ROEDEAN CO-CURRICULAR At Roedean, our Co-Curricular Programme is designed to give you the opportunity to discover and develop your talents, and to provide an exciting and invigorating balance to your academic studies. We value the co-curriculum very highly, and the range and variety of the activities offered underlines the Schoolâ€™s commitment to the holistic ethos of our founders. There are clubs, societies, and activities for every taste: whether itâ€™s exerting yourself, expressing yourself, enjoying the great outdoors, performing, serving others, taking up a new skill, or exploring your academic interests in greater depth. We hope that you can identify who you want to be in School and feel prepared for life after Roedean. We are closely following government guidance as the COVID-19 situation evolves. As such, we are currently offering an abridged version of this programme, adapted so that participation is in year group bubbles. We are proud to be able to maintain our commitment to a rich and varied holistic education, whilst also preserving the safety of our community. We look forward to a time when we can safely offer our full programme again.
Athletics 4 Badminton 4 Badminton League
Basketball 4 Cricket
Fencing 5 Junior Fitness
Football 5 Free swim
Hockey Goal Keeping Club
Horse-riding 6 Indoor Hockey
Lacrosse 7 Netball Fitness
Dr Ross Barrand Deputy Head: Co-Curricular and Outreach
Ms Helen Boobis Assistant Head: Co-Curricular and Scholarships
Strength and Conditioning
Stretch 9 Swim Squad
Junior Art Club
Junior Classics and Archaeology Club
Creative Writing Club
Junior Drama Club
Performing Arts School
Flute and Recorder Ensemble
The Open Book Group
International Student Book Club
Psychology Film and Book Club
Senior Poetry Society
Senior Print Making Club
Blind Veterans Partnership
The Roedean Open Book
Song Writing Club
Junior Biology Club
Downs View Reading Buddies
Junior Chemistry Club
St Mark’s Art
Senior Chemistry Olympiad
St Mark’s Football Coaching
Engineering Lego Club
Junior Textiles Club
St Mark’s Junior Choir
F24 Electric Car
Senior Textiles Club
St Mark’s Language Buddies
St Mark’s Reading Buddies
Junior Mathematics Society
St Mark’s Sports Leaders
Senior Mathematics Society
Junior Physics Club
Senior Physics Olympiad Club
Duke of Edinburgh Award
Duke of Edinburgh Award (Legacy)
Junior Baking Club
Senior Baking Club
Gardening and Conservation Club
Board Games Café
Junior Academic Discussion Group
Academic Mentoring Project
National Shares Competition
Senior English Society
Tycoon Enterprise Competition
Historical Film Club
Senior History Society
Model United Nations
Spanish Translation Bee
Top University Programme
EXERTION Athletics This club is available to all pupils to experience a number of different events, including High Jump, track, and other field events. There will also be opportunities for specialists to develop their skills, including working on event technical requirements, running mechanics sessions, and conditioning for relevant events.
Badminton We offer individual and group badminton lessons, and everyone is welcome to play in the weekly Badminton League. Recreational badminton is also available for players who just want to keep fit while having fun.
Badminton League We have a weekly Badminton league, giving you the chance to compete against others and put the skills that you have learnt in your lessons, or at Badminton Club, into action!
Basketball Club This is an evening commitment with an external coach from West Coast Elite. Come along, no matter your ability, to work on your ball dribbling, accurate passing, and sharp-shooting skills! It is a really fun sport, which can be played socially or has the scope to be played competitively against other schools.
Depending on the season, cricket club will be indoor or outdoor, and all sessions are open to pupils of all abilities. Squad members are expected to attend net sessions during the Summer term.
Junior Fitness is a weekly club that allows pupils from Years 7-9 to access the fitness suite in Centenary Hall. A member of PE staff will lead you in a Gym Induction and show you how to use the equipment safely and effectively. They will also help create you a personal programme that can you can follow while in the gym. This is a club for everyone, and it can help keep you happy and healthy.
Dance Fitness This activity is for anyone hoping to improve their fitness in a fun and engaging way. Using a mixture of online resources for self-directed fitness routines, and face-to-face sessions, Dance Fitness takes choreography, popular dance routines and traditional aerobics moves and combines them into routines that give you an energetic work out, as well as a fun time.
Football Club We will be playing both 5-a-side and 11-a-side games this year, and the grand finale will be our annual Girls Football Tournament in the Summer Term. All abilities are welcome, with the aim of beating the staff football team this year!
Our new fencing instructor is a Maître d’Armes (Level 5 at Foil, Épée and Sabre) with the British Academy of Fencing. He has been coaching since the early 2010s and has taken fencers in Foil and Épée to the national British Youth Championships. You can learn to fence in group paid lessons from beginner level to advanced. All equipment will be provided.
Free swim You can come every week and swim some lengths at your own pace and in your own time. It is a lovely way to end a busy week by relaxing with friends or even swimming on your own to unwind from the day.
Golf You will have the chance to practise your short and long game on Roedean’s very own driving range with regular trips to the ‘pitch and putt’ less than 5 minutes away from school. The aim of the club is to practise your swing before hitting the East Brighton Park golf course and representing the school’s golf team in the Summer Term. You can borrow both clubs and balls, but you will need to bring your own gloves and shoes.
Hockey Goal Keeping Club This activity is for new and established goal-keepers to be trained by the Brighton and Hove current men’s 1st team Goal Keeper, Mr Borsoi, and the Brighton and Hove Ladies’ 1st team coach, Mr Burlinson. All equipment is provided, but if you do have your own, feel free to bring it along.
Horse-riding This paid activity takes place twice a week; once for the Sixth Form and once for all other years. The sessions include work to develop your technique in the arena, as well as hacking on the Downs for those who are sufficiently experienced. This activity takes place at Lancing Equestrian Centre and you will be taken there by minibus. 6
This fast-paced and physical game is played in both the Autumn and Spring terms. It demands exceptionally high levels of stick skill, and team-work, and it is the perfect game to improve your fitness.
