We offer a wide range of extra curricular classes and experiences to Hedley Park children.
Classical Ballet Classes Children enrolled in ballet classes prepare for end of year Royal Academy of Dance ballet examinations and dance shows under the guidance of our qualified, experienced, Royal Academy Teacher.
Drama Classes Weekly drama classes are eagerly awaited by the children and form an important part of every child’s school experience; promoting self-confidence and team work as they work on plays and performance skills. All children participate in our annual school musical in a Dublin theater where skills, including stage management, sound, lighting and many more, are introduced.
Mandarin Lessons: Weekly lessons with a native speaker in the Mandarin language and calligraphy classes for the preparatory school senior class. We also celebrate Chinese New Year as a whole school with a feast and day of Chinese culture led by the senior class students.
Educational Outings All pupils benefit from many educational outings to places of local interest throughout the year. We are blessed with a wealth of neighbourhood museums, galleries, historical places and parks. Children in the preparatory school also visit exhibitions, fairs and other Montessori schools to engage in the wider community. Our school tour for both pre and prep school groups are a highlight of the year.
Sport At Hedley Park we recognise the importance sport plays in a child’s development. Children from Senior Infants and up are actively encouraged to partake in our weekly sports programme which is held at a nearby, all-weather facility throughout the year. Younger classes are involved in a weekly gym class which promotes co-ordination, balance and movement skills. As an addition to this, tennis is also on offer to the children during summer months. Children of all ages participate in our yearly sports’ day and daily park visits, when they are encouraged to play and be active together.
Tennis Lessons The summer term sees the return of our tennis lessons in a local tennis club. Tennis is a wonderful sport for grace, balance, courtesy and sportsmanship and the children look forward immensely to the lessons and the end of term championship.
Forest School Senior Class students participate in Forest School, over a period of ten weeks, September to November we spend the entire school day outside at Phoenix Forest School in the Phoenix Park. Forest Schools have developed from the Scandinavian education system. It is about children building self-esteem and independence through experiencing the natural world. Research indicates that children who spend time in the natural environment undertake more diverse, creative and imaginative learning. All topics covered over the ten weeks will be closely tied in with our class cultural curriculum
Circus Project: The circus project course will initially take place over ten (10) weeks, students from 4-11 will have the opportunity to learn circus skills whilst developing personally and socially and having fun. The benefits of circus skills are broad ranging and long lasting. Benefits include increased hand-eye coordination, balance, body and special awareness, increased focus and attention, personal and social capacity, imagination, creative expression and more, all within a non-competitive atmosphere.