On Wednesday afternoons, students take a break from lessons to try something completely different. This is the time for our co-curricular activities. We provide students with a rich choice of activities to choose from, and they can change from one to another each term. Past activities have included yoga, cycling, crafting, art for relaxation, cricket, dance, robotics and many more. Students can gain experience in something completely new or develop an existing passion. What’s more, new activities are added regularly.
Our most popular Term 1 activity is undoubtedly the school musical production. Casting, rehearsal and preparation takes most of the term, and culminates in the performance itself. To allow the maximum number of parents to attend, the show is staged in a professional theatre in Lisbon, and is without fail a highlight of the year.
Often we have in excess of 100 students involved at some level, be it singing, acting, playing instruments, managing props, designing sets, making costumes or applying make-up! This is a true community event, and our wonderful Parents Club are always there to help.
Model United Nations
Right through the school year Model United Nations (MUN) is an excellent activity choice. Our co-ordinator assists the student leaders in preparing the teams for the various conferences in which we participate. This activity is student-led, and provides a great opportunity for our young leaders to hone their skills.
By participating students gain experience in researching and preparing materials for debate, and then of course, in presenting their case and being questioned. The format mirrors formal UN debates and so also acts as a preparation for high level debate and diplomacy in the real world. Our teams have attended conferences in Portugal, the UK and throughout Europe.
The Kitchen Garden
Gardening is one of our most popular co-curricular activities during spring and summer. A special characteristic of OIS is our focus on sustainability, which we regard as an integral part of our mission as educators.
As well as a demanding academic curriculum, we aim to educate our students for life, and gardening is a key part of this. We are lucky to have a large kitchen garden, and each class has a plot to tend. The students will spend time in the garden every week, and the produce is given to our local food bank.
Students learn what it takes to go from seed to table, they develop patience as well as practical skills. Some students and staff have developed a particularly keen interest, and they take care of their own plots. During periods of good weather, it’s common to find students and their families in the garden at the weekend, enjoying the sunshine and light physical activity. This beautiful environment is the greatest physical asset of our school, and we never underestimate its value to our community.