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Enrichment activities

The school offers a rich mix of enrichment activities. Children may choose to take one of these activities each day, Monday through Thursday. We trust that these activities, which are normally scheduled between 3.00pm and 4.00pm, will help to enhance your child’s education.

Art Splash

Instructor(s): Ms Elayne Hosford

Elayne is the director of Art Splash Barbados in Hastings.

ArtSplash is a fun and creative art class for children. Every term we focus on a new and exciting theme such as music, pop art, nature, under the sea, the circus among many other topics. We cover painting, drawing, print-making, 3-d work, and much more. In this club, students will learn about colour, form, shading, perspective and design, all in a fun and creative environment. ArtSplash is FUN!

Bow Bender Archery

Instructor(s): Mr Robert Hurley and Mr Michael Gooding

Mr Hurley is the President of the BowBenders Archery Club and a Barbados National Archery Judge. Mr Michael Gooding is the 2010 and the 2011 Barbados Outdoor National Masters Champion. Mr Richard Gooding is the 2011 Barbados Indoor and Outdoor National Junior Champion.

This activity will take place at the Kendal Sporting Club. The course will cover bow types and construction, the history of the bow and archer, and ancillary equipment and of course, shooting.

Chess Club

Instructor(s): Kelvin Daniel

Former Rapid(30 mins) and Blitz(5 mins chess champion) of Barbados, many times national finalist. Have represented Barbados 3 times at World chess Olympiad.

Chess coach for 20 years. Coach at Garrison Secondary where current national Under 20 champion was.

Vice President Barbados Chess Federation responsible for Tournaments

International Arbiter ( Has been arbiter twice at World chess Olympiad)

New students will be introduced to the game of chess. They will learn through practical play, how to move pieces, the rules of the game and how to complete a game. A brief history of chess will also be looked at. Students will also learn how to record a game.

Students who already know how to play will partake in lessons to improve their skills. The solving of problems will be used to improve their analytic abilities. A study of the three basic parts of a game(opening, middle game and end game), will be made to improve their understanding of the game.

Groups will be split initially by age and then by skill level.

Comic Club

Instructor(s): Dana Sikkens

Dana Sikkens is a fully qualified art teacher for ArtSplash Inc, a popular art facility located on the South Coast of the island. Dana has experience working with children and also teaches our younger kids in their ArtSplash enrichment.

ArtSplash presents our new and exciting COMIC CLUB. For age group 8-11yrs old.
Create your very own STORY BOARD: by exploring your imagination you will create funny characters and a plot. Learn how to create cartoon faces, cartoon antics, creatures and comic expression. Come and explore your funny and comical side.

Etiquette Course

Instructor(s): Stephanie de Aranda

I am dedicated to foster good communication, civil behavior, good manners and mutual consideration. Polished social skills improving relationships with friends, parents and teachers.

Personal grooming, Body language, Attitude, How to walk, Good impression, Greetings and Handshakes, Characteristics that inspire trust, Articulate voice and much more.
This course will be taught in a fun and dynamic way in order to motivate, inspire and support confidence in students.

Football (Soccer)

Instructor(s): Mr. Mark Byfield

Mark played football for Nottingham Forest as a junior, then semi-professionally with Eastwood Town (Nottingham). In Barbados, Mr Byfield plays for Paradise in the Masters Football League. Mr Byfield has been coaching youth soccer (boys and girls) for eight years. He helped set up the Youth Development Programme for Abbey Grange Football Club (Leeds) where 30 boys and girls trained, some of whom now play professionally.

Let the game be the teacher! The emphasis is on fun and enjoyment. Practices consist of fun games to develop balance; kicking; running with ball and scoring plenty of goals. The sessions are designed to make participants socially interact with one another as well as promoting confidence and decision-making. Each session tries to build on the previous session with each topic lasting between 4 and 5 sessions. And of course tailored football matches to suit age and ability.

Guitar

Instructor(s): Stefan Van den Bossche

Guitarist Stefan Van den Bossche was born in Brussels, Belgium. He studied at the Halewijn Jazz Academy in Antwerp and performed at several European jazz festivals, as well as in countless jazz clubs. He toured several European countries with popular band Scenes In The City. Stefan also acted as musical director of the Cotton Club, a jazz revue in Brussels. He moved to Barbados in 1995 and quickly became a household name on the Barbados music scene through collaborations with Andre Woodvine, Arturo Tappin, Square One and several other Bajan musicians. Stefan was featured with Andre Woodvine in the 2000 BET on Jazz channel's production 'Jazz in the Sun', playing a custom-made 8-string guitar. His unique style and technique has been featured extensively in concerts and festivals around Barbados. In 1998 Stefan was invited to join the faculty of the Barbados Community College Music program where his extensive knowledge of jazz theory and performance have been an invaluable asset to music students. Over the years he has taught classes on guitar, music reading and improvisation and also leads two ensembles: the Jazz ensemble and the Guitar ensemble.