Roedean hosted the Women’s Lacrosse World Cup against America in 1951. This traditional girls’ game is taught with plastic sticks on the Lacrosse pitch on the bottom field. You will learn how to catch, cradle, and tackle your opponent, and, if the weather is ever wet, we will do stick tricks indoors.
Indoor Rowing Indoor Rowing is a weekly club located in the Fitness Suite, where you can learn and master your rowing technique in preparation for the Roedean Indoor Rowing Championships. Come along whatever your experience, and try a fun and different sport.
Rounders This fun-filled club offers a number of different ways to play Rounders – with a football one week, with tennis equipment the next – and it is great fun with your friends. You can build your skills, in anticipation of taking part in the fantastic Parent-Pupil Rounders Tournament in the Summer term.
EXERTION Netball Fitness and Tennis Fitness This weekly club incorporates agility and strength training, using required techniques to play well and make excellent progress. It is a club for everyone from squad players or social players. You will be able to put into practice everything you learn in this club whenever you play, and increase your matchday endurance, or just socialise and work out with your friends â€“ all are welcome.
Stretch Come along and increase your range of motion, flexibility, and blood flow to your muscles. This club is for those who want to prevent injury and improve their performance in physical activity, as well as those who want to calm their mind and body, and have a 30-minute stress relief session.
Social Netball This is a brilliant opportunity for our older pupils to come along and play some light-hearted social Netball. We will start with a warm up and some ball skills, before going into some match play where you can play for fun in a relaxed setting. All abilities are welcome.
Squad Hockey and Squad Netball Squad Practice is a weekly commitment for players to provide a chance to train and play in your Squads, and for beginners or those new to the sport to try and practise new skills. It is an inclusive club, which means that all pupils are welcome, whatever your playing experience, and you will have access to high-quality coaching from specialists in the PE Department. 8
EXERTION Rugby Rugby is offered to girls in the Spring term and, although we only play tag rugby, there is also the opportunity to learn how to tackle properly and safely. This invasion game helps players to develop their tactical awareness on the pitch.
Strength and Conditioning This club takes place on a weekly basis, and focuses on full body conditioning! You will work on techniques to improve your core strength and power, which will complement all your sporting activities. You will be supported through some key exercises that you can then put into practice before matches, or use to keep yourself healthy and reduce injury. All abilities are welcome, and attendance is strongly advised for Sports and Dance Scholars.
Swim Squad This weekly commitment is aimed at competitive swimmers who would like to train for the Swim Team, practise for Sea Swimming, or have an Aquathlon/ Triathlon on the way!
Turbo Training Cycling is one of the three disciplines in triathlons and if you are looking to join our triathlon team, this will be the perfect club for you. Bring your road bike along, connect it up to a turbo trainer and watch your watts as our instructor takes you through a 45 minute session. Compete with yourself and work on your cycling fitness no matter what the weather. Our new instructor has taken athletes from beginners to ironman medals, so be prepared to bring your trainers for brick training sessions where you will run after your bike session!
Volleyball Are you looking to join the Volleyball team or, just to play socially with friends regardless of your ability, this weekly club is for you! There are competitive opportunities in the Spring Term, and in the Summer term we will be heading down to Yellow Wave for Beach Volleyball.
EXPRESSION Junior Drama Club This weekly drama club for Years 7-9 is a brilliant opportunity to collaborate with students who are as passionate as you are about drama. You will improve your confidence and creativity through ‘improv’ and games, as you bring your imaginative characters to life and respond in the moment! This activity will complement drama lessons, bringing together like-minded drama students from different groups to develop a sense of fun, cohesion and ensemble, which will be useful for productions and rehearsals.
Creative Writing Club
The Roedean Books Clubs are an opportunity to spend time with others in your year group to explore and enjoy reading. Building on our fantastic Reading Awards, SSBA and reading groups, these sessions will involve reading, discussion and creative responses to imaginative worlds, characters and more! From Harry Potter to the Handmaid’s Tale - ways of reading and different types of book will also be explored. You should come if you love reading, want recommendations, or want to spend time with a new group of likeminded peers.
This activity gives students the opportunity to practise creative writing skills in a range of forms and genres. You will have the chance to write and perform poetry, prose, and drama. Your work will ultimately contribute to a publication in which we will compile the most impressive work from the year. It will support your work in your curriculum English lessons, but it will also allow you to explore your creativity further. Some sessions will respond to workshops and talks from visiting authors, or particular texts. You should attend if you love reading and writing, and want to develop your creativity and skills.
Junior Art Club
Commercial Dance Club
A club for students in Year 7, 8 and 9 to work on your own projects or classwork, and get advice and tips on how to improve your art work. There will also be opportunities to get involved in some exciting community Art projects. This will be useful to any and all art enthusiasts!
This weekly club provides dance for all. Each week, you will work on big ensemble choreography, with a focus on fun and fitness. No experience is required, just a desire and willingness to get involved. You should come along if you love to dance.
EXPRESSION International Student Book Club This Club is an opportunity for girls in Years 9-10 from overseas to share their reading experiences. Together we will choose a book to read, and we will then discuss our responses to the characters, events, and experiences that unfold for us through the reading. This is a fantastic opportunity to make new friends from other countries, and to enhance your experience of the world through reading. This will help you to improve your English, to make new friends, and give you a chance to talk about reading.
Flute and Recorder Ensemble This group is for recorder or flute, and string instrument players of Grade 4 standard and above, who would like to explore the delights of Baroque chamber music. You will develop valuable experience in ensemble playing, led by a Baroque recorder specialist, which will not only develop your sight-reading skills, but also help you to build a deeper understanding of musical style and practice.
Guitar Ensemble This is a musical group for those who play guitar or double bass. Coached by a guitar specialist, this ensemble focuses on a varied repertoire of musical styles, including the great French jazz guitarist, Django Reinhardt. You will need to be able to play a range of chords in various strumming styles, and some melodic lines as required. Performances will be at informal events, lunchtime busking, and on Open Days. You should join if you are keen to develop your playing further in a fun and focused ensemble.
