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.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a highly prestigious programme aimed to enrich students’ education beyond academic achievements. Within the programme, there are three awards to aim towards, starting with bronze and developing towards the challenging, yet rewarding, Gold Award. St Catherine’s fully supports any students who want to complete this programme.
Within each stage of DofE, there are four key components: the expedition, volunteering, physical and a skill, as well as gold consisting of a week-long residential trip, all of which give students the opportunity to widen their experience and knowledge outside the classroom.
Bronze Award: The expedition for Bronze DofE consists of two days of walking and one night of camping whilst cooking all your own meals and setting up and maintaining your campsite.
Silver and Gold Award: In Silver and Gold, you do much of the same things but for more days and longer walks. Of course, the expedition can be challenging, possibly due to weather or difficult terrains, but it is also a highly rewarding experience and an opportunity to bond with people in your year group.
As already mentioned, the reward is regarded very highly by universities and employers and it shows perseverance, ability to work in a team and a skill set that would not have otherwise been obtained. Not only this, it is always an incredibly fun experience that is always enjoyed by everyone. You also receive your Gold aware at Buckingham Palace or St James' Palace from a member of the royal family.
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.
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.