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At Regent's Park we offer a range of clubs from Art and Drama through to Science and Sports.

Art

Art Open Studios

Open to: LV to UVI

Teacher: Mrs Orr

This is run twice a week for all pupils but primarily providing the lower fifth and upwards a chance to complete GCSE and A level course work after school. All equipment is in the art room already.  During the session girls can get individual help and advice from a member of the Art Department. Also, Life Drawing takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:15-6pm.


Craft Club

Open to: III and UIV

Teacher: Miss Evans

When: Thursday 1st Lunch

Where: S16

This is a weekly lunchtime club for any girls who want the chance to engage in a creative activity.  This is a drop-in session where anything is possible!


Life Drawing 

Open to: UV - VI

Teacher: Mrs Orr and Miss Evans

When: Tuesday and Thursday 4.15 - 6.15pm 

Where: Art Studios 

With a life model at every session this club is centred on developing formal drawing skills and creative use of media in interpretation of the figure.  It is held two evenings a week for Upper Fifth and Sixth Form girls.


Ceramics 

Open to: III to UVI

Teacher: Ms de Borman

When: Wednesday 4 - 5.30pm

Where: Art Studios

Girls of all abilities are welcome to join the Ceramics which is run by a specialist teacher once a week.  The class covers different techniques in pottery and ceramics.  Girls can make anything they want (and take it home when finished), often including work towards art exams (GCSE etc) and the Duke of Edinburgh Award (where ceramics provides a perfect 'skill').  All pupils work at their own pace with a variety of clays, and are taught different techniques, including decorative methods, which they can then combine with their own ideas.       

Classics

Junior Classics Club/Mythical Monsters

Open to: III

Teacher: Miss Williams

When: Thursday 2nd Lunch

Where: F2

Classics Club brings the ancient world of the Greeks and Romans to FHS, showing in a fun and interactive way why these people from so long ago are still important to us today. Aimed at the IIIrds and run by inspired sixth-formers, we’ll look at famous myths, the daily life of these civilisations, their drama, and their art.


Senior Classics Society

Open to: UV and above

Teacher: Miss Greenhalgh

When: Thursday 1st Lunch

Where: S18


Greek Drama Society

Open to: LV and above

Teacher: Miss Greenhalgh

When: Friday 2nd Lunch

Where: Gloucester Room


Advanced Latin Translation

Open to: VI Form

Teacher: Mrs Cohen

When: Monday 2nd Lunch

Where: S21

Drama

Junior Drama 

Open to: III to LIV

Teacher: Mrs Phillips

When: Tuesday 1st Lunch

Where: Gloucester Room

The club will provide opportunities for games, movement, mime and character exploration through improvisation. Devising, scripting and performance will build confident and talented actresses. We will then work towards an evening performance, in the Summer term, of a chosen play.


School Play

Open to: UIV upwards (by audition)

Teacher: Mrs Oakley

Every December there is a major school production, either a play or a musical.  Recently we have produced

  • "The Sound of Music" (2016)
  • “A Midsummer Night's Dream” (2015)
  •  “Guys and Dolls” (2014),
  • “Much Ado About Nothing” (2013) 
  • “Cabaret” (2012) 

UIV upwards can audition for roles.   As well as acting, there are lots of other ways in which to become involved such as lighting, costumes, make up, helping to create sets and stage managing. Costumes are specially created for each play, and props and costumes that can't be provided from our amazing drama store are hired. We work with a professional lighting designer and, for musicals, both in-house and professional choregraphers.

There are between six and eight rehearsals each week; three after school and three or four at lunchtime.

The plays usually run for three performances, each starting at 7.00pm.

We are excited to announce that our next major production will be Twelfth Night.

Auditions will be held at the start of the summer term so that rehearsals can start at the very beginning of the autumn term. Please see the Drama notice board for details, or speak to Mrs Oakley or Mr Patterson.

Click here for photos from 'The Sound of Music'


Speech and Drama Classes

Open to: All year groups

Teacher: Miss Mount

For further information please email karen.mount@fhs-nw1.org.uk

 

Geography

GEOGRAPHY PLUS

Open to: UV

Teacher: Mrs Dawes

When: Tuesday 2nd Lunch

Where: G13

This is a weekly session which provides extra help for the UV girls with skills and examination technique for their IGCSE. It is run on a drop-in basis, although a girl’s Geography teacher may also recommend that she attend.


