Clubs & Societies

Updated September 2014 (these are subject to change throughout the year)

Lunchtime Clubs and Clinics

Year 7 Art Club (Miss Kublik and Miss Hayward)

“Make a Monster” Thursdays 12.45–13.15 AR2


Year 7 Latin Club (Mrs Croot)

Fridays 12.45–1.20 Room 21

Learn Latin from scratch (or ab initio, as they say in Latin). It will help you with French and Spanish as well as improving your English. This club is most suitable for those who have not done Latin before and, although it will be fun, be prepared to do some work!

 

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

 

Bridge Club (Miss Connell)
Thursdays 12.45-1.25 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. 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)

Mondays 12.45-1.25 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!

 

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

 

Digital Inventors Club (Mr Goddard)

Tuesdays 12.35-1.25 Room 10.

It is aimed at students who would like to invent something using electronics, coding and rapid prototyping technologies (3D printing). Open to all students but you must come with ideas!

 

7 Xtra club for Year 7s (Mr Oschilewski)
Mondays to Fridays 1.00-1.25 Room 9 Year 7.

Year 7 pupils come to Room 9 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 Club (Mr Lesquerre)

Fridays 12.45-1.25 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!

 

Darwin Club (Dr Donovan)
Thursdays 12.45-1.25 Lab 8 Open to all.

As its name suggests it is going to be aimed at students across all year groups who are interested in Biology. Sixth form students will be assisting in running the group. Activities planned include discussion, investigation, experimentation, competitions and films. There will also be support sessions offered by older students to younger students who are experiencing any difficulties with the subject.

 

Library Challenge Club (Mrs Davy)

Tuesdays 12.40-13.25 Library Open to all.

Challenge yourself  participating in various board games, puzzles and brain teasers. There are termly quizzes with prizes for winning teams or individuals.

 

West Kent Schools’ Themed Book Award (Mrs Musselwhite Steel)

Day (TBC) Meets fortnightly 12.30-1.00 (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)

Thursdays 12.30-1.00 (April-June) Library Y7, Y8 and Y9

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.

 

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 competitions with great success and were the 2008 UK KS3 Champions, 2010 UK KS4 Runners-Up, UK Finalists in 2011 to 2014, as well as winning various one-off national races. The activity is open to Years 7 to 11.

 

The Junior Maths Enrichment Club (Mrs Abu Hayyeh)
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.

 

Music

  • Junior Pops Orchestra: Tuesday 12.45 in MU2 – all instruments and levels of ability are welcome.

  • Ukulele Ensemble Tuesday 12.45-1.15pm in DR2 Open to all years, ukuleles provided, beginners welcome.

  • Drumming Ensemble: Wednesday 12.45pm-1.20 in MU2 - Open to all years, drums provided, beginners welcome.

  • Rock school 1: Wednesday 12.45pm-1.20 in the live room – All years interested in performing in rock bands.

  • Contemporary Vocal Ensemble: Thursday 12.45-1.20 in MU1 – All welcome – no audition is necessary.

  • Soul Band: Thursday 3.45-4.45pm in MU2 - An advanced ensemble for players of grade 3 and above.

  • Rock school 2: Friday 12.45pm-1.20 in MU2 – All years interested in performing in rock bands.


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.

 

Cross Country (Dr Newbold)
These sessions generally take place off-site, with the majority on nearby footpaths and woodland around Southborough, Bidborough and Speldhurst. They generally comprise of steady running of 3-4 miles, with regular regrouping so that a range of ability levels are catered for.  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.

 

Eco Club (Ms Lovera)
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 12.25-1.25 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.

 

Christian Union (Mr Roberts and Mr Goddard)

Monday 12.35-13.25 Room 10 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.

 

Scale Model Making Club (Mr Ash and Mr Roberts)
Fridays 12.35-1.25 Lab 11 Open to all.

 

Fusion drop in’
`Fusion drop-in` in room 44 every lunchtime 12.45–1.15. This is led by sixth formers to support younger students. Please feel welcome to drop in to room 44 and ask a quick question about anything that may be worrying you or ask for more ongoing support for more challenging issues. 

 

Programming Club (Mr Humphrey)

Wednesdays 12:50-1:20 Room 31. We will be looking at Kodu, Python and web development using HTML and CSS. The club is open to Y8 and above. Y10 and 11

 

All Clinics and KS4 & KS5 ‘only’ School Clubs

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.

 

Art Clinic

Open Studios for any students who want to come and work on their Art work.
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 12.45-1.15. AR2

 

Biology Clinic (Mrs Dhanowa)
This club is for AS, A2 and GCSE Biology 12.45-13.25 in lab 7, every Monday lunchtime.

 

Chemistry Clinic (Mr Seabrook and Dr Newbold)
Thursdays 12.45-1.25 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 Lesquerres)
Tuesdays 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, with help from Sixth Formers in Lab 5.

 

English Clinic (Ms Lovera, Mrs Welford and Mr Gould)
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 12.30-1:00 English Dept KS4

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.

 

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

 

Sociology (Mrs Baker)
Academic support and mentoring to Sixth Form Students studying Sociology.

TB3, 12.30-1.30
 

Business Studies (Mrs Taylor)

Tuesdays 1.00-1.25 TB1 GCSE and A Level
A drop in Business clinic for help with homework/projects/exam help or just to re-cap something from a lesson.

 

Maths

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 able 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. 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.

 

Young Enterprise (Mr Jenkins)
Two hours once a week Seminar Room Y12 only.

Two hour meetings once a week and production in October through to July. 12-16 students per company. Speaker competition, Trade Fairs, events and County and National finals.

 

Current Affairs and Debating Society (Mr Hale)
Thursdays 12.45-1.25 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.

Music Clubs and Clinic

  • Senior Pops Orchestra: Monday 12.45 in MU2 – Years 10-13

  • GCSE help: Tuesday 12.45-1.20 in MU1 - For year 10.

  • GCSE help: Wednesday 12.45-1.20 in MU1 - For year 10 – 11

  • GCSE and A level help: Friday 12.45-1.20 in MU1 - For year 10 – 13

     

 

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