Activities: An A to Z Guide

Aerobics Clubs (Seniors and Juniors): Opportunities for all girls who wish to keep fit by exercising to music and as a member of a group, encouraged by Mrs Baldwin and Mrs Marvin respectively.

Alexander Technique: Being aware of posture is important as it affects every aspect of our health and well-being. It also affects our ability to perform any activity from giving a presentation, to playing a musical instrument, or even riding a horse. Lessons are taught individually and tailored to a girl's specific needs and interests.

Archery: The Archery Club runs every Tuesday evening and is designed for beginners to the sport. We meet in the gym during the Winter and Spring Terms and shoot outside in the summer. All equipment is provided. Some girls do archery as their Bronze DofE physical activity. Please speak to Father Jonathan for more information.

Art (Junior Artists’ Studio): For keen Artists to develop their skills with additional support from Art Staff. This is an open activity, particularly suitable for those who love Art.

Art School Open (Juniors): A chance to work on art/craft based activities outside lesson time. You may work at your own projects or on group activities.

Art School Open (Seniors): For Artists to spend additional time on their own projects. Non-GCSE Artists welcome too if previously arranged with the Art Staff.

Art: Life Drawing (Sixth Form): A course attended by all Sixth Form Art students at which, subject to the availability of space, Non-Exam Artists are welcome by prior negotiation with the Art Staff.

Art Writing Club (UV and Sixth Forms): An opportunity for UV Form and Sixth Form to discuss and interpret works of art and architecture in a relaxed environment. Suggestions for themes for discussion are very welcome. You do not have to take History of Art to come along – further information from Dr Wickson.

Athlon Club: A weekly session that prepares the girls for triathlons, and its variations, with training given by running, swimming and cycling specialists.

Challenge 500 (MIV, UIV and LV Forms): An enterprise-based activity that challenges teams to turn £10 into £500. The teams have to agree upon, plan and project manage a series of events and mini-enterprises to raise money for the Prince’s Trust. Participants in Challenge 500 will develop team-work, leadership, negotiation, project management and communication skills. They will also develop their business skills by writing a business plan, conducting market research, making sales and organising finances.

Code Breaking Club: with Mrs Thornton.

Code Club: Run by Dr Drape in preparation for National Cipher Challenge.

Computer Science Club - 'Pi and Chips': An online Computer Science club run by Mr Mason.  All girls are welcome and the Firefly page is jam-packed with lots of ideas on how to get inspired.  The site includes information on school-based and national competitions, a form to borrow cutting-edge kit and links on how to get hands-on with coding.

Confirmation: Father Jonathan prepares girls for Church of England Confirmation which takes place in the Parish Church near the end of November. The majority of girls prepared are LV Form but girls from other years are welcome too. Roman Catholic girls may also join the course; they will be confirmed separately and receive additional instruction from our local Roman Catholic priest. Any new girl interested in joining Confirmation Classes should tick this on the Evening Activities Choice sheet and find Father Jonathan to discuss it. 

Cookery (LIV to LVI Forms): Open to all year groups. Learn to prepare a range of appetising snacks, and suppers plus treats to take back to share in House. Sessions offered both before and after supper on Monday and Thursday, with groups of 8 generally drawn from no more than two adjacent year groups.

Cookery (UVI Form run for LIV Form): Returning by popular demand, a Wednesday evening Cookery Session for LIV Form run by members of the UVI Form. Girls sign up for one session at a time and suggestions for recipes and menus are welcomed by the UVI Form leaders.

Debating (UIV Form and above): Girls are encouraged to research and explore a wide variety of topics as part of this informal introduction to debating. The art of persuasion is explored and refined as girls actively propose and oppose contentious ideas.

Dissection Club: In the Science Department - girls have the opportunity to take a closer look at nature with Mrs Ballard. 

DofE – The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – Bronze/Silver/Gold: Popular voluntary activity programmes with four sections: a Volunteering, Physical, Skills and a Team Expedition (+ a Residential for Gold) with activities chosen to suit your individual interests. Bronze starts in UIV Form, Silver in LV, UV or LVI and Gold from age 16. Everyone welcome - further information from Mrs Paddock.

