Charterhouse pupils run clubs at Green Oak Primary School as part of our partnership
Charterhouse is proud to enjoy a close relationship with Green Oak Primary School, situated nearby in the Ockford Ridge area of Godalming. Since September, a group of Charterhouse sixth form pupils have been running clubs at Green Oak, as part of our partnership, and Green Oak’s focus on improving co-curricular activities for children.
Every Thursday, fifteen Carthusians (pupils) travel to Green Oak and lead younger children in a range of sporting and creative pursuits. The Charterhouse team is running three clubs: multi-sports and fitness for Key Stage 1 pupils (age 4-7), art and drama for Key Stage 2 (age 7-11), and an Enrichment Society for Year 6 pupils (age 10-11) currently focussed on learning Spanish. Additionally, one Carthusian who loves the outdoors is supporting Green Oak’s Forest School club, which also meets on Thursdays.
Within two months of beginning this wonderful partnership project, nearly a third of Green Oak’s pupils have signed up for one of the clubs! Alongside the pupil-led activities, Charterhouse parent Gill Johnson is supporting the school’s wider well-being, leading mindfulness sessions for Green Oak staff.
Philippa Leftley, headteacher at Green Oak, said: “As a small school, providing a range of co-curricular activities can be very challenging without additional staff or funding. The Charterhouse pupils have been a great addition to our educational offer, enabling our children to develop further in sport, creative arts, modern languages, and debating.”
Ben Cahill-Nicholls, who leads Charterhouse’s partnerships work, added: “Green Oak and Charterhouse are very near neighbours which share a Christian ethos and a commitment to broad, co-curricular enrichment. Green Oak pupils are developing new skills and experiences through this partnership, while the Charterhouse team are learning to lead and teach, and to maintain the energy levels needed when working with five-year-olds! The Thursday afternoon sessions have been an absolute joy so far, and we can’t wait to grow our relationship further in 2019.”
Ghilla Tosti, a Year 13 Charterhouse pupil leading the arts club, commented: “Thursday afternoons have become a real highlight of my week! The children at Green Oak are fantastic and we’ve had such fun learning new drama and art activities together. For me personally, the experience has helped me develop my leadership and communication skills, and even made me consider a career in teaching when I leave school!”
For more information about Charterhouse’s schools partnerships work, please contact Ben Cahill-Nicholls: BCN@charterhouse.org.uk.
Visit the Green Oak website at www.greenoakschool.org.uk.