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    Enrichment Studies

     

    Enrichment studies have been designed to broaden a student’s Post 16 experience. These will be timetabled in Grid A, i.e. Friday morning and Wednesday afternoon. Courses in this block are generally taught over one academic year.  Students have the choice whether to undertake an enrichment study or not. However, if they do choose to study one of these courses then exactly the same criteria apply to them as to any other subject i.e. the expectation that there will be full attendance and homework assignments completed as appropriate.

    The range of enrichment studies offered changes according to student interest and staffing. Classes that do not recruit sufficient students do not run.

    Camden School for Girls has a large and active Music Department.  Whether an experienced musician or a beginner there are a range of ensembles that students can join:

    Band Workshop

    These workshops are open to all instrumentalists and singers. Some basic ability is required as there won't be time for individual tuition. The sessions run on Monday lunchtimes and will focus on developing the various skills required for playing effectively in a band performance and how to rehearse. Students organise themselves into bands according to their musical interests. There will be opportunities for groups to compose and perform their own work and there are regular concerts.

    Big Band

    This band provides an opportunity for our more advanced woodwind, brass and percussion players (grade 5+) to let their hair down and explore challenging and exciting jazz and big band repertoire. It rehearses weekly on Tuesday Lunchtime and performs in our regular concerts.

    Jazz Band

    This enrichment activity, which runs on Monday lunchtimes, provides an opportunity for our talented sixth form jazz musicians to explore a broad repertoire from classic standards to more experimental fusions.

    Sixth Form Singers

    This is an informal group meeting on Friday lunchtimes - for those who would like to do some singing in a group from in a wide range of styles - mainly pop, rock, folk etc. There might be opportunities to perform at some stage - but no pressure. Beginners welcome and no specialist musical knowledge required.

    Chamber Choir

    This vocal group, for male and female voices, explores more challenging classical repertoire. Over the last few years it has performed Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, Handel’s Coronation Anthem (“My heart is inditing”), Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, Holst's Hymns from the Rig Veda and Poulenc's Litanies a La Vierge Noir. The choir rehearses every Thursday after school and will perform at various concerts over the year.

    Symphony Orchestra

    This 70-piece orchestra performs to a high standard (grade 6+). Works performed over the last few years include Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, Stravinsky’s Pulcinella & Firebird Suites, Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending, Walton’s Façade Suite and Gershwin's American in Paris. The orchestra performs on Founder’s Day and in 2 or 3 other concerts per year.

    At times during orchestra the Senior Brass Ensemble will split off for separate rehearsals.

    Ceramics

    Clay is one of the earliest artistic materials. Working in three dimensions you learn to consider which direction your piece is be most commonly viewed from. An alternative is a relief sculpture, where by building up forms on a flat slab of clay it won’t be viewed from all sides.

    You will learn to: Envision the final piece. Make sketches of various imagined viewpoints and projections; Build forms cleverly; Working without a potter’s wheel, there are several simple ways of building up forms. Coils of clay are a good way of building up the sides of a hollow shape – laying the clay down in a spiral prevents it collapsing easily; Avoid protruding shapes. You may have seen sculptors create figures with extended legs but the chances are they will have used armatures – long, metal skeleton structures that support the weight of the clay, but it is often easier to practise with more contained shapes.

    Clay is a rewarding and engaging material to work with and working in three dimensions is an interesting and entertaining artistic challenge.

    Debating

    Are you interested in learning the art of public speaking, in presenting a case clearly and cogently?  Debating is an effective way of finding your public voice. This has a useful, practical impact: if you can express yourself orally there’s a good chance that you will be able to do it on paper too. At the same time, it’s an enjoyable activity: thinking on your feet is more important than writing a speech!       

    We work hard at developing skills during weekly sessions, and there are plenty of opportunities to put these skills into practice in school debates and in the competitions which we enter:  Cambridge and Oxford Schools’, Debate Mate and the Institute of Ideas.

    Meditation

    Learn how to calm yourself and feel a sense of peace. Meditation is a powerful skill that you can learn which will enrich your life.  We shall practise sitting in meditation each week for about 15 minutes. You will be taught how to meditate and there is space for us to discuss what this is like.  This class is open to anyone.

    Drama Production

    Throughout the Autumn term we will be devising, rehearsing and performing a version of Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet – auditions for acting roles (look out for information on posters around the school) – and helpers needed for production, design and stage management. Rehearsals will be on Wednesday afternoons – and at additional times as we get closer to the performance just before Christmas (including a full weekend of rehearsals the weekend before the performance).

