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Junior schools: extra-curricular activities As the new school year begins we look at the positive impact of extra-curricular activities. They help pupils to develop relationship and teamwork skills, benefit their health, boost self-esteem and teach about time management.

Bilton Grange Pupils have ample opportunity to find their passions and develop their talents at Bilton Grange, a co-educational boarding and day school for ages 4 to 13. Their options programme changes termly, but staples such as cubs, scouts, brownies and guides remain year-round. Horse riding, trampolining, Zumba and ballet are always popular, but they compete against fencing, girls’ cricket, clay pigeon shooting, swimming, photography, golf, art and sculpture. Music is an important part of Bilton’s programme and, as well as their many choirs and orchestras, they have a range of ensembles, including saxophone, guitar, woodwind and brass.

• Bilton Grange Preparatory School, Dunchurch, Rugby CV22 6QU, 01788 810217, Open Morning: Saturday 30 September,

from 10.30am. Please call the school’s Registrars on 01788 818246 or see details on the Bilton Grange website to book a place.

Brooke Priory Being lucky enough to have Rutland Water right on their doorstep, Brooke’s pupils can take full advantage of everything that it offers. Cycling days around the reservoir generate great team spirit and enable pupils to enjoy fitness and savour the therapeutic benefits of being in the great outdoors. Sailing is another exciting activity on offer. The Rutland Osprey Project gives pupils the opportunity to track the migration of these amazing birds to and from Africa. Drama at this co-educational day preparatory school is especially strong, and the children eagerly step into character and perform in the purpose-built theatre. The boys and girls also take part in local drama festivals, often returning with awards. Clubs and societies introduce pupils to different sports and disciplines including gymnastics, pétanque, Choi Kwang Do, ballet, tennis, showjumping and equestrian crosscountry, and chess, among numerous others. The gymnasts have done exceptionally well this year. • Brooke Priory School, Station Approach, Oakham LE15 6QW, 01572 724778, Open Morning: Saturday 23 September, 9.30–11.30am. RUTLAND & MARKET HARBOROUGH LIVING SEPTEMBER 2017


Rutland Living Sept 2017  
Rutland Living Sept 2017