Our pupils enjoyed a taste of university life with a ‘freshers’ style fair event showcasing the 80 clubs, societies, clinics and academic enrichment activities available to enjoy outside of lesson time.
Staff and pupils involved in the various clubs – covering every interest from beginners Greek to taekwondo – set up stalls in the Richard Whiteley Theatre to entice new and returning students to sign up for their favourite activity or try something new.
Seasonal sports sit alongside swimming, cycling, squash, strength and conditioning and many other active, competitive and physical training activities. Music is represented with clubs for flutes, ceilidh band, concert band, orchestra and choirs while budding thespians can immerse themselves in a Shakespeare Festival or major drama productions.
Senior Master, Neil Gemmell, said “It was a big success and the staff did a fantastic job in promoting their clubs along with a number of sixth formers who were also on stalls. It created a lot of interest and excitement for pupils and many signed up for things on the spot. Lots of pupils were keen to try something new like mountain biking, young enterprise or a new language.”
Craft, art, life drawing, cookery, electronics, robotics, computing and media group are all active clubs along with shooting, Combined Cadet Force (CCF) and a wide range of outdoor pursuits options. New clubs being introduced this year include dance group and Chinese language club.
Mr Gemmell added “The co-curricular fair was aimed at getting all pupils to see what was available to them in a format where they could actually see, try, test and find out more. Our co-curricular programme is a really important part of life and learning at Giggleswick. What happens outside the classroom is just as important as what happens in it. It’s about personal development, helping our pupils to build confidence, take responsibility and learn important communication, team work and leadership skills.”