MOULSFORD
BOYS' PREP SCHOOL

Extra-Curricular


We are incredibly fortunate to have an idyllic riverside setting and extensive playing fields that are ideally suited to provide boys with endless fun and opportunities to complement their classroom learning.

A comprehensive extra-curricular programme includes many and varied opportunities for the boys to try out new activities and discover and develop their own individual abilities and talents outside of the classroom.

Our after school activities programme runs every day for the Pre-Prep from 3.30pm to 4.15pm. For the Prep School, activities run three days a week:  Years 3 to 5 from 4.15pm to 5.00pm and Years 6 to 8 from 4.45pm to 5.45pm. Boys can choose and pursue their activities in a timetabled and supervised environment, with some activities, for instance Hockey, Golf and Real Tennis, running off site.  For the full list of all that is on offer, please see the Activities section and click on the arrow below for a short video.

Activities

Numerous opportunities to try out new activities

A wide range of activities are on offer after school.  Boys can try something new, improve in an existing hobby, or simply do something for the fun of it!  Activities are run by a combination of school staff and outside specialists who lead some of the activities. Activities change each term, however, we do change at half term in the Autumn Term to take into account the darker evenings.

Some recent activities in the Prep School have included:

Archery

Climbing

Golf

Mask Making

Arts & Crafts

Cooking

Gymnastics

Panto

Bike Maintenance

Debating and Current Affairs

Hockey

Sewing Craft

Board Games

Fencing

Judo

Stand Up Paddleboarding

Book Club

Gardening

Kayaking & Canoeing

Still Life Drawing

Ceramics

Geocaching

LAMDA

Subuteo

Chess and Bridge Club

Geneology

Latin / Roman Club

Yoga

 

Some recent activities in the Pre-Prep have included:

Archery

Football

Junk Modelling

STEM

Construction Club

ICT - Coding

Performing Arts

Tennis

Cookery

Hama Beads

Rugby Tots

Yoga

Out of School Care

In addition to the boarding option for senior boys, we do offer additional care out of school hours for day boys in the Prep School (Years 3 – 8).

Time Event
7:45am Parents may book boys into Breakfast Club to join
the boarders for breakfast
7:45am Parents may drop boys off from this time
4.30pm Boys may stay for Prep and/or Hobbies
5.30pm Last pick up for day boys
Parents may book boys to stay as ‘Day boarders’,
including supper and activities
8.00pm Pick up time for Day boarders

Charity Projects

At Moulsford, three things remain at the centre of our charity ethos; time, possessions and compassion, and it is with these three considerations in mind that we continue to move forward and  reach out to those less fortunate than ourselves.

Over the last few years, we have introduced the boys to a number of different charities both local and international. We have endeavoured to support those charities not only in financial terms but also by increasing awareness by deliberately choosing the lesser known charities with rather limited advertising budgets. As a school we hold one main fundraising event each term.

In the Autumn term, we have the Moulsford Mudder, an obstacle course put together by the Moulsford grounds staff around the water meadow on school grounds. All the boys, staff and even parents are invited to join in. It is a very messy affair but terrific fun and hugely enjoyed by all. We have also had boys making and selling refreshments in the form of lemonade, flapjacks and brownies for the weary competitors to enjoy once they have completed the course. All funds raised go to support our school charities and it usually gets the fundraising off to an inspiring start.

In the Spring term, boys in Years 4 to 6 are invited to take part in the Moulsford Boys’ Cake Off. Each year our expectations are surpassed by the exceedingly good cakes that the boys enter into the competition. There are 3 rounds spread through the whole term with the boys in Years 7 and 8 judging the first 2 rounds: Tray Bakes and Cup Cakes. In the final Showstopper Round, the Moulsford catering staff choose the winner in each year group, as well as the overall winner, based on decoration as well as taste, before the Showstoppers are auctioned off within each year group. Over the years, we have had winners across a couple of different year groups and regardless of age or cooking ability, the Showstoppers are always quite incredible.

Moulsford’s Got Talent is one of the highlights of the school calendar and takes place in the Summer term with finalists from Years 5 to 8 taking part in solo or group acts and demonstrating a wide variety of different talents from singing, juggling and magic to mention just a few. It is hugely well attended by the whole Moulsford Community and is one of those truly heart-warming events that leaves everyone with a smile at the end. Representatives from the school charities for that year are also invited to attend as well as give a little presentation; to remind us all what it is all about. The preparations begin in the Autumn term and it is wonderful to see the excitement from all the boys as they prepare their acts in the hope of getting through the year group auditions.

The boys are also encouraged to support the school charities by taking part in events outside of school. Currently, our two chosen school charities are Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and George Adamson Wildlife Protection Trust.  In previous years, we have raised over £7,500 for our school charities, and have offered support to many local and national good causes including Mary’s Meals, Style Acre, Blue Skye Thinking, Macmillan Cancer Support and many others.

Moulsford also hosts an annual Sporting Lunch, which takes place at the RAC Club in London.  With the support of ex-England rugby legend David Flatman, this event has raised £21,000 for Brain Tumour Research and over £9,000 for YoungMinds.

The biennial rugby tour to South Africa encourages the boys to think about the wider, international issues.  The Moulsford Community raises funds for Goedgedacht Trust and Skrum, two specially selected charities based in South Africa and Swaziland. Moulsford has also supported a return visit from opposition players, with families hosting African boys and staff during their visit.

In addition to the fundraising activities organised by the school, we are always happy to support boys who wish to fundraise for other charities that are close to their hearts.  The school’s Charity Team, which includes charity prefects from each year group, are always happy to help with fundraising endeavours.

With charitable fundraising featuring as an integral part of school life, Moulsford boys carry forward an innate sense of responsibility towards helping others, and a grounded attitude of their place in the world.

The Charity Team

Trips

Educational trips are an essential part of the curriculum and offer exciting opportunities to explore subjects outside of the classroom.

Boys look forward to day and residential trips which enhance and broaden learning, as well as helping to develop independence and strengthen relationships - with plenty of fun thrown in too!  Trips are carefully planned and co-ordinated between departments, and are closely supervised and evaluated by staff.

Trips are constantly reviewed to ensure they remain relevant and valuable.  Some recent examples include:

Rugby tour to South Africa – biennial, open to all boys in Year 7 & 8

Ski trip to Italy – annual, open to all in Year 5 and above

Outward bound trip to the Ardeche, France – biennial, open to Year 6 and above

Pre-Prep – Marwell Zoo, weekly trips to Forest School

Year 3 - River and Rowing Museum in Henley, Marwell Zoo, Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, entertaining elderly residents at Rush Court Residential Home

Year 4 - Cotswold Wildlife Park, Hawk Conservancy, Harry Potter Studio

Year 5 - Bushcraft in Braziers Park, theatre trip to The Railway Children at King’s Cross Station, Corineum Museum in Cirencester

Year 6 – Paris trip (5 days), outward bound challenge day at Pangbourne College, theatre trip to Wind in the Willows at the Creation Theatre, Oxford

Year 7 – Geography field trip to North Devon (5 days), One Day Film School, Tate Modern, hosting a senior citizens Coffee Morning

Year 8 – cultural day in London, including theatre trip to Woman in Black, Tate Modern, plus a full post CE programme including trips to RAF Benson, Defence Capability College, a DT challenge day, a charity walk, Whipsnade Zoo, House of Commons and a full week in Devon for the Leavers Annual Professional Development Training Course, including surfing, kayaking, swimming, paint balling and much more!

In addition to year group trips, there are plenty of inter-school events providing opportunities for boys to represent Moulsford through the choir and orchestra, sport, drama, maths challenges, business challenges and many more!