, teamwork, and fair play. The school takes part in as many competitions as possible so that all students -not only the most skillful- have the opportunity to participate in a healthy competition. Furthermore, once a year the school organizes its own tournament, the Newton Cup, which usually lasts about six weeks and congregates hundreds of participants from ages 7 to 18.

The school encourages and supports student participation in all sports and, in recent years, Newton students have represented their country in golf, judo, tennis, shooting, swimming, and water polo competitions.

Our sports motto is "We play with passion, win with humility and lose with dignity".

Visit: Extracurricular Sports Activities 2016

2. Dance
The School has three major dance activities:

Ballet: Students learn the basic techniques and skills of classical and modern ballet. Currently, there are four ballet teachers who organize the groups into categories according to the levels and ages of the participants.

Folklore: Students learn dances from the coast, mountains and jungle, as well as Peruvian customs and traditions, all represented by marinera norteña, danzas negras, Andean music, and music from the Peruvian amazon.

Modern: Students learn different sorts of modern dance that are popular both national and internationally. Salsa, cumbia, and lambada are part of the repertoire.

Participation in public performances is encouraged, and the dance groups take part in school events such as assemblies, concerts, musicals, Fiestas Patrias celebration, and the Kermesse. In addition, the groups participate in inter-school festivals and competitions.

Visit: Extracurricular Dance Activities

3. Music
Students of all levels are invited to join in the various musical groups of the school. They rehearse on Mondays and perform frequently in different events in and out of school.

The existing musical groups are:
• Orchestra
• Band
• Folklore music
• Violin Suzuki group
• Cellos Suzuki group
• Recorder ensemble
• Lower School choir
• Upper School choir
• Guitar Suzuki group

4. The Scouts
The Scout Group "La Molina 88" was formed in 1996. Students from ages 7 to 10 participate in the weekly meetings that take place Saturday mornings. Participants learn the basic aims and principles of the Scouts movement and take part in day trips and camps, among other activities. The group has leaders from the National Association of Scouts as well as from our Lower School staff.

5. Newton Theatre Group
This Upper School activity is an extension of the Theatre programme, which is also part of the formal curriculum. It is available to all the students who follow the course and wish to participate, either on-stage or backstage, in the School Play. The group meets during the week and at weekends, depending on their need for rehearsals.

The Newton Theatre Group puts on one major production each year, created and produced by the students, one year in English and the next in Spanish. In recent years, the productions included Miyuki y los Tres Demonios, which followed the conventions of Japanese Theatre tradition of Kabuki, Shadow Queendom, an exploration of power as an illusion through masks and puppets with the motivation of the Celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of the Queen of England, and Romper la Piel, following German Expressionism's conventions.

The Newton Theatre Group also participates in the One-Act Play Festival organized by the British Schools of Lima. Recently, students gave a witty performance of Split, a comedy with a split theatre stage game, Dissection Matters, another comedy where each student played two roles, and Add a Spoonful of Trust, a melodrama that went backwards.

6. The Debating Society
Students from Form II to Form VI are invited to take part of this society, which aims to develop those skills and techniques that are proven to be effective in public speaking and debating. The society participates in debates against other British schools in Lima. The debates are carried out in English and reflect topical issues of the age group (i.e. "Homework is a waste of time", "Tobacco advertising should be banned", "Ignorance is Bliss").

The society also participates in the Peruvian Debate Association (PDA) for the World's Debates, and usually our students are selected to represent Peru in the Schools World's Debating Championship that takes place in different countries around the world each year.

7. The Model United Nations (MUN)
Students in Form II through Form VI represent different countries on a range of issues in a simulation of the United Nations Organization. It allows students to develop skills in research, empathy, inter-cultural understanding, collaboration, consensus building, lobbying, negotiation, public speaking, and problem solving. Each year, MUN members attend conferences within Lima and other international locations. For example, students recently participated in MUN meetings in China, Panama and Harvard University. The group has obtained awards for research and performance in each of the conferences they attended.

8. Junior Achievement Award
Students in Form IV have an outstanding opportunity to create a public company and a product to sell. They then sell the product and compete with groups from other schools to outsell them. Recently, one Newton group won the award for best product in Latin America.

9. Eco-Prefects
Eco-Prefects in Lower and Upper School seek to help promote ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) on the school campus and throughout the school community.

10. The Student Council
The Student Council encompasses students from all Upper School ages. It enables students to have an active voice in helping shape the school, provide support for other students, and conduct campaigns, in response to what they learn in and out of the classroom.

11. Field Trips
As part of the academic programmes, students are given the opportunity to complete part of their course-work on field trips, in order to enrich inter-cultural awareness, develop a deeper care for the environment, and further complement their school studies. The following field trips are organized yearly:

5th GRADE Three Regions Trip, visiting the Jungle, Mountains, and Coast of Peru (La Merced, Tarma, and Chincha) to compare geography, climate, population, and economic development
FORM I Five days in the Amazon Study Centre Sachavacayoc Lodge, to complete projects in various subjects (e.g. Science, the Arts, Music, Geography, History)
FORM IV Five days in the mountain town of Huaraz and surrounding valley, to complete projects in IGCSE Geography.
FORM V Three days in Paracas National Reserve, to complete course-work in Geography for the I.B. Diploma
FORM VI One week in the Amazon Study Centre Sachavacayoc Lodge, to complete course-work in Biology for the I.B. Diploma.

In addition to field trips, all year long students go on day excursions to places of interest that are related to their courses (i.e. museums, historical ruins, industrial plants, natural reserves, the Port of Callao, the Historic Centre of Lima).
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