Geography Society

Open to LV - U6
 
Teacher: Mrs Freeley
 
When: Thursday 2nd Lunch
 
Where: G13
 
Geography Society aims to broaden members understanding of the geographical issues facing the world today. We discuss current affairs, which may be a recent earthquake or hurricane event, or a virus such as Zika, and the impact these have on people and the environment. Other activities have included investigating what it is like to live in extreme environments, completion of global GIS activities and quizzes. 

GLOBETROTTERS

Open to: III-UIV

Teacher: Miss O'Neill

When: Wednesday 1st Lunch

Where: G13

Globetrotters aims to enrich its members with a deeper appreciation of our world, the environment and to learn more about the geography of our planet! Recent activities have included watching the Cowspiracy documentary, campaigning to raise awareness of the impacts of animal agriculture and listening to teachers' exciting holidays! In the future we hope to taste test Fairtrade chocolate, make pen-friend links with students in other countries and investigate fair Fairtrade fashion.

History and Politics

History and Politics Society

Open to: The Sixth Form, but all interested students may attend

Teacher: Mr Glavin

When: Tuesday 1st Lunch

Where: Lecture Theatre

Due to the extensive mix of eminent outside speakers, the History and Politics Society is a fascinating club for those with an interest in how History and Politics shape the world we live in. The speakers talk on an array of different topics (although sometimes they are invited to talk on topics or issues that are particularly relevant to the History or Politics syllabus). As the speakers are actively involved in these areas, they talk extremely passionately and with great interest on that subject, and provide further insight and depth to the topic.

This is a student led society which meets weekly. The half hour talks take place in the lecture theatre at lunchtime, with half an hour for questions and discussions.

The Society is not exclusive, although usually students from the UV and upward gain more benefit as some of the speakers discuss quite complicated subjects. However, anyone with an interest is welcome!


The Forum

Open to: V - VI

Teacher: Mrs Christie

When: Monday 1st Lunch

Where: F5

The Forum is an opportunity for the Fifth Form historians to meet and discuss various historical issues, which are not related to the GCSE course. This usually involves a brief introduction by the History teachers, followed by a discussion and perhaps some video clips. All types of topics are discussed; the Cold War, American Civil Rights, The Russian Revolution, the War in Syria and the British electoral system to name but a few. Lunch is provided and no knowledge or experience is required!


Junior History Club

Open to: III and LIV

Teacher: Lower Sixth History Pupils supported by History Departmental Staff

When: Wednesday 2nd Lunch

Where: F5

The Junior History Club is a great way to get a more ‘hands on’ perspective on historical events and periods, particularly for Thirds. The club offers the opportunity to get involved in practical activities such as: learning a dance, trying food from different periods, model making, videos, talks, presentations, playing games, writing and performing small plays and sketches, clothing etc. - activities that are not on the history syllabus.  Its goal is to develop a love of history outside the classroom and to allow the girls to have fun within an historical context, whilst at the same time researching new topics of historical interest.

It is not just aimed at the history enthusiast - current pupils have found the demonstrations, discussions and activities a motivating way of learning about the events and trends of other times. The Tudor and Stuart period are always particularly popular, but we will also include more modern eras. To make the club a real experience, we also plan outside school hours trips, and speakers who demonstrate dance and clothing of the period, for example.


Senior Debate

Senior Debate Open to: UIV to UVI

Teacher: Mr Carew Hunt

When: Friday 1st Lunch

Where: Lecture Theatre

There is a long history of debating at Francis Holland. Senior Debating Society holds debates every week, and in the Spring Term we hold an inter-form competition. 

Senior debate aims to challenge older girls with more complicated issues. This club not only develops debating skills, but also research and organisational skills, that are very important later on in the school. The club also encourages students’ interests in subjects like current affairs or ethics and teaches them how to communicate ideas and think on their feet. Every week, a debating atmosphere is created for the upcoming debates; it is taken seriously and treated as if it were in a proper debating house, giving the girls a better sense of what it is like to debate in a competition. You are expected to prepare your debate in your own time.

