Extra-curricular activities play an important role in encouraging students to become a meaningful part of different communities. While our celebrated actors are rehearsing for our school musical, you will find a dedicated team of students from different year groups busily creating the set and props in the DT room with every spare minute they can find; you’ll find a smaller team in the hall over an iPad planning the lighting for the performance. Staff are always around to advise and excite, but the students take the lead on these projects and take responsibility for their contribution.
Our open days are always staffed by teams of student volunteers keen to give up a Saturday to show off their school and meet new students; they speak animatedly about their PGL residential, varied Duke of Edinburgh expeditions and explain what STEAM club is (it’s where Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths collide!).
A typical lunchtime will see a member of staff and two students from different years meet in the lunch queue and discuss the Dance Club’s performance in the previous evening’s Winter Concert; despite none of them having performed this time, all attended in their free time to support peers and be inspired by the developing talents on show. Other students can be found discussing book choices in the newly expanded fiction library, learning from older students what their next book choice might be given what they’ve already enjoyed; they might equally do this via our school ‘Book Blog’ on our Moodle community.
Students are also encouraged to take their place in the local community through various charitable endeavours: we have annual lunches with the residents of a local nursing home and have invited in users of local homeless services to encourage students to understand the struggles of others and involve themselves in improving the world around them.