Wood being carved into

Christmas Holiday Clubs

17 December 2021

Students with pom pom wreaths

This week, during the Christmas break, The Beacon has been hosting a variety of Holiday Clubs individually managed by our wonderfully talented Beacon staff. The clubs have been open to Beacon boys as well as external pupils to join in on the fun. Activities included multiple sports, fun Maths and computing challenges, skilled woodwork craft, creative Christmas art and festive cookery.

The Christmas Cookery Club showcased some great inspiration from our budding young chefs. Mrs Rowland organised a wonderful week of cookery for Years 4-8, creating and baking some delicious festive dishes. The week kicked off with making Christmas Biscuiteers that were personally decorated with the option of adding ribbon to hang on the Christmas tree as an edible decoration (if the temptation to eat immediately could be resisted!). Following the creative biscuits, the cookery team then indulged in baking a White Vanilla Christmas Cake and some delectable Christmas canapes to take home for the family to enjoy. Mrs Rowland has been teaching the cookery team a new creative skill, demonstrating the icing technique of  ‘flooding’. Everyone had a lovely festive week to get them into the Christmas spirit!

In the Design and Technology workshop, Years 4-8 boys have had the pleasure of learning a new woodwork skill, by designing and crafting their own carved masterpieces out of a block of wood. They have been learning about the appropriate tools to use and how to care for them, as well as gaining an understanding of the best type of wood for carving and how to work with the grains. Over the four days they have crafted 2 magnificent wooden pieces from the choice of a leaf, a flower and a bull. Well done, boys!

During the Christmas Art Club this week, Miss Jackson has been teaching Years 3-8 how to make their own Christmas pom pom wreath. The team started off by selecting the colour combination of yarn that was to their individual taste for the wool pom poms, this was then wrapped around the pom pom maker, cut and shaped to attach to their bespoke wreath creation. The creative team have also been painting a Christmas wall hanging as well as constructing their own Christmas lanterns from willow. The boys and girls have had a wonderful time getting creative with their personal festive items this week.

The Multi Sports Activity Club has seen Years 2-8 burn off a lot of energy with a variety of different sporting activities, from playing football and dodgeball to swimming. There was something for everyone to enjoy. They particularly enjoyed playing ‘Chase the Flag’, which involves the sporting enthusiasts to capture the flag holder to win the game. They loved getting competitive and  taking part in the various tournaments and competitions throughout the week.

Fun Maths and Computing Club has been challenging and interactive this week, with the team enjoying various Maths games, including puzzles, quizzes, code-breaking, card games to practise numeracy skills, Maths investigation and problem-solving techniques. Miss Palmer and Mrs Kaler have been teaching the enthusiastic team coding skills to enable them to fly drones in the classroom via an iPad control. They were also given the opportunity to build their own computer game. Overall, the week has been very enjoyable, educational and energising for all involved.

If you would like to book your child on a future Holiday Club, keep an eye out for the upcoming half term club announcements, or click here to visit our Holiday Clubs website page which gets updated in due course.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!