The importance of enrichment activities at school is well established. The primary goals of enrichment activities focus on the individual student level, the institutional level, and the broader community level. These activities exist to complement the school's academic curriculum and to enhance the student's educational experience. Research clearly shows that almost any type of student involvement in these activities positively affects student learning and development. Enrichment activities provide a setting to become involved and to interact with other students, thus leading to increased learning and enhanced development.
Opened in September 2010, our light and airy cooking suite provides facilities for groups of up to 14 students to learn and cook together. Highlights of the well-equipped suite include electric ovens, gas hobs and a video/TV demonstration facility.
As well as being used for lessons the suite is home to a number of different enrichment cookery programmes.
Year 7 Cookery Club
Is delivered by Ms Wyke and is held afterschool on a weekday evening between 3.40pm - 5.45pm.
Courses run for 5 weeks each half term. Students provide their own ingredients to create a range of savoury and sweet dishes. Ingredients required for all of the recipes featured can be found below. They are listed in alphabetical order and students will be learn each week what they will be cooking the next.
Students may store ingredients in the cookery suite before form period on the day of their session, using the fridge for fresh ingredients if needed.
Pre booking is essential, students should speak to Ms Wyke to express their interest in attending. Ms Wyke can be found in the learning support department.
There is no charge to attend cookery club. The club is funded by contributions made to the school enrichment fund.
Is delivered by a member of staff and is held after school on weekday evenings between 3.40pm - 5.45pm. Various courses are run across the year subject to demand. The course qualifies for the skill section of the BRONZE award scheme and costs £40 per student, payable via parentpay. Students provide their own ingredients.
Pre booking is essential, students must first be registered for the DofE bronze programme, (deposit paid). To apply students can email or call the DofE office opposite D24, email: email@example.com Places will be allocated on a first reply basis.
Calday Grange Grammar School has a proud history and tradition of sporting provision, whether it is for the experienced athlete or the beginner. Sport plays a major part in the curricular, extracurricular and social life of the school.
The schools sports department is a strong, enthusiastic and forward thinking team, which comprises of 4 full-time PE staff and a number of specialist coaches.
All members of the department, as well as a huge number of other staff, contribute to the excellent delivery of the National Curriculum and A Level Physical Education, as well as a full commitment to our extensive and rapidly expanding extra curricular sports programme.
The students regularly compete in the national finals in many different sports. In recent years we have had boys who have gained honours in rugby, sailing, table tennis, hockey, weightlifting, golf, swimming and athletics.
Calday has a proud tradition of maintaining a high standard in competitive schoolboy sport. With highly consistent results across all sports, Calday aims to give the best possible coaching and facilities, and it expects the best back to continue this tradition.
Our extensive programme of activity is funded by contributions made to the school enrichment fund.
Sports available at Calday
Seasonal Course Update
Summer Courses are available for Golf, Rowing and Sailing
Working with local providers we are delighted to be able to offer our students a number of new enrichment activities for the Summer term, including Golf, Rowing and Sailing. Applications are currently open to students in all year groups, no previous experience is necessary and all equipment and professional instruction is provided. A member of Calday staff attends all sessions.
Rowing on a Monday Evening
We run 6-week courses in the summer term.
Sessions take place at the Victoria Rowing Club, Wallasey Docks. Students leave school at 1535 travel by school mini bus returning to school for approximately 1815. These courses do incur an additional cost to the student.
Covers: All aspects of rowing both on and off the water
Clothing: Warm comfortable layers, no hoodies, wear old clothes as boats can be greasy.
Sailing on a Tuesday Evening
We run 6-week courses in the summer term.
Sessions take place at West Kirby Sailing Club. Students make their own way to the club. The sessions start at 1600 and finish by 1800. These courses do incur an additional cost to the student. The cost also includes an invitation to our Summer Regatta being held in July.
Includes: wetsuits and buoyancy aids, however if you have your own feel free to use them. Waterproofs are not provided but are advisable. Wet shoes or trainers and a swimming costume are also needed.
NEW Golf on a Tuesday Evening
We run 6-week courses in the summer term.
