Extra-curricular is a major part of life in the Junior School. Opportunities outside the curriculum are extensive and every pupil is encouraged to make use of them fully. Details of the wide range of opportunities on offer can be found in our Activities Brochure above.
Music plays an integral role in Junior School life. Each boy from J1 to J4 has two curriculum music lessons each week, where they discover composers, learn about music in history and play and sing all different genres of music.
Most boys learn at least one instrument. MCS have a team of visiting music teachers with excellent track records in ABRSM and Trinity Guildhall examination results. These one-to-one lessons are hugely beneficial to the boys.
The pupils are encouraged to take part in at least one of the many ensembles on offer: string players are invited to the String Orchestra, wind and brass players to the Wind Ensemble, guitarists to the Guitar Ensemble and pianists to the Piano Duets Club.
Singing is the heartbeat of Junior School Music. The choristers sing regular services in Magdalen College chapel under the direction of Informator Choristarum Mark Williams. All boys sing regularly in assembly and at various events throughout the year. Junior School choir is open to all, though the Chamber Choir is an auditioned choir for J3 and J4’s. There are very strong links with Magdalen College Choir: all of its choristers are MCS pupils.
There are several performance opportunities for all of the music ensembles as well as soloists in the calendar, ranging from playing in assemblies and teatime concerts to carol services and house music competition, with the climax of the year being the Grand Concert in Hilary term. Parents and pupils alike are always impressed at the standard of these events and seeing every boy involved.
Recent drama productions have included Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Robin & the Sherwood Hoodies, Shakespeare Rocks, Wind in the Willows, Noyes Fludde, Oliver!, The Wizard of Oz, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Clubs and activities
There is a wide variety of clubs and activities in the Junior School, from stop-motion animation to the Magdalen Blazer, a newspaper written, researched, edited and produced by the pupils.
In addition, every Thursday the whole school enjoys Activities Afternoon, which provides boys with additional balance and breadth within the curriculum, whilst encouraging them to learn new skills and areas of expertise. Some of the activities are offered to all age groups such as drama and strategy games, while others are year group dependent.
To view a full range of the activities on offer in the Junior School, please see the Activities Brochure above.