Co-Curricular

Clubs & Clinics

Lunchtime Clubs and Clinics

September 2017 

Art – Open Studios (Art Dept Staff)
Open Studios for any students who want to come and work on their Art work.
Tuesdays, Wednedsays and Thursdays, 12.45-13.15, Art Dept.

Chess Club (Mr Lesquerre)
Thursdays, 12.35-13.25, Lab 5, beginners and all years welcome.

Bridge Club (Miss Connell)
Thursdays, 12.45-13.25, M4, open to all.
Bridge is good way to develop thinking skills and is a very sociable game. Bridge Club caters for pupils of all ages and abilities. Most members are new to the game and the aim is to improve over the course of the year.

Cross Country Club
Every Friday 15.45-16.45, from 22 September, Years 7-8. Meet outside the changing rooms.

Drama Club (Mrs Rose)
Mondays, 12.45-13.25, Drama Studio open to all.
Students who take an interest in drama can come along and take part in various games and activities designed to develop and enhance their theatrical knowledge and acting skills… and have fun!

Homework Club (Mrs Mason)
Wednesdays in Room 27. 12:30-13:00.

Vex Robotics (Mr Hamilton)
Tuesdays, 12:30-13:25, Lab 2, Year 8.

Scale Model Making Club (Mr Ash and Mr Roberts)
Fridays, 12.35-13.25, Lab 11, Open to all.

Lego Robotics (Mr Smith and Mr Neave)
Wednesdays, 12.35-13.25, Room 10, Year 7 and Year 8. It is aimed at lower school students who have an interest in robotics and programming. Robots are built from Lego Mindstorms NXT kits and teams compete to perform challenges both within school and at the annual First Lego League.

ICT and Computing Clinic (Mr Humphrey)
Wednesdays, 12:50-13:20, Room 31. Help is available to students with programming and ICT issues. These can be issues relating to class work or homework and is open to all year groups.

ICT Club (Mr Smith)
Computer room 33 is open every lunchtime at 12:45-13:15. Priority given to students wanting to complete work/homework.

Science Club (Mr Lesquerre)
Tuesdays, 12.45-13.25, Lab 5, Open to all.
The aim is to involve students in small, quick and fun science projects to develop their practical skills and learn some theory at the same time!

BBC School Report (Mrs Calvert)
Year 9 – Wednesday lunchtimes in Room 45. Starts end of September.

Media Studies clinic (Mrs Calvert)
GCSE and A Level clinic Thursday lunchtimes in Room 43.

Biology Clinic 1 (Mrs Dhanowa)
This group is aimed at KS3 and KS4 students. Tuesdays, 12.45 in Lab 7.

Biology Clinic 2 (Mrs Dhanowa)
This club is for A Level Biology. Mondays, 12.45 in Lab 7.

Medicine Club (Dr Donovan)
This club is aimed at Year 12 and 13 students interested in applying for Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science or Biomedical Sciences. Fridays 12.45 - 13.25, Lab 8. 

Chemistry A Level Clinic (Mr Seabrook)
Tuesdays, 12.45-13.30, Lab 1.

Chemistry GCSE Clinic (Dr Sturley and Mr Haffenden)
Chemistry Clinic offers Academic support via mentoring for Chemistry GCSE and A-Level. Volunteer Sixth Formers help. Wednesdays, 12.45-13.30, Lab 4.

Physics clinic (Mr Lesquerre)
Physics Clinic welcomes students with any sort of queries related to the subject. They will be provided with support for their projects or homework and help in understanding new concepts. Volunteer Sixth Formers help. Fridays, 12.40-13.25, Open to all, Lab 5.

Book Clubs

South East Schools’ Themed Book Award (Mrs Musselwhite Steel)
Meets fortnightly, 12.30-13.00. Day to be arranged. (October to March), Library - Open to all. Involves reading five books from either a Teens category or Young Adult. There is a chance to make a trailer of one of the books and there is a celebration evening shared with local schools at which an author will speak and take questions.

