Extra-Curriculum

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It is our intention to offer an education for the whole person not separating what happens in the classroom from what happens outside, and to that end we offer a large range of activities beyond the school day designed to encourage participation and to offer students the chance of success in arenas other than the classroom.

From the start of their time at Elizabeth College, we encourage our students to try everything so that they can discover their talents and passions, wherever they may lie. The quality and range of activities enables all students to find their niche as well as making new friends.

The Upper School has a proud tradition of musical accomplishment and, apart from the taught programme, the Director of Music and Head of Strings arrange individual lessons and, with the help of talented staff members, supervise choirs, orchestras and a wind band.

Delights of the spoken word are developed through Drama and Debate. Through dramatic productions, students are provided with experiences that develop not only their abilities in performance but also essential life skills. Regular productions, often in liaison with The Ladies’ College, provide opportunities for learning about leading and working in a team effectively. Debating thrives through House competitions at Senior and Junior level, and through participation in the Rotary Youth Speaks competition.

In the Sixth Form students can opt to become part of the College’s Community Service group which offers assistance to a wide range of island people. A sense of being part of the wider community is a key to the education of our students who learn invaluable skills and experience a variety of working and living situations otherwise not within their usual lives.
In addition to these formal activities, many interest groups, catering to a wide variety of tastes, operate at lunchtimes and after school. These range from clubs such as the Science and Railway Clubs to the intellectual challenges of the Saravia Society with many others along the way.

An important element in our aims is to broaden horizons. College prides itself on the number and range of educational trips that members of staff lead to the mainland and abroad. London, Bath, the Cotswolds, France, Spain, Austria, Italy and Greece are popular destinations for both academic study and outdoor education. 

The Combined Cadet Force has been a great source of pride to the College since it was founded in 1902.

Membership is optional and open to all students in Year 10 and above. After initial training, cadets serve in the Army Signals, RAF or Navy Sections. The CCF offers students a chance to develop leadership skills, engage in a variety of challenging pursuits and enjoy a special sense of team spirit and camaraderie. The CCF forms the official Guard of Honour at many States functions.

All cadets complete field craft and self-reliance exercises and may use these for their DoE Award if they are registered. Boys learn to fire the full bore rifles and classify using the small bore rifles in the indoor range. The best shooters attend Bisley in July and other competitions during the year. All cadets can attend Adventure Training, local expeditions (including to Jersey), march and shoot competitions and orienteering in the UK. The most Senior Cadets have the opportunity of exchange trips with Canadian Cadets.

The Royal Navy Section runs activities afloat, including rowing, sailing and power boating using the College’s power boats and the Sail Training Trust facilities. Boys should gain RYA Level 2 or higher awards and also get the opportunity to attend sailing competitions in the UK.

The Royal Air Force section train for their Part One and Two exams and use the RAF Volunteer Gliding schools and RAF bases in the UK for air experience. Cadets also get the chance to attend RAF central camps where air experience can be gained on powered trainers such as the Bulldog.

The Army Section continues with field craft exercises and also complete VHF/UHF radio work.

Cadets are encouraged and supported in gaining DoE Awards, SJA First Aid Awards and RLSS Bronze Medallion.

Elizabeth College staff are committed to providing students in years 10 to 13 with access to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme is a voluntary non-competitive programme of practical, cultural and adventurous activities. It is designed to support the personal and social development of young people, regardless of gender, background or ability. It offers an individual challenge and encourages young people to undertake exciting constructive, challenging and enjoyable activities in their free time. Furthermore, many organisations such as employers and universities value the Award and what it says about the person who has achieved it.

There are three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. For each one, pupils need to complete activities in four different sections, Volunteering, Skills, Physical and Expeditions. The College is currently running the Bronze and Gold schemes. At Gold level, you also take part in a residential project.

Year 9 students start the Bronze award expedition training during Investigation and Discovery week. They can start the other sections on their 14th birthday. Boys can start the Gold scheme on their 16th birthday. The College runs several expeditions a year for Gold participants.

On successful completion, you will be presented with a badge and certificate and at Gold level you are invited to a presentation ceremony at one of the Royal Palaces.

We hope you find this website a useful source of information but if you want more details please see Mr Davis.

Click here for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme website. 

A broad spectrum of clubs and interest groups, catering to a wide variety of tastes, operate at Elizabeth College during lunchtimes and after school. These range from clubs such as the Science and Railway Clubs to the intellectual challenges of the Saravia Society with many others in between.

Full details of the Extra-Curricular activities on offer at Elizabeth College are given in the Activities Booklet