Hobbies and Activities

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.

Hobbies

  • Art
  • Anatomy
  • Badminton
  • Board Games
  • Boys 1st Team Hockey
  • Combined Cadet Force NCO Training
  • Chamber Music
  • Chess Club
  • Climbing
  • Creative Writing
  • Current Affairs
  • Design & Technology
  • Diving
  • Drama Script work Rehearsal
  • Electronics
  • English GCSE Revision
  • Film Club
  • Fitness Bootcamp
  • Football
  • French iGSE & A Level Clinic
  • German Society
  • GCSE Chinese Revision
  • Geography Revision
  • Golf
  • Grub Club
  • History Revision
  • Human / Animal Rights
  • IB Higher Maths
  • iGCSE Spanish Revision
  • Japanese Cooking Club
  • Kenya
  • Model Making
  • MUN
  • Music Practice
  • Music Technology
  • Netball 1st VII
  • Ormiston Venture Academy Project
  • Photography Club
  • Production Press
  • Psychology
  • Renaissance Group
  • Rifle Shooting
  • Rivers Project
  • Rock Concert
  • Scuba Diving
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Theatre in the Woods
  • Three Musketeers
  • Wildlife Conservation

Societies

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 literary society for sixth formers. It is not aimed exclusively at those studying literature at A level; indeed, traditionally, the society’s chair has been a student who studies other subjects. The programme consists of talks from visiting speakers – a mixture of academics, novelists and poets – staff and student-led sessions. It meets at 8.15, most often on a Monday night, two or three times a term, in the Fiction Library (or other venues for particular popular talks). This year students have given presentations about walking in literature following a talk by Dr Alistair Cormack on Psychogeography and Dr Catherine Hammond has spoken about aspects of the Enlightenment.

The Spanish Society meets, more or less, every half term and it takes the form of a showing of a Spanish-language film with Spanish food. It is an opportunity for pupils who study Spanish to discover and understand Spanish culture and develop our language skills. We watch the films with English subtitles, but us Sixth-form students usually try to ignore them in order to test our Spanish, and even if I don’t do that hearing the language spoken with colloquial turns-of-phrase and different accents really helps me. Also, I have found that watching these films – which are popular amongst Spanish teenagers – has helped me to make contemporary cultural references in my written preps for my Spanish lessons.

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), 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 from 8.15pm. The format will vary but usually comprise introductory talks and presentations followed by general discussion. Refreshments are provided.

The topics for discussion and general administration are the responsibility of the Skiouros Committee whose members are Upper Sixth RS pupils. A President and Secretary are appointed annually.

The French Society is open to all Fifth 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 (Fifth and Sixth Form) and a formal group meeting or presentation once every half-term. This is for all Sports Scholars from Third Form to Upper Sixth.

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 L6th biologists entering the U6th (this year Freddie Searle). It is open to all students.

The Wildlife Club is run by Dr Aldiss 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.