Sessions take place at Caldy Golf Club. Students make their own way to the club. The sessions start at 1600 and finish by 1700. These courses do incur an additional cost to the student.
Covers: All aspects of golfing including grip/stance/swing/rules and etiquette
Clothing: School trousers and shirt are fine or bring a polo and sweater – no hoodies. Clubs are provided but you can use your own if preferred.
Courses are advertised to all students at the appropriate time throughout the year. If you have any questions please contact the enrichment team.
Every year we present three or four productions. Well over a hundred students and some fifteen staff are involved as actors, singers and musicians or working on stage management, lighting, sets, costumes, staging, sound and special effects.
Please click here to visit the Calday Dramatic Society website which has lots more information about past productions including some fantastic photographs.
Calday Grange Grammar School has a very active and flourishing music department.
The music department runs a busy extra curricular programme which caters for a number of musical interests. Music is represented by many different ensembles, including orchestras, jazz bands, wind bands, chamber ensembles and rock bands. There are also several choirs including the Senior and Junior choirs. Students of all abilities are welcome. Please view the enrichment programme at Calday.
Some particularly memorable performances were:
Menin Gate, Last Post Ceremony – Ypres
Aix en Provence Cathedral
Whilst performing is the main focus of the tour, it is also important for the choir to experience the culture of the country and of course have the opportunity to explore the area being visited. The tour choir work hard in preparation for tours. They not only attend regular school choir rehearsals but also separate rehearsals after school. Before every music tour, a pre-tour concert is performed to parents and staff of Calday.
As well as offering music within the school curriculum, specialist instrumental and vocal tuition is available on a wide range of instruments with our highly skilled and accomplished peripatetic music staff. These sessions take place during school hours on a rotation system to minimise disruption at competitive prices. There are currently around 200 students learning a musical instrument at the school. Peripatetic instrumental teaching staff offer tuition on the following:
If you would like your son or daughter to learn a musical instrument at school please ensure that you have read all of the terms and conditions in the contract by clicking here then complete the application form by clicking on the tab to the right of this page. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the school.
Calday Duke of Edinburgh Award
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme is the world’s leading youth achievement award. It encourages young people to push their personal boundaries, gain new skills and enhance CVs and University applications.
At Calday Grange Grammar School the DofE scheme is voluntary with pupils able to enter the Bronze award from Year 9, Silver in Year 11 and Gold in Year 12. There is every opportunity for pupils to gain all three awards and perhaps go to Buckingham Palace to accept their coveted Gold Award.
Students gain invaluable experiences working through various sections of the award and qualified leaders guide pupils through what is often the highlight of the award, the expedition trips.
The main source of information regarding the Award is the D of E website dofe.org and almost all you need to know is discussed there.
The school is a licensed centre and uses school staff and external agencies to implement training courses and expeditions.
To achieve an award participants must complete a personal programme of activities in four sections:
Volunteering: undertaking service to individuals or the community
Physical: improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities
Skills: developing practical and social skills and personal interests
Expedition: planning, training for and completion of an adventurous journey in the UK or abroad
At Gold level, you must also complete an additional Residential section, which involves working and staying away from home doing a shared activity
If you are new to DofE either as a parent or as a participant you will find a lot of information about the programme on these pages. All you need to know about each award level, expedition dates, costs and how to apply. We strongly advise parents and students to review all of this information fully before deciding to take part.
You can contact them via the DofE office email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Combined Cadet Force Contingent (CCF) at Calday Grange Grammar School traces its history back to 1916, when a unit of the Officers’ Training Corps first formed. Evolving throughout the subsequent years, the CCF now consists of three sections, A Royal Naval Section, an Army Section, and a Royal Air Force Section. Cadets wear the uniform of their parent service, which is issued free. Read what ‘The Guardian’ thinks about us here
The aims of the CCF are to develop the leadership skills of cadets by teaching them discipline, comradeship, good manners and technical subjects appropriate to their chosen sections. The CCF is not a recruiting machine for the armed forces or a 'mini-army', but a youth organisation with a sense of military discipline and pride. Cadets are not required to join any of Her Majesty’s Forces when they are older.