Activities

During this year's extended learning week we will have a large variety of events which will suit everyone's interests ranging from sports camps to writing masterclasses.  Extended learning week is for everyone no matter your passion. We want to give students and staff every opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge which is why we look forward to it every year.  This year's extended learning week will take place between the 1st of July and the 5th of July.   Underneath you will also find a copy of the extended learning week choices form where you can choose your activities. 

ELW Choices Form 2019 

ADVENTURE KENT

 Duration: 2.5 days

Cost: £45 and payable soon after applications close. 

 Adventure Kent offers students two and a half days of outdoor sports and activities including climbing, sailing, canoeing and rafting. Students should expect to learn many new skills, push their physical limits, make new friends and have a great adventure!

 BASKETBALL CAMP

 Duration: 2.5 days

Cost: £0

Horse, 21, Round the World, Streetball 3-on-3, full court...  Interested in many different approaches to Basketball?  Then this camp is for you.  After a brief introductory history of the game’s invention, we will develop fundamental skills:  pivoting, passing, dribbling, shooting, and rebounding.

 I can accept failure; After fundamentals development, competitions begin in the Sports everyone fails at Hall, with teams changing frequently, allowing a range of games something. But I can't throughout the day.  A mini-fives tournament will complete the accept not trying. competition.  After lunch, we’ll cool down with videos like Under the Rim (a history of the short man in professional basketball), and Michael Jordan basketball Bloopers and Blunders.

You’ll need good appropriate footwear, changes of T-shirts and socks, a towel, a water bottle, and sports tape for weak knees or ankles.  Prepare to run, jump, and perspire in copious volumes!

 

PROFESSIONAL CHESS MASTERCLASS

Duration:  2.5 days

Cost: £22.50 payable in advance of the week for professional coaches

Chess is over 1000 years old and its worldwide popularity has never been greater due to the internet. Anyone can play against anyone anywhere in the world on a smartphone it's more than just a game though and learning Chess has proven to help with study skills, business planning and dementia prevention in later life. As in life, one bad decision in chess can have fatal consequences but one moment of inspiration can open a door to long term success. We will teach you to play the game if you don't know already, how to avoid careless mistakes and some master tactics to crush your opponents. There will be explanations at appropriate levels and puzzles as well as an overall competition at the end of the 2.5 days. Students will be using both boards and laptop computers.

CREATIVE WRITING MASTERCLASS

Duration: 5 days

Cost:  £0

Has creative writing always interested you? Do you love to read, and have always dreamt about writing your own short story or novella? Our focus this year is going to be on creating an anthology of tales for children. This won’t just be writing; during the week we will focus on the advanced skills required, as well as learning about the process of editing, illustrating and publishing. If those rare creative writing lessons for you in English simply don’t feel long enough, then this is for you!

 

REWRITING SHAKESPEARE  

 Duration: 5 days

Cost:  £10

Many regard Shakespeare as the greatest playwright to ever live. His plays have stories that can make you laugh and only moments later, make you cry.

We will spend a week looking at some of his greatest plays and following a visit to the Globe to watch ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ live, we will explore screenplay writing and work on rewriting some of his classics!

FAST BUT NOT FURIOUS (TECHNOLOGY)

 Duration: 2.5 days 

Cost:  £22 payable in advance of the week

Well, it’s time to stir up the dust, extended learning week is back. This year for a technological emphasis, we are going to design, develop, manufacture and compete with some simple vehicles.
You will have the opportunity to find real skills in making things go faster. Using some pre-manufactured components and your imagination, you will create your own vehicles. In teams, you will race against the competition. As well as the fame, prizes will be available in a series of categories. Rejoice when you win even if you are not first past the post.

 FORMULA ONE IN SCHOOL  

 Duration:  5 days

Cost: £22 payable in advance of the week

Working together to design your own F1 teams. You will work on your ethos, your branding, design and engineering of your car to be the best around. This a serious scientific and maths based course that will focus on engineering and analytics. 

 GENETICS, GENETIC MODIFICATION AND PLANTS

Duration: 2.5 days

Cost: £10

 Working with external providers and visits outside of school during the week, students will get the chance to work with the genetics of plants during hands-on experiments with crops currently being explored in their laboratories. This is about exploring genetics and how science can be used to truly push the boundaries of what is possible for research purposes, but also to protect the future of our planet! Trip includes a visit to the Royal Society of Science Summer Exhibition.

GOLF ACADEMY

 Duration: 5 days

Cost: £65 payable in advance of the week

 Golf’s winning combination of exercise, sporting skill and social interaction make it the perfect sport for good health and happiness. The Golf Academy is for beginners or golfers of any standard.  Golfers with recognised handicaps are encouraged to sign up for this fabulous week which is designed to develop golfing techniques and skills at all levels.  Monday to Thursday, you will be in small groups rotating around 5 activities (driving, video analysis, chipping, putting and keep fit) all under the tuition of PGA qualified professionals at the Tudor Park Golf Club, Bearsted.  Friday will be Tournament Day for the 4 golfing activities and a golf competition on the course for the best golfer with a recognised handicap.  Prizes for winners! Those taking part will have to arrange dropping off and collection from Tudor Park each day.  If you want to fine-tune your game for the summer ahead, or want to learn and play golf for the first time, join The Golf Academy!

 GREAT MGS BAKE OFF

 Duration:  2.5 days

Cost:  £5

During MGS’ own version of the hit TV show, students will learn key cookery skills and compete in exciting challenges. Students will work on their artistry and flair, but also on the science of baking, hygiene and teamwork. It will be a busy 2.5 days, but by the end of the week, we will have crowned our champions! 

