Our aim is to offer pupils new interests, to delve more deeply into existing ones and to respond to new challenges, in ways that provide a contrast to their academic pursuits.
Clubs take place during the school week at lunchtime and afterschool and are run mainly by teachers. Several of the clubs, such as Be Green and District Cross-Country training, are run by pupils, giving them organisational and leadership experience in a field that they are interested in.
Some clubs, such as Robotics or Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, work towards a competition or end goal whether others exist just for the joy of self-development and the pursuit of interest.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s award is a nationally recognised scheme to encourage young people to broaden their horizons by participating in a programme of practical, cultural, and adventurous activities.
It has three progressive levels: bronze, silver, and gold and St Chris offers the silver and gold levels.
For each level, a pupil must complete four separate sections: volunteering, to encourage service to others; expedition, to encourage to a spirit of adventure; skill, to encourage the development of personal interests; and physical recreation, to encourage participation in physical activity. The more advanced the level of the award, the greater the time commitment to each of these sections.
At St Chris we offer the silver and gold levels to pupils from Year 10 onwards. Activities such as expedition training run as part of the Thursday Options programme, with expeditions running at weekends.