Subject Stretchers

  • Where: G202
  • When: Tuesday, 4.00 - 5.00 pm
  • Who: Sixth Form
  • i/c: JFH

Beginners Arabic offers an introduction to speaking, reading and writing modern standard Arabic, loosely following the course 'Mastering Arabic' by Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gaafar. Our aim over the course of two years is to gain enough confidence to tackle most simple written Arabic with the aid of a dictionary and the ability to speak with confidence about our family, school, travel essentials (ordering food in restaurants) etc. It is currently available to boys in the sixth form.

  • When: Monday lunchtime in Michaelmas; Thursday P8 in Lent and Summer terms
  • Who: Lower School and Third Year
  • i/c: AJM

The Archaeology Club offers the opportunity to learn about life in the Ancient World in many different civilisations, including the Egyptians, Persians, Vikings, and of course the Greeks and Romans. The club also learns how archaeologists piece together information about past societies- and most excitingly there is the opportunity to excavate. Activities will include watching films and documentaries, making models and posters, learning to use archaeological techniques, and how to dig.

  • Where: CMR and outside venues
  • When: Once every half-term; other times for theatre, museum visits, etc.
  • Who: Middle and Upper School
  • i/c: CB

The Classical Society offers a range of events throughout the year to enable boys to pursue their interest in the Ancient World beyond the confines of the various syllabi. Speakers are invited from universities and other schools on a variety of historical and literary topics, but there are also trips to plays, various museums and classical sites in Britain, as well as further afield. Those not studying classical subjects are welcome to attend.

  • Where: B113
  • When: By arrangement  
  • Who: Sixth Form
  • i/c: HMAB

The Edmund Society is a club for members of the School with a passion for philosophical discourse and discussion. It is an activity aimed predominantly at sixth formers where a variety of material is covered, including, but by no means limited to, epistemology, symbolic logic and the philosophy of science. On top of regular meetings the Society looks to put on one lecture per term, and guests have included Peter Hitchens, Prof. Michael Lacewing and Prof. Stephen Mulhall, with talks on the political situation of the Ukraine, epistemology and Ludwig Wittgenstein respectively.

  • Where: GIS Suite
  • When: Wednesday P8
  • Who: All years
  • i/c: SEKP

An exciting opportunity to explore Geography through digital mapping software called GIS (Geographical Information Systems). Navigate the globe, create your own datasets and maps, and explore the world through this virtual software.

  • Where: At SHSK
  • When: Tuesday P8
  • Who: 5th Year and above
  • i/c: MSC

Do you want to broaden your mind, read more widely, become more interesting, cultured, imaginative, and generally well-versed in intellectual discussion? The Joint Literary Society is a chance to read and discuss literature from around, above, beyond, below, and indeed nowhere near the syllabus. Here you can encounter writing and ideas from the most classic to the most contemporary of writers and become a literary critic and connoisseur in the company of Abingdon's and St Helen's finest minds. 

Rumour has it that the eating of cake may also be a central feature of this society.

If you are in L6 and interested in reading, literature, culture, discussion and cake, or indeed you are considering applying to read English at University, then please do come along. 

  • Where: Modern Languages, B6
  • When: As and when advertised
  • Who: Upper School
  • i/c: VP

The Modern Languages Department runs a series of events throughout the year in conjunction with St Helen’s. The Society is co-organised by a committee of sixth form linguists at both schools. The Society is not only for boys studying modern languages (French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Italian, Russian…) but any Sixth Formers interested in languages, language learning and other cultures. Events include social evenings, dinners, film showings, visits to the theatre/cinema and talk by visiting speakers. Details published on an ad hoc basis.

  • Where: B5 (Modern Languages Dept.)
  • When: Friday, Period 8, Lent Term
  • Who: 3 - VI
  • i/c: ACW

This is a club run by students for students and focuses on linguistic code breaking. Students will unravel a wide range of rules for the formation of sounds, words and sentences in a wide range of languages; this often leads to surprising insights and always broadens cultural and linguistic horizons.

  • Where: G204
  • When: Monday P8
  • Who: Lower School
  • i/c: LCAM & TASC

This club is designed for those interested in fun activities related to history. Past activities have included the making of helmets and swords, constructing models of castles and battlefield scenes and big screen viewing of history-based movies and favourites such as ‘Blackadder’.

  • Where: B6 Modern Languages Department
  • When: Thursdays 4.00 - 5.00pm 
  • Who: Years 1-2 mostly but all welcome
  • i/c: JAM

The LS MFL Club takes place every Thursday, where students can come to play languages games, do quizzes and find out more about languages they study or may wish to study.

  • Where: M101
  • When: Thursday lunchtimes
  • Who: 4 - VI
  • i/c: CJM

History meets Hollywood. This is an opportunity to watch some of your favourite historical films on the big screen in a relaxed and informal setting. Films (based on real-life events) are chosen by vote. School packed lunches are provided (by arrangement with Dr May) – supplemented by the famous history chocolate biscuits!

  • Where: G201
  • When: Mondays P8
  • Who: All years
  • i/c: HJW

As a group, we will be exploring how to look after our brains, begin to practise meditation, and think about how to appreciate the present and instil calm.  There can be a whole range of benefits, from improving concentration, mental health and self-esteem.  

Open to anyone from third year to upper sixth with a love of poetry and an interest in exploring the art of verse speaking. Students learn poems by heart and enter a national competition if they wish. This group also takes part in National Poetry Day activities and helps to promote a love of poetry across the school.

  • Where: S208
  • When: Monday period 5
  • Who: 4
  • i/c: DCB

Psychology is the study of the mind and tries to understand and explain our behaviour. Psychology Club offers a chance to discuss and research some interesting psychological ideas such as memory, body language, perception and illusions.

  • Where: Various
  • When: Lent Term, Monday Period 5 and Friday Period 4
  • Who: Second Year boys (identified by CB and AJJ)
  • i/c: CB
  • Where: No fixed venue
  • When: Late Michaelmas and Lent terms
  • Who: Middle School and Upper School
  • i/c: CFC

A general knowledge competition, run along similar lines to ‘University Challenge’. We take part in the annual national competition, with a team of two senior boys and two Middle School boys, selected on the basis of rigorous tests. We also run an annual L6 Challenge competition in the Lent term.

  • Where: CMR / Ingham Room
  • When: Once or twice termly
  • Who: Sixth Form historians and other interested Sixth Form pupils
  • i/c: DRM

An opportunity to listen to talks from distinguished visiting historians – and to discuss historical topics, informally. A range of topics will be addressed, often tied to the A level syllabus – but also designed to broaden historical perspectives. The society also stages a Christmas Quiz and end of term social gatherings.

  • Where: B6
  • When: By arrangement 1 period per week
  • Who: Upper School
  • i/c: VEM

GCSE Russian is offered to sixth formers during their free periods. They have the option of taking either full course or short course Edexcel GCSE after one or two years.

  • Where: B2
  • Who: Sixth Form (not studying at A Level)
  • i/c: VP

This Club is open to any pupil who, having done IGCSE Spanish, is not taking the subject in Sixth Form but wishes to keep up his skills in this language. During our weekly meeting current affairs in Spanish speaking countries are discussed, certain aspects of the Spanish grammar are covered and a deeper understanding of the Hispanic world is gained. Pupils are welcome to join in any term of the academic year. Day and time arranged depending on pupils' free periods.