The Senior Inter-Form Debating Competition is run every year in the school. The pupils would normally debate their own motion, but in this event, the teachers choose instead. Outside school competitions include the Oxford Union, Cambridge Union and Observer Mace. The club also goes on school trips. There have been trips to the House of Commons and the English Speaking Union.

Just because you are not debating doesn’t mean your voice is not heard. As part of the floor, you can share your point of view; ask questions of the debaters and even vote for the winning debaters. To stay in the club, you are not required to come every week.

There are different types of debates. Sometimes, the club participates in what is called a “Balloon Debate.” In this, some girls are put into an imaginary balloon, where they each represent a different person. They have to justify their presence in it, or the floor votes them off during the debate.


Junior Debate

Open to: III and LIV

Teacher: Lower Sixth Pupils supported by Mr Carew Hunt

Where: Thursday 1st Lunch

Where: Lecture Theatre

Junior Debate is an excellent opportunity for girls to debate openly and listen to each other's arguments. Every week there are two teams, the opposition and proposition, consisting of two people on each team, who debate an argument. The people who are not debating listen, and then when the debate is open to the floor, they express their opinions. The debate and speakers change every week.

Languages

French Conversation Classes

Open to: GCSE and A level pupils

This is an opportunity for exam candidates to practise and develop their language skills. 


Cercle Francais

Open to: GCSE and A level pupils

Teacher: Miss Spera and M.me Gustave

When: Monday 2nd Lunch

Where: S21

Cercle Francais meets one lunchtime every week.  The club is open to any exam classes with an interest in French culture and language.


German Conversation Classes

Open to: GCSE and A level pupils

Teacher: Mr Diesel

This is an opportunity for exam candidates to practise and develop their language skills. 


German Club 'Einklang'

Open to: LIV - UV

Teacher: Ms Iksilara

When: Thursday 1st Lunch

Where: G15

The German Club meets one lunchtime every week.  The club is open to anyone in the Lower School with an interest in German culture and language.


International Film Club

Open to: All ages

Teacher: Mr Gridelli

This popular club shows films of international interest fostering a passion for languages and European culture. 


Italian Conversation Classes

Open to: GCSE and A level pupils

Teacher: Mrs Boschi

This is an opportunity for exam candidates to practise and develop their language skills. 


Circolo Italiano

Open to: The Sixth Form

Teacher: Ms Slocombe

When: Tuesday 2nd Lunch

Where: S21

The Italian Club meets one lunchtime every week.  The club is open to anyone in the Sixth Form with an interest in Italian culture and language.


BRITISH SIGN LANGUAGE CLUB

Open to: III to UVI

Teacher: Mrs Fox

When: Level 1 - Wednesday 8am. Level 2 - Friday 8am

Where: RS2

Do you want to learn a new language? Would you like to be able to communicate confidently with people with hearing impairments? If the answer is yes, do come along to this club where sign language will be taught.


Mandarin Chinese

Open to: All years

Teacher: Native-speaker

The Languages Department now offers Mandarin at two ability levels. The advanced group is after school.  The beginners'/intermediate group is a lunch time session running for 40 minutes.


Spanish Conversation Classes

Open to: GCSE and A level pupils

Teacher: Ms Diaz-Crespo

This is an opportunity for exam candidates to practise and develop their language skills. 


Spanish Club

Open to: III to UIV

Teacher: Miss Lamas
 

When: Tuesday 2nd Lunch

Where: RS1

This is Spanish for all levels including conversation and cultural awareness. 

Mathematics

Mathematics Clinic

Open to: III to UV

Teacher: Maths staff

Every week there are three Mathematics Clubs where your daughter will be able to receive extra one on one tutoring on any aspect of her Mathematics course from a teacher or even a friendly A level Mathematics student. 


Maths Society

Open to: III to UIV

Teacher: Mrs Thornhill

When: Tuesday 1st Lunch

Where: G7

This is an opportunity for girls to explore various maths topics ably assisted by our enthusiastic Sixth Form Mathematicians and Further Mathematicians. Inspired by the particular interests of the attendees each year, we have held sessions on Origami, Sudoku, Fractals and Code Breaking. Every year we invite speakers in to deliver a talk after school. Past presentations have come from Dr Florencia Tettamenti, who hosted a presentation on Shape and Smoke Rings; Alex Bellos on his book ‘Alex’s Adventures in Wonderland’; James Grime with his original Enigma Code Breaking machine; Dr Matt Pritchard with his talk entitled ‘Something about Nothing’.


