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Extracurriculars and Sports
Students are encouraged to become part of the school's community by engaging in extracurricular activities. The aim is to involve students more deeply in the school, foster mutual support and offer opportunities for students to develop their strengths and prove themselves as team-players.
Experience shows that 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 both strong academically and interesting in terms of what they do in their free time.
Extracurricular activities and sports
After school Clubs and Extracurricular Activities help students develop their creative side in an environment that is more relaxed than a formal classroom.
While after school Clubs and Extracurricular Activities help students learn important life skills such as leadership, communication, teamwork and time management, they also improve confidence and help students make friends and relieve stress.
Every Tuesday the debate club meets and students work together to prepare ideas and opinions based around key issues of today. There is even an opportunity for students to take these debating skills into the wider world of The European Youth Parliament.
English Drama Club
The Drama Club offers the opportunity for theatrical students to express themselves creatively in English and for those less inclined to speak up in public to practice their skills of expression in a fun, familiar and supportive environment. The skills garnered though participation in this club will be put to practical use in the oral examinations our students face and prepare them for academic and professional presentations in the future. Participants in the Drama Club learn the importance and value of teamwork and mutual respect in group projects. The students' end-of-year performances at a local public theatre are memorable experiences for all.
Come up with an idea, risk your own time and money, add in plenty of hard work and then earn your profit or loss. That is the essence of any entrepreneur and that is what takes place in Hull's School Enterprise Club. So far, students have produced greeting cards, t-shirts and jackets. Design, production, advertising and pricing is entirely student led. In this academic year, students have already suggested further ideas ranging from apps and cookies to alcohol-free mulled wine.
Excursions and day trips
During the academic year classes are taken out to theatres and cinemas to see plays or films in English, German and French. There are day trips to the French-speaking part of Switzerland and weekends in London, Berlin and other major European cities.
Extracts from classics like "Le Petit Nicolas", "Le Petit Prince", "Au revoir les enfants" and modern books like "No et moi" or "Kiffe kiffe demain" will be incorporated with French film like "La famille Bélier" and "Les choristes". These films are stopped every few scenes to explain the vocabulary and discuss the ideas, opinions and impressions.
What is to be literary? What makes a novel have award-winning content? These are just a couple of questions that the literature club discusses. We are a small, informal book club that loves reading and continually wants to ask questions about what we read.
Physical Education is mandatory in the first year; sports days take place regularly.
The Hull's Sports Club gives students the opportunity to participate in a variety of both indoor and outdoor sports on a weekly basis. If it is considered a sport, it is considered fair game for the club to try. While the more readily identifiable categories such as Football and Basketball are played, over the years the Sports Club has also tried out Bouldering, Frisbee Golf, Billiards and Volleyball to name just a few. The Sports Club is also actively working to build a mixed gender Touch Rugby team, which it hopes will soon compete in competitions both in Switzerland and Internationally.
In the Newspaper Club students learn to organize and plan, develop their writing skills and garner valuable experience in group co-ordination. The school publication is issued twice annually, featuring a wide range of content – interviews, reviews, articles, fictional stories and photography - all of student design. Contributors to our student publication have the opportunity to visit local news agencies and publishing houses Tamedia and Reuters to get an inside view of the field of journalism.
Depending upon demand, students actively interested in music meet on a weekly basis. Students are encouraged to form bands and take part in the school's social events, such as the annual ball.
The objectives of the Art Club are for students to enjoy the design process, to explore their own unique talents and to relish in the pleasure that creating art can bring to our lives.
Drawing has the power to make us see, think, invent and intimately express the creative mind and the nature of the human condition. The medium has been a fundamental method of expression throughout human history. It is one of the simplest and most efficient means of communicating visual ideas and developing visual enquiry. Drawing is exploratory, with considerable emphasis on observation, problem solving and composition.
As Pablo Picasso once said “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life". Within this Art Club, the Art and Design teacher has the privilege of facilitating an amazing group of students who can pursue their own self-directed projects or portfolios.
Right to Play
As a part of our school's commitment to service of those less fortunate than ourselves, our student Right to Play committee is planning fundraising events with the aim of contributing to quality education and healthy, peaceful environments for children around the world.
Science Club is an opportunity for students to pursue their scientific interests. The club provides a space for students to develop their own research projects, learn about the latest scientific discoveries and explore the world of science through fun experiments and field trips.
Class representatives to the Student Council discuss concerns and questions raised in their classes, offer suggestions for improvement, and seek solutions for problems. Ideas from the council are then shared with school management. The students learn important skills of leadership and diplomacy, teamwork, and persistence.
The Philosophy Club discusses a wide range of philosophical topics, so far including free will, morality, existentialism, the philosophy of science, and others. Participants decide together what topics they would like to discuss, and everyone gets 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 invites strong students to coach weaker students for free. The school issues community service certificates to any students who teach 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 practice while students with weaknesses receive help from fellow-students without placing a financial burden on their parents.
Ball Committee and charitable events
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 to a budget, find creative solutions and meet deadlines. Students are encouraged to take part in a number of fund-raising events and are sensitised to the problems of the larger community surrounding the school.
The Duke of Edinburgh International Award
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award equips young people for life. It is the world’s leading youth achievement award. In 2015 more than 1.1 million young people around the world took part in the Award 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, give service and experience adventure, the Award can play a critical role in their development outside the classroom. It also allows their achievement to be consistently recognised worldwide, giving young people unique international accreditation of their experiences.
The four sections of the Award:
Participants volunteer in their communities, make a positive contribution to society and demonstrate social responsibility.
Encourages young people to improve their fitness and performance and enjoy healthy lifestyles for good mental and physical wellbeing.
Enables participants to 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.