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Clubs and Societies

Acts 29 Club

Christian Fellowship in the Chaplaincy Room: Monday @ 1.45pm.

 

Amnesty Youth Group

This is for 6th formers who meet on Monday lunchtime as an amnesty youth group to discuss issues pertaining to human rights and campaign against injustice.  The group meets in SF6 and overseen by Mr Laven.

 

Board Games Club

This is overseen by 6th formers and takes place at lunchtime for Years 7-9 on Thursdays in LG1.

 

Book Club (KS3)

Following the successes of the Carnegie Shadowing Group and the KS5 Book Club, the English department has introduced a book club for students in Years 7, 8 and 9.  The club will provide students with an opportunity to discuss literature in a less formal environment, promoting the importance of reading for pleasure across the key stage.

 

Book Club (KS4 & 5)

This is open to students in Year 10 and above, who have an interest in reading and follows the format of an informal ‘reading group’.  We meet Friday lunchtimes over coffee to discuss a text the group has chosen which reflects their personal interests.  The society is useful if you want to broaden your reading or are applying to read English at university.

 

Carnegie Shadowing Group

This club is a reading group aimed at Years 7, 8 and 9; joining schools across the country in shadowing the Carnegie Medal, a national award that is given to the best teenage fiction of the year.  When the shortlist is publically announced, the group replicates the actual process by judging the quality of the shortlist through group discussions and by posting reviews online.  Students can read as many books from the shortlist as they wish.

 

Chaplaincy Room (next to SF7)

This is a quiet retreat room accessible by all students (and staff) for quiet prayer, meditation or contemplation during morning break and lunchtimes.  Further details available from the school Chaplain and also check out the Chaplaincy noticeboards and the link on the school website under curriculum.

 

Christian Lunchtime Prayer (Chaplaincy on the Chatham site)

This is a 15 minutes ecumenical prayer for students and staff.

 

Chess Club

Chess Club is for Years 7- 9 and welcome all abilities.  It is held in FF1 on Thursday lunchtime and we intend to see what competition is out there to pit our wits against.

 

Debating Society

The Debating Society is run by Year 12 and 13 at lunchtime.  It assembles in a Westminster format (i.e. Chairman and two speakers for, and two speakers against the motion) and meets in AL1 on Tuesdays.  Sixth formers will usually chair the meetings (a member of staff shall be present throughout proceedings).  All students welcome to attend, and speakers from all year groups will hopefully have had opportunities to debate by the end of the year.

 

Dodgeball Club

This is for boys only (sorry girls) in Years 7-9 and takes place Tuesday lunchtimes in the Chatham Gym and is run by 6th formers.

 

Eucharist (Holy Communion)

Once a term in the Chaplaincy Room

 

General Knowledge Quiz Clubs

There are two of these, one on each main school site, for Years 7 & 8 and Year 13 and below.  A club offering the opportunity of pitting your wit and developing your general knowledge in the hope that teams of four can be put together to enter The Schools Challenge which is a national quiz.  See Mrs Newton for further details.

 

Geography KS3 Study Club

This provides support to catch up with class work and homework alongside the opportunity to explore areas of interest in greater depth and led by a member of the geography department.  Laptops are usually available to support the work.  Normally runs during lunchtime from 1.55 - 2.25pm. 
Look out for further details on posters or ask your geography teacher.

 

Geography KS4 Study Group

This provides support to catch up with class work, complete homework, solve any course related problems and a space to get some work done!  Computers are usually available to support students and the session is led by a geography teacher.  Normally runs during lunchtime from 1.25-1.25pm. 
Look out for further details on posters or ask your geography teacher.

 

Greenpower

Greenpower is a science and engineering project where students design, build and race an electric car.  It is run as an after-school club.  We attend races around the country with students from Year 7 to Year 13 taking part.  Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School is one of the country’s best teams with our car usually in the top ten of around 250 schools taking part.

 

Homework Clubs

Lower School

This takes place after school for Years 7, 8 & 9 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3.30 - 4.30pm in the library at the Chatham site.  Members of support staff and a prefect (when available) are on hand in the library where students also have access to computers.

Upper School

This takes place after school for Years 10 & 11 Monday to Thursday in the library at the Clarendon site from 3.30 - 4.30pm.  Members of support staff and a prefect (when available) are on hand in the library where students also have access to computers.

 

ICT Club

This takes place in FF6 from Monday to Thursday at lunchtime.  The club provides students an opportunity to catch up on work where needed, carry out some extra research or just to complete homework!