    This enrichment only runs in the Autumn term - you can start a different enrichment in the Spring term if you would like to or continue with Drama as an enrichment - there will also be a whole school musical production in the Summer term - look out for details closer to the time.

    Playwriting

    New Views Playwriting Enrichment - to begin after Christmas (with the possibility of one session in a time tbc before Christmas) In conjunction with the National Theatre and a nationwide competition, Miss Silver will be running the New Views writing project for the second year running as part of the enrichment programme at CSG.

    If you've ever wanted to be the next Polly Stenham, Lucy Kirkwood, Mike Bartlett or Nathaniel Martello-White this is the course for you! The enrichment involves a series of taught lessons during a lunchtime /enrichment slot tbc and includes two sessions with a professional playwright as well as a trip to the national theatre all for free!

    All I ask in return is:

    1. Total commitment

    2. A desire to write for the stage, explore new ideas and discuss them.

    3.  An ability to meet strict deadlines and respond to feedback.

    This course is open to both year 12 and year 13 students who did not take part last year. Last year's creative writing enrichment class are most welcome to apply! If you're interested in taking part, there are ten places available on a first come first served basis upon receipt of a 500 word original monologue/duologue emailed to dsilver@csg.school by 25.09.17

    Duke of Edinburgh Award

    • Would you like to take up a new activity?
    • Would you like to gain an Award, which is recognised all over the world?
    • Have you started the Award elsewhere and would like to finish it?

    If the answer to any of these questions is ‘yes’, you could participate in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.  The Award covers four areas and Bronze and Silver levels can be completed in about 12-18 months. If you have already completed your Silver Award elsewhere, it may also be possible to do your Gold in conjunction with the Camden Open Award centre. The four areas of the Award are: Service, skills, physical recreation, expedition.  These could be NEW activities which you would like to take up, or something you do already. The expedition is run by the Camden Open Award Centre - you must be available for training sessions outside of school time in the run up to the trip.

    Football Training Programme

    This enrichment takes place after lunch on Wednesday afternoons. We will hire a pitch at Market Road and organise ourselves into teams to play matches - if possible we may try to arrange friendly matches with other local Sixth Forms. Listen carefully in tutorial and assemblies etc. at the start of term to find out about how to get involved.

    History of Ideas

    • Fill in the gaps in your general knowledge
    • Discover and discuss religion, philosophy, politics, art, literature and music etc.
    • Get suggestions for wider reading – ideas for Extended Projects – and prepare for your future appearance on University Challenge.
    • Open to Year 12 and 13
    • One double lesson per week – no homework, exams or grades!
    • Sessions on Wednesday afternoon periods 6 and 7.

    We will attempt to cover the following (amongst other things):

    • The origin of ‘ideas’ - the pre-historic cognitive revolution, the agricultural revolution - and other concepts as explored by Yuval Noah Harari in his book ‘Sapiens - A Brief History of Humankind’
    • A beginner’s guide to Ancient Greece and Rome – the history, the mythology, and the cultural legacy. What should you know if you’ve never studied Classics?
    • The History of Religion – What is in the Bible? - when, by whom, and why, was it written? Which key stories/characters should you know about? Why do you need to know about it? How did the movements inspired by Jesus and Muhammad grow into the world religions we know today? Why do Protestants and Catholics, Sunnis and Shias fight amongst themselves?
    • The development of the modern world - looking at three key periods - The Renaissance, The Enlightenment and the Romantic period - and how these have contributed to shaping the modern world which we inhabit today.
    • The rise of science – how has our worldview been transformed by modern science and technology? Can religious faith co-exist with a rational scientific outlook? What impact did the ideas and discoveries of Copernicus, Newton, Darwin and Freud, have on culture and society?
    • The rise (and fall) of the European Empires – from the ‘discovery’ of America to the post-colonial period after World War II – how have they shaped the modern world?
    • Political ideologies – how have the ideas of figures such as Machiavelli and Karl Marx shaped the world we live in?

    Ancient Greek GCSE

    GCSE Classical Greek is a two year course now available to keen Year 12 students. It will be taught from 4-5pm on Mondays and Thursdays in room 35. It's a great opportunity to learn an ancient language fundamental to Western literature and civilisation, and looks brilliant on a UCAS form. Anyone who is interested should see Mr Bateson for further information.

    Creative Photoshop

    Photoshop is a powerful digital tool widely used in the creative industries. Whether you want to create a poster, design an album or graphic novel cover or just create a digital masterpiece for the sake of it, Photoshop can help you do it. Maybe you would like to advertise a club you are setting up, design your own campaign poster or create your own logo? Used in conjunction with digital photography and your own artwork you can create visually impactful results and just have a bit of creative fun!