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At BSM, delivering a holistic education means that our After School Activities Programme (ASAs), Service Learning and Residential and trips programmes are designed to ensure access for all of our students, every year throughout their time at BSM. Delivering a holistic education from Nursery to Y13 involves integrating learning that takes place outside the classroom with our delivered curriculum. To ensure these opportunities are maximised for all students we provide rich ASAs, integrate Service Learning within our curriculum and have a residential and trip component for all our students. We know that these opportunities are an essential part of the education we provide at BSM and we pride ourselves on the quality and breadth of learning that takes place outside the regular classroom.

After School Activities

Our After School Activities (ASA) Programme is both rich and diverse with over 80 clubs and activities designed to meet the needs and interests of our broad and diverse community. These opportunities start from Reception.

Clubs and activities largely run after school; however, a number of clubs also take place in the morning and/or at weekends. We encourage all students to be involved in activities that they are passionate about and that will enrich their learning and support them to broaden their experience and take risks.

Art, music, drama and dance are key components of the programme as they are accessible for all ages.

We have a major focus on academic extension such as robotics, modern foreign languages, science clubs and journalism. Model United Nations is offered from Year 5 upwards, and there are a number of Information Technology clubs and activities that provide opportunities for your children to apply technology to real world situations.

We strongly believe that through linking our extensive ASA programmes with the learning that takes place in the classroom your child will become a well-rounded individual who has the skills and mindset to balance both work and recreation as they move into the next stage of their lives.

Learn about our ASA programme here


Creativity ASAs are about exploring and extending ideas leading to an original or interpretive product or performance. There is a wide range of music ASAs available from Chamber Choir to Rock Band and Ukulele group to BSM Sings. In addition to this students may opt to join Art club or apply to be part of the Winston team, who publish the school newspaper.


Activity ASAs involve physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle. There are a diverse array of activity ASAs to suit all tastes and abilities. Team sports such as football, rugby, basketball and volleyball are popular choices with teams regularly competing in regional competitions. Other physical options include gymnastics, running club, boxing and karate.

Academic Extension

Academic Extension ASAs allow students to extend their learning through the practical application of skills, knowledge and understanding. These activities include robotics, Model United Nations, Maths Teams, ICT Club, Journalism, Science Club and many more.

ASA Statistics


ASA to choose from

700* out of 900+

students attend ASA. (*Approx)


represented the school last year in competitions, invitationals abroad.

Service Learning

Service Learning is based on a collaborative and reciprocal engagement with the community in response to an authentic need. Students have the opportunity to collaborate with a range of NGOs helping to tackle important local issues.

Service Learning begins in Nursery where our youngest children, supported by their parents and teachers, make a difference to the lives of others and it continues through to Y12 and 13 where service becomes a hands-on student led experience. We have identified key groups with specific needs and through our students’ actions and contributions we aim to make a sustainable difference. Our programme is designed to empower and motivate your children to use their individual talents and passions to make a positive difference through physically engaging in service. We actively encourage our students to lead these projects and for them to engage others in service that improves our environment and communities. We aim for your child to develop empathy, respect and a passion for service through real life experience. We hope our children will grow as individuals and experience the rewards of making a positive contribution to those with greater needs and that their positive contributions will instil a desire to continue this type of work beyond school.

Residential & Outdoor Education Programmes

British School Manila’s residential and outdoor education programme is central to the learning experience of our students. It provides them with personal challenge and develops their well-being by helping them grow as individuals. Through these experiences, students build resilience and become confident, independent individuals that are not afraid to step outside of their comfort zone.

The outdoor education programme is initiated with our Nursery and Receptions students (age 3-5) who participate in evening sessions at school exploring our campus in the dark and engaging with nature.

From Year 2 onwards, we take students on a minimum of one residential trip per year. These trips engage our students in education outside the classroom ensuring they experience learning away from the urban life of Manila.

By Year 6 students spend a week away from home, in places such as Cambodia or Malaysia, sharing life experiences outside the classroom environment.

From Year 7 to 10 students participate in Activities Week, choosing from an extensive range of week long residential trips, which are physically demanding and allow our students to get hands-on with community service. Our trips also encourage students to be reflective on their own personal journeys and focus on developing their own well-being as well as those around them.

From Year 7 to 10 students participate in Activities Week, choosing from an extensive range of week long residential trips, which are physically demanding and allow our students to get hands-on with community service. Our trips also encourage students to be reflective on their own personal journeys and focus on developing their own well-being as well as those around them.

For our IB students in Years 12 and 13 residential programmes take place that encourage challenge and adventure whilst building community. Students are encouraged to see the IB programme in the same way and to use this in building their own resilience.

In addition to these programmes we also offer The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award to silver level, we run Ski Trips, Language Trips, a variety of different curriculum area based excursions and have a detailed and varied service learning programme that take students out into the community to support those less fortunate than ourselves.

Benefits to our students:

  • Exploring different cultures in the Philippines and around the world
  • Developing tools to call upon in times of stress and pressure
  • Seeing asking for help as a sign of courage and strength
  • Using strengths to cope with difficulty
  • Building positive and trusted relationships
  • Developing connections through shared interests or experiences
  • Developing a growth mindset
  • Believing they are capable of remarkable things
  • Accepting adversity as a part of life
  • Believing in their capacity to recover from adversity
  • Pursuing hobbies and interests
  • Staying active through sport and exercise

Beyond the classroom we learn who we truly are.

Do you want your child to be part of this learning community? Click here to contact Admissions for further information.

Student Leadership

Student Leadership is a way for students to use their skills as well as learning new ones. At BSM our Student Leadership programme provides a platform for students from Year 6 - 13 to take up roles that impact the whole school through initiating their ideas, role modeling and refining skills such as problem solving, collaboration and creativity.

Leadership Skills & House System

All BSM students are engaged in developing leadership skills; to learn the different ways they can lead, support their peers and work effectively as a team or group. They explore the impact leadership skills can have on the individual and groups with a particular focus on group work, collaboration and cohesiveness.

Exploring the dynamics of effective group work takes place in the classroom where specific skills are taught and assessed notably though the development and delivery of collaborative projects, proposals and presentations. From Year 1 to Year 13 students lead and participate in activities where they collaborate, compete, and problem solve. They are encouraged to challenge each other’s ideas and proposals. Opportunities include: small business or start-up entrepreneurial projects; school, social & community improvement projects; school-wide fundraising initiatives; the development of class exhibitions of learning: the delivery of assemblies; as well as local, regional & international competitions such as the Google Science Fair .

In addition, students are able to engage in an extensive range of roles and opportunities to develop leadership skills outside the classroom setting which include but are not limited to:

  • Student Council: Y1-Y13
  • Student Leadership Team: Y12 and Y13
  • Buddying and Peer Mentoring: Y5-Y13
  • Sports Events & Extra Curricular Coaching: Y7-Y13
  • Magazine Editorial, Conferences
  • TEDxBritishSchoolManila: Y11-12
  • Model United Nations: Y5-Y13