After-School Activities

The after-school activities program at Oeiras International School (OIS) is brimming with stimulating pursuits for students of all age groups. These fun and enriching sessions help the students develop their skills in areas like music, arts, sciences and combat sports. We aim to have the students singing, jumping and learning with joy before the term is over.

Plus, the goal of the after-school activities program is not only to complement the learning taking place at OIS, allowing students to expand their horizons, but also for students to try something new. To help students take on these activities, we provide late buses so as many students as possible can participate.

ASA Clubs postponed until further notice.

Current Activities

InstrumentsClubs
Bass GuitarAloha
CelloArts Therapy
Classical GuitarGame Development
Classical PianoHip-Hop
DrumsHomework Club* Complimentary
Electric GuitarJudo
Jazz PianoRobotics
ViolinTaekwondo
The Inventors
ASA Timetable 2021-22

Click here to read the Terms & Conditions of our After School Activities Programme.

An Eclectic Program

The courses on offer change from term to term and students can pick a new one each time. Nevertheless, sports are always popular and students relish the opportunity to represent Oeiras International School in matches.

Also, we have a strong arts program, and the school production is a celebrated annual event with a large and enthusiastic cast.

The after-school activities program is also available to non-students and has courses which are appropriate for children and adults alike, depending on the skills they want to develop and their favourite pastimes.

Aloha

ALOHA is a program for children between 5 and 13 years old that teaches new skills in mental arithmetic using an abacus as a playful methodology.

The effectiveness of this methodology has been proven by academic studies for over 20 years in more than 40 countries around the world.

In addition to getting children to perform mental arithmetic exercises with great speed and precision, it stimulates analytical and creative skills. Aloha teaches children to improve their ability to learn, self-confidence, memory, attention and concentration, among other skills

Art Therapy

Our Art Therapy class is where students and other members have crafted pillows and cushions for the living room and bedroom, colourful wooden furniture like bar stools, and customised shoes in eye-catching colours.

Nevertheless, our Art Therapy class isn’t just about the end result. Having your own works of art and craft to be proud of help with mindfulness and relaxation.

Art therapy promotes the development and enrichment of each and every one of us, and increases our creativity.

Our Art Therapy classes have a foundation in mindfulness and we play serene background music to help students connect to their essence and heart. Students also benefit from an improved ability to focus and discover their potential in all areas”

Isabel Luz – Art Therapy teacher

Game Development

Flawless Victory will teach you how to create Computer Games.

You’ll learn about Design, Scripting and Coding on Professional platforms for 2D or 3D. Game design is a useful context for developing computational thinking and digital creativity. When learners are introduced to software development at an early age, they need contexts that are familiar. Games present worlds with defined rules, clear objectives, and more than one possible solution to a problem.


By the end of the year, you’ll publish at least one game that you can send to your friends and family.
Flawless Victory

Hip-Hop

Hip-hop dance is a unique and exciting style of street dance that is most commonly performed to hip-hop music. Hip-hop dance is a vibrant form of dance that combines a variety of freestyle movements to create a cultural piece of art.

Educational benefits:

Street-cred at school

If there’s a talent show competition or hip-hop crew audition at school, your kid will have some cool moves and can hold their own on the dance floor. This can go a long way to making them feel a sense of belonging, and that they have a special skill to bring to their school community.

Artistic expression
Hip-hop dancers are encouraged to let the music move them, so classes often provide opportunities for kids to freestyle and improvise. This is a great way to develop your child’s creativity. The opportunity to express themselves is also a great outlet to blow off steam and rebalance emotions.

Physical activity
The physical demands of hip-hop can be quite high, so kids will get a really great cardio workout in classes! They’ll be fitter, but also enjoy better balance, flexibility and coordination. Hip-hop is not always about ‘hitting it’ – it also incorporates moves borrowed from jazz and lyrical styles, so they’ll develop new talents and skills.

So much fun
Unlike the structure of classes like ballet (which are fantastic for learning that style, but don’t suit every child), hip-hop classes offer a freer style of movement. Kids will often hear the latest songs in class, which makes then forget they are learning anything – they’re having too much fun!

Judo

Judo, meaning “gentle way”, is a modern Japanese martial art (gendai budō) and combat sport, that originated in Japan in the late nineteenth century.

Its most prominent feature is its competitive element.
In judo, when performing a throw or other skill, emphasis is placed on flexibility and efficiently using your leverage and balance for every movement. To be successful in judo, it’s much more important to learn technique, timing, and skill, instead of simply using brute strength to win.

Ultimately, the philosophy and subsequent pedagogy developed for judo became the model for almost all modern Japanese martial arts that developed from “traditional” schools (koryū).

Practitioners of judo are called jūdōka.

Robotics Club

Robot is a physical device programmed by humans to follow a set of instructions with high precision. Additionally, it can be AI enabled to perform tasks that it has not been previously programmed to do. With the growth of robotics as a field, there is a wealth of opportunities in terms of career opportunities in the future and students interested in pursuing this line of work will certainly benefit from the skills acquired in this club.

Robotics is about hands-on learning, and apart from developing futuristic skills, it also enhances concentration and attention levels in children

I have coached and mentored students, visited many schools, universities, educational forums, events, and companies, with the goal of promoting to adults the importance of kids having the opportunity to experience science, engineering, technology, and teamwork, in their lives.
Ana Silva – Robotics Club Teacher and responsible for organizing the FIRST LEGO League in Portugal

Taekwondo

Songahm Taekwondo is a martial art that originated in Korea in 1954.

This martial art is a blend of many ancient Korean martial arts developed to represent Korean culture around the world.

Songahm Taekwondo training, in addition to the improvement of the physical

condition of the students, develops balance, physical coordination, and flexibility,

while introducing fundamental values for their social relations, such as discipline,

self-control, respect, courtesy, perseverance, and loyalty.

All classes are taught using the most safe, fun and exciting instruction methods

available for kids.

The Inventors

The Inventors develops experiences that inspire and prepare the younger generations for the challenges of the future.

We create educational experiences that show pupils that they have the ability to be inventors and use any tool or technology.

Our activities are based on a set of learning theories that are aimed at motivating the pupils for the areas we cover.

Creative and Technological Hands-On Projects that develop skills like creativity, resilience, motivation, curiosity, passion, teamwork, always from a multidisciplinary perspective, linking areas such as:

Musical Instruments

How does the human brain benefit from learning a musical instrument?


Just like athletes will go to the gym every day to strengthen their muscles, humans need to train and strengthen their brain.

Many people approach this in different ways, some read challenging texts, others play cognitive brain games, some even learn a new language. Regardless of the way it is done, the brain needs to be fed in order to grow.Learning a musical instrument not only sustains and feeds the brain, but it also improves so many other cognitive and physical aspects of the human body.

Why is having a regular Practice Routine important?

Maintaining a routine of any kind can feel like a burden at first. However, many soon learn that there is a true freedom that comes from discipline.

That’s because embracing routine fosters good time-management skills, builds momentum, tackles procrastination, and creates confidence.

OIS offers to you a variety range of musical instruments.


As an ASA music student at Oeiras International School, you will work closely with a teacher and enjoy some opportunities for solo and ensemble performances. For a complete list of musical instrument lessons scroll back up this page.

ASA Coordinator Jorge Santos – E-mail: jorge.santos@ois.pt