Beginners 1:

  • the guitar: characteristics and tuning
  • notes on 1st, 2nd string, etc.
  • basic chords (open triads)
  • playing a chord chart
  • open position playing
  • musical symbols
  • introduction to music reading
  • strumming rhythms
  • one guitar study

Beginners 2

  • barre chords
  • using the 4th finger
  • music reading on guitar
  • fingerstyle guitar
  • the blues scale
  • movable power chords
  • the major scale
  • popular guitar rhythms
  • one guitar study
  • one guitar piece
  • fretted position playing

Intermediate 1

  • 4-part chords
  • guitar rhythms
  • pentatonic major and minor scales
  • harmonic minor scale
  • movable triads
  • chord arpeggios
  • improvisation basics
  • two guitar pieces

Horse Riding Lessons at Sandy Turf Stables

Instructor(s): Sandra Sampson 

Owned and ridden horses most of my life. Competed in both dressage and jumping. Started riding school approx 15 years ago. F.E.I. Level 1 certified riding coach. Additional coaching courses through B’dos Olympic Assoc and National Sports Council. First Aid. Taught P.E. for 10 years at St. Angela’s School (age 3 – 7) Certified Aerobics Instructor by IDEA

Horse back riding lessons (riders are also taught to groom, bathe & pick out hooves as part of horse care. As well as all riders are to clean the saddle and bridle that they used.) Progress certificates are issued as riders attain various goals, i.e rising trot and canter on lead, and again repeated when off of the lead rein. And for various other achievements that I may find worthy to acknowledge at any given time. Good sportsmanship, kindness, hard working, etc are all qualities that are looked for in any rider. Work book issued to assist in learning about horses. All Codrington riders would be invited to compete at any relevant horse show whether in-house or at other stables if they are interested in competing. Please note that horse show entry fees and any other cost related to competing are not included in the term fee.

Safety Helmets and enclosed shoes must be worn. STS makes every effort to ensure safety of both rider and horse, however you RIDE AT YOUR OWN RISK.

Scuba Diving

Instructor(s): Andre Miller, Robert, Dom, Jessie

Our professional staff will help you enjoy a wide range of water sports and scuba diving. All Staff are medically trained. The Barbados Blue dive shop is the only facility on island with two on staff Marine Biologists, one of whom (Andre Miller MSc.) is also the PADI Project Aware Coordinator for Barbados. At Barbados Blue we focus on the ecological aspect of scuba diving and snorkelling, after all we helped draft the local diving and water sports regulations. While teaching the Codrington Students they will also have access to all we know about Marine Biology!

Our dive shop is located at the Hilton Hotel on Needhams’s Point which gives us easy access to both the south and west coasts of Barbados. We are also a 5 minute boat ride away from the Carlisle Bay Marine Park with its great snorkeling and shipwreck diving…it is a PERFECT place to learn to Scuba Dive.

We have lots of experience with children, and if you like you can come along and join in the fun!

The most common certification course in Barbados is the PADI Open Water Course ( this will be completed over the 11 hrs of enrichment) which requires dive students to complete the PADI Open Water manual and have four open water dives. Once certified, open water divers can dive anywhere in the world up to 60 ft (18 m) provided they dive with a certified dive buddy. Depending on their age, chidren at the Codrington will receive the PADI Junior Open Water Certificate where they can dive up to 40 ft.

If you are already certified but want to get your feet wet over the term, then come along and either do some underwater exploration with us, or even sign up for your PADI Advanced Open Water CertificatIon!

Surfing

Instructor(s): Mr. Alan Burke and Mr. Adrian Howard

Alan is a multiple international and national surfing champion. He was awarded a bronze medal in the 1998 World Surfing Championships held in Portugal. Alan has been teaching surfing since 1993. He has coached all the current successful juniors, including the 2009 under 12 Barbados National Champion, the 2010 and 2011 under 21 Barbados Champion and the under 16 National Champion, the Barbados Junior Surfing Club under 12, under 14 and under 18 Champion, Joshua Burke.

Surfers are coached on all aspects of learning to surf and information provided is determined by the students’ ability and progress. Classes are conducted in waves no bigger than 3ft. Very beginners are taken through basic steps and points of safety on the beach prior to entering the water. Surfboards used are designed for safety and for fast progress. Our priorities are safety, fun, and learn!

