What many schools term ‘extra-curricular’ activities, for us at New Hall forms the ‘Co-Curriculum’, an intrinsic and valued part of what we do educationally. We are committed to providing a first class education and our extended day and week enables us to offer exciting co-curricular opportunities to our students at lunchtimes, after school and on Saturdays. Our co-curricular programme is designed to provide the breadth to the New Hall education that enables us to develop the well-balanced young men and women of which we can all be rightly proud.
The impact that an active involvement in the co-curricular life of the school can have on academic attainment should not be underestimated. Many of the skills developed through co-curricular activities are directly transferable to the academic arena. These include problem-solving, working as a team and performing under pressure in front of an audience. The necessary self-discipline and commitment to practice that are fundamental to success in these areas are also mirrored in the classroom.
It is often said that success breeds success. Achieving high standards within an area of New Hall’s co-curricular programme could develop your son or daughter’s self-confidence within other aspects of their education here.
Our programme of clubs and activities may vary from year to year dependent on student and staff interests; however, the lists below will give you a flavour of the type of activity that has been offered recently at New Hall. For the most up to date list of activities, please refer to the pdf file available above for the current term.
If you have any queries about the Co-Curriculum at New Hall, please contact Mr Sidwell, Vice Principal at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The co-curricular activities available at New Hall include:
- Horse riding
- Chamber Choir
- Close Harmony Group (Voces)
- Guitar Ensemble
- Piano Trio
- Senior Choir
- Senior Orchestra
- String Academy
- Wind Academy
- Year 7 Girls Choir
- Year 7 Boys Choir
- Contemporary Dance
- Dance Choreography
- Drama Workshops
- Jazz Dance
- Tap Dance
Other Recreational and Curriculum Related Activities
- App Development
- Art Club
- Chinese for Beginners
- Conservation Club
- Creative Writing
- Debating and Public Speaking
- Design and Technology
- Film Club
- French Club
- French Current Affairs Video Club
- ICT Club
- Language Study Club
- Mathematics Club
- Programming & Coding
- Science Club
- Study Club
- Voluntary Service
The New Hall Personal Development Award is designed to enable students to maximise the development of their learning habits and character strengths through active participation in co-curricular activities. Much like the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, there are three levels to this Award (Bronze, Silver and Gold), each requiring differing levels of time commitment within the four key areas of spiritual, moral & emotional development, cultural development, physical development and intellectual development. We encourage all students in Years 7-9 to aim to work their way through the three levels of the scheme, with the aim for them to have achieved their Gold Award by the time they enter Year 10. For further details of this award scheme, please download the summary overview document from the link within this section.
Download the New Hall KS3 Personal Development Award| PDF
An integral aspect of the Co-Curriculum at New Hall is the range of educational visits that we offer, both at home and overseas. Our Activities Week programme at the end of the Trinity Term has recently seen our pupils visit such diverse sites as London’s Science & Natural History museums and the Ypres WWI battlefields. During school holidays, recent overseas visits have taken place to all corners of the world, India (Theology), Dubai (Cricket), Iceland (Geography), Pompeii (Classics) & Washington DC (Politics).
This is a voluntary activity open to students aged between 14 and 25, which involves some out of school time commitment. The scheme is intended to develop qualities of maturity and responsibility, which will help students throughout their lives.
There are three awards: Bronze (undertaken in Year 9), Silver (undertaken in Year 11) and Gold (undertaken in Year 12). Each level becomes more demanding of time and effort. The awards are in four sections at each level.
‘Volunteering’ is designed to make students more aware of people in their community.
The categories of volunteering that students can participate in include ‘helping people’, ‘environment’, ‘helping a charity’, ‘community action’ or ‘coaching’. Students can continue their help with the New Hall Voluntary Service, or volunteer in activities they are involved with outside of school.
‘Expedition’ is the section everyone thinks of when the scheme is mentioned. At the Bronze level your son/daughter will be expected to walk approximately 15miles (24km) over two days, carrying everything s/he needs with her/him so s/he is self-sufficient for the duration. S/he will:
- Be trained to pitch tents, read maps, cook on a stove safely; learn to look after themselves and others in their group, with basic first aid and clothes sense
- Complete a practice expedition
- Complete a real expedition
‘Skills’ is an opportunity to learn completely new skills, or develop skills they may already be taking part in. These include music lessons, cookery, performing and creative arts. A diverse range is possible and most students at New Hall find they can simply continue doing something they are already involved in outside of lesson time.
‘Physical’ is usually an activity the students are already involved in outside of lesson time: rugby, football, hockey, netball, cricket, fitness training, riding, and tennis – to name but a few.
For the Bronze Award, students will need to complete one section (excluding the expedition) for a minimum of 6 months, and the other two sections for a minimum of 3 months. They will be required to attend all expedition training sessions as listed in the Co-Curricular booklet.
For the Gold Award, students will need to complete an additional residential section which they will need to plan and undergo individually. This is a five day course where they can learn a skill while building relationships with their peers.
Participation in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme is widely recognised as worthwhile, since it requires both maturity and responsibility in order for successful completion.
Further details can be obtained from Mrs Melissa Dennis, DofE Manager, via email@example.com.