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In the entries for individual subjects as found in the school prospectus, details of the wide range of extra curricular activities available to students are detailed, but some function independently as described below.
There are a wide range of extra-curricular dance and drama opportunities that all students can get involved in, including lunchtime and afterschool clubs, as well as larger scale performances.
There is a full scale musical production each Spring Term involving large numbers of students in acting, singing, dancing, lighting, the orchestra and various behind scenes activities.
The productions have varied from 'Guys and Dolls' to 'A Chorus Line' and most recently ‘Grease’ (2010), ‘Bugsy Malone’ (2011), ‘Anything Goes’ (2011) with a production of 'Hairspray' in the pipeline for Spring 2013. The highest standards have always been expected and achieved with the musical and they have been met with critical acclaim.
In the Autumn Term students work towards a Drama Festival, a showcase for students from across the school to participate in a range of short devised and scripted plays. In addition to this students also have the opportunity to perform in professional theatres as part of The Shakespeare for Schools Festival and National Theatre Connections Project.
There are a wide range of dance clubs that take part throughout the year including Advanced Dance, Mixed Dance, Street Dance, and a Boys Dance Club. Students have performed as part of Barnet Dance Festival and are preparing for Rock Challenge. A Dance Medley performance takes place every summer term.
In addition to this students have the opportunity to participate in extracurricular workshops and trips.
The Music Department hosts a whole range of concerts. There are several concerts each term, giving members of the School's instrumental and vocal ensembles the opportunity to perform. In addition to this, many students receiving tuition through the peripatetic teachers have the chance to perform as soloists and in smaller ensembles.
The school has an orchestra, three wind bands, four choirs, brass, jazz, guitar, percussion and wind groups and large numbers of students take part in the major musical dramatic production each year. In addition to the concerts throughout the year, the Department also contributes to musical activities within the local community.
Duke of Edinburgh's Award
The school participates in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award. Throughout Years 7 to 11 students are offered a varied programme of outdoor activities in preparation for the Bronze Award. By Years 12 and 13 large numbers of students have moved on to the Silver and Gold Awards, demonstrating a longstanding commitment to providing a community service, considerable independence, resilience and real leadership ability. Students working towards their Gold award are offered the opportunity to participate in World Challenge expeditions, which in recent years have encompassed visits to Nepal, Borneo and Argentina.
The school runs a hugely popular ski trip, which takes place annually during February half term. The trip has been running for many years and has visited various destinations in Europe and North America.
In addition, the school has a debating society, which enters teams successfully in national and local debating contests. Over the years, several religious societies have developed and these continue to thrive.