Digital Photography Using the technology in your pocket and our digital cameras, this project-based activity will guide you through setting up photographs; selecting and editing images digitally and, finally, some of the analogue techniques you can use to alter your images. This would be suitable for students who are working towards their Art GCSE or simply keen to find out more about what you can do with digital photography.
Song Writing Club This club, open to students in all year groups, will give you the opportunity to develop song writing skills, try different approaches and song writing tools, explore lyric writing, analyse great songs, and, of course, get feedback and constructive criticism on your own songs in a friendly and supportive environment of writers. There will be performance opportunities at school concerts and demo recordings can be arranged. You should come if you have a desire to explore and create your own songs and music. 11
EXPRESSION The Roedean Open Book
Life Drawing At various points throughout the year, pupils will have the opportunity to participate in life drawing courses. In these, they will develop and practise their figure drawing skills. For those who are over 16, some workshops will involve working with life models.
Senior Poetry Society The Poetry Society is a student-led opportunity for Years 10-13 to read, discuss, and write poems together. This society will help you become a more critical and informed reader and writer of poetry. You will have the opportunity to extend and develop your writing technique, experimenting with language, structure and form, from the haiku to the sonnet. You should attend if you like creative writing, and are keen to have fun with words and develop your craft.
The Roedean Open Book is an exciting opportunity for students to have their writing published, as well as being part of an editorial team. The Roedean Open Book will feature non-fiction, fiction, and poetry written by Roedean students to amplify their voices in print. The editorial team will select and collate this work into termly collections, with an ethos of openness and inclusiveness. Students from all year groups will have opportunities to be part of the team, with Sixth Formers taking up the positions of Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor.
Music Lessons Many pupils in the school enjoy learning one or two instruments in addition to their academic studies: specialist tuition from a large professional team of teachers within the Music department, is provided in individual lessons. The whole range of ability is catered for, from beginners to post Grade 8 diploma tuition. We hold regular sessions of examinations at Roedean for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and Trinity Guildhall. Many pupils enjoy the extra stimulus of studying for grade examinations but this is not a requirement and many pupils have music lessons at school without taking examinations. The approach is entirely based on the individual and a vast range of different musical styles is used in the lessons.
Private Dance Roedean offers private dance in a variety of styles, including ballet, modern, jazz, tap and more. You can take part in individual or group dance lessons, depending on your experience and level of ability. You are able to enter dance examinations, or simply to participate for enjoyment. These lessons are an excellent way to improve fitness, coordination, discipline and performance. Lessons are chargeable. 12
Roedean offers private lessons in a variety of disciplines following the LAMDA syllabus. Verse, Prose, Public Speaking and Musical Theatre are all offered, so there is something for everyone. It is possible to enter LAMDA examinations and Roedean pupils have always achieved excellent results. These lessons provide valuable skills to help you improve your confidence and performance, whilst having fun honing a skill. If you are interested in more information, speak to the Drama Department.
Junior Textiles Club This activity is an opportunity for pupils in KS3 to work with a variety of textile media to create beautiful collages, textured art work and bespoke pieces. Perfect for finding your voice, or creating gifts for others.
Senior Printmaking Club The Printmaking Club is for GCSE and A Level Art students who would like to explore different print processes and techniques. It is a great opportunity if you would like to add printmaking to your skills. The processes you will have the opportunity to learn include screen-printing, photo-polymer etching, dry-point etching, monoprinting, and linocut. This club would suit anyone who is keen to learn new art skills and work in another medium.
Senior Etching Over 8 weeks you will learn the specialist craft of soft and hard ground etching. You will attend a local professional print studio where you will have 8 lessons. This form of etching is a wonderful process, that we cannot teach in school. This course would be suitable for A Level students seeking to extend their drawing and print portfolios for application to Art School. If there is space this can be offered to Year 11 GCSE Art students. There is a charge for this activity.
Senior Textiles Club In Senior Textiles, you will learn a range of surface pattern design techniques, including printing, machine embroidery, fabric manipulation, and embellishment. You will learn how to apply fabrics and mixed media samples to fashion and sculpture in order to create three-dimensional design. You will be taught how to develop initial explorations further to create sustained outcomes. The samples produced will act as supporting work for your Art and Design academic programme, and add to your body of work.
Technical Theatre You will work with the technical team to learn how to create sound and lighting for a production. With theory and practical exercises, you will build your skills and eventually may be able to be part of the technical team for productions. If you are interested in the technical aspects of theatre and want to be an integral part of the team, this club is for you. 13
OUTDOORS Duke of Edinburgh Award
Duke of Edinburgh Award (Legacy)
A Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is so much more than walking and a ‘pat on the back’ for completing a programme of activities. It is recognition of your successful journey of self-discovery and development, valued by employers and universities alike for the qualities you will have developed if you achieve a DofE Award. Its balanced programme develops the whole person – mind, body and soul – in an environment of social interaction and team working. There are three progressive levels of DofE programmes which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver, or Gold award. This year we are running the Bronze and Silver Award levels – you can join the Bronze level from Year 9 upwards, and the Silver level from Year 10 upwards. Come along if you have a sense of challenge and adventure!
This is for those who have already begun your Duke of Edinburgh Award, but are yet to complete all the eDofE sections – this is the opportunity to come and go through what needs to be done to get everything finished and get that certificate and badge!
(Please note that there is a cost element to this activity.)
Cross Country Club
You can meet with fellow runners at this weekly club and try different routes around the Roedean grounds – there are routes to suit all abilities! You can get fit, build endurance, and push yourself to your own personal limits! We run in all weathers, so just turn up at the meet point every week!
Farm club takes place every day, come rain or shine. This activity allows you to learn the essential animal husbandry skills to look after livestock. You will learn to look after the school flock of sheep, goats and chickens. It is also a place where you can take a break from the academic and enjoy some fresh air and a very different vista. All are welcome, no experience needed, but you must be willing to lend a hand, or a shovel when required! A must for all aspiring veterinarians.
