Our pupils enjoyed a taste of university life with a ‘freshers’ style fair event showcasing the 72 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 hobby 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 whether it was taekwondo, or mountain biking, young enterprise or a new language.”
Craft, art, life drawing, cookery, electronics, robotics, computing, photography and videography are all active clubs along with, shooting, Combined Cadet Force and any number of outdoor pursuits options.
Neil said “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.”
Sixth formers were keen to sign up for responsibility roles within activities both to bolster their profiles and have a go at being a leader. This has particularly helped the L6 be more ambitious in their choices and committing to new activities.
Neil added: “The whole thing felt a lot like a university freshers’ fair giving an interesting and exciting atmosphere.”