Tennis

Instructor(s): Advantage Tennis Services (Damien Applewhaite and Duncan Evanson)

We are a tennis coaching company with over 10 years coaching experience. We pride ourselves on providing patient and professional coaching to help you reach your personal tennis goals - whether fitness or technical improvement. With internationally qualified coaches we cater to both juniors and adults of all levels, from beginners to intermediates, through to advanced players. ATS is affiliated with some of the biggest tennis institutions on the island such as Sandy Lane Resort, Fairmont Group and Ocean View Tennis Club.
The ATS Tennis School, which is located on the western part of the island, currently has 70 kids registered, including some of Barbados’ top Under 10 players, along with adult clinics.
Damien Applewhaite (left) is the Senior Partner and Head Coach of Advantage Tennis Services and is the only Level 3 Tennis Coach in the Eastern Caribbean. He was born in Barbados, and has represented Barbados at Junior level and is a 5-time Davis Cup member. Damien has been coaching for 10 years, and in his time coaching he has worked abroad in Denmark, England and South America. This has allowed him to work with all types and standards of players, from beginners, club players, to county standard through to international players. Duncan Evanson (right) is a Partner in Advantage Tennis Services. Barbadian by birth, he has represented Barbados at the junior level, having achieved an ITF world ranking in under 18. Duncan has been coaching tennis for 9 years and worked as Senior Assistant to Sydney Lopez at the Ocean View Tennis Club for 3 years. Duncan is the youngest ITF Level 2 Tennis Coach on the island, and is currently the Captain of Barbados’ Junior Davis Cup (Under 16 boys) Team for the 2nd year.

For children who will be introduced to the game of tennis through generic ball skills. These will include: balance, movement, co-ordination and general dexterity exercises introduced through fun games and skills exercises. They will be introduced to the basic strokes needed to play the game. The sessions will also cover basic racket skills and basic strokes. The emphasis is on developing FUNdamental movement, ball skills, skill learning and above all else, FUN!

Yoga

Instructor(s): Anne E. Hayney

Anne is Iyeangar certified in yoga, which is a more gentle form of yoga.  She also completed a yoga education program for children.  It is a program that helps bring yoga into the everyday classroom.

She is classically trained in pilates and has been teaching both for about 10 years now.

And last but not least Anne recently joined The Codrington School as a parent.

Kids Yoga:  Ages 4-10. Yoga is beneficial for everyone and can be used to help improve all elements of life. By the age of 4 or 5 when true independence sinks in, kids can identify how yoga is benefiting them and take their practice off the mat, back into their homes and schools. Kid Yoga is a dynamic class where children learn yoga poses, apply those poses to games and activities, as well as work with the breath. In 60 minutes, kids will run the spectrum of energy from fast pace games to relaxing stillness and everywhere in between. 

Pilates/Yoga Fusion: Girls Ages 10 and Up. In this fun and playful one hour fusion class brings together the ancient practice of Yoga with the core stabilizing, posture enhancing dynamics of Pilates. And let's face it - who doesn't need a little core stabilization. Class is challenging enough for regular practitioners, as well as absolute beginners. Get in on the fun while we practice flowing asanas, challenging poses, and plenty of tummy toning and strengthening exercises.  

Zumbatomic and Zumba

Instructor(s): Yvette Flash

I have been teaching fitness for the last 10 years. In this time I have received the following qualifications:-
Health & Fitness Qualifications
• Modern Pilates Teacher
• Exercise to Music Teacher
• Aqua Aerobics Teacher
• Gym Instructor
• First Aid
• Zumba

I trained and worked in the UK for the first few years and then moved to Barbados.

In Barbados I teach at various Company's including Zumba at The Nation, Central Bank and First Class Fitness. I also teach Equipment Pilates at Red Zen Pilates studio and Zumba for Kids at Wills Primary School.

Working for 10 years in the fitness industry has gained me plenty of experience teaching All age groups in all levels of exercise, I enjoy helping and sharing my knowledge of fitness to motivate others but most of all making fitness fun!

Zumbatomic:

Children will learn fitness dances, play fun motivational games, and learn new rhythms and styles of music and culture.   All classes are taught to not only cultivate individuality and creativity, but to develop leadership, respect, team work, pride, confidence, and responsibility.

Zumba:

Founded in 2001, Zumba Fitness is a global lifestyle brand that fuses fitness, entertainment and culture into an exhilarating dance-fitness sensation! Zumba exercise classes are " fitness-parties " that blend upbeat world rhythms with easy-to-follow choreography!