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Extracurricular Activities

As we start the new academic year, we are excited to be returning to a full programme of extracurricular activities, from choir to creative writing and chemistry cafe! 

All students are encouraged to develop their personal interests through the many clubs and activities available, covering art, classics, drama, environmental issues, mathematics, music, photography, science and sport. 

Read on for more information on the types of activities on offer, and take a look at the videos of students talking about their clubs too!

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Clubs and SOCIETIEs

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Clubs and societies vary from year to year, and reflect the interests of our students. They are often led by members of the Sixth Form. Current groups include Art Club, Science Club, Street Dance, Greek, Gym, Junior Choir, etc.

Physical Education and Sport

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Over 60% of our students participate in a full sporting programme that operates during lunchtime and after school. Various clubs offer specialist coaching for those students interested in athletics, dance, football, gymnastics, hockey, netball, rounders, rhythmic gymnastics, rugby, swimming, tennis and trampoline.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

The Bronze Level of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme is introduced to students during the Autumn Term of Year 10. Many progress to the Silver and Gold Levels and there are currently 80 students participating in the award scheme.

Music

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The Music Department offers a variety of opportunities for every student to develop their individual and group musical skills. Students are encouraged to play a musical instrument, both for personal enjoyment and to help develop self-discipline. Lessons are available for piano, keyboard, recorder, drum kit, guitar, voice and the usual orchestral instruments, i.e. strings, woodwind and brass. Group activities include Senior and Junior Orchestra, Clarinet Group, String Quartet, Recorder Group, Keyband, Flute Group and Guitar Group. There are numerous choral activities including Senior and Junior Choirs and Vox Humana, which is a touring choir.

Expeditions, Outings and Exchanges

Many expeditions, field study trips and outings take place during school time, in the evening, at weekends and during the holidays, forming a natural extension to the school curriculum. Outings are arranged to the theatre, opera, ballet, concerts, art galleries, museums, places of worship, stately homes, castles, sporting events, residential study centres, lectures, demonstrations, conferences and exhibitions. The Classics Department organises expeditions to Italy and Greece, while the Art and Design Department takes students to art galleries. Year 8 have the opportunity to go on a three-day residential trip.

Autumn Term Field Trips 2021

The Geography Department has finally been able to take students outside the classroom, and this Autumn Term has seen trips to Southwold for Year 13 and Sheringham for Year 11.

Year 13 spent a wonderfully sunny three days in Southwold in preparation for their NEA (Non-Examined Assessment). They had a go at a wide range of methods and spent time thinking about how they might use them for their own investigations. Since their return they have been working incredibly hard devising their own investigation titles and identifying how they are going to collect data. 

              

 

Year 11 spent a couple of days in Sheringham on the North Norfolk coast. They were trying out a range of fieldwork skills in preparation for their Unit 3 examination. They were real troopers on the first day when the winds were rather gusty, and made a good assessment of the effectiveness of the coastal management scheme in place. The second day was much brighter and calmer, and the students used a range of techniques to assess the quality of the environment and how it is used.

Meanwhile GCSE Music students had a real treat with a trip to London to see the musical Wicked, a thoroughly enjoyable evening out!

           

 

Community

Project Polyglot 2021-22

Some of our Year 10 Modern Foreign Languages students are taking part in Project Polyglot, which involves devising French and Spanish lessons aimed at Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 children. In January 2022 they went into William Ransom and Whitehill primary schools to deliver the lessons they had prepared over several weeks. Both visits went really well - staff at the schools were very impressed with our students' lovely resources! 

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World Class Schools Celebration Event 2021

Miss Atkins and Mr Derrett took eight of our students to Oxford on 6 December 2021 to take part in the World Class Schools Celebration Event 2021.

They explored the Ashmolean Art and Archaeology Museum, went on a tour of the historic city led by a current Oxford student, and then attended the ceremony, which included musical performances, essay competition winners, speeches, photographs and more.

The students who took part were Milly Price, Molly Gaskins, Niamh Charmantier, Bea Lewis, Emily Carlyle and Molly George, plus Amelie Woolass and Bibi Winter in their capacity as ‘qualified assessors’. They delivered a two-minute presentation in the famous Sheldonian Theatre to the World Class Schools, explaining the details of their role.

All our students were a real credit to themselves and to the school. We hope they enjoyed their day!