Hans Woyda 

Open to: UIV to UVI by invitation

Teacher: Mrs Murugan

When: Wednesday 1st Lunch

Where: F15

The Hans Woyda inter-school Mathematics Competition is held between 64 of the top schools in London .E ach round is contested by a team of four students from different year groups, when they tackle quick-fire problems in as little as 30 seconds. The students enjoy learning the mathematical tricks that help with answering these questions, and they develop their general problem solving skills. There are seven rounds of questions on different realms of mathematics, including: geometry; algebra and calculus; mental arithmetic and a race at the end.

Following on from our recent successes where we won our round by beating several top schools, we invite girls who show particular aptitude for problem solving to train for the after school fixtures which are played at Francis Holland or at the away school.

 


The Puzzle Club

Open to: III - UIV
 
Teacher: Miss Blazewicz

Currently we are running an interform play off between IIIrds and LIVths to find ‘The form with the Maths Factor'.Heats are held on a weekday lunchtime and the winners from each year group will then meet each other in the Grand Final.
 
We are on the look out for girls who will represent the school in the London inter school Hans Woyda competition which fields a 4 person team from the year groups UIV to UVI.
 
The Puzzles all about learning mathematics outside the classroom. Girls test their skills ona wide variety of puzzles, improve their problem solving skills and learn how to think logically whilst having fun.
 
We also visit Simon Singh's virtual Black Chamber, where you can learn about codes and code breaking, encrypt your own messages, crack those of your enemies, and play with interactive enciphering programmes.

Music

1st Orchestra

Open to: pupils by invitation of grade V upwards and directed by Mr Patterson.

The school's 1st Orchestra, consisting of 40-50 members, perform regularly at school concerts. Recent repertoire includes various symphonies by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, ballet and film music. The orchestra rehearses on Wednesdays after school.


2nd Orchestra

Open to: any girl grades II-IV and directed by Mr Ingham.

This group prepares pupils for ensemble playing in readiness to move up to 1st Orchestra. Working as a team, 2nd Orchestra plays both jazz and classical pieces. 2nd Orchestra rehearses after school on Wednesdays.


String Orchestra

Open to: string players by invitation of Grade V upwards and directed by Miss Parker.

The group performs at all the major school concerts and there is a wide repertoire of music covered. String Orchestra often tours with one of the Senior Choirs. String Orchestra rehearses before school on Tuesdays.


Pink Ladies

Open to: Pupils by invitation and directed by Mr Abbs.

This is the school's jazz band. Entry is by invitation, but there is no audition or specific grade qualification to get in. The Pink Ladies perform in the school's main concerts, usually with a bright pink item on their instrument, and always play with the natural flair that a jazz ensemble need. Pink Ladies rehearse on Monday lunchtimes.


Chamber Groups

Open to: All pupils with relevant musical ability and aptitude.

There are various Chamber Groups and these are organised according to standard and ability, including a variety of string quartets, a cello ensemble, a piano trio, two brass groups, two guitar ensembles and a flute ensemble. These groups normally rehearse at lunchtimes or before school.


Creative Song Writing

Open to: any girl interested in song composition and directed by Mr Ingham.

This is an open forum for any girl who wishes to develop their song writing skills. This forum occurs after school on Thursdays.


Lower School Choir

Open to: any girl in III to UIV and directed by Mr Ingham.

Lower School Choir sings a wide variety of music from jazz to classical and they develop their skills at singing in two parts. Lower School Choir rehearses after school on Mondays.


Lower School Chamber Choir

Lower School Chamber Choir

Open to: III to UIV by audition and directed by Mr Ingham.

Lower School Chamber Choir consists of keen and able singers and they regularly perform music in four parts. The choir sings at all major school events and also participates in overseas tours. Lower School Chamber Choir meets after school on Mondays.


School Choir

Open to: any girl in LIV to UVI and directed by Mr Patterson.

This choir of 60+ performs at all the major musical events throughout the year and often sings in collaboration with the Harrow Boys School Choir for an annual concert in March. This group rehearses on Wednesday lunchtimes.


Senior Chamber Choir

Open to: LV to UVI by audition and directed by Mr Patterson.

