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There are many opportunities for students to be involved in activities beyond the classroom. The following list is a guide to what is available. Be aware that some activities are seasonal, and therefore regular times and dates are not provided. For more information, students should speak to the member of staff listed as the booking contact, or speak to any other teacher in that department.
For general enquiries regarding extra-curricular activities, contact Mrs Flint.
Music For All
The Music and Performing Arts department runs a wide range of ensembles and clubs for pupils of all ages and ability.
The school choirs rehearse during lunchtimes, with the orchestra rehearsing every Wednesday after school. Students are usually expected to have reached grade 2 standard to play in the orchestra, but there are no auditions for the choirs. Rehearsals continue throughout the year in preparation for a number of performances; the annual Advent services, the spring cabaret, occasional lunchtime events and other liturgical events in school as well as numerous events around the region to which our pupils are invited.
Instrumental lessons are offered for orchestral strings, clarinet, flute, saxophone, brass and drum kit. All students who play one of these instruments at their junior school are guaranteed lessons when they join us in year 7. There are also opportunities for some pupils to take up an instrument for the first time. Whilst these are heavily subsidised, there is a small charge for instrumental lessons, enabling us to continue to offer an excellent range and quality of tuition. Instruments can be borrowed at no extra cost from the Gateshead Music Service.
There are a whole host of other clubs and activities based in and around a variety of subject or extra-curricular areas available for all students. These include Art Club, Debating Society, Homework Clubs as well as a variety of Sports and Music activities. More detailed information is available on the school website.
Edmund Campion Outdoor Adventure Club (ECO)
The school’s outdoor club organises a wide range of outdoor adventure activities throughout the school year, including gorge walking, canoeing, camping and cave exploration. Please click here to see the programme for 2016-17.
If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Robson at the school.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
In Year 10, many pupils complete the DofE Bronze Award. This is a fabulous opportunity to develop a range of skills outside of the classroom environment. Anyone interested in completing this award should speak to Mrs Flint, Miss Wilson or Mr. Robson. The following link provides lots of useful information about the award: http://www.dofe.org/what-is-dofe
The Cardinal Hume archery club continues to go from strength to strength. With expert coaching from local archer Craig Thompson students from year 7 – 12 have taken advantage of the chance to be the next Robin Hood or Katniss Everdeen.
Over the winter months students have been working on target archery using recurve bows in he warmth of the sports hall, as summer approaches we are now moving outside to mix target archery with some games of clout using the long bows.
Students are making excellent progress and developing a new skill. The commitment and focus shown by the full age range of students has been tremendous and it is hoped the club will continue to develop over the years to come.