Clubs & Sports

 Clubs

We seek to enable all pupils to fulfil their potential through everything that is provided at Friends’ within and beyond the classroom. Many clubs and societies meet after school and music, drama and sport give great enjoyment as well as the opportunity to excel.

Every effort is made to make pupils aware of the importance of service to others in the wider community and Sixth Formers take a lead through giving community service and by promoting charity fundraising through their Charity Committee.

Friends’ enjoys strong international links, recognised by the International Schools Award from the British Council in 2012. The languages department organises exchanges and visits to France, Germany and Spain, and in addition, a great variety of educational visits takes place throughout the year.

 Extra Curricular Timetable can be viewed or downloaded here

 

Sports

Friends’ School Lisburn has a proud tradition of sporting excellence with pupils achieving success in a wide range of sports at Ulster and Irish level. The sports department offers outstanding quality with many teachers and coaches qualified within their respective fields.

The school prides itself on its student participation levels and offers a broad and balanced curriculum which attempts to enthuse every pupil in the school regardless of their individual talents and skills. Extra-curricular and Saturday sports fixtures play an integral part of life at Friends’ and Year 8 pupils are expected to attend training on Saturday mornings and compete for one of the many teams in their Year Group.

Curricular and extra-curricular sports available to pupils over the course of the academic year are: athletics*, badminton*, basketball, cross-country*, dance, golf*, gymnastics, HRPE, hockey*, netball*, rugby*, equestrian*, softball, swimming* and tennis* (*interschool competition). There are regular tours for rugby, girls' and boys' hockey teams and for netball.

The School has an excellent sports complex which along with committed and enthusiastic staff enable all pupils to have the best possible learning environment. The gymnasium is supplemented by a purpose built sports hall and fitness suite which overlooks our sports grounds. On the grounds are three rugby pitches, two cricket pitches and two floodlit astroturf hockey pitches. Our five astroturf tennis courts provide additional winter training facilities as does the outdoor fitness and conditioning area. Off-site, the School uses Lisburn Leisureplex, Lisburn Racquets Club and Theipval Army Barracks for athletics.

 

Fixture lists for the sporting season can be found on the relevant section of the school website.

 

Pupils may be given information in a variety of methods including Parentmail, twitter, team sheets on noticeboards and verbally. Pupils must take responsibility for having the correct information.

 

Pupil Code of Conduct

Training

    • Players should arrive at all sessions on time and make suitable travel arrangements for getting home.
    • Valuables should only be taken to training sessions if necessary.

Week of Match

    • Commitment to the game is very important. If you are unable to play in any match or training session please inform the staff in charge at the earliest opportunity.
    • All players should check the sports notice board / team list as early as possible and familiarise themselves with all arrangements. A sheet providing information with Saturday arrangements will continue as in previous year. This information will be posted on the sports notice-board.
    • You should turn up on time to any team meetings.

Match Day

    • For away matches check departure times/venues and other arrangements. Be on time.
    • School uniform or school tracksuits must be worn at all away matches.
    • Players should have clean kit.
    • Valuables should only be taken to matches if necessary and should be handed in to a member of staff.
    • Players should encourage all team members to play to the best of their ability.
    • Sporting behaviour at all times is essential. Opponents, referees and spectators should always be respected.
    • Shake hands with the referee/ umpire and opposition then clap them off the pitch.

After Match

Win or lose, be hospitable to the opposition and all spectators.

 

Parents and Other Spectators

School sport is only a part, but an important part, of a pupil’s full and balanced education. A balanced approach to sport in the context of the whole extra-curricular provision of Friends’ School Lisburn is strongly encouraged.

The following code of practice applies to parents spectating at matches both at Friends’ School Lisburn and the grounds of other schools. Equally, Friends’ School Lisburn would expect visiting spectators to abide by the same code.

 

    • Children appreciate the presence and support of their parents; accordingly, always set an example of good sportsmanship and give enthusiastic, but not excessive or inappropriate, support. Criticism or undermining of the umpire/referee from the touchline is always unacceptable.
    • Parents should not enter the field of play without the express permission of the umpire/referee.
    • Parents and spectators should not enter the changing room areas.
    • Friends’ School Lisburn parents are invited to assume some responsibility for making visiting players and parents feel welcome.

Cancellations

Details of any cancellations will be sent via “Parent-mail” text on the day of the match.

Taking photographs and Videos

There has generally been a mutual understanding between schools in respect of the visiting school being granted permission to take a video of the game. However this does not extend to other individuals, parents and other supporters are reminded that they should not be taking videos and/or photographs at away venues without the permission of the host school as it is at each school’s discretion what they permit in this regard.

 

 

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