Extra Curricular

Autumn 2016 Extra-Curricular Timetable

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In addition to the normal curriculum we offer a wide variety of extracurricular clubs, societies and activities. Most of these take place in our lunch break to allow all pupils to participate, including those who catch school buses home at 3:35. Most activities are led by members of staff, often with assistance from Sixth Formers.

There is always an activity available for those who want to get involved. We believe pupils should take advantage of the opportunities provided; they will meet new friends from other classes and years; and learn a new skill or see a subject in a different light.

The extracurricular timetable changes termly to allow seasonal activities to be included, but it always includes a good mix of subject-based events, sports activities and musical ensembles. There is also the opportunity to experience activities that are completely different – for example the debating society, where we compete against each other and neighbouring schools.

In addition there are many activities linked to the performing arts, culminating in the annual school production which is performed over several evenings in collaboration with King Edward VI Aston School. Our most recent productions have included Anything Goes, Hairspray and Les Misérables. In 2015 we are presenting Our House.

In addition to the activities that take place on a weekly basis, there are many opportunities to travel a little further afield.

Year 9 have been on an annual French exchanges to Dreux and the German linguists have been to Kaufbeuren. Year 13 have been to Provence and New York.

A ski trip runs every 2 years, most recently travelling to New England in America after many years on the slopes of Europe.

During the summer of 2012 a group of girls went on a “World Challenge” expedition to Borneo, raising their own funds during the preceding 2 years of planning. The group helped to regenerate rainforest and built water storage facilities for a small hamlet. There are some pictures in the Gallery.

Year 9 have a residential week each year, and pupils are able to choose which residential they go on. In 2015 there were outdoor pursuit activities at Hartington in Derbyshire and at Okehampton in Devon, as well as a German trip to the Rhineland.

There are also three “Activity Days” throughout the year. These allow departments to spend time on extended projects and develop new skills and they also give departments space to take whole year groups out of school for visits to, for example, universities, historical sites or the theatre.