Gardening and Conservation Club
You will have the opportunity to tend a Roedean garden or allotment with a view to selecting plants that support and encourage biodiversity. This activity is perfect for anyone with an interest in botany or ecosystems, as well as those who like being outdoors and feeling useful. You should come along if any of this sounds like something you would enjoy!
The aim is to swim across the Channel in June 2021!
Park Run Once a month, you will be accompanied by School staff to attend and run a local Park Run. It may be the East Brighton Park or the Hove Seafront Park Run. Park Run is a national initiative encouraging people to run a 5K race and receive an official time. You could attend as part of your sports training, as a healthy social activity, or just to challenge yourself and see if you can keep improving your time. All are welcome.
To be ready, you need to attend this club 2/3 times a week as well as already being a strong swimmer. The club starts at 6am on a weekday morning and meets on Marine Parade just outside Jungle Rumble crazy golf. You will swim in two groups for about 30-40 minutes, with a target of building up to a 1-hour swim. You will need parental permission for this paid activity. All you need is a swimming costume, a hat, and some goggles for the swim â€“ wetsuits are not allowed. Join if you are a strong swimmer with a sense of adventure, team work, and a desire to do something a little out of the ordinary!
Choir Roedean School Choir is the main choral group at Roedean, and it is open to all enthusiastic singers from Years 7-13. This is a weekly commitment and is non-auditioned. The Choir performs a very wide range of music to a high standard. We have a great deal of fun learning choral music in many different styles, including songs from the shows, film music, folk music, Christmas music, pop songs, and ballads, as well as a challenging classical repertoire. Members of the Choir rehearse and prepare for school events such as Speech Day and the Carol Services, plus three major concerts each year (two themed gala concerts in the Autumn and Spring terms, and the prestigious Brighton Festival Fringe concert in early May). As well as providing performance experience for all singers, taking part in the Choir also helps to develop teamwork and camaraderie across the year groups.
Chamber Groups The Roedean chamber groups include groups such as string quartets, piano trios, string trios, and woodwind and brass ensembles. In chamber music, there is one player per part and you will rehearse together with music chosen specifically for each ensemble. The groups will be organised for a variety of abilities and the rehearsals are a weekly commitment. The groups work towards performances in the local community, as well as performances for Open Days, masterclasses, and recitals.
Concert Band Roedean Band is a weekly commitment for wind and brass instrumentalists, guitarists, pianists, and percussionists, playing music in wide range of different styles, with pupils from Grade 2 standard and above, from all year groups. This lively group of musicians plays music in wide range of different styles, with some of the music being specifically arranged for the group, and all players having bespoke parts. This is a great opportunity to play in a fun ensemble where you can enjoy practising your performance and sightreading skills, and make friends with other musicians across the year groups. Many in the group are more advanced and lead the ensemble, helping those with less experience. So, if you play woodwind, brass, guitar, piano, or percussion, then come along!
Orchestra Roedeanâ€™s main symphony orchestra is a weekly commitment, with a repertoire ranging from film and pop to classical greats and challenging concerto movements, performed by Roedean soloists. Members of the orchestra rehearse and prepare for a number of school events and three major termly concerts, including the prestigious Brighton Festival Fringe concert. As well as providing performance and valuable sight-reading experience for instrumentalists at a range of ability levels, it also helps to develop teamwork and camaraderie across the year groups. Wind and string players need to be at least Grade 5 standard, and our percussion section is formed from girls who take lessons, plus other members who are able music readers. Membership is via audition and invitation. You should come along if you are keen to join a successful ensemble and to gain a wide range of performance experience.
PERFORMANCE Production Rehearsals
Dance Company The Junior and Senior Dance Companies meet on a weekly basis, and the company members rehearse in preparation for the annual dance showcase and other dance performances throughout the year. Being part of a Dance Company will help you strengthen your dance technique, improve your skills, and give you performance experience. As well as this you will develop team-work and choreographic skills, with the opportunity to showcase your own work. You should attend this activity if you have dance experience, love performing, and want to develop your dance skills even further. To take part you must audition, but itâ€™s nothing too scary â€“ why not give it a try?
Starting with an audition process and workshops, rehearsing for productions will develop performance skills, helping you to build on your vocal and movement ability, whether you are cast as ensemble or in a principal role. You will learn to work as part of a team, as well as improving coordination and the discipline of stage craft. Being in a play teaches you about collaboration, cooperation, and creativity, as every role culminates in effective story-telling. You will also gain a taste of the professional world of theatre, as you must be committed to rehearsal schedules, technical rehearsals, call times, and more, all of which require commitment and time-management skills. Leadership roles are also available, for example, Movement or Warm Up Captains, and potential Assistant Director and backstage roles.
The aim of Artemis Performing Arts School is to provide high quality training in acting, singing and dance for students of all ages, who either wish to spend more time enjoying their hobby or who are considering a career in the industry and would like to be pushed further, challenged more and get an idea of what will be required of them to gain a place at drama schools and dance colleges. Students will be visited regularly by West End performers and special guest tutors for workshops and feedback and Q&A sessions.
PERFORMANCE Junior Strings This is our special music group for developing string players, from beginners to Grade 4 standard. Junior Strings plays in some of the major concerts and other informal performances. The emphasis is on having fun playing together whilst learning the skills of playing in an ensemble. You should join if you love playing and want to gain performance experience.
String Orchestra The Roedean advanced string ensemble is for players in all years who are Grade 5 standard or above. Membership is via audition or invitation. If you are an accomplished string musician who wishes to gain performance experiences, you should come along. It is a weekly commitment, where members work together in very focused rehearsals to prepare challenging repertoire in a wide range of styles, including Baroque, Classical, twentieth and twentyfirst century, as well as more popular genres such as film score, jazz, and pop song arrangements. The String Orchestra plays in all major concerts, school events such as Speech Day and Open Days, and also in concerts in the local community.
