At the Prep School, our vision for the Co-Curricular life of the school is very much in line with the school motto of ‘Seeking the Highest.’ Through our wide range of co-curricular opportunities, we aim to give our pupils every chance to find and excel in their passions outside of the classroom. We believe that a rounded individual with a passion for a multitude of activities is an individual who will thrive both in the classroom and in their future careers. As such, we place a large degree of emphasis on the participation of all students in the co-curricular life of the school, with the focus on building personality traits which will serve our pupils well, long after they have left St Andrew’s.
Clubs and Activities
In addition to every child being given the opportunity to participate in 45 minutes of high-quality games sessions every weekday, based around the key sports for each term, there are also regular clubs and activities which run before and after school, as well as over the weekends, allowing pupils to discover new hobbies, such as archery, golf and squash. The school runs several teams at age groups from Under-9 to Under 13 and is known across the Kenyan IAPS circuit for its high level of sporting prowess, often winning tournaments, competitions and meetings across the age groups.
The school also places a high emphasis on Music, with dedicated peripatetic lessons being run alongside group choirs, orchestras and ensembles. In games sessions, when not participating in sport, children across the school have the opportunity to practise and work alongside others in learning instruments and performing musical pieces. St Andrew’s is proud to host its famous ‘Orchestral weekend’ annually, when prep schools from across Kenya travel to Turi to join together and create musical pieces, which are then performed in a concert at the end of the weekend. In addition, pupils also travel to Nairobi to perform in concerts, both individually and as members of the school choirs, whilst there have recently been musical trips to Italy and the United Kingdom for our young choristers to perform to European audiences. Children study individually towards ABRSM qualifications and are regularly given the opportunity to be examined and move through the achievement grades on their instruments.
Our co-curricular passion also extends to the stage, with annual productions a highlight of many pupil’s time at the school and LAMDA lessons another opportunity to develop a talent for public speaking. The productions are often musically based and give children to opportunity to shine in the historic environs of the Baden Powell Hall, where the surroundings hark back to decades of high-quality performances.
The final area where our co-curricular vision is felt keenly is in the weekend program which is provided for our pupils. Taking advantage of our beautiful site and high-quality facilities, we are able to put together a programme which allows our pupils to pursue adventure, creativity, and excellence. We run Uniformed Organisations, such as Guides and Scouts, where our pupils can learn life skills and leadership qualities. In addition, a watersports program is being developed to use the lovely lake which we have on site, whilst additional emphasis is being placed on outward bounds, with the aim of giving our children a real passion for the outdoors, again using our beautiful site as inspiration. Alongside, arts, music and other hobbies, we provide a range of activities to ensure that no weekend is ever dull for a pupil at St Andrew’s.
Throughout all of this, a theme of Leadership underpins the co-curricular life at St Andrew’s Prep School, with every activity or club promoting the ethos that our children should be learning key leadership skills which will help them in life. We look to create rounded individuals, with a passion for achieving in whatever they do, who act based on key values and a strong faith. By doing this, they develop as team players and leave us confident in the way in which they can shape the world.