It is never too early or too late to take on extra activities. Not only are these great fun, but they will really help you stand out against the crowd when you apply for university or for jobs. Taking part in clubs either in and out of school will help you develop transferrable skills, gain confidence, and learn more about what you really enjoy. Music, sports, arts, Guides, volunteering, Duke of Edinburgh: Try something new and you won’t regret it.
Years 7, 8 and 9
A wide variety of activities go on within Tutor Time and the Enrichment lesson which allow students to experience responsibility and leadership such as charity work, Form Prefect duties, ‘Green’ activities and the research and preparation of assemblies. Preparing presentations on these activities also develops skills in public speaking. Many of these activities are closely related to the pupils’ Citizenship and PSHE Education programme.
Additionally we have a programme of events which runs throughout the year. In Year 7 we run a trip to France in the Summer Term and all students participate in the Year 7 Choir preparing for the Spring Concert and the Carol Service. Year 8 take part in a fund raising dance workout run by the charity LEPRA and have an annual visit to the Pantomime each Christmas at Bristol Hippodrome. One of the highlights of Year 9 is Production Week when the timetable is suspended and a play or musical is produced and performed in just one week.
A variety of other activities are on offer such as public speaking competitions, a ski trip, theatre trips, music ensembles, foreign language clubs and competitions, drama clubs, zumba fitness and sports squads.
Year 7 also take part in a variety of events such as Heritage Day which includes a visit to Merchants’ Hall and work with English Heritage, languages taster sessions, self-defence and dance classes. Year 8 take part in either a residential trip with PGL or Orienteering activities, and have additional activities such as cupcake-making and work on our green specialism.
Years 10 and 11
- The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme is a popular activity at Bronze, Silver and Gold level.
- Charity fundraising by all Upper School forms to donate money to their chosen charities.
- At various times during the year Upper School girls have opportunities to go on day trips or join one of the trips abroad.
- Year 10/11 students can participate in the school drama productions and in the school choirs.
- Year 11 sporting activities continue with golf, climbing, karate, dance and fitness classes among the many activities on offer.
- At the end of Year 11 the girls organise a Prom and a Yearbook to celebrate completing their GCSEs.
- Year 10/11 students can develop their inter-personal skills by being part of a mentoring programme where they offer help and guidance to younger groups
Whilst students are guaranteed an excellent academic education at Colston’s Girls’ School there is also so much more on offer:
- At the beginning of Year 12 students have a morning of seminars on independent learning and time management. This helps to bridge the gap between GCSE and A level and gives students a sense of responsibility for their own learning. There are then follow-up sessions with mentors throughout the term.
- The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme is a popular activity at Bronze or Gold level.
- Students can become involved in the public speaking competitions through the Gabblers Society and the BPW competitions.
- Students can participate in the school drama productions and in the school choirs.
- Sporting activities continue with golf, climbing, karate, dance and fitness classes among the many activities on offer.
- There is the opportunity to do some form of Community Service of the student’s choice.
- There is the opportunity to be involved in the Young Enterprise Scheme. The companies from Colston’s are always very successful winning in at least one of the categories.
- The Sixth Form are also responsible for running charity events and each year a large sum of money is collected by the school for a wide range of charities.
- There are regular events such as BBQs and visits to the theatre, cinema and Laser quest.
- There is the opportunity to be on the Head Girl Team and also to work closely with forms throughout the school.
- The students have a formal Christmas meal here at school with all Mentors.
- The Head Girl Team and prefects organise the Year 7 Christmas Party.
- The Sixth Form also run the Student Council where form prefects meet to put forward the student voice for the school.