 

Languages Club

There is a French and Spanish club at lunchtime run by the Foreign Language Assistants.  This is a fun club which helps students in Years 7-9 discover more about the culture of French and Spanish speaking countries as well as giving them chance to practise speaking, play games and meet people from other countries.

 

Lego League Club

This STEM club run by the DT department meets between 3.30 – 4.30pm on Monday afternoon and is available to all students in Years 7, 8 and 9.  Students get the chance to customise and program NXT Lego Robots to perform tasks and navigate an environment.  This group will then compete locally in the First Lego League challenge with the potential to compete nationally.  We hope to run an internal competition Girls v Boys!!

 

Life Drawing

Life drawing sessions will be available for Year 13 art students to develop their skills and help build an excellent portfolio of work.

 

Maths in Motion

A group of up to 30 students from Years 7 to 13 gather weekly after school to race Formula 1 cars on a software based simulation package.  Grouped in teams of two, they work as a racing pit-team, analysing a race circuit, optimising the mechanical settings for the car, deciding on fuel loadings and the tyre changes needed for a full Grand Prix race.  The cars have to qualify for a grid position, and a variable weather forecast adds an extra dimension to their decisions.  At each stage, the teams use various mathematical concepts to calculate the optimum car configuration.  Adding in the fact that all of this has to be completed in limited time; the weekly race becomes a very competitive event!  We follow the actual F1 racing calendar for 18-20 weeks, and compete in the international competition in March each year.  Sponsored by Jaguar Land Rover Cars, over 1000 schools participate each year and we have been very successful in this competition over the past 11 years.  On nine occasions we have had at least one team reach the International Final, and each one has ultimately finished in the top three of their age group.  In 2009 we were overall Champions and most recently in June 2015, our team came second.  The club is based in room R10 and takes place every Tuesday from 3.30 - 4.45pm. No prior racing knowledge is needed - just enthusiasm.

 

Music

There are over 20 musical ensembles rehearsing weekly at the school ranging from choirs (junior boys, junior girls and flute), junior ukulele, steel pans, rock bands, junior band, advanced vocals, karaoke club, barbershop, guitars, jazz and more!  These are held at Break, lunchtime as well as after school.  Further details available from the Music Department section on the school website and from the following Ensembles’ timetable:

 

 

Lunchtime

1.40-2.20pm

After School

3.30-4.30pm

Monday

 

String Ensemble (ALG)

 

Steel Pans (JC) (MU1)

 

 

Senior Wind Band* (MOH)

 

Show Rehearsal (tba)

Tuesday

 

Intermediate Wind Band (Grades 1-3) (MOH)

 

Show rehearsal (tba)

 

Joint Choir

In Chatham Dining Hall

 

(Percussion School in evening for members)

 

Wednesday

 

Vocalize* (a cappella group) (MOH)

 

Steel Pans (JC) (MU7)

 

 

 

(staff meetings or parents evenings)

 

Steel Pans (JC) (MU7)

 

Thursday

 

Advanced Vocal Ensemble* [AVE] (MOH)

 

 

 

Show rehearsal (tba)

Friday

 

Ukelele Club (MOH)

 

Junior Choir

 

 

Jazz Band* (ALG/OCG)

 

 

Philosophy Club  

Lunchtime @ the Clarendon site

 

Reflective Prayer (Chaplaincy on the Chatham site)

This is a 15 minutes ecumenical prayer for students and staff on Thursday @ 1.45pm.

 

RS KS3 Homework Club (SF7)

This is for catching up with class work and homework including time for revision. 

 

Science Club (KS3)

The club is for Years 7 & 8 with selected Year 9.  Activities will include looking at dinosaurs, insects, forensics, carrying out some dissections and going out of doors looking at plants and animals and possibly some exploding chemistry!  All in all interesting science that is not totally curriculum related!

 

Specialist Art Work Shops for Exam Groups

Specialist workshops for exam groups are run after school.

These will include - Oil Painting, textile processes, photography and sculpture.

On Wednesday afternoons there will be more workshops to include sessions run by visiting professional artists.

 

Sport/Physical Activity

Sport is an integral part of school life.  Throughout the year, we offer numerous opportunities for students to become engaged in sport.  Our competitive sporting calendar is enviable, including Saturday fixtures and mid week inter-school matches.  We compete in all major school sports as well as providing other opportunities in activities such as fitness where students can gain a positive practical experience in a non competitive environment.