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Extra-Curricular and Enrichment Activities

Enrichment Activities

We have an exciting new vision for life beyond the classroom.

The enrichment activities that take place at Melbourn have been wide and varied. However, we feel that increasing the number and quality of enrichment is vital for all pupils and will allow them to flourish both in and out of lessons. We have an exciting programme, which includes both activities which are integrated into the main curriculum time and a full timetable of after-school activities. Details on the integrated curriculum activities are available through departments. The enrichment activities available change each term. Full details are available from reception or by emailing office@melbournvc.org  View and sign up for our Autumn enrichment activities for 2022-23 here.

The current term's sports fixtures and tournaments will be shown and available for download from the panel on the side of this page when finalised. You can also download a list of websites for local sports clubs. 

Music

MVCi offers one-to-one music tuition in the following disciplines:

  • Violin
  • Flute
  • Clarinet
  • Saxophone
  • Voice
  • Piano
  • Guitar
  • Drums

Please collect a brochure from reception or see Mr Thomson for more details.

Cocurricular Music

Mr Thomson leads the following weekly music activities:

  • MVC Show Band – Tuesdays 14:50 – 15.50
  • MVC Choir – Wednesdays 14.50 – 15.50

For any other information about music provisions at Melbourn Village College, please email jthomson@melbournvc.org

Duke of Edinburgh Award

What is the DofE

A life-changing experience. A fun time with friends. An opportunity to discover new interests and talents. A tool to develop essential skills for life and work. A recognised mark of achievement; respected by employers.

The DofE is many things to many people, supporting generations to successfully navigate adult life. At MVC, we currently offer the DofE Bronze Award to pupils in Years 9 and 10. Pupils are now able to start working towards their Award as soon as they are enrolled.

There are four sections to complete at Bronze level. They involve helping the community/environment, becoming fitter, developing new skills, planning, training for and completing an expedition and, for Gold only, working with a team on a residential activity.

Any young person can do their DofE – regardless of ability, gender, background or location. Achieving an Award isn’t a competition or about being first. It’s all about setting personal challenges and pushing personal boundaries.

Through a DofE programme young people have fun, make friends, improve their self-esteem and build confidence. They gain essential skills and attributes for work and life such as resilience, problem-solving, team-working, communication and drive, enhancing CVs and uni and job applications. Top employers recognise the work-ready skills Award holders bring to their business.

Here are some introduction material to help you understand DofE-

Ideas for activities

For each of your DofE sections, you need to choose an activity. Remember – you own your DofE programme and have the freedom to choose activities that are specific and relevant to you.

Want some inspiration? The DofE website has compiled a list of activities ideas for each section to inspire you.

Don’t worry if you can’t find exactly what you want to do, speak to Mr Kennedy or email: MEL-DofE@melbournvc.org. Most activities can count towards your DofE, we’ll just need to check it and count toward the right sections.

Training & Expedition

All training will be provided by the school in order to support participants in having a successful expedition. Sessions will include navigation, equipment, camp craft and safety and much more. At MVC we offer a hiring service for some group equipment from the school in return for a small fee. We currently offer tents and stoves for hire.

National Citizen Service (NCS)

This is an adventurous and life-enhancing programme currently available to young people in Years 11 and 12 and takes place over four weeks during the summer holidays. Participants embark on an outdoor adventure residential, followed by a local residential week to enhance their personal skills. The final two weeks are spent designing and delivering a project that will have a positive impact on their community. The cost of the programme previously has been £50 or £10 for those receiving Free School Meals. Bursaries are also available. For more information please contact Mr A Kennedy, Head of Year 11 (akennedy@melbournvc.org) 

Read feedback from former Melbourn pupils here.

Work Experience

Work experience involves moving learning from the classroom into the world of work. Pupils will learn about work and the workplace, but more importantly, they will learn about themselves as a young adult, their skills for employment and personal qualities. For more information please contact Mr E Willder (ewillder@melbournvc.org

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