Extra Curricular Activities and School Trips
Students have the opportunity to participate in an extensive range of extra-curricular activities both in and out of school. Our extra-curricular programme operates both at lunchtime and after school. Clubs and activities vary from year to year and appeal to a wide range of interests.
We have an annual school play involving large numbers of students, recent productions include Grimm Tales and Made in Dagenham. There are visits to the theatre and musicals regularly arranged.
As they move through the school students are encouraged to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and World Challenge Expeditions, which develop independence and team building skills.
Year 12 have the opportunity to take part in the National Mock Trial competition which encourage a high standard of public speaking. Sixth Formers take part in the Young Enterprise Scheme and events such as the Model United Nations.
Students are encouraged to be aware of the problems of those less fortunate than themselves and to involve themselves in community service. Fund raising for charitable organisations is a regular part of school life and students participate in a wide range of popular activities to raise money for the school charity of the year which is chosen by the students themselves.
Departments organise regular trips to support students in their learning, and there are study visits and exchange visits abroad for students learning MFL.
Presdales PE department offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities for all levels, those that want to participate for fun and for those pupils who want to try and play for the school teams. Extra-curricular clubs are offered in Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Dance, Football, Gymnastics, Handball, Hockey, Netball, Rounders, Rugby, Sportshall, Swimming, Trampolining, Tennis and Volleyball. Pupils from all years are encouraged to participate in sport to enable them to discover their talents, improve their physical fitness, and help them establish an active lifestyle for the future. Regular fixtures are held against other schools during the week, including in the local county leagues. There is an invitational only ‘Gifted and Talented’ early morning training club for those that excel in sport to try and improve their fitness levels.
In addition to the individual music tuition offered, there are three choirs, a school orchestra, a concert band, a variety of ensembles and a rock and pop school. Regular concerts are held throughout the year, in which both individual girls and larger groups take part and an additional opportunity to perform in school is given at morning assemblies.
A distinctive feature of the school’s music department is its commitment to take music beyond the school community. The choirs have performed at prestigious venues such as the Barbican and Saffron Hall and our Little Big Band often performs at local events such as the Dickensian Evening and Standon Open Gardens.