Clubs & Societies
Clubs and Societies
September - December 2018
Please click here for a full list of all clubs and societies for the Autumn Term 2018
Boys are encouraged to join in a range of activities to help them gain the full benefit of their time at Skinners’. The programme of extra-curricular activities for Autumn provides a taster of the diverse range of clubs on offer: Political Club, Chess Club and Junior Choir are some of the clubs offered at lunchtime, with Rugby Training, Basketball and Homework Club after school, plus the regular Computing, Music and Maths clubs. We try to match the activities to the imagination of the boys.
In October of the first term, Year 7 are taken to Bushcraft Company at Hatfield House, Hertfordshire for three days of team building and a chance to see each other and their tutors in a new way! Within the first year they also visit the Globe Theatre and have the chance to work with a professional poet. All of the activities will, we hope, challenge and enrich the lives of our students.
Skinners' Olympiad Maths Club
For more than two years, the Olympiad Maths Club at Skinners' has gone from strength to strength. It provides a stimulating and fun environment for the more able mathematicians to develop their mathematical problem solving skills.
Every year, many pupils across the UK participate in a 'maths challenge' paper, and those who do exceptionally well are invited to participate in the Maths Olympiad - a further set of maths challenges but with very searching questions requiring fully-explained proofs. This club prepares pupils for this rich and rewarding intellectual experience. These challenges/olympiads are run by the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust (see website at www.ukmt.org.uk), who provide a great platform of resources for aspiring school-age mathematicians that stretches them way beyond what they would typically encounter in the classroom.
Open to all pupils from Year 7 to Year 13, the club takes place every other Thursday (week B) from 3.45pm to 5pm in L2. Prospective members should speak to Mr Satow. Regular attendance is vital.
Please click here for an example of the problems we have been looking at this year.
Junior years and beyond
Throughout a boy’s time at Skinners’ his academic and social progress will be carefully monitored and encouraged by his Form Tutor, with support co-ordinated by the Head of Year.
To sustain the level of pastoral care in the middle school, wherever possible, tutors and Heads of Year maintain their contact with their students for Years 9, 10 and 11. Boys benefit from the knowledge and understanding that develop during these keys stages.
During the final two years, a dedicated team of tutors led by the Head of Sixth Form (Mr Fleming) guide the students through their examinations, the university application process and career choices.
After seven years at Skinners’, support for the school continues with membership of the Old Skinners’ Society.
A full range of competitive fixtures is organised throughout the year with most matches taking place on a Saturday morning. Academy groups are organised for gifted and talented sportsmen. Coaching and training sessions occur on weekday evenings.
Middle School Extra Curricular Programme
When boys enter Year 10 they have the option to join the Combined Cadet Force (CCF).
The Skinners’ Combined Cadet Force is one of the longest established contingents to be found in a Maintained School. Although there is a military flavour to their activities, indeed we could not offer many of the outdoor opportunities without the Army’s support, it ought to be emphasised that CCF is a youth organisation and not a junior branch of the Armed Forces.
The emphasis in training is on self-reliance, on teamwork and eventually on developing powers of leadership. All these are vital qualities in themselves, and considerable assets in a young man seeking employment after university. More information can be found on the CCF page - click here.
In all these programmes, the initial commitment is for a period of two years.
...and further afield
For the more adventurous pupils (and staff!) trips to Morocco, Iceland, Madagascar, Costa Rica, India (pictured below), Mexico, Mongolia and Belize have been organised in recent years.