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Extra Curricular

Guildford High School is a warm, welcoming community that offers hundreds of ways for girls to get involved in school life.  From sports clubs and musical ensembles to jewellery making, art, maths, cooking and chess clubs, there is something to capture the imagination of every girl.

Debating clubs give girls from Year 7 the chance to debate on a range of issues, acquiring the skills to think on their feet, challenge information, organise their thoughts logically and quickly and to present a point of view concisely and eloquently.  As the girls develop their skills, they compete in debating and public speaking competitions; the senior debating team has an outstanding track-record, having twice won the European Youth Parliament debating at a national level in recent years, progressing to represent the UK at international competitions.

The House system is hugely popular and establishes a deeper level of belonging, allowing girls to work and socialise across forms and year groups.  Lunchtimes are frequently filled with laughter and cheers as girls compete at inter-House cupcake baking, Monopoly, football and drama, to name but a few.

Trips and expeditions help girls gain the confidence to take appropriate risks and the resilience to cope with adversity.  In addition to curriculum-related visits which enhance classroom learning, adventure trips in the UK, France and Morocco and expeditions to extraordinary destinations, such as China and Nicaragua provide exciting new experiences.

Some 200 girls set off on Duke of Edinburgh expeditions each year, armed with rucksacks and compasses and ready to face the challenges ahead.  The popularity of D of E means that many progress from hiking on the South Downs to wild camping in Wales as they work through Bronze and Silver to the Gold Award.  D of E also has a strong community service strand and the girls also show remarkable energy for charitable causes, learning about being responsible citizens as they acquire new skills. 

The Charity Committee runs numerous campaigns and major events, such as the annual Fashion Show staged with the Royal Grammar School, raise significant amounts for nominated charities.  There is a school-wide interest in environmental issues with an active ‘Green Team’ and a Sixth Form ‘People and Planet’ team which raises awareness of global issues. 


 Example Extra-Curricular Activities 2017-18

The Nightingale School Newspaper - October 2018