Drama Society (LIV and MIV Form): Lots of fun for everyone exploring Drama in the Delscey Burns Theatre. No previous experience needed – actors and non-actors welcome for exciting projects which may include masks, theatre games, creating characters and dramatic presentations. There is no limit on group size and this activity runs for an hour per week each term. The highlight of the Summer Term is the Junior Production.

Drama Junior Production (LIV and MIV Form): The Junior Production, usually involving all the girls in LIV and MIV Forms, is an important feature of the Summer Term. 

Drama LAMDA Lessons (All year groups): LAMDA lessons are offered as a very popular paid extra activity to girls in all year groups. Lessons may be either individual or paired and girls usually work toward the LAMDA grade exams in Acting or the Speaking of Verse and Prose.

Fencing Lessons (All Year groups): Offered as a paid extra activity, lessons are taught by Mr Tim Miles to two groups (Beginners and Improvers).

Film of the book club: Run by Mrs Stables.

First Aid (DofE): Courses run in the Autumn Term for all new Fifth and Sixth Form who will be involved in DofE Expeditions and in the Spring Term for all UIV Form as preliminary training for Bronze Expeditions. The training follows the St John Ambulance Young First Aider course and is tailored to the needs of outdoor First Aid.

Fitness Suite (Fifth Form use): The Fitness Suite is available for use by Fifth Forms on Friday evenings between 7pm and 8.00pm. LV Form will receive a full induction into the Fitness Suite from the PE Department and must not use it on Friday evenings until this induction has taken place.

Fitness Suite (Sixth Form use): The Fitness Suite is available for Sixth Form use during Community sessions in the evenings. New members of the Sixth Form: please note that you will be receive a full induction into the Fitness Suite from the PE Department and must not use it except in PE lessons until this induction has taken place.

Fitness Clubs (Fifth and Sixth Form and Senior Teams) A chance for Senior girls to improve and maintain their fitness, following a staff led, structured fitness programme.

Football Club: In the Spring Term - open to all.

Foreign Film Club: A weekly foreign film club that offers girls the chance to watch films in the languages that they are studying.  Open to all girls, though this depends on the rating of the film.

Golf: Beginners to advanced. Golf training happens at Bowood Golf Course both on the green and at the driving range with a Bowood professional coach. For further information please see Mr Curran.

Gymnastics Club: Open to all - with Abi Handley.

Introduction to Mindfulness: With Mrs Davies-Potter, open to all.

Lecture Programme (Sixth Form): All Sixth Form attend the Lecture Programme from 7pm to 8pm on Tuesday evenings. Visiting speakers cover a range of topics including those of relevance to academic subjects, current affairs and gap year and career planning.

Life Saving, Survive and Save: A new qualification for life saving, run by the Sports Centre on a Friday evening.

Life Support (First Aid) LV & LVI Form: A First Aid qualification, run by the Royal Lifesaving Society. It is useful as a preliminary requirement for the Bronze Medallion Lifesaving Course and as a freestanding First Aid revision course before DofE Expeditions.

Model United Nations (MUN): An academic simulation of the United Nations, aiming to educate participants about current events, topics in international relations, diplomacy and the United Nations' agenda. This activity is led by Mr Jones.  

Music: Chamber Choir This is open to enthusiastic singers from UIV Form up by audition, with a repertoire extending from sacred music to pop and jazz. The choir sings Cathedral services, gives local concerts to raise money for charities and tours abroad. It has also made radio broadcasts, sung on television and sung for the Queen. New girls interested in joining the Chamber Choir should see Mrs Cavill in the first week of term.

Music: Flute Group: This group meets on a Wednesday at 5.30pm. It is an opportunity for beginners and more experienced players to play exciting and fun repertoire appropriate for their level, to develop tone and ensemble skills and to rehearse for performances through the school year.

Music: Junior Choir: All the LIV and selected MIV Form girls sing together as a choir at lunchtime on Wednesdays each week, as part of their musical education. They contribute to the school community by performing at major school events such as the Carol Service, the Spring Concert and Founders’ Day.