Carnegie Shadowing Group (Mrs Musselwhite Steel)
Meets weekly 12.30-13.00. Day to be arranged (April-June), Library - Years 7, 8 and 9.
Schools around the country, shadow the judging process for the prestigious Carnegie Medal, awarded for literature written for young people. At TWGSB, our shadowing group reads the 8 shortlisted books, meets weekly to discuss the books, eat biscuits and prepare for an inter school debate with TWGGS, Skinners and SKA.

Music

  • GCSE Composition Clinic: Monday 12.45-13.25, Years 10 and 11, MU2.
  • Wind Ensemble: Monday 12:30-13:00, all years, Live Room.
  • Beginners Guitar (starts November); Monday 13:00-13:30, MU1
  • Brass Ensemble: Tuesday 13:00-13:30, all years, MU2.
  • KS4 and KS5 Composition help: Tuesday 13:00-13:30, Years 10-13.
  • Rock School 1: Tuesday 13:00-13:30, all years, Live Room.
  • Contemporary Vocal Ensemble: Wednesday 13:00-13:30, all years.
  • Rock School 2: Thursday 13:00-13:30, Year 9, Live Room.
  • Big Band: Thursday 12:45-13:25, all years, MU1.
  • Soul Band: Thursday 15:45-16:45, Minimum Grade 4 Standard, MU2.
  • Rock School 3: Friday 12:45-13.25, all years, MU2.
  • KS3 Catch up: Friday 13:00-13:30.


PE/Sport (Mr Downing)
The PE department run sports clubs throughout the year. In the spring and winter terms the boys can enjoy football, rugby, basketball and badminton clubs. In the summer terms there are tennis, cricket and athletics clubs. In the sixth form, students have the benefit of the St Johns Leisure centre swimming pool. The clubs are open to all regardless of ability. Pease see our weekly fixtures and practices list on the website.

French Skills Club (Mrs Moreau)
Have fun with quizzes and crosswords, and GCSE oral practice. Date and Times tbc.

Spanish Club (Mrs Bainbridge)
Come and practice your spanish. Dates and Times tbc.

History Club (Mr Rockell) - this will start in January
Mondays, 12.45-13.25, Room 41, Years 7-11.
If you are passionate about History and would like to discuss particular events or people and help display some of the departments artefacts from both World Wars come to History club.  Teachers will also be available to help with assessed assignments and GCSE questions as well as different revision techniques.

Debating Society (Mr Strongman, Mr Mason and Mr Chisolm)
We will debate important issues facing society. This is an excellent opportunity to come and listen to different points of view and develop your ability to discuss issues and put across your arguments. Thursdays 12.45-13.25, Room 41, Open to Years 9 - 13.

Philosophical Fictions (Mr Southgate)
This is an opportunity for KS3 students to explore issues contained in Religion, Philosophy and Ethics through film and the media. In each session we will focus on a film, clip or any type of popular media which will fuel a debate or discussion exploring the key ethical issues and philosophical ideas. The students will have the opportunity to use their own knowledge and any information learned in lessons. This will help students grow in confidence, improve public speaking skills and provide them with a deeper understanding of the world around them. Wednesdays, 12:30–13:00, Room 46, Years 7-9.

Religion and Philosophy Lunchtime Workshops (Mrs Hawkes)
These workshops are run in order to help improve your GCSE and A level grades, through group discussions and debates. We will also be going through exam technique and have an open forum to discuss certain aspects of the course in further depth and to ask meaningful questions in a more informal learning environment.

From January onwards:

  • Tuesdays - Year 13, Philosophy and Ethics – Room 47
  • Wednesdays -  Year 12, Philosophy and Ethics – Room 47
  • Fridays - Year 11, RE GCSE Revision – Room 47

English ‘drop in’ Clinic: 12.30-13:00

  • Ms Lovera: Tuesdays E6
  • Mrs Burns: Thursdays E3
  • Mr Gould: Fridays E1

Any pupil who feels they need a little extra input or has specific questions that need answering regarding their class work or exam preparation.

