As well as encouraging pupils to develop academically, the school feels it is important for them to participate in a range of co-curricular activities in order to nurture skills and develop the fully-rounded personality that is the hallmark of the Wilsonian. Whilst we strive to help the students attain excellent grades, our role as educators is equally to help open up their world and provide them with experiences beyond the classroom; for it is these experiences which will make the longest (and arguably most important) impressions on their lives. Top grades will open incredible opportunities academically, but the activities the students partake in outside the classroom will ignite passions, create friendships and instil interpersonal skills such as teamwork, organisation, empathy, patience and motivation that last a lifetime.
We are currently compiling our 2021-22 spreadsheet of co-curricular activities, which will be accessible online, for parents and pupils to view our vast selection of activities. This will be published over the next few weeks and we will let you know about this via SchoolComms. However, clubs and activities have already got off to a roaring start! Every day during morning form times, pupils are shown announcements slides and details about co-curricular activities are advertised here. For instance, this week pupils in various years have been told about (and have already attended) Politics Club, KS3 design club, Chess, Rubik's Cube Club, Robotics Club, Film Club, Classics Club and Pride Society. Over the coming weeks this list will get longer and pupils will have a wide variety of activities to choose from every day of the week. Music ensembles will start from Monday 20 September too.
Over the last 18 months it proved more difficult to run a full range of clubs. Although staff persevered and still managed to run a huge variety or activities, during the periods of home-learning the opportunities for pupils to socialise and get involved alongside their peers were diminished. We therefore urge and encourage pupils this year to make up for lost time and give things a go! Our range of activities are run by dedicated members of staff and sixth formers who give up their own time to ensure the pupils are provided with these co-curricular experiences and opportunities to stretch their minds, make new friends, and develop passions. We are incredibly grateful for this commitment and hope the pupils take advantage of the wonderful range of opportunities they have at their fingertips.