ACTIVITIES There is an enormous range of co-curricular activities at Radley College, and every boy should be able to find his niche or his own particular enthusiasm. The College is unashamedly busy, and in particular all boys are encouraged to use the time from 4.30pm to 6pm on a Tuesday and Thursday to good effect. Societies, lectures and meetings
happen throughout the school day (and during the evenings and weekends) and it is hoped that every boy will have ample opportunity to take part in as many activities as possible. Boys also found and lead new activities and societies, and this is also actively encouraged.
MONDAY ACTIVITIES All boys take part in the Monday Activities programme from Shells to 6.1s (some 6.2s are also involved). In the Shell year, the Michaelmas and Lent Terms include two compulsory options (Debating and Core Agility) and boys also choose from the following list: sculling, golf, squash, filming, cricket nets, rackets, drama, real tennis, Design, table tennis, Art, hockey, rocket science, tennis, Backstage, football, Natural History and model aeroplanes. In the Summer Term of the Shell year, all boys undertake the Shell pre-CCF programme. In the Remove year, all boys do CCF. In the Fifth year, boys either opt to stay in the CCF as NCOs or participate in the Community Action Programme. CAP activities include: concert parties for the elderly, helping at local primary schools (Radley, St. Swithunâ€™s, St. Nicolas, Rush Common, John Fisher, Windale and the Kingfisher School), helping teach Latin at Fitzharryâ€™s secondary
school, gardening at Littlemore Parish Church and working for Radley Parish Council, working at the SOFEA food bank in Didcot, working at the Macintyre centre in Kennington and mentoring Kenyan pupils via Skype in EdClub. Some boys in the 6.1 have the opportunity to pursue sports coaching qualifications as Young Sports Leaders. In 6.1, boys choose from a variety of activities over the three terms including DofE, Heart Start, Life Drawing, Backstage, Medics, Music Practice and Music Technology, Animals Society, Historical Films, European Cinema, Dr Who, Conversational French and Spanish, Contract Bridge, Chess, Strategy Games, Debating, Philosophy, Journalism, Cooking, Real Tennis, Boxing, Rugby Sevens, Golf, Spinning and Cross Fit, Croquet, Rowing, the Countryside Centre, TEFL training for the Tanzania trip, Creative Writing, Young Enterprise, Video Unit, Coding and Design Hackerspace.
CCF The Shell Pre-CCF Programme
CCF in the Remove Year
In the Summer Term of the Shell year, all boys are introduced to a variety of activities in order to prepare them for CCF in the Remove year. The rotation of activities includes: Raft Building, Navigation, Cooking on trangias, the Trim Trail, Basic Fitness, Orienteering, Mountain Biking, Casualty Evacuation and First Aid, Route Planning and Camping Skills.
CCF is compulsory for all of the Removes. In the Michaelmas Term they undertake a variety of leadership activities and command tasks, as well as the Field Gun, Parade Drill, Heartstart and Navigation. These are done in Social groups until the end of the Michaelmas Term. NCOs (Fifth and Sixth Form boys) supervise the activities. At the end of the Michaelmas Term boys choose their Section (Army, Royal Navy, RAF) for the following two terms. The Lent and Summer Terms involve more specialised activities, two Field Weekends (as part of Bronze DofE for some) and the Inter-Social CCF Competition.
SOCIETIES There is an enormous range of activities and societies available at the College. Besides all the formal sporting activities on offer, boys can undertake various other sports including the Countryside Centre, Sub Aqua and Waterpolo. Musical activities include the Choir, Orchestra and a plethora of different ensembles. Competitions include the Ferguson Singing Prize, the Hudson String Prize, the Guitar Prize, the Wharton Piano Prize, the Gunn Cup for Woodwind and Brass and the Percussion prize. There are opportunities to form bands and record live, with the Battle of the Bands always popular. Inter-Social Partsong is also a firm favourite. Drama activities include the Haddon Cup, Shell Play in a Day, year group plays, a College play or musical, the Peter Cook monologue competition and the Milligan Cup for musical theatre. Debating consists of a senior and junior inter-Social competition, and College-wide debates.
All boys from the Shells to 6.1 learn a Declamation in the Lent term, with 6.2 finalists as well. The Spens Trophy is the annual inter-Social general knowledge competition. The following societies meet at various points during the school year: Academic Journal, Academic Reading, Adam Smith, Aesthetic, Animals, BioSoc, Caledonian, Charities, Chess, Chronicle, Clay Pigeon, Coding, Creative Writing, Current Affairs, Debating, Engineering, Genetics, Grapevine, Journalism, LGBT+, Maths, MedSoc, Model Flying, NatPhilSoc, Philosophy, Politics, RockSoc, Tattersallâ€™s and Ultimate Frisbee. There are also year group academic societies and discussion groups: Shell Society, Hudson Society, Fifth Form Society, Crowsonâ€™s, and Upper Sixth.
CHARITIES Boys at Radley College undertake various individual charitable endeavours. Recent examples are cycling from Bicester to Bilbao and London to Landâ€™s End, a charity cycle in the Rockies and a Channel swim. Each Social supports at least one charity, and recent Social fundraisers have included the E Social 24-hour football match, A, C and D Socials running the Oxford Town & Gown and J Social taking part in Bike Oxford.
There is a Charities Committee, and each Social has a Charity Rep. Whole School charity fundraising events take place as well, from Christmas jumper days and 24-hour readathons to the recent concert at Dorchester Abbey for the Footsteps Foundation. In 2016 The Twelve Labours of Radley raised over ÂŁ80,000 for three charities. Radley also has regular fundraising activities for Gehandu School in Tanzania, one of our partnership schools.
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