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 reopen 3rd October!

Current Activities

InstrumentsClubs
Bass GuitarAloha
CelloArts Therapy
Classical GuitarBallet
Classical PianoBoard Games
DrumsGame Development
Electric GuitarHip-Hop
FluteHomework Club (free of charge)
Jazz PianoThe Inventors
SaxophoneRobotics
ViolinSelf defence
Sew Fun!
Survival Skills
Surfing
Taekwondo
Tennis
ASA Timetable 2022-23

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

Sew Fun! Sewing Club

Curious about sewing and wondering if it is for you?

Then this club is for you! We will learn all the basics of sewing with a machine as well as learn how to iron, to mark and cut fabric, to use a sewing machine safely, and to follow a pattern to complete projects.

Sew Fun! is open to all MYP/DP students of all sewing abilities, including those with no experience.  Come learn the essentials, then build up your skills in a fun environment with others!  Students select projects or learn techniques based on personal interests. Projects may include: Hair scrunchies; Fabric tree ornaments; Coin purses; Quilted pillow/cushions; Drawstring Bags.

Surfing – Surf Lisbon

“When children begin to surf, they become not only healthier and looking life in a good way. They become children with striking and confident personalities themselves.” (Grutemberg, 1987)


At Surf Lisbon, the lessons for kids have an initial surfing stage where the main goal is to provide quality education and to engage the child in the context and culture of surfing, in a cheerful, playful, and safe environment.

Our specific goals address multilateral development, which has essentially to do with the adaptation to the aquatic environment. At a later stage, we develop basic motor skills, indispensable for learning Surfing techniques.

In our lessons, we apply an appropriate method considering the children’s age and his / her technical level, with special attention to safety through the use of appropriate equipment (“soft boards”, for example) and preferably lessons with small groups and a maximum of 4 to 5 children per 1 instructor. 

The lessons have a duration of 75 to 90 minutes including warm-up, fun games, the main part in the water and cool down.

Survival Skills-The Training Centre

Survival skills is a course run by expert outdoor adventure instructors from The Training Centre with over twenty years’ experience of wilderness camping. The course will take you out of the classroom making the most of the spaces on the OIS campus to build your teamwork, perseverance, leadership, creative and practical skills, as well as have a lot of fun!

All specialist equipment will be provided so all you will need to do is make sure you learn enough to complete the final survival challenge!  

All students will take part in hands on activities including:

Navigation Skills

Camouflage

Shelter building

First aid in the wilderness (and many other survival skills)

Games of Chance and Skill

With Mr. Cousins, we will play modern and classic tabletop games. Practice skills of evaluating systems, deciding strategy and negotiating with other players. While some games may only have one winner, others are a collaborative effort. Available titles include Catan, Carcassone, Super Club, Ticket to Ride, Risk and more.

Tennis – Clube de Campo Quinta da Moura

Through our tennis program we aim to contribute to the physical and mental success of each student, with the support of a highly qualified and motivated team of professionals.

With differentiated teaching for all our players – no matter their level – we aim to help the whole-athlete grow and develop as they enjoy following their chosen tennis pathway.

Our tennis program aims to help young people build healthy habits, which can be of benefit on or off the tennis court, whether during the early stages of skill acquisition or at the highest performance level.

For over 15 years, former Olympian Emanuel Couto, and his former coach Claudio Cufré have continuously invested in the quality of their training, to enable their athletes to develop further. This can be seen in the dedication and passion they show everyday while coaching their athletes. The vast experience and knowledge of the team has contributed to building the reputation of the Evo Tennis Team and the development of great players, and people. Many of our top players have obtained scholarships from prestigious universities, as well as having considerable success on the competitive stage.

Ballet – Playground LX 

The Ballet classes at OIS will be an introduction to Ballet technique in a fun and creative setting. Students will learn the fundamentals of Ballet via the repertoire stories and music (Swan lake, The Nutcracker…) guided by a professional Ballet teacher. The practice of Ballet allows Boys and Girls to develop physical coordination, posture and flexibility as well as improving focus and confidence. Performances for the parents will be organised according to the school calendar to give an opportunity for the students to learn stage skills. The purchase of a Ballet kit will be advised by the teacher. 

Self defence program – ON-defence

Looking for a safe and fun environment for your kids to learn how to defend themselves? Our self defence program focuses on social awareness and danger prevention. We work on building confidence, communication skills, problem-solving and critical thinking through stimulating physical drills through which kids acquire the skills, they need without focusing on violence. 

Bullying is a big obstacle that schools worldwide work hard to overcome, teaching kids to manage stress and frustrations and using their voice as their main weapon against any form of aggression is our focus.

In our classes your kids will be introduced to self-defence techniques that come from on a variety of martial arts, they will train their flexibility, coordination and strength, and will learn about the world around them and how they can keep themselves and those around them safe.

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!

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.

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 Adrian Illingworth – E-mail: adrian.illingworth@ois.pt