Junior Singers This group is just for Year 7 and 8 girls who love to sing music from musicals, films, and pop songs. The emphasis is on having fun with singing, whilst learning the skills of performance in a group. We will take part in some of the school events and other informal performances. You should come along if you love to sing, especially with friends.
Senior Singers Teatime Recitals At several points in the year, musicians will be invited to, and may also sign up to participate in, tea time recitals for a friendly audience of parents, teachers, and friends. Look out for this opportunity in the student bulletin and on the music boards. The recitals are often linked to our series of masterclasses and are a less formal, more specific, opportunity for performance. 18
Senior Singers is an advanced choral group for auditioned singers in Years 9-13, who also sing in the main choir. It should be of particular interest to those students studying solo singing. Senior Singers performs a wide range of more challenging music, with several voice divisions and solos, both a capella and accompanied music, sacred and secular. Senior Singers is a weekly commitment, where members work together in lively rehearsals to prepare for many different performances. Senior Singers perform in all major school concerts, in many school events, and also in concerts in the local community.
SERVICE Blind Veterans Partnership This weekly activity provides the opportunity for Roedean pupils to socialise with the Blind Veterans at their centre in Ovingdean. The sessions may involve reading, chatting, or just helping out around the place, but all help to build relationships based on a mutual respect and understanding, and provide company for the veterans. Both Roedean pupils and veterans have valued their time together and we look forward to continuing this partnership for a long time to come.
Downs View Volunteering
St Mark’s Football Coaching
The Downs View Special School weekly visit is a fantastic opportunity to learn from and support students with learning difficulties. You will work closely with the fantastic teachers in a classroom environment. There will also be an opportunity for you to fundraise to support the school. You will genuinely be making a difference in the lives of those who you meet and making a valuable contribution to the wider community.
St Mark’s football coaching involves a weekly visit to St Mark’s Primary School where you can showcase your football and coaching skills. You will work directly with a group of students, planning and delivering sessions. The coaching will develop your planning, leadership, and communication skills, all whilst having fun with budding soccer stars!
St Mark’s Art This activity is a creative opportunity for students in Years 7-9 to connect with, and add value to, the local community. You will have an opportunity to work on projects as part of a group to develop work that will support the Roedean community and beyond, such as working with a local primary school. This is also an opportunity for older students to help run and facilitate projects with younger pupils within the Roedean community.
St Mark’s Junior Choir The St Mark’s Junior Choir is a weekly commitment to support the junior choir at St Mark’s Primary School. Showcasing your talent and love for music, you will inspire the choir to new and extraordinary levels. Working closely with the Music teacher, you will choose and teach the choir new and exciting songs each week. This will help to develop your leadership and communication skills, all whilst celebrating the joy of music! 19
SERVICE St Mark’s Language Buddies The ‘Language Buddies’ make a weekly commitment to support and engage with ESL students from St Mark’s Primary School. You will work one-to-one with the students who speak the same native language as you, to develop their English language skills, vocabulary acquisition, and confidence. The languages currently spoken are Arabic, Bengali, Hungarian, Polish, Spanish, and Urdu. This is an opportunity to support communication and cultural identity.
St Mark’s Reading Buddies The ‘Reading Buddies’ go to St Mark’s Primary School on a weekly basis. You will support a range of students to develop their reading comprehension, fluency, and general confidence. You will be based in all the year groups at St Mark’s from Reception to Year 6. This initiative has been running at St Mark’s for two years and is extremely popular. It is a fantastic opportunity for you to develop life skills, engage with the local community, and encourage the next generation to love reading!
St Mark’s Sports Leaders This is a club that requires your full commitment – you will embark on your Community Sports Leaders Award (Level 2) where you will learn about the skills and qualities required to be an excellent leader. You will complete a theory booklet, take part in lots of practical tasks, and visit St Mark’s every week in small groups to plan, lead, and evaluate your own multi-sports sessions. This club is for anyone who enjoys sport and activities, likes to give back to the community, and enjoys working with young children. 20
SKILLS Board Games Café This is a weekly meet up in the Club House, which provides you with an opportunity to hang out and socialise with friends in an informal setting, whilst honing your board game skills. Come along if you want to meet new people, compete in a laidback and friendly setting, and develop your chess, Scrabble, or Connect 4 skills!
Coding Club Coding Club is an opportunity for you to learn to code. This skill will unlock the ability to create the foundations of apps, websites and computer programmes. Using online tutorials and staff expertise, you will be able to learn at your own pace, taking on more advanced projects as you are able. You should come along if you are keen to understand technology and you love problem solving and are creative with it. All levels of experience are welcome.
Junior Baking Club Run at Roedean, this activity for Years 7 and 8 is an opportunity to participate in some straightforward and delicious home baking projects in a social and fun way. You should go if you like baking and want to make new friends in a cosy environment.
Senior Baking Club Juggling Club Juggling. Sport? Just a party trick? Relaxation? Or brain-training? There is no doubt that juggling is great fun, and when you’ve mastered the basics, there are plenty of tricks to work on. Or you might just want to lose yourself in the metronomic repeating cycles of 3 balls. Or it might be an intellectual challenge – a 2004 American study shows that juggling actually makes part of your brain grow!
Run by Maz’s Kitchen, this activity for those in Years 9-13, is a great opportunity to develop skills in a wide range of savoury and sweet baking work. You will have the opportunity to work from, and experiment with, recipes, and develop some technical baking skills as the club progresses. You should go if you are looking to gain skills ahead of family occasions, university living, or entering competitions!
Why not give it a go? – it’s a great skill to have!
Karate At Karate, you can learn and study this exhilarating martial art. As you will be led by a professional coach in the sport, you will have to pay to attend this class. You will learn physical movements, as well as working on your fighting technique and spirit. 21
SKILLS National Shares Competition For students in the Sixth Form, you could invest ‘£100,000’ in shares in a national online competition and see if you can make proud profits or humiliating losses! You will learn how the stock market works, analysing trends in data to work out what, and when, to buy and sell, as well as developing your data skills and your knowledge of an important aspect of wealth creation and finance for firms. This activity is valuable for general economic awareness, and it also develops useful personal and professional skills for life!
