Social Activities

Social activities are an essential part of life at Newland College. Discos, barbecues, birthday parties, games, international evenings, theatre and cinema visits, concerts, bowling, roller-skating and ice-skating are arranged during the academic year.  Many of these are free of charge.

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Food

Served in the college’s dining room our experienced team of chefs create an interesting, nutritious and varied menu of meals for students. This includes a selection of fresh food from the salad bar, hot main dishes, fruit and hot or cold puddings. There is plenty of choice, including vegetarian cuisine.

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Prep

Prep is an opportunity to review work, plan for projects and revise. Students are given clear curriculum maps which show the overall scheme of work allowing them to read about future topics. The balance between independent study and traditional homework is carefully considered, with teachers spending time with students helping them develop crucial study skills.

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We also encourage students to listen to podcasts related to their subjects. The Radio 4 In Our Time series, which has 600 archived discussions on a variety of subjects, is particularly good: students develop listening and presentation skills by following university lecturers debate a historic figure or scientific area.

Sports

We strive to provide our students with a rich and varied life outside the classroom. At Newland College we provide a variety of sports for our students to learn and practise over the academic year, including swimming, volleyball, basketball, cross country running, football, climbing, cricket, hockey, tennis, badminton and athletics. We promote a lifelong enjoyment of physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle. Apart from developing co-ordination, balance and physical fitness, we view sports within the wider educational context – teaching team spirit, self-confidence, good sportsmanship and discipline. We also encourage students to develop their core and balance with aerobics, dance and yoga. Our after-college clubs and activities include sporting options.

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We have dedicated sports coaches who have a wealth of experience across the sporting spectrum. At the end of each term, students are rewarded for their participation in the sports programme. Special awards are given to recognise individual accomplishments.

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Newland College is keen to be involved with inter-school competitions against local schools.

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Arts

Our 250-seat theatre is the largest in South Buckinghamshire. Film and drama are core elements of life at Newland College. College plays bring together the fine and dramatic arts in a production that gives every student a role and opportunity to develop.

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Continuing to practise drawing, photography and the fine arts is vital in our image rich world. Using art to help you understand the rest of the curriculum is a key part of the learning at Newland College. It is so important to be able to visualise concepts and relationships, especially in the sciences. This develops understanding, as well as being key to helping you remember content. Not only is art such a key means to an end, but is of course an end in itself. Find out for yourself ‘what is art for?’

Clubs

Students can take part in a variety of after-college clubs and societies. As a new college, students will be asked which clubs and societies they wish to set up. We will always welcome new ideas for activities, and base the activities on the personal interests of each student and member of staff.

Clubs can include:
Art, Basketball, Badminton, Chess, Choir/Close Harmony, Computing, Cricket, Dance, Debating, Digital Journalism/Writing, Drama, Film, Football, Gardening, Outdoor Adventures, Photography, Table Tennis, Tennis, Yoga.

We will be running the Duke of Edinburgh scheme. The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme helps students to develop confidence and a sense of responsibility. The areas of Skill, Physical Development, Volunteering, and Expedition combine to produce a rounded individual. The completion of the award gives pupils a sense of achievement and is a valuable addition to their C.V. There are four sections to the award: Skill, Physical Development, Volunteering and Expedition.

Excursions

At Newland College, Experiential Learning is at the centre or our teaching philosophy. Experiential learning is the process of learning through experience, and is more specifically defined as “learning through reflection on doing.’’ Felicia, Patrick (2011)

One manifestation of this is our Global Classroom initiative. This is where students are given opportunities to explore the curriculum in real world situations, whether it is Art and History in Rome or Geography and Science in Iceland. Thus, students make discoveries and experiments with knowledge firsthand, instead of hearing or reading about others’ experiences. In addition to trips overseas, students will visit the historic and cultural sights of London and the historic cities of Oxford, Cambridge and Windsor.

Pastoral Support

Newland College believes in preparing young people for international citizenship. We are a non faith-based community but support religious and cultural expression, upholding the British values of rule of law, democracy, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with other faiths and beliefs. Assemblies are held regularly to recognise students’ good work giving them the opportunity to present their contributions to the student body. Very often assemblies are student-led and consider different cultures, traditions, health and social issues facing students, elements of spirituality from many faiths and students’ own achievements. We recognise examples of good citizenship and good sportsmanship. Whilst wellness is embedded into the ethos and curriculum, overseen by our Deputy Head (Pastoral), our Agora holistic learning lessons are an opportunity to explore what it means to live a flourishing life, one that prepares adults and students alike for the stresses and strains of living in our ever-changing community. Agora lessons begin with 30 minutes of Yoga to help centre our mind and body for the day ahead.