Current Parents: Details of the specific days and times of the extra curricular activities can be found on our Community pages here.
St Catherine's is a School where the extra-curriculum is of vital importance to the overall, rounded education offered. For every girl, enjoyment of a set of activities beyond the taught curriculum can enrich and enliven the whole School experience. Skills are learned and either enjoyed for the sheer delight in taking part, or mastered and taken to the highest levels attainable, such as national representation at sport. The choice is that of the individual girl.
A wide selection of activities, clubs and societies is offered and girls are encouraged to spread their wings on arrival and try out new things as well as pursuing those with which they are long familiar. They are also guided in the management of their time as they do this, and tutors will log their activities with them and discuss them. And yes, there will be guidance to hand at the moment when the tough question has to be asked about whether there is too much going on. Or, equally, if there is too little.
A young woman who is involved in extra-curricular activities acquires an additional raft of life skills, and valuable soft skills, as she enjoys her time outside lessons. She works more effectively on her studies in order to enjoy her extra-curricular activities and thus a great work/life balance can be achieved. And in the last analysis, she is far more likely to be showing her grandchildren her school team photos than her textbooks, though the latter may have underpinned a great career.
Click on the image above to see a full list of our enrichment activities, which include:
- Rock Band
- Wind Band
- Chapel Choir
- Art Club
- Modern Dance
- Ballet & Tap
- Ceramics Club
- Board Games Club
- Explore (Christian Union)
- Coding Club
- Middle School Science Club
- Debating & Public Speaking
- Philosophy Club
Sixth Form: Details about what's specifically available for Sixth Form students can be found here.
Duke of Edinburgh's Award
Duke of Edinburgh's Award
Expeditions over the years
Latest DofE News
What St Catherine's Offers:
All of our students are given an opportunity to complete all three levels of the award: Bronze, Silver and Gold. The students are given a huge amount of support from the school staff to encourage them and enable them to complete all of the various sections. The award encourages students to give back to the community whilst exploring all of the various extra-curricular activities available to them.
Our participation rates
Since our Awards programme began in 1989 over 300 St Catherine’s girls have achieved a Gold Award. In 2021-22 girls contributed over 3,757 hours in volunteering time, equivalent to a social value of £17,357.
- Bronze: In year 10 (L5) almost the full year group complete this award
- Silver: In year 11 (U5) 2/3 of the year group take part
- Gold: In Sixth Form over 1/3 of year take part
How the Awards programme benefits our girls
- The girls have fun, make friends, improve their self-esteem and build confidence
- The girls' fitness increases
- They gain essential skills and attributes for life such as resilience, problem-solving, team-working and communication
- The girls themselves feel pride in their accomplishments
- Their Awards on their UCAS Personal Statement and CV evidence skills looked for by employers: leadership, adaptability and organisational skills
- They become socially aware contributors to the community and society as a whole through their volunteering projects
Student Expedition Feedback
|I learnt and recapped how to map read and the importance being ready for all types of weather. It was really fun. Jess||I really enjoyed walking in the countryside on DofE. I was a bit confused about how to read a map at the beginning of the practice exhibition but in the real thing I managed to orientate and read the map for a section of the walk. Scarlett|
|During DofE our group got lost many times unfortunately, but, it did allow us to work together to get out of that situation by identifying where we were and what was around us and finding the most suitable path back on track. Our group managed to be good at crisis control and working as a team to get ourselves out of trouble using our knowledge and places around us. Alice||From DofE I learnt how to plan a route, as well as map reading skills and orientating the map. I also really enjoyed the camping, and cooking without an oven or stove was a new experience! I bonded with several people I did not know that well in my walking group, which was nice. When things went wrong I learnt to keep going and make the best of the situation and work with what you have. Emily|
|You get team work, navigation/map reading skills, resilience and perseverance all out of DofE. Derryn||I think I have gained some good skills in DofE like map reading and compass navigation. I also really liked the team spirit that was created and the team co-operation and the sense of independence for example walking without an instructor. Mabel|
There are four main sections of a DofE programme; Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition.
- Volunteering is about students giving time to help others: the community, the environment or in society.
- Physical is where students choose any sport, dance or fitness activity - anything that requires a sustained level of energy and physical activity.
- Skills is where students prove they have broadened their understanding and increased their expertise in their chosen skill.
- Expedition involves accurate map-reading and route planning, training and completing an unaccompanied, self-reliant expedition with an agreed aim. Students work in groups, cooking all of their meals as well as setting up and maintaining their campsite.
- Residential (Gold only) where students undertake a shared activity with people they do not know in an residential setting away from home in an unfamiliar environment for 5 days and 4 nights.
Gold Award: When students complete their DofE Gold Award, they are invited to Buckingham Palace or St James' Palace and receive their certificate from a member of the royal family. At School, their name is added to the D of E 'Wall of Honour' which inspires younger students to join the scheme.
We are enormously proud of the very large numbers of girls who achieve the full Gold Award while still at school, and of those who complete during their university years.
Residential Visits & Tours
St Catherine's offers girls the opportunity to take part in residential trips and tours in school holidays which underpin academic study or enhance the enjoyment of extra curricular sport and music-making.
Residential Visits & Tours 2016 - 2024
Individual ClarionCall emails are sent to those invited to consider taking part in all these trips/tours, well in advance of the tour itself. This grid is therefore a record of past activities and forecast of the known future plans. Please accept that a past pattern of activity may repeat but may be subject to variation. Trips and tours should not be assumed to be offered ahead if they are not published here.
For current parents who are interested in the potential costs of the trips, please visit our community pages here.