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. The co-curricular programme at New Hall is designed to provide the breadth to the education that enables us to develop the well-balanced individuals.
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.
|Barn Banquet Lunches||The Jazz Initiative||Advanced Contemporary||Michaelmas Term||Drama Club||Academic Projects Club|
|Colombus School||Brass Ensemble||Advanced Gold Jazz||Boys’ Rugby||LAMDA Acting Club||Ancient Greek Club|
|Friday Feast Lunches||Chamber Choir||Advanced Musical Theatre||Girls’ Hockey||LAMDA Musical Theatre||Animal Volunteering|
|Red Cross Lunches||Training Orchestra||AS Level Dance||Netball||LAMDA Public Speaking||Art Club|
|Shaftesbury Group||Music Theory Lessons||Ballet & Pointe||Production Rehearsal||Art Study Club|
|Tuesday Tuck-In Lunches||Saxtet||Boys Street Dance||Lent Term||Astronomy Club|
|Wilderness Group||School Choir||Festival Company||Boys’ Hockey||BBC Young Reporter Club|
|String Ensemble (Invitation)||Jazz (Bronze, Silver & Gold)||Girls’ Cricket – Pre-Season||Bronze Duke of Edinburgh|
|Symphony Orchestra||Jazz Limbering & Technique||Netball||Christmas Cake Club|
|Lyrical||Rugby 7s||DELF Preparation Club|
|Modern||EAL Culture Club|
|Musical Theatre||Trinity Term||EAL Reading Club|
|Street Crew||Boys’/Girls’ Cricket||Economics & Business Affairs Society|
|Street Dance||Rugby Skills (School & Rugby Academy)||Games Club|
|Stretch & Tone||Tennis||Geography Society|
|Gold Duke of Edinburgh|
|Riding Lessons Tue / Thu||History Society|
|Skiing Sunday||Library Study|
|Mandarin for Beginners|
|Med Soc & Bio Soc|
|Model United Nations|
|Public Speaking & Debating Skills Club|
|Silver Duke of Edinburgh|
At New Hall School we are delighted to be able to offer all three levels of The Duke of Edinburgh Scheme. They are accessible to all students, both day and boarders and the Awards offer the opportunity for students to develop themselves in various ways, in leadership, in learning new skills, enhancing current skills and exploring the countryside on expeditions both locally and further afield.Duke of Edinburgh Award
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.
Highly sought after by potential employers and university admissions, the Gold Award is the most challenging of the Award scheme. At this level numbers are restricted to 20, although dependent on registrations each year, this is reviewed. The most challenging section of this award is the expedition which takes place in mountainous areas of the UK including the Brecon Beacons and the Dark Peak. They are expertly run and assessed by Adventure Expeditions, the registered approved activity provider, that we use at this level.
At Gold, students must complete volunteering, physical and skills sections but they are also required to attend a Residential of 5 days and 4 nights, away from friends and family, making new friendships. The list of opportunities for the Residential is endless from outdoor activity centres, sailing on the tall ships, volunteering on camps to overseas volunteering and study/revision camps and at a range of costs to suit all pockets.
For each Award, the school staff offer guidance and support; should students want to fundraise to help with costs, then we actively encourage them to do so. Students are expected to complete their Awards within the given time frame and those students who register for the Gold Award are required to complete during the two years of Sixth Form.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme creates memories that will last a lifetime, builds friendships and offers challenges that shape personalities and characters. Will you rise to the challenge?