Extra Curricular Activities
Students in the Sixth Form have the opportunity to participate in a fantastic range of activities beyond the curriculum. From the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award to participating in the Model United Nations, to Young Enterprise,Mock Trial and Sport and Music, members of the Sixth Form take a leading role. Students are expected to participate in at least one activity, but the majority will participate in many. The Presdales Sixth Form opens doors to new possibilities.
Model United Nations
The Model United Nations (MUN) programme offers pupils of all ages a chance to participate in debate on current world issues. Haileybury School hosts its own conference in March each year, welcoming over 600 pupil-delegates from across the world. Delegates have to operate on a range of levels. They have to research, they have to develop the social skills of the effective lobbyist, and they have to present their ideas in a demanding debating forum. The MUN programme gives pupil delegates confidence and develops abilities which they had never dreamt they possessed. They also enjoy the opportunity to meet other young people from across the globe.
Presdales entered the Bar Mock Trial Competition five years ago. It is now a yearly opportunity for Year 12 students to participate in this National Competition organised by the Citizenship Foundation.
Two criminal cases, specially written for the competition, are studied in detail and students take the part of Barristers, Witnesses, Court Officials and Jury members. After many weeks of practice the drama is played out in real Crown Courts across the country. We usually attend Chelmsford Crown Court. The competition requires our Prosecution team to compete against the Defence team of another school. This requires students to think on their feet and give pertinent replies to unexpected questions. A degree of acting ability is necessary but the chief characteristic is an ability to speak confidently and with authority, as well as a thorough understanding of the law as it relates to the particular case.
All students find the day enjoyable and challenging. They meet with other students but learn a lot about their own ability to reach heights of competence they never imagined themselves capable of.
In 2013, Presdales entered the Magistrates’ Mock Trial which is for Junior School members. A team of Year 9 students travelled to Basildon to take part in the Eastern Region competition. They performed exceptionally well and went through to the Regional Final. Their confidence and understanding of the law was impressive and they narrowly missed the National Final.
Both teams have performed a shortened version of a Court Case in School Assemblies so that other students may be inspired to take part in future years.
Please read all about the Year 12 visit to St Albans Crown Court on Wednesday 30th September 2015 and about the Mock Trial Competition at the Inner London Crown Court on Saturday 21st November 2015. We are also pleased to announce that the students reached the National Finals which was held at the Old Bailey on Saturday 23rd April 2016. Please click here to read about the Bar Mock Trial Competition National Final 2015/2016. Read about our 2016 Mock Trial Team.
Students in Year 12 are also able to take part in the Young Enterprise scheme.They learn how different types of businesses are structured and operated. Topics covered include business brainstorming and planning, marketing and sales, human resources management, production techniques, arranging finance, maintaining financial control, making a profit and corporate responsibility.
Sixth Form students have the opportunity to take part in World Challenge expeditions which helps them gain a perspective on life lived in very different circumstances to their own. Sixth Form students have recently supported projects in Argentina.
At Pinewood Sixth Form students have the opportunity to work with young people who are educated in a special school for children with moderate learning difficulties. Engagement with these students enhances the insight and skills of our Sixth Formers, whilst they undertake activities that enrich the lives of others.
Sixth Form students at Presdales run the whole school charity events. The Committee is self-governed and self-supported and works to support local, national and international charities. Sixth Formers who get involved with Charity Committe develop leadership, personal integrity, helpfulness and a respect for others. Our committee raised well over £10,000 for the 2015 charity, The A21 Campaign.
There is a range of theatrical opportunities at Presdales School. From performing in large scale productions to getting involved behind the scenes, working on lighting, costumes, make-up or sound, Sixth Form students take the lead in school productions. The year 12 also put on a Sixth form review at Christmas to entertain the rest of the school.
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme
This is an extremely popular option, with many students progressing to Silver or Gold Awards in their time in the Sixth Form. Expeditions are to the Peak District or Yorkshire Dales. Gold Award students also help Bronze and Silver students with their planning and expeditions.
Presdales produces a number of concerts throughout the year to showcase the students' talents. All styles of music are encouraged including a full orchestra, chamber choir, Rock Band alongside many other ensembles and choirs.
If sport is a passion then there are opportunities for Sixth Formers to play either recreationally or competitively in our impressive newly built Sports Centre. As part of the Core PE programme they are able to participate in the CSLA/HSLA scheme as sports leaders and this can earn them a creditable 30 UCAS points as well as being very rewarding.