Clubs & Societies

Updated September 2013 (but subject to change throughout the year)

Art Clinic (Miss Kublik)
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 12.45-1.25.  Open to all.
Open Studios for students who want to come and work on their Art work.

Art Club (Miss Kublik)
Wednesdays 12.45-1.25 open to all.
Build a Bug (3-D Papier-mâché).

Chess Club (Mr Lesquerre)
Thursdays 12.35-1.25 in Lab 5. Beginners and all years welcome.

Bridge Club (Miss Connell)
Thursdays 12.45-1.25 in M4. Beginners and all years welcome.
Bridge is good way to develop thinking skills and is a very sociable game.  Most members are new to the game and the aim is to improve over the course of the year. The basic rules are given and the players improve by learning to count the cards and thinking about how to play the hands.

Drama Club (Mrs Rose)
Thursdays 12.45-1.25 in the 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!

English Clinic (Ms Lovera)
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 12.30-1.00 in the English Dept.
Any KS4 pupil who feels they need a little extra input or has specific questions that need answering regarding their controlled assessments or exam preparation.

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Graphic Xtra (Mr Stevens)
Fridays 12.35-1.25 in the Design Studio. Open to all.
Students can come to the Design Studio to develop hand and ICT skills in producing commercial drawings and Designs. This can include greetings cards or different styles of packaging/presentation materials. Older students are encouraged to come and use the time on their coursework and are encouraged to mentor the younger students.

Graphic Products (Miss Zachary)
Thursdays 12.55-1.25 in Room 6 Years 9, 10, 11.
Set design/scale model-making. Students will develop skills in the visual interpretation of a text in order to design and build a scale model of a developed design idea. Students will be asked to cover the cost of materials used.

Lego Robotics (Mr Goddard)
Wednesdays 12.35-13.25 in Room 10. KS3.
This club 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.

Electronics (Mr Goddard)
Thursdays 12.35-1.25 Room 10. It is aimed at students who need to catch up on project work or those who would simply like to develop their interest in electronics.

Young Engineers (Mr Tull)
Every lunchtime 1.00-1.25 in Room 8. Open to all.
Students come in and use the school workshop facilities to build practical projects of their choice. Sometimes coursework projects are taken further or work is just caught up with from lessons. In the past students have built large projects such as a Go Kart. Students will be asked to cover the cost of the materials used.

7 Xtra Club (Mr Oschilewski)
Mondays 1.00-1.25 in  Room 9. Year 7 only.
Year 7 pupils come to develop and reinforce skills for resistant material lessons. This can include further developing core skills, working on tasks started in lesson or even starting their own mini projects guided by the teacher.

Science

Biology Clinic (Mrs Danowa)
Mondays 12.45-1.25 in Lab 7. GCSE and A Level.

Chemistry Clinic (Mr Seabrook and Dr Newbold)
Wednesdays 12.45-1.25 in Lab 1. GCSE and A Level.
Chemistry Clinic offers Academic support via mentoring for Chemistry GCSE and A-Level. Volunteer Sixth Formers help.

Physics Clinic (Mr Lesquerre and Ms Jones)
Fridays 12.45-1.25 GCSE and A Level.
Physics Clinic is a lunchtime club offering Academic support via mentoring for Physics GCSE and A-Level. It will be run weekly by Mr Lesquerre and Ms Jones, with help from Sixth Formers in Lab 5 with Mr Lesquerre and Lab 3 with Ms Jones.

Library Challenge (Mrs Davy)
Tuesdays 12.40-13.25. Open to all.
This club aims to extend the use and enjoyment of the Library and its resources. A variety of activities are on offer including reading and book discussion, board games, puzzles, quizzes and origami.

Library Book Clubs (Mrs Musselwhite Steel)
October-March Wednesdays (fortnightly) 1.00-1.25 Open to all.
We will be running the West Kent Book Award Club (1.00-1.30pm).

April-June Wednesdays 1.00-1.25 Years 7, 8 and 9.
Carnegie Shadowing

Maths (for details of days and times please speak to your maths teacher)

‘Maths in Motion’ – Grand Prix racing (Mr Young and Mrs Johnston)
We hold our own Grand Prix season using the “Maths in Motion” software. Pupils can work on their car set-ups and conduct practice laps Monday-Thursday at lunchtimes in M1 in preparation for the race on Friday. We also take part in the Jaguar-sponsored national and international competitions with great success, and were the 2008 UK KS3 Champions and 2010 UK KS4 Runners-Up, as well as winning various national races and international races. The activity is open to Years 7 to 11.

