Enriching Opportunities

At Canary Garden, adventures beyond the classroom build confidence, resilience and social skills, allowing children to flourish and become well-rounded, happy individuals.

After school activities include Sport, Art, Music and Drama, Nature Arts & Craft, Gardening, Science Club and Maths Club.

We place huge emphasis on educating the whole child. An excellent academic education is a given, but a Canary Garden education is about so much more.

Providing our children with abundant opportunities beyond the classroom develops confidence, independence and breadth of interest. Pupils’ energies and passions are supported from the get-go by dynamic, tireless staff.

Whether it’s Sports, Science & Technology, Music, Art, Drama, or Chess and Debating, pupils can enrich and broaden their knowledge and life experiences in so many ways. You just need to need the observe the energy and excitement in our classrooms on our Cross Curricular Days to see how inspired our pupils are to learn.

Sport Day

Research shows that physical activity can have enormous impact on concentration and learning in the classroom and it’s amazing to see this translating into practice. Participating in sports is a great confidence builder for young children. The children had a fun day and cooperated in doing their best. 

 

Music

Canary Garden is a school with music at its heart. We believe being able to play music enables personal expression and emotional development. Some six out of ten pupils choose to learn a musical instrument. 

We focus on the social aspect of music-making to ensure it’s as engaging and as interactive as possible. Many of the boys play in our orchestras and chamber groups or sing in one of our choirs.

The Music Department produces a full and vibrant calendar with highlights including Informal Concerts (where every boy performs), the Summer Concert, as well as performing at prestigious venues.

 

Art

Art is a valued component of our curriculum, aiming to stimulate pupil curiosity, interest and enjoyment.

We encourage each child to have fun and express their ideas and personality through their work. As well as traditional drawing and painting, children are introduced to a variety of artistic mediums from sculpting in clay and plaster through to photomontage and collage. Pupils hone their artistic knowledge, skills and vocabulary by creating compositions and through looking at both great artists of the past such as Turner and Lowry as well as more recent artists including Damien Hirst and Banksy.

Art Extension Groups are available to talented artists as well as those who simply love the subject and there are plenty of opportunities to showcase work, including an eagerly-anticipated Art & Technology Exhibition in the Summer Term.

Drama

Drama at Canary Garden is dynamic and vibrant. Every pupil has the chance to perform in a variety of shows throughout the year, and bringing huge benefits to the children’ self-esteem, confidence and communication skills.

Whether performing in a school play, writing a sketch, or entering LAMDA Speech and Drama exams, Canary Garden pupils are actively engaged in developing important life skills that will enable them to become confident, expressive and collaborative adults.

Our productions include the stage management and technical aspects involved in live theatre, giving pupils the chance to experience a variety of roles.

Pupils are encouraged to regularly hone their talents by participating in  assemblies and debates, performing in musicals and plays – there are two large-scale drama productions every year – as well as competing in Inter-Set (House) Competitions.

 

Building Relationships

Our open, inclusive, small school community is both peer-to-peer and cross-year, encouraging the children to work together and forge strong bonds.

Children join one of four Houses and strong camaraderie and support ensues. Nowhere is this more apparent than in our Inter-House Competitions. Pupils are fiercely loyal to their house and the competitions, spanning Maths and Science through to Sport and Music, are keenly contested, with a special supper awarded to the winning House of each term.

Our pupils are eager to take on responsibilities and roles including Prefects and paters for our new students, acting as mentors, guides and friends to help our newest pupils feel welcome.

Free Play

Our pupils also enjoy a diverse range of less structured activities where they can spend valuable time having fun with their friends.