Keenness coupled with an ability to sight read and learn music quickly are key skills for the Senior Chamber Choir. This choir sings at all major school events and also participates in overseas tours. Senior Chamber Choir rehearses after school on Mondays.


The 15

Open to: LV to UVI by audition and directed by Mr Patterson.

A real commitment to choral singing coupled with an advanced ability to sight read and learn music quickly are key skills for the 15. This choir sings at all major school events and also participates in overseas tours. The 15 rehearse after school on Mondays after Senior Chamber Choir.


Thirds Choir

Rock Choir (pupil led)

Sciences

Animal Club

Open to: III to UIV

Teacher: Miss Le Roux

When: Friday 2nd Lunch

Where: G14

Animal club gives students the opportunity to learn about and care for a variety of unusual animals that can be kept as pets. Students are also given the chance to look after some of these animals over the holiday period. On a weekly basis various pets are invited to join the club!


Junior Science Club

Open to: LIV to UV

Teacher: Miss Shah

When: Thursday 2nd Lunch

When: B09

Junior Science Club provides an enjoyable and interesting array of practicals that help to relate activities in the laboratory to everyday life. Whilst science enthusiasts will obviously enjoy the activities, all members have a lot of fun and will get a buzz out of making bizarre crystals and things such as your own lipstick! The club focuses more on the practical side of science, rather than theory, so there is plenty of time to devote to experiments and activities, which can be tailored to the interests of the members. As well as increasing their knowledge and skills in Science, members will find this a great way to enhance their understanding of the world we live in.


Green Fingers

Open to: III to UVI

Teacher: Mr Bossé

When: Friday 2nd Lunch

Members grow their own plants in the Greenhouse from seeds and cuttings. These are then sold to staff or cultivated by members at home in their gardens. Activities include competitions to see who can grow the tallest Sunflower, or the most original plant from seeds from fruit eaten at lunchtime. There is the opportunity to grow more unusual plants such as the Venus flytrap. Members can also take responsibility for tending to plants around the school as well as in the Greenhouse.


Medical Society

Open: UV to UVI

Teacher: Mrs Lockwood

When: Monday 2nd Lunch

Where: B12

Medical Society provides aspiring Medics, Dentists and Vets with the tools they need to make a strong and confident application to Higher Education. Areas covered include finding and gaining the most from work experience, interview preparation, BMAT and UKCAT help, writing a convincing personal statement and investigating the different paths into these competitive careers. Girls can debate ideas relating to medical ethics and the structure of health systems in the UK as well as discussing interesting books and articles that they have read in scientific journals.


Robotics

Open to: LIV to LVI

Teachers: Mr Ward and Mr Peters

When: Wednesday 2nd Lunch

Where: B12

Robots Solving Real world Problems. Each September a new worldwide challenge is announced relating robotics to real world issues. First LEGO League issues the challenge and teams can enter regional tournaments where they must show how they have programmed a robot to fulfill various tasks using ‘LEGO Mindstorms’ technology. Regional winners go on to compete in the UK finals and may even get to the World Festival in the USA.


Universe Club

Open to: All years

Teacher: Mr Peters

When: Wednesday 2nd Lunch

Where: B12

Do you want to be a star or learn about the stars? Are we alone in this expansive universe? Will we be able to fly a rocket to Mars? Can we grow vegetables or set up a hotel on the Moon? Help Mr Peters build aliens and planets. Learn this and much more at Universe Club.

 

Sport

Cheerleading Club

Open to: III to UVI

Teacher: Ms Jones

When: Thursday lunch time

Where: Gym

One of the fastest growing activities in the UK, Cheerleading Club caters for all abilities and levels. Whether you’re a beginner or you have tried it before, Cheerleading Club is a great way to get fit, improve your co-ordination or just to have fun with your friends.


Cricket

Open to: All year groups

Teacher: Mr Mason


Fencing

Open to: III to UVI

Teacher: Miss Lapoutge

You do not have to be a certain standard to attend. Girls are taught to use foils and after acquiring basic skills, matches are organised against other schools. You will also have the opportunity to learn how to referee matches. Equipment is provided by the school, but you may use your own.

Charges: Contact the Office staff for the current fees.


