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Sir Harry Smith

Sir Harry Smith Community College

  • Extra Curricular Activities

    Extra Curricular Activities

    We offer students a great many opportunities to play a part in the wider life of the College beyond the classroom. Our extended school provision encompasses many subjects and activities, including the following:
    • The RE department organises annual trips to see places of worship such as St. Paul’s Cathedral in London and has taken GCSE groups to visit Regents Park Mosque. These trips often link with Science and a visit to the London Science Museum takes place on the same day.
    • There is a weekly Gifted and Talented Key Stage 3 art workshop and a GCSE and A Level art workshop. The latter is to help students further their skills in line with the specification they are following in class. The prestigious College Musical productions are open to all students; great for developing self-confidence, self-esteem and widening performance experience. This is also a great way for students to make new friends in other year groups.
    • The PE department runs several sports clubs after school. Team sports such as football, rugby, netball, hockey, cricket and rounders take place from 3.00 p.m. 4.00 p.m. These lead into sports teams that represent the College in fixtures against other schools or are just purely for enjoyment.
    • A weekly STEM club, run by the Science department within the school involves cross curricular projects in Maths, Science and Technology. Projects planned include gliders, rockets and flight, Nature, Nightclubs, Sport and Space.
    • The History department runs a trip for GCSE students to France or Belgium to visit First World War sites. For Year 6 students there is a session on “Building schools from the past to the future”.
    • There is an annual Staff and Sixth Form Pantomime - sixth form students are encouraged to take part in the event by taking on an acting role or working on an aspect of the performance behind the scenes.
    • The English Department, in conjunction with the LRC runs an after school Creative Writing group and the School Newsletter Team. We shadow the Carnegie Book Award and encourage students to enter local and national writing competitions. We also run Shakespeare workshops for students and a debating group.
    • The Music department offers a number of extra-curricular activities, both after school and during lunch times. We try to involve as many students as possible by offering a variety of clubs. Clubs currently on offer are: college band, college choir, brass ensemble, recorder ensemble, saxophone ensemble, Ladies’ barbershop, school of rock, keyboard club, jazz and blues band. Students can also use practice rooms at lunch time and after school to extend their classroom.
    • Learning or to form their own groups. One to-one instrument lessons are offered at the school for the following instruments: saxophone, clarinet, flute, trumpet, trombone, piano, keyboard, drum kit, guitar, violin, viola, bassoon and singing lessons. There is a charge for these lessons.
    • The Supportive Skills department runs parent drop-in sessions for Year 7/8 statemented students. There is a 7/8 SEN Fun Club on Wednesdays - activities include cake baking, quizzes, outdoor ball games, computer games, board games and music & dancing. There is also lunchtime homework/coursework support every day for SEN students or any other students who are struggling.
    • After school, the IT department runs “iClub”, where students can come and learn how to use some of the more advanced software we have on the system, work on collaborative projects such as game development and learn some of the basic skills required to maintain computers on a network.
    • The Duke of Edinburgh scheme is well established in the College, with regular trips and expeditions taking place.
    • Reward trips take place every half term for students whose behaviour and attendance have been excellent. Places visited so far include Activity World, Pizza Hut, England football matches, Mepal outdoor pursuits, bowling, cinema and rugby at Leicester Tigers and Twickenham; to name but a few.