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.
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 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.
130ASA to choose from
700* out of 900+students attend ASA. (*Approx)
500+represented the school last year in competitions, invitationals abroad.
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
Our residential and outdoor education programme is central to the learning experience at BSM. 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. Our outdoor education is designed to be personally challenging, to help students grow as individuals, to build their resilience and independence as well as confidence and social and personal skills.
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. 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.
In addition to these programmes we also offer the The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award to bronze level, we run Ski Trips, Language Trips to China and Europe and Dive programmes over weekends and holidays.
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
On admission to BSM all students and staff are allocated to one of three Houses, named after regions of the Philippines:
- Luzon (Green)
- Visayas (Red)
- Mindanao (Yellow)
Each House has 3 Student Captains and 3 Deputies.
BSM’s House System is devised to create team cohesiveness and spirit, but also to enhance our sense of community and support pastoral care, through creating closer bonds and relationships between students of all ages, across all year levels.
Each year, from Nursery up to Year 13, a variety of whole-school or year-group led Creative, Active, Service and Academic House Competitions and activities take place. All students also participate in our Learning Power Points Reward Programme, gaining House Points for their approach to learning, daily performance and behaviour.
Head of School announces House Points monthly, awards House Shields once a term and the House Cup at the end of the academic year.
BSM has a strong and active Student Council in Primary and Senior. Each year two Year 12s are elected to lead the Student Council and adopt the student voice. Alongside the Year 12s, every year group from Year 2 to Year 6 elect 3 Student Council Representatives. These 15 representatives meet weekly and collectively work towards a common goal within school. This may be fundraising, supporting others accomplish their aims and bringing concerns to the Leadership team. This role develops not only leadership but the important role of social intelligence, connectivity with others and a sense of empathy towards causes and people.