Music: Junior Consort. New in 2015-2016.  An auditioned choir of a maximum of 20 singers from the LIV, MIV and UIV to encourage Junior singing excellence in the choral tradition. Grade 2 aural and sight singing skills required. The Consort will be auditioned each year as girls move up through the school. Choral skills will be expected: Sight singing and aural training will be nurtured. Repertoire will include commissioned works, English song arrangements, sacred and secular choral works and modern, popular arrangements.

Music: Big Band: An enthusiastic group of players, generally of at least Grade 4/5 standard that includes saxophones, trumpet, trombone, percussion, piano, keyboards, bass and guitar. It rehearses weekly and plays in concerts in and out of school. Band members have a lot of fun and gain a great sense of achievement and progression. Possible new band members should see one of the Music staff.

Music: Clarinet Ensemble: Meeting weekly, the Clarinet Ensemble perform at many of our concerts throughout the year.

Music: Opera Ensemble: The Opera Ensemble is the perfect showcase for confident singers interested in musical theatre and exploration of the repertoire, and keen to demonstrate their talents in public at concerts and other school events. Those interested should see Mrs Fryar or Mrs Malcolm.

Music: Percussion Ensemble: This group performs at many major events, including the Spring Concert and Founder's Day. The group rehearses weekly and is open to girls of varying ability. 

Music Recording Sessions: The Studio Sessions are an opportunity for any student to record music and the spoken word for posterity, and to learn about the processes involved. Any level of performance is welcomed, from pieces prepared for an examination or well loved, learnt for fun, a work in progress or even those intended as a gift! A technician and accompanist are available to help and advise. Sessions are booked in advance.

Music: Sinfonietta: This group rehearses weekly and gives an opportunity for all younger instrumentalists to play in a large ensemble. The Sinfonietta is designed to be a fun and interactive session that supports basic musical skills – it’s like practising with all your friends!

Music: String Groups: To encourage string ensemble playing and explore the repertoire with players of similar expertise and experience, groups include three String Quartets and String Sinfonia.

Music: Symphony Orchestra: All instruments very welcome. Players are generally of approximately Grade 5 standard or above and have the opportunity to play music in a wide range of styles and to perform in concerts in and out of school. There is a weekly one hour rehearsal for all players, and an additional shorter rehearsal for the string players to explore music specifically for string orchestra. If you would like to join, see one of the Music staff.  

Music: Vocal Ensembles: Enthusiastic groups of singers who enjoy practising and performing a range of musical numbers.  Every year group has its own vocal ensemble which meets once a week during a specified break time.

Needlecraft/Textiles Club:  Would you like to learn how to knit, crochet, cross stitch or sew? The club is free and all materials will be provided.  Come along and have a go at making things.  We meet in the Imagination Zone below School House and everyone is welcome.

PE: Hockey Club (Junior): Weekly evening club open to Fourth Form girls who are keen to play Hockey in the Autumn Term and develop their skills purposefully but informally.

PE: Lacrosse Clubs: Weekly evening clubs for a) Fourth Form including beginners and b)Seniors, to play and improve your Lacrosse in a structured but informal setting.

PE: Netball Club (Junior): Improve your Netball skills in a weekly club session – run in the Autumn Term and open to all Fourth Form.

PE: Team Practices: Run weekly for most team sports at lunchtimes and for the 1st Hockey Team on Mondays at 5.30pm. Aspiring new team players should look out for Team Trials notices on the PE board or speak to a member of the PE Staff. Fourth Form Team Practices are attended by all members of the year groups.

Photography Club: Open to all year groups. This group meets weekly and alternates practical sessions with more technical, theory-based sessions in the classroom. Everybody welcome - no photographic experience is necessary!

Public Speaking: Girls are encouraged to master this key communication skill through entry to several competitions during the year; whilst doing so, they learn about all aspects of public speaking from preparation to motivation, practice and delivery.  Please see Mrs Lord for further details.

RADA 'Speak Out' Programme (LVI Form): The Drama Department boasts a unique relationship with RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art).  Our RADA Advanced Communication Course, the only one of its kind in the UK, is available to all girls in LVI Form, whatever their subject choices at A Level.  The training has encouraged and developed excellent communication and presentation skills, vocal and physical development, greater confidence and an abundance of transferable skills. Girls receive specialist training which culminates in a showcase at RADA itself in London. Please see Miss Darling for further information.

