Gresham’s offers an exciting and varied programme of activities, clubs and societies to all its pupils allowing every pupil to discover something they can be good at.
There are approximately 40 hobbies and societies available at the School which are run every Saturday from Rifle Shooting to Student Robotics, Grub Club to History Film Club providing a wide variety of interests to suit every pupil (see list below which is subject to change each term).
The hobbies programme is supported by both external coaches and teaching staff.
Pupils are invited through their Houses to nominate their preferred clubs or societies at the start of each term where a detailed timetable is then posted in each House before the start of the programmes.
- Boat Maintenance
- Chamber Music
- Chemistry EE/ University Prep
- Chess Club
- China Trip / Mandarin Speaking
- Confirmation Class
- Creative Writing
- Design & Technology
- Drama Evening & Drama School Prep
- Film Club
- German Essay Writing
- Girls 1st Team Hockey
- IB Higher Maths
- Italian GCSE
- L6 Geography revision
- Music Practice
- Music Technology
- Queens’ Revamp
- Rifle Shooting
- Stitch Up – Look Sharp
- Sustainable Energy Prize
- Table Tennis
- UCAS / Extended Essay Support
- Ultimate Frisbee
- Weights and Fitness
The German Society meets twice a term and shows a wide variety of films, with the opportunity to taste German specialities such as Butterbrezel and Kuchen of various kinds. The society is usually open to all year groups. In addition, a German hobby takes place during the Saturday hobbies slot and caters for all who are interested in German life and culture. Both “societies” are open to all pupils.
The Auden Society is the school’s Sixth Form literary society. The programme is a mixture of student and staff led talks with some sessions given by visiting speakers. Students can present on any literary topic of their choice either for part or the whole of a session. This allows them to deliver their research on authors and ideas beyond the syllabus; a number of students have included their work at the Auden Society to enhance personal statements for UCAS and discussed their presentations at university interviews.The Society meets at 7.30 pm, most often on a Monday night and usually twice a term, in the Fiction Library (or other venues for particularly popular talks). Last year students gave presentations about walking in literature following a talk by Dr Alistair Cormack on Psychogeography; Dr Catherine Hammond spoke about aspects of the Enlightenment and the final talk was given by Lower Sixth Former Henry Coleman on W.G. Sebald and Modernism following Henry’s award in the Corpus Christi Cambridge Essay competition.
Neo-Skiouros (formerly the Skiouros Society) seeks to discuss and investigate all questions of life, the universe and everything. The society is overseen by the Head of Religious Studies (RS) & Philosophy, Mr Simon Gates and all Sixth Form students of RS are automatically members of the society and encouraged to attend meetings. Other Sixth Form pupils who have an interest in issues of philosophy are also welcome to come along and broaden their education.
Meetings are usually held each half term, in room 8, Big School, from 7.30pm. The format will vary but usually comprise introductory talks and presentations followed by general discussion. Recent topics include the function of language, the value of education and the challenges of equality. The society is a real opportunity for exploring ideas with cross-curricular conversation in an informal setting with refreshments provided.
The topics for discussion and general administration are the responsibility of the Skiouros Committee whose members are Upper Sixth RS & Philosophy pupils. A President and Secretary are appointed annually.
The French Society is open to all Year 11 and Sixth formers studying French. The aim of the Society is to introduce pupils to French culture in a relaxed and fun atmosphere, and to enhance their language skills via the films and music so integral to the French way of life. The French society complements and extends their classroom learning. Pupils are voted onto a committee who, in conjunction with the French Assistant, who decide on the programme for the year – there are currently three joint presidents!
They meet approximately twice a term in the evening and the meetings include a food and drink tasting, film evenings, quizzes, boules on the school boules court, and every summer they hold a farewell soiree by invitation only, with a three course French dinner, fancy dress and French music.
The Sports Scholars have a fitness session every week timetabled (Year 11 and Sixth Form) and a formal group meeting or presentation once every half-term. This is for all Sports Scholars from Year 9 – Year 13.
The Hodgkin Society is named after Alan Hodgkin OG and Nobel Prize Winner, the Hodgkin Society is a pupil-centred society, where pupils are encouraged to do presentations of whatever format they wish to enrich their peers’ understanding, interest and knowledge of biologically-related matters. Staff and outside speakers also do talks. It is run by the society secretary, selected by the HoD from written applications from Year 12 biologists entering the Year 13. It is open to all students. An example of a recent online presentation can be found below.
The Wildlife Club meets in Saturday hobbies time. All students are welcome. This is to be expanded over the coming years with the development of ‘botanical garden’ style family beds.
The Japanese Society takes place once a term and is available to all pupils with an interest in Japan and Japanese culture. Some of the events which have taken place to date have included the incredibly popular and over-subscribed sushi night, and Japan-themed movie night complete with traditional Japanese snacks and beverages.