Friday Fitness 

Open to: III to UVI

Teacher: PE Staff

Fitness club is held once a week and students participate in a variety of different activities focusing on the five components of fitness; muscular endurance, cardiovascular endurance, strength, flexibility and speed.


Fitness Suite

Anyone in the UIV upwards can use the equipment, after an initial induction, in the fitness suite. Girls are encouraged to use it at least three times a week, for 30 minutes each session.


Football

Open to: III to LVI

Teacher: Mr Ward

There are no trials for this club and you need not be of a certain standard to attend. The aim of this club is to teach basic skills and game play. Some matches are organised against other schools and many girls have gone on to join Ladies’ Football Clubs outside school.


Gym Squad

Open to: III to LIV {Junior} UIV to UVI {Senior}

Teacher: PE Staff

Trials are held in the Autumn term and the Junior and Senior teams are selected. Teams work on floor skills which develop into routines. Every year both teams compete in the Middlesex Gym Competition. Routines may also be included in the Gym and Dance display.

There is also a Gym Training Squad when there is a surplus of girls. The Gym Training Squad works intensely on the girls fundemental skills and creates a team routine for the Gym and Dance Display, which is always a highlight.


Hockey

Open to: III to UIV {Junior} LV to UVI {Senior}

Teacher: PE Staff

Trials are held in the Autumn term and teams are selected to represent the school. There are teams for every age group. Team practices are held at lunch time, for most age groups, and sandwiches, cereal bars, fruit and a drink are provided for lunch. During team practice you will be able to improve your skills and have the opportunity to practise playing together as a team. There are weekly matches against other schools and teams are also entered into tournaments and leagues. Attendance is expected every week and girls have represented Westminster in the London Youth Games. Some LVI pupils have the opportunity to help with junior team practices.


Kick Boxing

Open to: III to UVI

Teacher: Zen-Do Martial Arts

This class provides girls with the opportunity to address the difficulties and dangers of becoming a young lady in today’s world. Learning how to assess threat, recognize dangerous situations, avoid unnecessary confrontation, developing safety skills for getting around London, and how to deal with actual situations in both a physical (and legal!) manner are covered extensively. The club has a dynamic and fun ‘hands on’ approach to such topics. Charges: Contact the Office for the current fees.


Netball

Open to: III to UVI

Teacher: PE Staff

Trials are held in the Autumn term and teams are selected to represent the school. There are teams for every age group and there are ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams for U12, U13 and U14. Team practices are held at lunch time, for most age groups, and sandwiches, cereal bars, fruit and a drink are provided for lunch. During team practice you will be able to improve your skills and have the opportunity to practise playing together as a team. There are weekly matches against other schools and teams are also entered into tournaments and leagues. In 2007 the U13 team won the Inner London Netball Tournament. Attendance is expected every week and girls have represented Westminster in the London Youth Games. Some LVI pupils have the opportunity to help with junior team practices.


Rounders

Open to: III to UVI

Teacher: PE Staff

Trials are held in the Summer term and teams are selected to represent the school. There are teams for every age group and there are ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams for U12, U13 and U14. Junior and senior team practices are held at lunch time and sandwiches, cereal bar, fruit and a drink are provided for lunch. During the practice you will be able to improve your skills and have the opportunity to practise playing together as a team. There are weekly matches against other schools. Attendance is expected every week. A lower school ‘fun club’ is also held for the IIIrds and LIVths. You do not have to be in a team to attend, you just have to enjoy Rounders.


Running Club

Open to: III – UVI

Teachers: Miss Mahieu & Mr Clayton

This club takes place, at lunchtime, in Regent’s Park. Enthusiasm and commitment are the key ingredients and not ability.


Street Dance

Open to: All years

Teacher: Dancing With Louise

 


Swimming

Open to: III to UVI

Teacher: PE Staff

Trials are held in the Autumn term and teams are selected to represent the school. There are teams in three age groups. Team practices are held at lunch time and after school. During team practice you will be able to improve your technique and speed, as well as working together as a team. There are matches against other schools and teams are also entered into tournaments and leagues. Attendance is expected every week and girls have represented Westminster in the London Youth Games. Some LVI pupils have the opportunity to help with junior team practices.

Free Swim

This club is for those who just enjoy swimming. Held every Monday lunchtime, free swim is for all ages and abilities.