English 'Write Club' (Mrs A Herlihy)
Play games with words and use a range of materials for inspiration to start to create a portfolio of pieces – from poetry, through fiction and non-fiction prose to scripts. All Welcome, Thursdays 12.55-1.25 in E4

Maths Clinic
Maths Clinic is on Monday in M1 and Wednesday in M4 at 12 30.
Under staff supervision, sixth formers offer individual or small group help to pupils in Years 7-11, but sixth formers are always welcome to come for help themselves. Pupils usually drop-in but may choose to arrange appointments. By making an appointment it is possible to arrange for a pupil to work over several sessions with the same sixth former.

'Maths in Motion’ – Grand Prix racing (Mr Lund)
We hold our own Grand Prix season using the “Maths in Motion” software. The activity is open to Years 7 to 11. Thursdays and Fridays 12:45-13:20, in M6.

UKMT Junior Team Maths Challenge (Mrs Hayyeh)
From January onwards, this club meets at various times through the year and is often a way for a student to get involved in various national and local competitions and events. Friday lunchtimes, Years 7 and 8 in M5.

National Cipher Challenge (Mr Morris)
Sponsored by IBM and GCHQ amongst others and run by Southampton University, the Cipher Challenge runs from October to January. TWGSB often has one of the largest entries from Kent. It attracts students who enjoy using mathematics and computing in novel and interesting ways. Students work in teams to break ciphers of increasing complexity, with points awarded for accuracy and speed. The competition is open to everyone from Year 7 to Y13, but it is recommended that anyone contemplating studying maths or a maths-related subject at university should participate in the competition. Support and guidance is provided on Thursdays, from 12:40-13:20 in NB1.

The Sixth Form Maths Club (Mr Morris)
The Club is open to pupils of all abilities in the sixth form and fulfils a number of roles. First, it provides a drop-in support service for students who need help with their AS/A2 work. Second, there will be occasions when we look at how Maths developed and some uses of Maths in the “real world”, often encountering topics outside of the A-Level syllabus. Third, the Club helps prepare students for the various individual and team competitions that we participate in, including those run by the UK Maths Trust. Finally, the Club provides tuition and support for students wanting to sit additional examination papers, such as STEP, MAT and Advanced Extension Award. The Club Meets in NB1 on Tuesdays from 12:40-13:00.

Maths A Level Support
Tuesdays in M4 (Miss F Connell) and Wednesdays in M1 (Mrs Gillan).

Business and Economics clinics (Mr Ross, Mr Crothers and Mr Cowley)
Wednesday lunchtimes – GCSE and A Level, TB2.

Young Enterprise (Mr Crothers)
Tuesdays, two hours once a week, TB3, Year 12 only.
Two hour meetings once a week and production in October through to July. Speaker competition, Trade Fairs, events and County and National finals.

Model United Nations General Assembly (MUNGA) (Mr Rockell)
Tuesdays 12:45 in NB3 for Years 12/13.
This is an inter-school competition involving representing different nations at a pretend UN General Assembly held in the Town Hall. This will not only help your studies especially if you are taking history or politics or business, but beef up your UCAS application.

Eco Club (Dr Sturley)
Mondays, 12.25-13.25, Lab 4, Open to all.
This club is for keen Eco Warriors who want to help improve the school’s environmental audit. Activities include the allotment, recycling, renewable energies and biodiversity.

Christian Union (Mr Carr and Mr Roberts)
The school Christian Union is open to students from all year groups to attend whether professing Christians or not. The club provides an opportunity for Christian fellowship and support as well as a forum for those investigating the Christian faith. Tuesdays, 12.45-13.20, Seminar Room. All welcome.

Extended Project Qualification (Mrs Fernandez)
Support for Sixth Form EPQ candidates, Monday lunchtimes, Room 43.

Young Carers (Mrs Cameron)
A young carer is someone aged 18 or under who helps look after a parent or sibling who has a condition, such as a disability, illness, mental health condition, or a drug or alcohol problem. Some people start caring at a very young age and don't really realise they are carers. Other young people become carers overnight. This club will be fortnightly (week 1) in room 31 on Mondays

Mindfulness (Mrs Cameron)
Fortnightly (week 2) in room 31 on Mondays - Open to all.