St. Hilda’s offers a wide range of Extra-Curricular Activities.
Music Clubs & Activities
A range of ABRSM music theory classes are held each week. The classes cater for beginners, right up to Grade V. A small fee is charged for attending these groups.
Choir meets after school every Thursday at 3.45 – 4.30pm. Membership is by invitation only.
Showtime Singers welcomes all keen singers from Form III upwards. Rehearsals take place every Friday, 10.30 – 11.00am.
This is held every Friday at 3.45 – 4.30pm and any girl from Form III upwards (and occasionally younger), learning an instrument either in or outside school, is welcome to join, provided she has reached the necessary standard.
Girls learn to play the descant recorder in their class music lessons in Form II. Thereafter, they are encouraged to join the clubs for each year group from Form III upwards. The girls are introduced to the treble and tenor recorders in Form V. Recorder Club rehearsals generally take place at break or lunch time once a week.
House Music Competition
The House Music Competition is held in the summer term. The Form VI Arts Captains select an instrumentalist, a singer and a pianist, from Form III/IV and Form V/VI, to represent their House in the competition. The Arts Captains also choose a song and create their own set of lyrics and choreography for their House to perform in the competition. An external adjudicator is invited to judge the competition, which always promises to be an exciting event in the music calendar.
These take place during the spring term, giving every girl the opportunity to perform a solo and/or duet, whatever her standard. Parents are invited to attend the concert given by their daughter’s class.
These usually take place towards the end of the Autumn and Summer terms and include performances by each class, by the various ensembles and by selected soloists.
Elocution & LAMDA
The girls are taught by a qualified teacher who is a member of the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art. Classes are conducted on the lines of their syllabus and usually consist of four to six girls, taking place during breaks and lunch hours; there are at least ten lessons per term.
While aiming at clarity of speech, the girls may take a LAMDA examination in Verse Speaking, Spoken English, Reading for Performance or in Form VI, Devising Drama. These tests are designed to encourage clear speech and give pupils confidence from an early age to speak in front of others, recite or read aloud. The examinations take place at the beginning of February and July each year. The marking system is aligned to the music exam boards, with a pass mark of 50%, Merit is given for a mark between 65% and 79%, and the highest mention is Distinction – 80% or over.
Whilst developing good voice projection and improving their speech, the girls look forward to the lessons as they are also enjoyable.
Drama Club meets on Wednesdays between 3.45 and 4.45 p.m. The club is intended for the girls of Form VI and provides an excellent opportunity for them to build on the activities of their curriculum drama lessons, culminating in the big Form VI Production at the end of the Easter Term.
The Junior French Club, for girls from Forms II and III, meets on Mondays from 15.30 until 16.00 and is led by Mrs Knight.
We have a German Club on Tuesdays during morning break time for girls in Forms IV, V and VI. Small groups of girls have taster German sessions over a few weeks, led by Mrs Knight. This club is by invitation only.
This club is held for an hour after school each Thursday.
Girls are encouraged to use either Microsoft or Apple technology in order to develop as wide a skill base as possible. There is a small charge for this activity.
The Chess Club meets on Fridays from 1.30 – 2.00pm and is open to girls from Forms IV, V and VI. It is led by Mrs Knight.
The Craft Club takes place on Thursdays from 12.50pm to 1.30pm in the Art Room and is run by Mrs Wright.
This lunchtime Club offers the girls in Forms II and III the chance to try various different fun crafts each week.
These are often themed to various celebrations occurring during the year.