Sewing Club At our after-school Sewing Club, there are a range of simple projects for you to get started with, or, if you feel confident, why not propose your own project and challenge yourself to get it completed? The focus is on quiet and focused development of sewing skills, patience, and purpose. You should go if you would like to add a skill, or build on something you have enjoyed from HHH.
Trampolining Club Go sky high at our weekly Trampolining Club, with a chance to work towards your Trampolining Badges, and it is ideal if you are doing GCSE PE. Everyone is welcome, whatever your ability.
Tycoon Enterprise Competition Tycoon is a unique national enterprise competition run by Peter Jones from the BBC’s Dragon’s Den. It is for students aged 6 to 18, so anyone at Roedean can take part. Every participating team writes a business plan, can be lent money (between £1000£2000), starts a business, and competes with other student companies. Run over a 7-week period for Years 7-9 and Years 10-11, and 22 weeks for Years 12-13, it is a chance to find out if you could be a successful entrepreneur. Why not see if you can become the Roedean winner, or even reach the Tycoon National Final at Buckingham Palace and win £1000 to grow your business further? You should come if you have an interest in business and entrepreneurship.
Yoga Bring the proven benefits of Yoga and Mindfulness to your day at Roedean! Through postures based on images from nature, concentrating on strength, flexibility, and balance, Yoga nurtures self-belief, along with helping you to gain physical, emotional, and mental awareness. Take some time for yourself, and enjoy bringing clarity to your day.
Chinese Club According to the Chinese calendar, this year is the Year of the Rat. Why not join the Chinese Club, for anyone in Years 7-9, to learn more about this fascinating culture? You will learn how to introduce yourself, learn about Chinese characters and use calligraphy, and find out more other cultural aspects, such as Chinese New Year and the Spring Festival with its famous dragon boat races. It is a great opportunity if you are interested in learning Chinese for fun or as part of your curriculum.
Classics and Archaeology Club Have you ever wished there was a club that combined your love for art, literature, history, politics, philosophy and mythology? Then come to this club and find out about where it all started! Everything is better in a toga, and Classics and Archaeology Club will be a chance for you to learn about the most glorious and grotesque bits of the ancient world, exploring anything from Greek drama to Roman graffiti through creative projects, independent investigation, and even the occasional dig! Youâ€™ll learn how to be an excellent researcher, an analytical thinker and a critical reader, and how to impress with your new expertise in the wild world of Ancient Greece and Rome.
Culture Society Culture Society is a student led group that celebrates, and educates on, the diverse cultures that make up our community. It provides an opportunity to increase awareness and understanding of different cultures, as well as sharing experiences, and, sometimes, foods! You should go if you are interested in getting to know your neighbours.
Eco-Council Eco-Council is Roedeanâ€™s student led panel on finding ways to make our school more sustainable. It will provide a valuable insight into democracy and collaboration at work, as well as providing a positive outlet for those of you who are passionate about the environment. You will develop a variety of transferable skills that are useful for seminar groups at university and in the world of work. You should go because you want to help Roedean become more sustainable. 23
SOCIETY German Club Herzlich Willkommen! German is the most widely spoken language in Europe, and Germany has the largest economy in the EU. That’s why international companies and organisations are always on the look-out for German-speaking employees. And wouldn’t it be nice to be prepared for your next visit to Berlin, Munich, or Frankfurt, and to be able to speak and understand some of the language? Come to our German Language Club, aimed at Years 7-8, and find out that learning German is useful and can be a lot of fun!
History Club History Club is an opportunity to stretch your historical knowledge, debate ‘History in the News’ and explore some of the big ideas that underpin the shaping of the past. Come along if you are up for the challenge! Through a wide range of activities, you will unlock the past in a fun and engaging way, bringing history to life and broadening your understanding. This is a great way to challenge your thinking, explore new history and have fun in the process!
SOCIETY The Open Book Group (Junior and Senior)
LGBTU+ Society This is a student-led society that provides an opportunity for all students identifying as LGBTU or an ally to come and spend time together celebrating, and educating yourselves on, all the wonderful aspects of the LGBTU community. The society will explore contributions in all areas of academia and society, across arts and sciences, as well as inviting guest speakers, and just providing a safe and fun space to hang out with like-minded peers. You are welcome if you are keen to explore your own sexuality and gender identity, or to learn more about how to support those who are doing so. Please be aware that attendance at the society constitutes an agreement to respect the privacy of the other individuals there and to treat all with sensitivity and kindness.
Geographical Society ‘Geography explains the past, illuminates the present, and prepares us for the future, what could be more important than that?’ – Michael Palin
‘The Open Book Group’ will be a cross-key stage platform that fosters open discussion about a diverse range of literature; an environment where students can read a full text and explore its deeper themes and meaning, with the guidance and support of their Roedean peers. We intend to have separate meetings for KS3 and KS4/5, on a weekly basis, as well as halftermly conventions that create opportunities for mentorship and community between year groups. Led by KS4/5, students will be able to explore and voice their differing feelings, responses and interpretations that will largely depend on their individual backgrounds. This will function as a gentle introduction to critical perspectives, such as post-colonialism, modernism and intersectional feminism. Becoming by Michelle Obama will be our book for the first half term and, moving forward, texts will be suggested and voted for by students. We intend to have specific themes to work to – BAME and LGBTQ+ writers for February and June, for example. Ultimately, this group will function as: a safespace for discussion for all year groups; a peermentoring opportunity for older students; and a chance for all students to expand their wider reading and develop the way in which they experience literature.
Come and join our society to explore the big global issues of our time and to find out more about the awesome wonders of our natural world. Roedean Geographical Society is a student-led club open to all students with an interest in Geography. It is unashamedly academic in its aims to introduce new concepts and challenge received information. So whether you are interested in the human or natural world, or the interdependence of the two, come and discuss current affairs, engage in geographical debate, and enjoy learning about burning issues of your choice.
