THE ARTS, SOCIETIES AND CLUBS
It is here that academics and activities meet. As well as being part of the curriculum or intimately linked to it, the arts, clubs and societies are also something more and a rich part of students’ lives.
All Régents are encouraged to express themselves creatively. This is not only enjoyable, stimulating and rewarding in itself, but also helps to develop essential communication skills and self-confidence.
A tremendous range of instruments is taught, and students have the opportunity to join music ensembles, orchestra, choirs, and to perform in informal and formal concerts. We also organise music trips to local concerts. Art teachers are experienced specialists who teach a variety of disciplines including oil-painting, print-making, ceramics, textiles, photography, mixed-media work and sculpture, either as part of the academic curriculum or in the enrichment programme. Students have the opportunity to demonstrate their talent in art exhibitions and competitions.
All students can enjoy a custom-built dance and theatre space where classical ballet thrives alongside other dance forms and exercise classes.
Le Régent organises an exciting programme of productions involving all age groups throughout the year. The students also have the opportunity to participate in the House public speaking and reading competitions, which at an early age develop the key skill of clear, confident communication to a large audience.
SOCIETIES AND CLUBS
Societies and clubs introduce students to new ideas and to interests and skills beyond the curriculum. In the Junior School, the Curriculum Enrichment programme on Saturday mornings offers activities ranging from cookery to climbing and from Eco Schools to High-Ropes courses. All the children are expected to attend, with teachers and other staff “having a go”!
In the Secondary School, activities sometimes take a more academic character. Outside speakers inspire students to reflect on new ideas; in addition, many students make short presentations in an area of particular interest. The societies are run by a team of secondary students, helping them to develop their leadership skills as they organise meetings for their peers. Other societies put on a range of events, including debates, film evenings and practical sessions. Students also have the opportunity to participate in national and international forums like the Model United Nations (MUN).
Régents are encouraged to take part in as many as activities as they wish, but their activities are monitored and their tutors ensure that regular academic commitments can be met.