CCA Block 1
Students have had an exciting week starting their new CCA schedules. We have observed students learning a wide variety of new skills across all CCA categories including, Athletics, STEAM, World Languages, Service Learning and Student Learners. Our Athletics programmes in Soccer, Rugby, Cross Country, Volleyball, Swimming, Taekwondo, Gymnastics, Basketball and Tennis and have all prompted great interest. Students are really enjoying utilising our amazing school facilities.
In STEAM students have been busy learning Digital Media, Lego Animation and Robotics, Origami, Ceramic Painting, Medical and Veterinarian skills, Asteroids and Meteors, Science, Art, Chess, Trashion (MIT) and Cryptography.
The Jungle Book junior production has promoted a lot of excitement and we look forward to the show at Christmas. The Choirs will also be performing on International Day and upcoming school events. BISH Booth camp, our sound and light team and our set design teams are busy preparing to support our school productions.
Students have also started important project and service learning, including - The International Award, Jass Bronze and Silver, Texas Mock Trial, Student Investors, TED ED, The Quill (the BISH student online news website), Snowball Planning, GCSE Maths Club, Sign Language and the Community Art and Writing project.
The Mother Tongue programme now offers the option of up to 4 hour per week of dedicated tuition in French, Spanish, German and Russian. For more information please contact Nathalie.Chevallier@houston.nae.school.
The CCA Schedule
Block 1 runs from the 4th September to the 12th October. However, the school will be closed on the 3rd and 21st September and no CCAs will run. CCAs on these days have been priced accordingly.
CCAs run daily from 3.35-4.30pm, with the exception on Mother Tongue Languages, which starts from 2.30-3.30 and 3.30-4.30 Tuesdays and Thursdays. Mother Tongue Languages will be four separates 1-hour sessions.
All Primary students should be collected promptly from the Boma at 4.30pm. Mother Tongue students can be collected from the language neighborhood in the B200s.
All Secondary students should now log in with their School email and password to select their CCAs. Please note, Secondary competitive athletics CCAs require a two-hour commitment per week. When signing up on CHQ for Volleyball, Cross Country or Morning Swim Team Practice, your child will be committed to 2 hours per week.
Click here to view our new CCA Vendor Brochure!
2018 - 2019 CCA Block dates
What is a CCA?
We have developed an elective Co-Curricular Activity (CCA) programme Monday – Friday from 3.35 to 4.30pm. The British International School of Houston offers a wide range of Student Enrichment Programmes with opportunities for student participation from Foundation Stage through to IB. The development of young people is not just about what happens in the classroom and a rich selection of co-curricular activities is available to extend your child's learning experience each term.
Why do we have CCA's?
At the British International School Houston (BISH) we believe that a school’s role is to nurture confident, knowledgeable, independent young people who understand that their actions can make a difference to their school, as well as the local and global communities. In addition to outstanding academic outcomes based on our gold standard curricula, we provide opportunities for all our students to enrich their lives and the lives of others.
What times do CCA's run?
CCAs run Monday - Friday 3:35 - 4:30 and are optional for all students. The Mother Tongue Language program runs from 2.30-4.30 Tuesday and Thursday. Rock climbing and Archery are off campus and finish at 5pm, parents collect their children from these premises.
What activities can you sign up to?
CCA's include - Athletics, World Languages, Performing Arts, STEAM and Service Learning. The school also hosts a wide selection of external providers including Basketball, Gymnastics, Tennis, fencing, Archery, Rockclimbing, Lego, Languages, Yoga and Dance.
What is the Mother Tongue Programme?
At the British International School of Houston (BISH), we are committed to offering the Mother Tongue Programme (MTP), which looks to develop native language and cultural awareness. We believe that the development of the mother tongue language is crucial for both cognitive development and maintaining cultural identity. BISH is able to support native speakers to develop their mother tongue language whilst at the school. If you sign up to this programme you sign up to both the Tuesday and Thursday sessions. This is a total of 4 hrs. Please see the booklet attached below.
What Languages are included in the Mother Tongue Programme?
Dutch: programme inspected by the Dutch Inspection of the Ministry of Education and monitored and assisted by the Stichting NOB
French: CNED, programme endorsed by the Department of Education
German: Ils GmbH Fernlehrwerk, programme endorsed by the Department of Education
Spanish: Yabisi course
How do I log onto CHQ?
Please click here to log onto CHQ. Your username is your email address. You Password was emailed to you from CHQ. If you have forgotten your password, please click on 'Forgotten password' to receive a new one. Secondary students can log into CHQ and make their own CCA choices using their school email and password. Please contact the genius bar for further assistance.
How are the CCA's allocated?
CHQ is an automated system. Sign up is not first come first served. After the sign up period has closed the system automatically allocates students to their chosen CCA. If a CCA is full, you will be allocated your second choice etc. Those students that were previously waitlisted and did not enroll in their number one choice are given preference.
Why is there a deadline?
When we close the sign up CHQ allocates students to their chosen clubs. After this deadline clubs will become full and further choices and changes are limited. To enroll after the cutoff date, choices are added on a manual basis and not by CHQ. Please allow your child time to adjust to their new schedule and remember their choices before the new block starts.
When do I know which CCA my child is approved for?
These approvals will show in your CHQ homepage after the cutoff date. We will also send you a confirmation email before the CCAs start. Please check the weekly newsletter for CCA updates.
How do I pay for a CCA?
We use PayPal to collect all CCA fees and all CCA payments can now be made in one transaction online via CHQ. Please pay online before the start of the CCA block to reserve your child's place and complete the registration process. On CHQ you will find your CCA statement and receipts for your reference.
Can I make changes to my chosen CCAs?
You can change your CCA choices prior to the start of the CCAs only.
How does my child know which CCAs they are attending?
On you CHQ homepage is an option called calendar. This displays month by month the CCAs your child has been approved for and the room locations. It is advisable to print this and give to your child to keep as a reference or display in your home. Your child's class teacher will also have their CCA schedule.
What happens if it rains and my child's CCA is outdoors?
When it rains we will try to move all outdoor activities inside, space permitting. If we do not have space to run a sporting activity indoors students will be supervised in the library.
What happens if my child cannot attend their CCA?
If you child is not attending their CCA as usual please email your class teacher and CCA@houston.nae.school and also the club teacher if it is run by an external provider.
Co-Curricular Activities: Further Reading, Brochures and Contacts