At St Mary’s Independent School we believe in developing the whole child. There are many opportunities for children to learn new skills and have fun outside of lessons with our after school clubs and activities in Hampshire.
At St. Mary’s we enjoy making, listening to and appreciating music of all genres. We strongly encourage students to become involved in making music outside the classroom. School clubs and activities include:
- Individual instrumental lessons in a wide range of instruments (piano, woodwind, brass, string, percussion, classical guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar).
- School Orchestra, made up of around 20 pupils and members of staff that rehearse weekly. It performs music in a variety of styles (pop, classical, jazz, marching band, film themes, and so on).
- School Choir, which rehearses weekly and performs choral and popular music from the medieval period through to current chart songs.
- School Worship Band, which is made up of between 4 and 8 pupils and staff, led by Miss N Tomkins. This rock band rehearses regularly and performs modern Christian rock and traditional hymns during the regular school Masses and other liturgies throughout the year, as well as performing in the school concerts.
- We have numerous pupil rock bands
- We have small ensembles and solo performance
- There is an annual school stage production.
Pupils are also encouraged in their music-making activities away from school, many being involved in local Music Theatre companies, Music Festivals, and so on. There are opportunities for students to attend concerts, operas and musicals both locally and in London.
Sailing continues to thrive at St Marys, and over the last seven years has become very popular with students in years 5-11. Students have access to a RYA certificate through the use of a training centre on the River Itchen. This activity does come at an additional cost but a discount has been negotiated with the training centre which makes it much more affordable. Current prices can be obtained through the School Office.
The school has a thriving Sports scene and students are encouraged to take part in a full range of activities.
Both boys and girls can join our very successful football teams and qualified coaches run lunch time gymnastics and swimming clubs.
Senior prep students have access to the Fitness Suite and many of our children compete in the Southampton City cross country competitions.
Cricket, Athletics, Running, Football, Netball, Table-tennis, Badminton and Dance are all available subject to numbers.
Students with an aptitude for languages are able to follow Spanish in addition to French which is compulsory. Currently school clubs in Spanish occur after school and at lunch times.
Throughout the year other activities include chess, drama and participation in the Civic Award (year 6 students) and the Duke of Edinburgh Award (senior students).
Students have access to a wide variety of school clubs and activities across the lunch hour. Table tennis in the main school gym has become extremely popular and the school has a thriving and successful table tennis club. This time of day can be very active for those rehearsing for choir, band or school productions.
Students are able to use the library for quiet study or reading. Our Hampshire based school is fortunate to have 17 acres of open space. Those students who simply wish to play outside, sit at picnic tables or in the Founder’s memorial garden can do so.
Throughout the year we raise money for outside charities, some nominated by parents, and others, including: CAFOD, Red Nose Day, the Shoe Box Christmas Appeal, the NSPCC and Mission Together.