Tennis

Open to: III to UVI

Teacher: PE Staff

Trials are held in the Summer term and teams are selected to represent the school. There are teams for IIIrds upwards and the school’s tennis coach takes the junior and senior team practices at lunchtime. During the practice you will be able to improve your skills and have the opportunity to practise playing together as a pair. There are weekly matches against other schools. Attendance is expected every week. Courts are available during some lunchtimes in Regents Park, for anyone in the UIVth upwards.


The Gym and Dance Display

Open to: III to UVI

Teacher: PE Staff

A Gym and Dance display is held every year. You will be able to perform gymnastic and dance routines, which are practised in clubs, and are choreographed by the PE staff. There is also a vaulting section. Girls may also choreograph their own dance and gym routines, but these must be of an acceptable standard in order to be performed.


Volleyball

Open to: UIV to UVI

Teacher: Mr Gridelli

When: Tuesday 2nd Lunch

Where: Gym

There are no trials for this club and you need not be a certain standard to attend. You will have the opportunity to play games and by doing this you practise more advanced skills needed for match play. During the Autumn and Spring terms matches are played against other schools and you have the experience of playing on a full size court.


Water Polo

Open to: III to UVI

Teacher: PE Staff

This club is both for girls who are in the school team and for those who just want to play water polo.  The club is open to any girl in the UIVth and above and matches are held against several schools each. Attendance is expected every week.


Yoga and Pilates

Open to III to UVI.

Teacher: Mrs Taylor

When: Thursday Lunchtime

Where: Hall

Yoga will increase flexibility, improve muscle tone, give more strength and energy and can help give the body a better shape. It helps develop concentration, improve breathing and give total relaxation. Pilates works deeply into the core muscle groups; stomach, legs, shoulders and upper back. It helps to improve posture and gives the body a lean toned look. It helps to eliminate lower back pain, aching shoulders and repetitive strain injury. Both yoga and pilates work on re-aligning the body and teaching correct posture. Charges: Contact the Office for the current fees.

Other Clubs

Amnesty

Open to: UIV to UVI

Teacher: Mrs Bexon

When: Tuesday 2nd Lunch

Where: F11

Young people are a powerful voice with a key role to play in the promotion and protection of human rights – bringing a fresh perspective, creativity and energy to campaigning, both locally and globally.

The FHS Amnesty Group meets every two weeks to discuss human rights issues world wide, sometimes watching relevant video clips. The group takes part in various letter writing campaigns including the annual Amnesty Christmas card campaign. In addition the group fundraises for Amnesty International and takes part in individual action, for example making paper birds to contribute to the 6,500 paper birds sent to Belarus calling for the release of Zmitser Dashkevich, a prisoner of conscience.


Book Club

Open to: III to LIV

Librarian: Mrs Aves

The Book Club meets every month in the Library to discuss awarding-winning fiction from some of the best loved authors. The club enables pupils to explore and review new fiction in a supportive atmosphere.     


Coding Club

Open to: All year groups

Teacher: Mrs Anastasi

When: Wednesday 1st Lunch

Where: F12

Coding Club takes place one a week and provides an opportunity for girls to develop logical thinking, problem solving and programming skills while creating simple computer games and interactive stories. Activities and challenges are aimed at all levels; Beginners start with Scratch as it allows them to build up games quickly without having to worry about the syntax; their skills can be transferred to programming the BBC micro:bit computers; more advanced coders then develop their skills using Python to create quizzes and games. 


Cookery

Open to: III to UIV

Teacher: Steve King {Catering Manager}

When: Tuesday 4 - 5.30pm

Where: Kitchens

Cookery club is a chance for girls to attempt some basic recipes; favourites include cakes, cookies and anything chocolate! We hope that after this six week course, for one and a half hours per week after school, the girls will acquire good skills to enable them to prepare basic foods.


Critical Thinking

Open to: III to UV

Teacher: Mrs Cohen

Critical Thinking Club meets once a week. The aim of the club is to improve critical thinking skills while at the same time having a lot of fun. This involves playing games of strategy, word-play, number-manipulation and general knowledge, and then discussing afterwards how and why certain things worked while other things did not. Sometimes the activities are formal, and sometimes informal; sometimes girls work on their own and other times they work in pairs or in groups. This club is for those who like thinking outside the box.