HAS THE WORLD GONE MAD – A POLITICS AND DEBATING EXPERIENCE

 Duration:  2.5 days

Cost: 0

 There is a huge interest in politics across the school at the moment and the changing nature of our world is fascinating the students. Mr Amin will be helping the students understand some of the reasons behind these changes and help them gain the skills to discuss them with sophistication and knowledge, rather than following the latest meme! 

THE ELW NEWSPAPER

 Duration:  2.5 days

Cost:  £0

 Ever been interested in journalism or blogging? We are looking to offer an experience to a small team to create their own ELW newspaper that will be printed and distributed as promotional material for the school. We believe in Extended Learning Week so much, we want to document it and share the great news about everything that you all do!  This is a great chance to come and develop a new skill! 

“LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION”

 Duration: 5 days

Cost: £0

 Students will gain the unique opportunity to fully devise their own short film. They will compete in small groups to develop scripts, plan production, perform and record, learn the skills for post-production and finally complete their masterpiece. Students will learn a vast array of skills, including technical proficiency with editing software. This is a chance to fully understand and explore the world of film beyond Hollywood…  

 THE MGS MUSICAL/PANTO  

 Duration: 5 days                                                                                            

Cost: £15 payable in advance of the week

 Calling all budding actors, musicians, singers, dancers and stage managers! It can be tough rehearsing for a play when you have homework and lessons to go to.  NOW you have the opportunity to spend a whole week devoted to the fun of putting a show together, with the added excitement of performing to an appreciative audience of primary school children on the last day! Good musicians and backstage staff are essential to make the show a success. There will be opportunities to sing and dance as well as act.

MATHS CHALLENGE - CODEBREAKING  

 Duration: 2.5 days 

Cost: 0

Come and try some high-level code breaking and mathematics to really stretch your minds. We have also been asked to video our top maths students in action to enter a national competition, which we will be doing during this activity. It is going to be a real challenge, but that’s the fun of it all!  

 LEARNING SIGN LANGUAGE

 Duration: 2.5 days

Cost: £30

 The Oscar-winning film ‘The Silent Child’ has caused a surge of interest in learning British Sign Language, and we have commissioned the local deaf charity Hi Kent to run a special course during Extended Learning Week. Hi Kent already has strong links to MGS and works in partnership with Kent Adult Education by teaching BSL in towns all over Kent. 

British Sign Language (BSL) is a language used by more than 70,000 deaf people in the UK and is the first preferred language of the Deaf community. It is a language in its own right with its own vocabulary and structure of grammar, expressed through movement of the hands, body, face and head. It has its own grammar and principles, which are completely different from the grammatical structure of English. 

Having a basic knowledge of BSL can be helpful when applying for jobs in many customerfacing roles.

Learn the basics over a two-and-a-half-day course, topics will include; the alphabet, numbers, colours, greetings, travel, family and food. Teaching will be provided in a fun and interactive style, no pens or paper needed!

THE MGS AMERICAN FOOTBALL EXPERIENCE

 Duration: 5 days

Cost: £0

 The NFL is becoming more and more popular and with staff fans (and even players) at MGS, we are going to run an American Football Boot Camp. Learn the skills, analyse your performance, get drafted for a team, learn the plays and compete in MGS’ first Super Bowl of our own! This is going to be a lot of fun, but also very physically and academically demanding.  

SPORTS MEDIA WEEK

Duration: 5 days

Cost: £0

 For all those interested in competition and analysing performances with technology and media!  Be the star of your team and of your own sports video! You will be competing as a team in a number of sporting events including Rugby Sevens, Volleyball, Penalty Shootouts, T-Ball, and Street Hockey, to top the table and win a trophy for your efforts. Using video cameras, performance analysis software, GPS and statistic apps, you will be able to produce your own ‘Match of the Day’ or ‘Sky Sports’ style programme detailing the events of the week. For the sportsmen and ‘techies’ amongst you! 

SOUND ENGINEERING AND PERFORMANCE  

 Duration: 5 days

Cost: £0

 Ever wanted to be in a band? Maybe you have always just loved the idea of being with a band, supporting them through the technical aspects of their shows. Well, even if it is just you and you have never been part of a band, now is your chance! Come and build a band, rehearse, film music videos and perform, culminating in a recording of your own CD. Don’t sit there and let your dreams pass you by; come and join the band!  

Students are required to be able to play an instrument.

 TENNIS

 Duration: 5 days

Cost: £65 payable in advance of the week

South-Eastern Tennis coaches will be offering an intensive week of tennis coaching during the MGS Extended Learning Week this summer at Penenden Heath.  Students will have an opportunity to continue either playing for fun by hiring courts, going to Summer Holiday Camps, or playing in competitions at the excellent public facilities at Penenden Heath, or Maidstone Lawn Tennis Club in Allington. 

Boys will need to arrange their own transport to and from Penenden Heath and provide their own drinks and lunches.

 REMEMBRANCE - RESEARCHING OUR FALLEN  

 Duration: 5 days

Cost: £0

During the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, Mr Walker embarked on a vast research project with students to learn all about the lives of Maidstonians who lost their lives during this tragic conflict. Mr Walker is returning to MGS to complete this project, but this time, focusing on the Second World War and how we can share this information with our community. 

 

For any more information regarding extended learning week, there is a downloadable booklet available underneath that includes further information.

Extended Learning Week Booklet 2019 

 Extended learning week choices form:

ELW Choices Form 2019