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. It attracts able students who enjoy using mathematics and computing in novel and interesting ways. Students work in teams to break ciphers of increasing complexity. Four weeks is allowed for the Final Round, which perhaps indicates its level of difficulty. It should appeal to able students in Years 10-13, and it is recommended that anyone in the sixth form contemplating reading maths or a maths-related subject at university should participate in the competition. Support and guidance is provided at lunchtimes by Mr Morris 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. Firstly, it provides a drop-in support service for students who need help with their AS/A2 work. Secondly, 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. Thirdly, the Club is used to help students prepare for the various individual and team competitions that we take part 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 and Advanced Extension. The Club Meets in NB1 and/or NB2.

Junior Maths Enrichment Club (Mrs Abu Hayyeh and Mrs Girdlestone)
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. In recent years, for example, the Club has participated in various challenges set by universities here and in America, and in the UK Team Challenge.

Maths Clinic
Your maths teacher will let you know when the Maths Clinic is due to start this term.
Under staff supervision, sixth formers offer individual or small group help to pupils in Years 7-11. 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.

Music

  • Contemporary Vocal Ensemble: Mondays 12.45-1.20 in MU2. Years 7 to 11, no audition is necessary.
  • GCSE Clinic Mondays 12.45-1.20 in MU1. Year 11.
  • Pops Orchestra Tuesdays 12.45 in MU2. All instruments and levels of ability are welcome.
  • Ukulele Orchestra Tuesdays 12.45-1.15 in MU1. Open to all years, ukuleles provided, beginners welcome.
  • Guitar Ensemble Beginners Wednesdays 12.45-1.15 in MU2. Beginners to Grade 3 playing a range of music for acoustic guitar. You may borrow a school guitar.
  • Drumming Ensemble Wednesdays 12.45-1.20 in Dr1. Open to all years, drums provided, beginners welcome.
  • Sixth Form and Staff combined choir Thursdays 12.45-1.20. For Years 12 and 13, no audition is necessary.
  • Jazz Band Thursdays 3.45-4.45 in MU2. An advanced ensemble for players of Grade 3 and above.
  • Rock School Fridays 12.45-1.20 in MU2. All years interested in performing in rock bands.
  • GCSE and A level Clinic Fridays 12.45-1.20 in MU1. For Years 10 to 13.

PE/Sport (Mr Downing and the PE Team)
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.

Cross Country (Dr Newbold)
These sessions take place on the school playing fields. They include intervals, parlaufs, fartleks and time trials. Meet Friday after school, ready changed, at the steps by the changing rooms at 3.45. Sessions finish by 4.30. Open to all pupils. The sessions will prepare pupils for inter-school competition including the English Schools’ Cup and County Championships.

Programming Club (Mr Humphrey)
Wednesdays 12.50-1.25 in Room 31. Open to all.
We will look at Scratch, Kodu and HTML.

Eco Club (Ms Lovera)
Every lunchtime except Tuesdays 12.25-1.25 in E6. Open to all.
This club is for keen Eco Warriors who want to help improve the school’s environmental audit. Activities, including the allotment, recycling, renewable energies and biodiversity.

Oxbridge Application Support Group (Mr Eaves)
Wednesdays 12.30-1.25 in E4.

Thirst (Mr Roberts and Mr Goddard)
Monday 12.35-1.25 in Room 46. Open to all.
Thirst is the school Christian Union and 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.

Sociology
Academic support and mentoring to Sixth Form Students studying Sociology.
Mondays (Mrs Baker) 12.30-1.25 in TB3
Tuesdays (Mrs Sandhu) 12.30-1.25 in TB4

Scale Model Making Club (Mr Ash and Mr Roberts)
Fridays 12.35-1.25 in Room 37. Open to all.

Touch Typing (Mrs Partridge)
Thursdays 12.35-1.25 in Room 31. Open to boys in Year 7, 8 and 9.

Current Affairs and Debating Society (Mr Hale)
Thursdays 12.45-1.25 in Room 42. Open to Years 10, 11, 12 and 13.
This club is specifically focussed on discussing politics, philosophy and contemporary issues in a variety of debating format. Mr Mason and Mr Chisholm often lend support.

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