Reading Club: The Reading Club is run by Ms Dunkin and encourages the pupils to read more and to have lively discussion and debate about their interpretation of the books.

Reeling (Fifth and Sixth Form): Girls enjoy reeling socials with a number of boys' schools, the highlight of which has been the Caledonian Ball with Radley College in the Spring Term. For further information, please speak to Miss Aherne. 

Riding: This is possible from school or, if convenient for your families, from home. The following options run at present and Riding is timetabled to fit with your school and family commitments:

Riding at Pewsey Vale (all year groups): Group or individual riding lessons arranged by school or your parents at Pewsey Vale Riding Centre. Group Riding Lessons will take place at Pewsey Vale on Monday evenings (out of school 5.45 – 8.15pm) with groups for both novice and more advanced riders. Anyone interested in joining this activity (parental permission required) should see Miss Emms to be added to the waiting list.

Riding (other options): Group or individual lessons on your own horse with Helen Cole at Stockley Farm http://www.helencoleeventing.co.uk/   Parents of potential new riders wishing to consider this option for their daughter may visit the yard, as long as an appointment has been booked in advance by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Booked appointments are required to ensure that a member of staff is available and free to give a tour of the yard.  Riding as an evening activity at home or your local riding school, arranged by your parents.  For very serious riders: Riding at home during eg Games Afternoon or at other times as agreed with Dr Kirk.

Running Club: With Amy Chalk.

Scholars' Programme (By Invitation): All academic scholars and exhibitioners automatically become part of the Scholars’ Programme whereby they are invited to attend sessions led by members of staff or outside guests. The sessions are demanding, often cross-curricular, and are designed to take the girls out of their classroom comfort zone. Ultimately these girls are likely to apply to high-ranking universities and the work we cover with them will stand them in good stead for potential interviews. The Scholars are normally divided into Junior (LIV-UIV) and Senior (LV-LVI) although these boundaries change according to the content and wish of the speaker.

Ski Team Race Training: Organised by Mrs Baldwin, this will run at Avon Ski Centre on selected Friday evenings during the Autumn Term, in preparation for the British Schoolgirls’ Ski Races in France in the Spring Term.

Swimming (Team Training): Weekly training sessions are run for Team swimmers, to help develop your Swimming in preparation for competitions. Fourth Form Team swimmers meet on Tuesday evenings and Seniors before school on Wednesday mornings.

Swimming (Development Squad): A weekly training session for all LIV Form and MIV Form who are not Team swimmers, to help develop their technique, stamina and confidence.

Tennis Coaching: (All year groups) Tennis Coaching is available through St Mary's Calne Tennis Academy (SMCTA)as a very popular paid extra activity to girls in all year groups. Individual and duo coaching is offered to all students and many of our players have a combination of the two. We recommend starting with individual lessons and through the year our coaches will get a better idea of who would be a suitable partner for you to start additional duo lessons with.  Please see Mr Hayes, the Director of Tennis, for further information.

Wine Society: (Sixth Form): The Wine society meets once a week to taste wines along a particular theme. Wines may be from a particular region such as Bordeaux, from lesser known producers such as Chateau Musar in Lebanon, or varieties produced from a particular grape such as Shiraz / Syrah. The Society has received outside speakers and there are visits planned to British vineyards.

Yoga: Takes place every Tuesday in the Gym with a qualified Yoga instructor.  Yoga is said to be for the purpose of uniting the mind, body and spirit.  Please see Mrs Baldwin for further information.  

Young Enterprise Company Programme (LVI Form): An opportunity for teams of pupils to set up and run a real business over the course of one academic year. Throughout the year of trading, companies will be supported and guided by Young Enterprise business advisors. Each company will elect a board of directors, raise share capital, and market and finance a product or service of their choice. At the end of the year, they will present a report of their accounts to their shareholders. Anyone that joins the Company Programme must show real commitment, responsibility and enthusiasm, as running a business is really hard work! If interested, tick it on the evening activities choice sheet and speak to Mr Cleaver.