A Voyage of Enrichment and Discovery
At Walthamstow Hall we have a positive and vibrant community where girls are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunities open to them. In keeping with the School’s emblem of a ‘ship’, as a reminder of its foundation for the daughters of missionaries serving overseas, the co-curricular programme may best be viewed as a ‘voyage’ of enrichment and discovery. Students learn to navigate their passage throughout their School journey, by being prepared to take risks and try out new things. We have a strong sense of ‘having a go’ and students are encouraged to park any preconceptions they may have (“I can’t sing”, ‘I’m not sporty”) at the door and to throw themselves into lots of activities. Co-curricular activities are accessible and the vast majority are open to all comers.
Whilst ensuring academic excellence and intellectual challenge, equal emphasis is given to supporting the development of the whole person. This is underpinned by the School’s core values of building resilience, ambition and humour, alongside maintaining its strong ethos of empathy and service to others, within and beyond the School community. The result is that Walthamstow Hall students are multi-faceted, interesting and curious individuals who are fantastic at balancing priorities.
There are over 50 co-curricular clubs and activities available, some of which take place in the morning, and most during the extended daily lunch break or after school. Each September a timetable of clubs is issued for all year groups. Students are encouraged to sign up for a minimum of three. These clubs are subject to demand and whilst many run throughout the School year, others are offered for specific terms only.
Autumn Term 2020
We are delighted that the Senior School will be able to offer a full and exciting Autumn Term Clubs Programme, despite the current restrictions. The Clubs timetable is now available in the table below and on the CoCurricular page on Firefly (click the link on the left hand side of the page entitled Weekly Schedule of Clubs and Activities). We have worked hard to ensure that as many as possible of the usual clubs are still available, and each club has been rigorously risk assessed to ensure that it can be run safely within current guidelines, while still being enjoyed by those participating. Please note this means that some clubs with pupils in more than one year group will now rotate on a termly basis to avoid mixing bubbles.
All clubs will start in the week commencing Monday 14 September. Pupils will be able to sign up for non-chargeable clubs during PSHEE on 10 September, and it is expected that all Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 pupils will select a minimum of three clubs. All pupils will be encouraged by their Tutors to keep a log of their participation in these and other Co-Curricular activities using the Unifrog website. This will serve as a record of their commitment to, and involvement in, the Co-Curricular life of the School. It will also be a valuable tool for personal reflection and preparation for the writing of personal statements for UCAS and job applications in the future.
All chargeable clubs are going ahead, with the exception of Yoga (which we hope to start in January), and additional Swimming lessons. To sign up for chargeable clubs that have not previously been requested, please contact Mrs Press in the School Office – firstname.lastname@example.org who will send you the appropriate form.
If you have any questions or feedback from our enrichment programme please contact Mrs Cindy von Kaufmann, Co-Curricular Coordinator, CvKaufmann@whall.school