Psychology Film and Book Club For those studying, or with an intellectual interest in, Psychology, this Film and Book Club aims to complement the A Level syllabus, whilst also sparking lively discussion about theories of the mind. 25
STEM Astronomy Club
Junior Chemistry Club
We live in a wonderful universe, yet most of us don’t look beyond our little patch of it called Earth. In the Astronomy Club, we will start to explore the remaining 99.99999999999999% of the universe using telescopes. As the English weather is notoriously unpredictable, we can also explore the universe by doing our own research, presenting, and listening to each other, sharing what we have learnt. When the weather is clear, we have 5 telescopes, so everyone should get a chance to see close up our neighbours like the Moon, Mars, Venus, Jupiter, star nurseries like the Orion Nebula, and possibly other galaxies.
Do you like the sound of ‘Crystal Gardens’ or ‘Mystery Metal’, or ‘Magic Sand’? Do you want to do more Chemistry practicals? If so, come along to the Junior Chemistry Club, run by the 6th form Chemistry students. Sorry, no explosions!
You will need warm clothes as clear winter nights can get very cold! You should come if you want to be able to navigate your way around the wonders of the night sky!
Junior Biology Club It is so fascinating to study both ourselves and the wildlife around us. In addition to your awe-inspiring Biology lessons, why not come along to the Junior Biology Club to be blown away even further! Here, you will be carrying out detailed experiments on topics that may be new to you, for example, on animal behaviour and genetics. We will also be making the most of our beautiful grounds by studying some of the wildlife that we can find in it. You should come if you have an interest in biodiversity, wildlife, and practical science.
MedSoc MedSoc is a student-led society which meets each week for students in Years 10-13 who share an interest in entering a career in health care. The group discusses current hot topics in Medicine, shares ideas and key lessons learnt from any talks, work experience, or voluntary work attended, and even has a go at diagnosing various patient conditions, using the problem-based learning approach. If you have an interest in Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Sciences, this is for you! Because the society is student-led, it can be tailored to focus on what you want and what will be most beneficial to you during the application process. It’s the only club with a focus solely on medical and biochemical issues, and it will be incredibly helpful for anyone looking to make an application to study one of these subjects at university.
Lego Engineering Club If you have an interest in Engineering or STEM, or just want to try your hand at practical problemsolving, then this is the club for you. Using Lego, we will explore different ways of building solutions to challenging real world problems. You will not only develop your understanding of physical systems and engineering principles, but also work together as teams, think creatively about solving problems, compete to find the best solutions and have some fun too. Whilst Lego is a great toy, it also uses the same ideas that engineers, architects, and mechanics utilise in their work. This club is a real must for anyone interested in any career within STEM.
Future Innovators Girls from Roedean have been working for nearly 3 years now on developing a prototype product for testing the composition of breast milk. The work continues in this activity. Once completed, the test could go on to be used by mothers of premature babies all over the world. Potentially this research could improve health outcomes for children in developing countries â€“ this is your chance to make an actual difference to peoplesâ€™ lives. You will also be taking part in genuine scientific research in collaboration with the University of Brighton. It could also lead to summer work experience, national awards, and more. 27
STEM F24 Electric Car This is an exciting opportunity to continue working on the F24 electric car which has been built by Roedean students over recent years. You will learn how the car works, and investigate ways to improve the performance, developing its gear ratios, aerodynamics, speed to weight ratio, and more. You will also learn how to use the electronic system which monitors the car performance, such as current and motor temperature. In the summer term, you will get a chance to race the car against other teams at Goodwood motor circuit â€“ this is a fantastic event which is a great team experience. This activity is guaranteed to be interesting and fun, and it will also be excellent experience for those interested in a career in Engineering.
Junior Mathematics Society
In this club, you will learn how to use professional advanced Computer Aided Design (CAD) software, and be able to draw complex shapes in 3 dimensions. Where possible, we can use the 3D printer to physically make the shapes that you draw. As well as being great fun, this club is excellent experience for anyone hoping to pursue engineering, design or architecture. It would also be very useful for those girls taking part in the F24 Electric Car Club. Certificates of Achievement are provided on completion.
This is a weekly society for students of all abilities in Years 7-9 who love Mathematics and want to find out more about its place in culture and science. You will learn about topics outside the syllabus, such as topology, number systems, and code-breaking, and you will encounter mathematical games and puzzles. There will also be opportunity to develop your problem-solving skills in preparation for the UKMT Mathematical Challenges, and the Team Maths Challenge. Come along if you love maths and problem solving.
STEM Senior Chemistry Olympiad This is an opportunity to challenge yourself and get training in how to tackle Olympiad problems from the Royal Society of Chemistry’s international competition. If you relish the challenge of solving problems and want to stretch your understanding of Chemistry beyond the scope of your current course - this activity is for you! You will develop analytical and problem-solving skills and will learn to apply these skills to questions that you’ve never seen before. So, if you enjoy Chemistry and problem solving and you want an opportunity to hang out with the Chemistry Department whilst honing your skills, then sign up!
Senior Mathematics Society
Junior Physics Club
This is a weekly society for students in Years 10-13 who love Mathematics and who want to find out more about its applications to problem-solving; you will learn about topics outside the syllabus, such as the mathematics of groups, game theory, and queueing. There will also be opportunity to discuss the latest news in the subject, and for you to present your own research on areas of mathematical interest. You will develop your problem-solving skills in preparation for the UKMT Mathematical Challenges, and the Senior Team Maths Challenge. If you are intending to study Mathematics (or a related subject) at university, attendance is highly recommended.
Try fun and wacky Physics experiments with a different topic each week, including paper planes, static electricity, and even making your own Christmas lights. This is a chance to see and try something you haven’t seen before. The club supports learning in lessons and prepares you for later years. You should try it if you like science, puzzles, or just seeing cool and surprising things!
