This term we are really delighted to have been able to quickly adapt our clubs and societies to run remotely and some extra-curricular favourites from the summer are joined by some interesting fresh initiatives. One benefit of running our clubs online is that we do not have to keep the pupils in their year-group bubbles, so that girls of different ages can foster valuable interactions across the years.
Debating has flourished online and our regular debating clubs are as popular as ever and we have also added a Public Speaking club. Sports clubs offered include netball, hockey, cricket, strength and conditioning, and yoga and we also have a new Sporting Heroes Club where students and staff can share and discuss the sportsmen and women who have inspired them. The PE department have also launched the Wellness Workout Challenge which encourages students to go outside for their exercise to either run, walk, cycle, or scoot for 30 minutes and then record and submit their mileage (achieved within the 30 minutes). Parents can also show their support by joining in the challenge too and members of staff will also be dusting off their trainers to take part. We can’t wait to see how many miles we can accumulate.
For our science enthusiasts, alongside the regular STEM, Iris and Bio-Med societies there is a new opportunity for our Lower School ‘Biology Inventors’ to work in small teams with the Sixth Formers to develop a biology-themed card game inspired by the human cell atlas project. The winner of this national competition will work with an expert game designer to transform the idea into a real product.
The English and Maths clubs have their regular slots alongside Economics, Geography, Philosophy, Global Politics, Classics and the many language societies including China Club.
However, the non-curricular clubs are equally popular especially the Baking Club which is a lockdown favourite and run by self-proclaimed enthusiastic novice, Miss Brennan, from the PE department. All students are invited to join our virtual choir rehearsals and beginners as well as more experienced singers are warmly welcome with sheet music, lyrics, demos and backing tracks provided to help pupils learn their parts remotely. The first song they will be learning is ‘Lovely Day’ by Bill Withers in preparation for participation in a virtual performance with singers around the country on 2nd February. We’re sure that this will be an uplifting event for everyone who takes part.