Extracurriculars and Sports
Students are encouraged to become part of the school community by engaging in extracurricular activities. These activities foster mutual support and provide opportunities for students to develop their strengths and prove themselves as team players.
In our experience, students who are actively involved in extracurricular activities usually also perform better academically.
Most leading universities outside Switzerland and all potential employers give preference to students who are not only strong academically but are also dedicated to and passionate about their extracurricular pursuits.
Extracurricular activities and sports
After-school clubs and other extracurricular activities help students develop their creativity in an environment that is more relaxed than a formal classroom. Students learn important life skills such as leadership, communication, teamwork and time management, improve their confidence, make friends and find healthy outlets for relieving stress.
Students improve their chess skills.
In the Debate Club, students work together to develop and articulate ideas and opinions about key contemporary issues. They even have the opportunity to put their debating skills into practice in the wider world by participating in the European Youth Parliament.
English Drama Club
The Drama Club offers the opportunity for students interested in theatre to express themselves creatively in English. Those less inclined to speak up in public can practice doing so in a fun, familiar and supportive environment. The skills garnered through participation in this club will be put to use in the oral examinations our students face, and will prepare them for academic and professional presentations in the future. Members of the Drama Club learn the importance and value of teamwork and mutual respect. The club's end-of-year performances at a local public theatre are a memorable experience for all.
Come up with an idea, invest your own time and money, put in plenty of hard work and then earn your profit or suffer your loss. That is the essence of any entrepreneurial endeavour, and that is what takes place in the Hull's School Enterprise Club. In the past, students have produced greeting cards, t-shirts and jackets. Design, production, advertising and pricing are entirely determined by the students. This year, students have already come up with entrepreneurial ideas involving everything from apps to cookies and alcohol-free mulled wine.
Excursions and day trips
During the academic year, classes visit theatres and cinemas to watch plays and films in English, German and French. The school also offers day trips to the French-speaking part of Switzerland and weekends in London, Berlin and other major European cities.
French Literature Club
In the French Club, students engage with extracts from classics like Le petit Nicolas, Le Petit Prince, Au revoir les enfants, modern books like No et moi or Kiffe kiffe demain, and French films like La famille Bélier and Les choristes. The films are paused every few scenes to allow for an explanation of the vocabulary and a discussion of ideas, opinions and impressions.
English Literature Club
What is to be literary? What makes for an outstanding novel? These are just a couple of the questions that the English Literature Club discusses. We are a small, informal book club. We love reading and exploring the themes raised in the books we read.
German Literature Club
The German Literature Club meets regularly to discuss German literary works. The atmosphere is friendly and welcoming. Our discussions provide an opportunity for students to delve into the themes of great books and to practice expressing themselves in German.
In the Journalism Club, students develop their writing skills and learn to organise and plan, all the while garnering valuable experience working as part of a team. The school newspaper is issued twice annually, and features a wide range of content – interviews, reviews, articles, fiction and photography – all produced by students. Contributors to our student publication have the opportunity to visit local publishing houses and news agencies like Tamedia and Reuters to gain an inside view of the world of professional journalism.
The Music Club brings together students actively interested in music on a weekly basis. Students are encouraged to form bands that play at school social events such as the annual ball.
Members of the Hull's School's Video Club learn how to produce, direct and edit videos.
Every year our school band plays a concert at our school ball.
The Art Club aims to create an environment in which students can enjoy the design process, explore their own unique talents and relish the pleasure that creating art can bring to their lives.
Drawing allows us to engage with the creative processes of our minds and address the nature of the human condition. It has been a fundamental mode of expression throughout human history. It is one of the simplest and most efficient means of communicating visual ideas and pursuing visual enquiry. Drawing is an exploratory activity based on observation, problem solving and composition.
As Pablo Picasso once said ‘Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life’. In the Art Club, students have the opportunity to pursue their own self-directed projects and portfolios under the guidance of the Art and Design teacher.
Student Council representatives meet regularly to discuss questions and concerns raised by their year groups, offer suggestions for improvement to the school, and seek solutions to problems. Ideas from the council are shared with school management. Students learn important skills like leadership, diplomacy, teamwork, and persistence.
The Philosophy Club discusses a wide range of philosophical topics, including free will, morality, existentialism, and the philosophy of science. Participants decide together what topics they will discuss, and get a chance to share their opinions in an intellectually stimulating atmosphere of open-mindedness, civility and mutual respect.
Students Teach Students
The Students Teach Students scheme arranges for the coaching of weaker students by stronger ones. The school issues community service certificates to any student who teaches for at least 30 hours. Both the student teachers and their pupils benefit from this scheme in a number of ways. Future teachers gain their first teaching experience, while students in need of tutoring receive help from their peers without placing a financial burden on their parents.
The annual School Ball is organised entirely by students. As members of the organising committee, students learn to work in a team, face challenges, work within a budget, find creative solutions and meet deadlines. Students are also encouraged to take part in a number of fundraising events for charity. They are thereby sensitised to problems affecting the larger community surrounding the school.
The Duke of Edinburgh International Award
The Duke of Edinburgh Award is the world’s leading youth achievement award. In 2015, more than 1.1 million young people around the world took part in the programme in more than 140 countries and territories. Since the Award’s launch 60 years ago, it has inspired millions of young people to transform their lives.
By creating opportunities for young people to develop skills, get physically active, serve others, and experience adventure, the Award can play a critical role in their development outside the classroom. It also allows their achievement to be recognised in a consistent manner worldwide, giving young people a unique and internationally recognised accreditation for their contributions and achievements.
The four sections of the Award are:
Participants volunteer in their communities, make a positive contribution to society and demonstrate social responsibility.
Young people are encouraged to improve their fitness and performance and enjoy healthy lifestyles for good mental and physical wellbeing.
Participants develop their talents, broaden their abilities, increase their self-confidence and improve their employability.
Young people discover a spirit of adventure and gain a deeper understanding of the environment and the great outdoors.