Senior Physics Olympiad Stretch and challenge your understanding of Physics by tackling some really tough questions which go beyond the content of the specifications. This activity, for Years 10-11, will improve your exam performance, especially if you are aiming for Grade 9. It will also give you a deeper understanding of the subject and look great on your CV or UCAS application. These sessions will provide you with lots of practice so you are ready for the challenge itself later in the term. If you are up for a Physics challenge, this is for you! 29
THINKING Junior Academic Discussion Group
The Junior Academic Discussion Group provides girls in Years 7-9 with a chance to talk to Sixth Form students about any academic interests. Each week there will be a new topic, so feel free to just drop in to the ones you’re interested in, or come every week!
This is a weekly programme of lectures for the whole school community. Lectures are delivered on a wide range of topics and from a wide range of speakers, including teachers, local academics, local professionals, and students. Each week, the Academic Prefects will curate a brief reading list to go alongside the lecture so that you can enhance your understanding. Attendance is highly recommended for Academic Scholars. You should come if you are interested and engaged, and you want to know more!
We’ll give everyone a brief introduction to the chosen topic, and then give you a chance to answer discussion-based questions and also answer any that you have. Because this is a student-run club, we can talk about anything you find interesting. Topics can vary from space dust to EU politics to female composers in the media – nothing is off limits. If you have any suggestions for topics, talk to one of the Academic Prefects and we’ll see what we can do!
Senior History Society
Come along to further your understanding and interest in the Classical World! Whether it is exploring evidence of Byzantine monasteries or Persian shipwrecks, we will use this time to work on projects and essays for National Competitions that will not only allow you to broaden your knowledge, but also give you great content for your personal statement and interviews. Take this opportunity to become a next level Classicist who can impress with a vast wealth of facts and experience writing at a university level.
This is a chance for Sixth Form historians to come together to share and discuss key historical ideas and research in various fields, with occasional visits from external speakers. No historical topic will be off-limits; this is an opportunity to explore hidden histories and unusual themes with a view to extending our understanding of the wider world. You will be engaging in higher order thinking and the discussions will be excellent preparation for university seminars. Come along if you love history, want to discover more, and want to stretch your thinking.
THINKING Academic Mentoring Project For years 9&10, the Academic Mentoring Project gives pupils the space and tools to develop an independent project related to a freely chosen academic topic. Pupils will be assigned a mentor, with whom they will develop a programme of research and development, and will also meet as a group with our Assistant Head: Co-Curricular and Scholarships to discuss progress. The course includes 4 workshops with a public speaking consultant from Talking Ape and culminates in the delivery of a presentation. Successful projects in the past have gone on to feature in the Academic Lecture programme, assemblies, and even helping to inform school strategies. This is a great opportunity to develop core academic and presentation skills, whilst also honing your voice.
Debating Society Public speaking is without doubt a skill that can be benefited from throughout life and indeed beyond Roedean. You will have the opportunity to learn the structure and style of British Parliamentary Style debate and challenge yourself by creating and preparing motions as well as debating individually and in teams. Once confident and experienced you will have the opportunity to debate not just internally, but also against other schools. Come along even just to learn how to win any debate you find yourself in with friends!
Senior English Society This group meeting will be to follow up and enrich aspects of the A Level Literature curriculum. Current and prospective students of English will be welcome. It will be partly student-led and will involve film screenings, discussions of books, mini-lectures, social events, debates, and visiting speakers. It will serve as a great introduction to further and higher study of English Literature, and will provide experiences that will enrich UCAS applications. You should attend if you are considering English at A Level or university level, if you wanted to choose English A Level, but couldnâ€™t make it fit with your other selections, or just because you love reading and philosophising!
Historical Film Club
This is a film club which allows students to question historical representations of the past, looking at a range of films drawn from Hollywood and World Cinema. This a great way to engage in critical analysis and will truly test your knowledge of history, teaching you to think critically about what you see. We will touch on curriculum content and beyond. This club is for you if you want to learn how to sound like an expert film critic and impress your family and friends!
Philosophy Society is much more than a debate club â€“ Philosophy isnâ€™t just speculation, where all answers are equal or correct; philosophers can be very wrong and PhilSoc will help you spot when they are! Good philosophical discussion means that you will know when you are being misled or lied to, that you can form logical arguments of your own, and that you can explore some of the biggest questions of all time. Philosophy helps you explore the world around you on deep level - curious minds and relentless questions are welcome. If you want to make yourself very difficult to beat in an argument, come to PhilSoc!
Model United Nations The United Nations is an organisation where countries come together to cooperate. Created after the Second World War, the UN is an attempt to make the world a more peaceful place, where human rights are protected, and international law is upheld. At MUN, you will learn how this organisation operates and will simulate its work. You will research different countries, represent their interests, and negotiate with other delegates. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about international relations and to sharpen your debating skills. In particular, Sixth Formers interested in reading social sciences or humanities at university will benefit from honing their knowledge of the current challenges facing world order. There will be opportunities to work with other schools at MUN meetings throughout the year. 32
Politics Club In the current climate of political uncertainty and volatility, at Politics Club, we try to make sense of what is actually happening. If you find yourself confused about Brexit, concerned about climate change, or curious about the next election, then come along. In a typical meeting, we debate what is going on in the news and watch some clips. Politics Club is a great way to explore important questions you are uncertain about in a friendly environment. Sixth Formers in particular will benefit from the opportunity to enhance their UCAS applications, and be better equipped with knowledge of the salient debates among academics, journalists, and politicians.
THINKING Spanish Translation Bee This activity for Years 8 and 9 is a fun way to practise your Spanish translation in a competitive environment. You will be preparing for an interschool competition, so why not join in and see how well you can do?
Top University Programme and World Scholarsâ€™ Cup Top University Programme is a weekly activity aimed at the Sixth Form; World Scholarsâ€™ Cup is open to anyone in Year 9 upwards. In both activities, we wiill develop and explore some of the key skills and habits of thinking required for success at a top university, including supra-curricular reading, flexible thinking, dealing with challenging questions, and more. You should come if you are considering applying to a university that will have an entry requirement with a range of A*/A grades at A Level and is likely to interview as part of the application process.
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