Co-curricular and Extra-curricular
Just to add my thanks for all the hard work that goes into giving the girls such a great all-round experience as they progress through the school and for maintaining such a nurturing environment.
Parent Survey 2023
While academic study and the pursuit of excellent examination results are important, the benefits which stem from a broad and balanced education are immeasurable. Our programme of extra and co-curricular activities is wide and varied. At Mayfield, we have over 100 extra-curricular sessions on offer every week.
There are two activity periods each day, one after lunch and one after lessons . This gives all of the girls the opportunity to pursue a range of interests and enthusiasms, including sport, the arts and academic enrichment.
Cookery Club has long been one of our most popular activities, but a recent addition, Astronomy Club, has proved equally popular, with the girls exploring the night sky with a telescope during the winter months. Junior Tech Club is also a hit, with the opportunity to design, build and fly your very own drone using CAD software.
Amongst our quirkiest clubs, for those with vivid imaginations, we have Dungeons and Dragons Club, based on the fantasy role-playing game. And for the older girls we have The Philosophy Salon – a twist on the concept of the Parisian Salon – where intellectual conversation is very much the flavour of the day, with ideas being exchanged over a traditional sweet course!
At the beginning of each academic year, we hold an Activities Fair. Every activity has a stall where girls can find out more about what they will be doing and what is expected. They sign up via the School website and their chosen activities are added to their timetable. Tutors have an overview of each of their tutee's programmes, and will encourage and guide each girl to explore her potential.
On Saturday mornings we run a programme of workshops for boarders. These may include sport, ceramics, dance, drama, textiles and cookery. Each workshop runs for a term. On Saturday afternoons, the girls may choose to go on a cultural trip, to attend an activity run by a member of staff, or to take part in sport. Activities include Sushi Making, Spanish Conversation, Chess, Crafts, Geocaching and Film Studies. The Saturday Programme is also open to day girls if there are places available once the boarders have signed up.
One of the qualities we wish to develop in our girls is commitment. Extra and co-curricular activities are part of this. Once girls have signed up to an activity, it is expected that they will continue with it for a full term.