There is also Upper School Critical Thinking Club, for LV and UV, too. This also involves some game-playing and problem-solving, but in addition begins to introduce ideas and concepts which will be useful for anyone wishing to study Critical Thinking formally to AS level in the LVI.


Equestrian Club

Open to: III to UIV

Teacher: Mrs Wynne

When: Wednesday 4 - 6pm

Equestrian Club is open to anyone with an interest in horses. Girls have the opportunity to ride after-school, with tuition at Westway Stables or hacking around Hyde Park. An annual residential riding holiday also takes place which includes looking after a horse and lots of riding activities. 

Through the club students learn about all aspects of the horse world such as nutrition, veterinary care and welfare.  There are trips to destinations such as the Olympia International Horse Show and a guided tour of the Kings Troops at the nearby St John's Wood Barracks.


History of Art Society (Frame)

Open to: VI Form

Teacher: Miss Montgomery

When: Friday 2nd Lunch

Where: G15

Frame participants meet once a week in the History of Art teaching room to explore works of art beyond the  A Level specification. With so many world-class galleries and museums on the door-step of Francis Holland School, the girls  have the opportunity to discuss current exhibitions, favourite artists and works of art – asking questions and debating ideas. Documentaries, films and interactive websites are also used to explore topics more widely; girls also have the opportunity to lead Frame and make presentations.


Philosophy Society

Open to: LV to UVI

Teacher: Mrs Cohen

Girls meet regularly to discuss some of life’s bigger questions. Through the use of films, speakers discussions and “in the news items” a range of philosophical and ethical issues will be explored e.g. cloning, individual freedom and Who is God? Girls are encouraged to listen, learn and explore diverse and strongly held views whilst considering evidence from a range of sources.


Psychology Society

Open to: UV - UVI

Teacher: Miss Langley

Psychology club runs at lunchtime once a week. This club encourages AS and A2 students to select, present and discuss topics that are not covered on the syllabus. This enables a wider understanding of the broad areas in Psychology.


Revelation - Christian Union

Open to: all pupils and staff

Teacher: Mrs Wood and Mrs Bexon

When: Friday 2nd Lunch

Where: S18

Revelation is open to all pupils and teachers, regardless of what they believe. It is a forum for discussing issues and questions relating to Christianity, and for understanding what the Bible says.
Most terms we look through a book of the Bible, discussing what it means. Every half term there is a special session dedicated to asking and answering questions that members may have.
Most terms we have a special event, often addressing a big issue which people may have questions about, such as the relationship between science and Christianity.


School Magazine Committee

Open to: LVI

Librarian: Ms Williams and Mrs Aves

The school magazine comes out each year in the autumn term, representing everything that has happened in the previous academic year which ended in August. The following January the new LVI Committee begins work on the new magazine, detailing events from the previous September onwards. Word processing skills are an absolute necessity for work on the magazine, and a small committee of girls who enjoy writing, discussing and editing is most effective. For this reason, girls wishing to work on the committee are asked to produce an “audition piece” of their own writing. The committee meets regularly from January to September, usually after school. 


Senior Literary Society

Society Open to: Lower Fifth and above

Teacher: Dr De Bono

When: Monday 2nd Lunch

Where: Lecture Theatre

This society will provide opportunities to discuss and explore different literary genres, styles of writing, stylistic conventions, contextual implications and complex topics such as intertextuality and a wide range of literary texts.


Young Enterprise

Open to: LVI

Teacher: Miss Conway

When: Tuesday 2nd Lunch

Where: S18

The group runs from September until just after the Easter Holidays. Meetings are held at an agreed time and day, although extra time and commitment will be essential outside of these meeting times. Company achievers, along with the guidance of business advisors (from outside school) operate Young Enterprise, with Miss Conway acting as link teacher. Once elections are held for positions of responsibility no new members will be admitted. Regular attendance is essential.

Students form a company, learn how to run a business, make a product or service and then sell it. This promotes business and economic awareness. Students encounter many challenges along their journey and must learn how to negotiate, adapt to change and problem solve. The Young Enterprise scheme provides opportunities to acquire important skills including teamwork, time management, leadership and public speaking.

When the company is liquidated after Easter, profits are divided between shareholders.

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