Opportunities for personal development are built into a pupil’s experience at all levels of the school. Every pupil is encouraged to join a range of clubs during the lunch hour or after school, where they will be able to make full use of the opportunities available. We hope that our vast range of activities will introduce new skills and complement their studies.
Clubs 2019 – 2020 – Further Information
Art Club (KS3), Additional Art, Athenaeum, Blogging Club, Book Club, Ceramics, Chapel Choir, Chess, Collective, Christian Union, Debating, Drama, Fives, Five a side Football, Fives, Japanese, Lego Robotics, Mandarin, Model House of Commons, Music Aural, Music Ensembles, Philosophy/The Big Question, Pop Chorus, Show Choir, Sub-Aqua and Table Tennis.
Art Club KS3
A chance to explore new ideas and techniques and develop talent and creativity. The club encompasses one off workshops. A consistent attendance is preferable, but not essential.
This Club is run every day at lunchtime and after school for those pupils who are taking GCSE or A Level art and would like to consolidate their course work.
This is a student led discussion group on current affairs and covers such areas as Brexit & Gun Law amongst a variety of other topics.
A club that offer mentorship & direction within the creative media arts. If you are interested in sound, lighting, scenery, concepts, costumes, making videos, animation then this club may be beneficial to you.
Blogging Club takes place on Tuesdays at 1.30 in ICT 2 and offers those in Year 7 – 9 the chance to write about topics that interest them (whether that is a hobby or activity, film and music reviews or current affairs) honing their writing skills in the safe digital community that Google Classroom provides.
The Book Club meets every week to talk about books and eat biscuits! Each term we read a different selection of books (generally either chosen by the group themselves or from book award shortlists). The books are then discussed and given a score out of ten. The discussions that take place about the books are usually very lively, with the group having very strong opinions about what they have read. The highlight of the year is the shadowing of the Carnegie award – possibly the most prestigious of the Children’s Book Awards.
This is run in the art department every other week after school and is an opportunity to develop skills in this media. All abilities are welcome.
There are auditions for the Chapel Choir, which is conducted by Mr Andrew Leach. The Chapel Choir sings at school services, plus concerts at Snape and elsewhere. The choir has sung Evensong at most English cathedral
Come along and play chess with old and new friends. A chance to play this wonderful game in an informal atmosphere. All abilities welcome. If you can’t play we can teach you!
This is a group of students who meet to encourage each other in life and faith. This usually means doughnuts (or equivalent), a game or activity as well as bible-based discussion and short prayer. It’s loud and funny as well as serious and engaging.
Christian Union is a student-led group made to support and encourage students who want to explore and understand more about the Christian faith & lifestyle. It is built to be a safe place where you can share your experiences in both faith & doubt, supporting one another and accepting everyone regardless of belief or background.
The Lower School club is run by a group of sixth-formers who wish to share their passion for debating with younger students. The focus is on honing public speaking skills through games and informal debates.
The Middle School club is also run by a group of sixth-formers. Through a mixture of training sessions and practice debates, members develop their debating skills. There is also the opportunity to attend The Rotary Public Speaking Competition, The ESU public speaking competition and the International competition of young debaters.
The Senior School club combines a mixture of training sessions and practice debates, members perfect a range of skills, including public speaking, quick thinking and the ability to argue for any topic. There is the opportunity to attend an array of competitions throughout the year.
Drama Club takes place at lunchtime in Fison’s Foyer and is run by Ms Broatch and Ms Pitt. Depending on the term there is the opportunity to work on a performance to get ready for your year’s school play and also work on improv exercises and fun games. This is a great club to mix with peers outside your form group and build your confidence for the stage. It takes place at lunchtime in Fison’s Foyer.
This is a pupil Forum for discussion of all equality issues including Sexism, Racism, Disability, Equality and LGBT.
Fives is a hand ball game in which two opposing pairs of players hit a 4.5cm ball around a three-walled concrete court using padded gloved hands. The court has a number of ledges and a buttress that project into the playing area and so makes it a fast game in which the ball can make sudden changes of direction. All you need to play is a pair of trainers as the balls and gloves are provided by the school. It was described by a former Headmaster as “One of the best of all ball games.” Simply turn up at the courts behind the cricket pavilion to have a go.
This is a fun and active session run in the school sports hall on Friday evenings from 6-7.30 pm. All members of the school are welcome from Year 7 to the sixth form and both boys and girls. Games are run normally with 6 a side and for 8-10 minutes on a rotating basis. No previous experience necessary!
This club is run by one of the school’s Sixth Form linguists along with Mr Clare and is an opportunity to learn more about Japanese culture, the different scripts used in writing Japanese and the chance to learn key vocabulary and phrases to enable conversation in Japanese.
At the LEGO Robotics club the popular and powerful Mindstorms system is used. There are a number of EV3 and NXT systems that are used to build robots. The first half of the year is concentrated on building and then programming the robots. The challenges that the robots will solve are set by the First LEGO League competition designers and we travel to compete in this event in January. On returning from the competition we then turn our minds to a sumo wrestling competition, with robots trying to push one another out of an arena without driving themselves out of play accidentally. In the final half term we begin preparations for the new year by programming our robots to collect a basket of sweets, which we can then eat.
In this club, you can learn about various aspects of Chinese language, life and culture. The students have the chance to try various different Chinese/Asian confectioneries, look at Chinese celebrations for national holidays giving a view into the daily life of Chinese citizens. Pupils can also enjoy learning the different aspects of Chinese characters and their origins.
Model House of Commons
This club takes place in our Chapel and all year groups are welcome.
Do you want to know how Government works? What about the current climate emergency? Speaking is not required, you are more than welcome to just sit and listen. Ideas for future debates and hot topics are always welcome.
In order to help with preparation for external exams, pupils have the opportunity for additional practise in the aural and theory component of their exams.
There is an array of music ensembles run by the Music School these include: Big Band, Saxophone Ensemble, Brass Ensembles, String Ensemble, Stage Band, Chamber Orchestra. The music department publishes a schedule each term of the clubs and when rehearsals take place.
Philosophy & The Big Question
There are currently two groups for the different years at the school. There is the opportunity to discuss philosophical, ethical and current affairs issues that are of relevance to students today.
Our contemporary choir for all staff and pupils ‘Pop Chorus’ takes place in the Karl Daniels Room in the Music School. Please feel free to arrive when you can, there are no auditions or experience needed and you don’t have to be able to read music. Please just come along and have fun.
This is a pupil-led choir who practise together popular show tunes and attend performances at a variety of the school’s musical events or in the community.
Sub Aqua Club
The club, which is open to Year 10s and above, meets on a Monday night to train for the BSAC Ocean Diver award. This will allow pupils to dive to a depth of 20 metres with a more experienced buddy in Open Water.
The practical training takes place in the school pool from 1900 to 2030, theory sessions are conducted straight after school in Room 13 and last until around 1800. The equipment and training are provided free but there is a small charge of around £35 to join BSAC and to purchase a training pack including a diving manual. Training takes place in the Lent and Summer terms and if pupils successfully pass the assessments at school they have a chance to finish the course in open water.
Those applying to join the club should be competent swimmers and also not have a history of asthma.
The very popular Table Tennis club is held in the sports hall and the club is available to all years and is run by Mrs Caston. You don’t have to be an experienced player – just come along and have fun.