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Dear Theo: Extra-curricular activities and Ind. schools?

Discussion in 'Independent' started by hazcard, Jan 21, 2011.

  1. hazcard

    hazcard New commenter

    Dearest theo,
    I am going to apply for a post in a local independent school. However, I am not very sporty and could not offer to coach the netball team (or similar). I am happy to offer other things but wondered if the lack of sportiness would count against me?
    Thank you for your help
    Hazcard x


     
  2. hazcard

    hazcard New commenter

    Dearest theo,
    I am going to apply for a post in a local independent school. However, I am not very sporty and could not offer to coach the netball team (or similar). I am happy to offer other things but wondered if the lack of sportiness would count against me?
    Thank you for your help
    Hazcard x


     
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    No, it shouldn't. Not all the pupils will be sporty either, and the co-curricular activity programme will need to reflect other interests.
    Look on their website and see what they offer. Could you help with any of these? Are there things that they don't offer that you could offer?
    Drama, Knitting, Film Club, Creative writing, Environment Club, Gardening, Cookery, Money Management . . . get that thinking cap on!
    Don't forget to read the Welcome thread here on Independent, and also the shortlisting tips in the Welcome thread on JobSeekers.
    Best of luck.
    ____________________________________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    The TES Careers Advice service runs seminars and workshops, one-to-one careers and applications advice, one-to-one interview coaching and an application review service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Workshops. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews.
    The next Workshops I'm doing that still have vacancies are on Sunday 13th and Friday 25th February. There is also a specialist Workshop for applications to SLT on Saturday February 19th.
    Go to https://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storyCode=6060678 for more details of these and other seminars.
    Look forward to seeing you!
     
  4. florian gassmann

    florian gassmann Star commenter

    And what about music? Although I had a relatively large music department (five full timers), there were at least 30 music groups needing weekly supervision, from pop groups to swing bands and the five orchestras.
    Then there's Chess, Debating, Film Club, Local Archeology, Duke of Edinburgh Scheme ... an enormous list which gives staff wonderful opportunities to interact with kids outside of the classroom. The co-curricular opportunities are one of the glories of an independent education and there's a heck of a lot more than games on offer in most of them.
    In fact, in the last 30 years or so I've found that many public schools (or perhaps parents) prefer games to be run by trained PE staff plus expert coaches, together with a few other staff who have relevant interest and experience.

     
  5. trinity0097

    trinity0097 New commenter

    A lot depends on the school and what the person has done who is leaving. I have missed out on opportunities in 2 schools because of this, but in my current school it wasn't an issue as they didn't want/need a sporty person, just a good Head of Maths!
     
  6. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    I would never have thought of that one, Florian, as I would have expected some talent in music to do that!
    Being totally tone-deaf myself (Had to be reminded by Deputy Head to step sharply to one side, out of range of microphone, after announcing hymn number . . .).
    _____________________________________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    The TES Careers Advice service runs seminars and workshops, one-to-one careers and applications advice, one-to-one interview coaching and an application review service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Workshops. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews.
    The next Workshops I'm doing that still have vacancies are on Sunday 13th and Friday 25th February. There is also a specialist Workshop for applications to SLT on Saturday February 19th.
    Go to https://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storyCode=6060678 for more details of these and other seminars.
    Look forward to seeing you!
     
  7. hazcard

    hazcard New commenter

    Thank you to all of you for your answers, it has made me feel less worried about my application. I can offer a range of non-sporty extra-curricular activities and hopefully this will be looked at favourably.

    Thankyou x
     

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