Thursday Activities

Extra-curricular activities take place every Thursday afternoon and all pupils take part.  Involvement is not mandatory for the Upper Sixth, but we encourage participation for the first two terms. Options are either year-long (Young Enterprise or mountain biking, for example), or modular, taking place in blocks of 6 or 12 weeks. These modular courses allow pupils to build up their own varied programme of activities.

Many of the Thursday activities take advantage of Shrewsbury's ideal geographical location, on the banks of the Severn, within sight of the South Shropshire hills, and an easy drive from Snowdonia. 

The range of activities on offer at Shrewsbury is enormous:

Combined Cadet Force (CCF)
Shrewsbury has a renowned CCF and opportunities exist in our Royal Marine, Army and Royal Air Force sections. The CCF exists to “develop powers of leadership by means of training to promote the qualities of responsibility, self-reliance, resourcefulness, endurance and perserverance and a sense of service to the community”. Through fun military and adventure training, cadets develop these and other important life skills, with a particular focus on leadership. The CCF runs good value expeditions and camps during school holidays and a wealth of options (expeditions and courses in particular) are available via MOD sources.

Concert Party
This is a chance for keen musicians to use their skills for the benefit of others in a performance environment at care homes, hospitals, hospices and other schools and community settings, as well as in school. This activity is being done via our links with Creative Inspiration Shropshire, a social business that uses the creative arts to develop well-being and resilience amongst old and young alike.

Creative Arts and Media
The Art Faculty offers a rich and varied programme of creative choices for experienced artists and newcomers alike. Rotate around the various options, or focus on one area of interest. The programme offers options in: Life Drawing, Textiles, Film Making, Print Making, Photography, Cultural Tours, Art in Hospitals (community project), Ceramics, Animation, or just focus on drawing and painting.

Creative Writing
This group meets to explore the art of writing in a wide variety of genres. Plans for 2016/17 include continuing a tradition currently curated within the new anthology of Salopian writing Fire Engine, as well as inspirational trips, talks and workshops, all to further the craft of writing for pleasure. Non-modular, it is open to keen and motivated pupils, who are serious about writing, for the whole year.

Cooking
Thiscourse aims to offer an introduction to the essentials of life after Shrewsbury.  ‘Budget’ or ‘Gastronomy’ levels are available – either focus on basic skills such as  student cooking, pizzas, cakes, and how to develop hearty but budget-friendly meals, or take the posh option with a dinner party focus.

ETSOS: Experimental Techniques in Science for Overseas Students  
Highly recommended for overseas Sixth Form entrants doing AS/A level Chemistry, this activity starts by introducing basic laboratory apparatus and skills before proceeding to familiar GCSE chemical reactions. Finally it introduces the skills required to complete the A-level practical endorsement in Chemistry. Students have the opportunity to learn how to read and process instructions meticulously and perform experiments individually.

Golf
This activity is for anyone who already plays golf but can't fit it in around their other sports. Pupils visit some of Shropshire’s finest courses on Field Days.

Individual Projects
If pupils have a project or pastime of their own and would like to propose it as a Thursday Activity, we will consider this – as long as they are able to prove they have the motivation and commitment to see it through. 

IYPT (International Young Physicists’ Tournament)
A group of Sixth Form physicists meet in the physics laboratories throughout the year to tackle a set of challenging experimental and theoretical problems set by an international committee. A team of five students drawn from this group will then represent Shrewsbury School in the UK Tournament in the hope that some of these might go on to represent the UK in the international tournament in Singapore in 2017.

Judo

Judo (柔道 jūdō?, meaning "gentle or yielding way") is a modern martial art and Olympic sport.  Judo develops self-discipline and respect for oneself and others. It provides the means for learning self-confidence, concentration and leadership skills, as well as physical coordination, power and flexibility. It develops complete body control, fine balance, and fast reflexive action.

Mountain Biking
Shropshire and North Wales are blessed with some of the best mountain biking terrain in the UK. Each week, in all weathers, Salopian mountain bikers ride these (downhill) trails. The riding is technical, challenging and great fun! This activity is aimed at the keen and committed mountain biker who already owns their own bike and equipment, although we do take some less experienced riders.

Music Technology
This course helps students gain an understanding of how the development of musical instruments and media influenced popular culture and the creation of new music styles. This course leads to a qualification at AS level and is assessed by the production of three pieces of music, two prescribed by the exam board and one free choice. In previous years students have chosen to record tracks by David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, Jamie Cullum and John Mayer amongst others.

Natural History
Although this activity is suitable for Pre-U Biologists, it is open to anyone interested in exploring the natural world.  It involves practical investigations, often using equipment pupils would not normally have access to in the classroom. The group work both indoors and outdoors, depending on the time of year and the interests of the pupils.  Activities include identification, microscopy, botany, biotechnology and behavioural studies, including use of the moth trap, bat detector and camera trap.

Rovers
The Rovers is the School's adventure club and has a long and distinguished history; it was relaunched in 2015. It runs on a Thursday but also offers expeditions in the UK and overseas. This activity is about the ‘Great Outdoors’ and developing the skills to allow members to have memorable experiences both at school and beyond.  It is open to novice and experienced hillwalkers, paddlers, climbers, scramblers and bikers, with the focus on developing the necessary skills to improve and enjoy the hills, mountains and lakes of Britain. 

RYA Day Skipper and Yachtmaster
This shore-based course covers all elements of the internationally recognised navigational skills, which are an integral part of any subsequent practical RYA exams. The course completion certificate is also a valuable addition to any CV or UCAS statement. Chartwork, meteorology and anti-collision regulations are covered in depth and each is examined. One Field Day is spent undergoing very practical tuition at a local Lifeboat station and there is also the prospect of a weekend afloat putting skills to the test.

Scuba Diving
The course is aimed at novices or those with junior qualifications and can lead to BSAC or PADI qualifications. Please see our Scuba Diving page for more information.

Shrewsbee Sewing
The course is suitable for students of all abilities who are interested in sewing or being creative.  It includes the basic techniques of hand and machine sewing, which are then applied to projects such as clothing, soft furnishings and artistic crafts.
            
Sports Coaching and Lifeguarding
This activity offers students the chance to gain some useful coaching skills by doing any of the following useful awards: the FA Level 1 Coaching Award (football), ECB Coach Support Worker (cricket) or the National Pool Lifeguarding Qualification (NPLQ). The first two coaching awards are six weeks long, NPLQ is 12 weeks. If all courses are attended the cost is approx. £350. Minimum age of 16 for all courses.

Volunteering
Our extensive programme of volunteering offers a huge range of opportunities for pupils to help others in the community.  Depending on their future aspirations, volunteers can choose one of two categories within the volunteering programme:  

Medical Volunteering: designed specifically to assist aspiring medics in gaining relevant experience, this whole year programme gives pupils the opportunity to work with vulnerable people.  We have excellent, long-standing relationships with a number of local care homes, the local homeless shelter and priamry schools.  Through their medical volunteering placements, students build relationships whilst developing key skills in communication, care and development of a bedside manner. In recent years a small number of students have also successfully joined the volunteer programme at The Royal Shrewsbury
Hospital.

Pupils who choose to do medical volunteering can generally expect to do one of the following:

  • Visiting the elderly in care homes
  • Assisting at The Ark homeless shelter and its associated charity shop
  • Supporting young people at the local Riding for the Disabled centre
  • Royal Shrewsbury Hospital volunteering programme.

Non-medical Volunteering: for any pupils who would like to do voluntary work (this includes those doing Duke of Edinburgh Awards), the non-medical volunteering programme offers an extensive range of options.  This can be a half-year or a whole-year activity and here is just a flavour of what is on offer:

  • Working with young children in primary schools
  • Assisting in charity shops
  • Acting as a guide at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery
  • Helping in animal shelters
  • Assisting with outdoor community projects such as Shropshire Wildlife Trust
  • Gardening at the Severn Hospice
  • Assisting with horses at RDA (Riding for the Disabled Association)

Workshop Design and Create
This option, called Design & Create Wood Sculpture, incorporates other materials, such as metal, stone, glass or textiles. Pupils work in groups, or individually to make items as presents or for public display.

Young Enterprise
Young Enterprise is a national entrepreneurship programme that connects young people with the world of business and enables you to gain useful business and firm building experience. Teams form their own company, sell shares to raise finance, sell products and keep the profit – all with the help of experienced external advisors.