St. Hilda’s offers a wide range of Extra-Curricular Activities which seek to cater for a range of interests and abilities. There is something on offer for everyone.
The School has three netball squads from Form IV upwards. Girls play matches against independent and state schools in the area from Form V. In March, the A Team from Form VI participates in the Harpenden Netball Rally which is held at Roundwood Park School in March, and in the District League throughout the Spring Term.
Girls from Form IV upwards are offered the chance to develop their football skills with George Lappas, a UEFA licence qualified football coach.
St. Hilda’s is a member of the Harpenden and District Sports Association. In February, the School competes in the Harpenden & District and ISA Cross Country Championships, and in July our athletes take part in the annual District Sports Championships at Sir John Lawes School. In May, Forms IV, V and VI participate in the ISA North London Area Athletics meeting in Bedford, with the possibility of Forms IV, V and VI athletes proceeding to the finals held in June. Athletics Club is held in the Summer Term.
Coaching is offered to all girls from Reception to Form VI. The club is run by Joe Johnson, from Menace Sports.
Gymnastics is offered to all girls from Reception to Form V. The club is run by Debbie Ridgeway, a British Gymnastics Coach.
Girls from Form I upwards are invited to participate in a Dance Club, run by Cassi Muskett, from the Beatz Dance Company.
Fencing is offered as an extra-curricular activity after school for Forms II –VI and is run by the Paul Davis Fencing Academy.
We have a team of Visiting Music Teachers who are able to offer the girls in Forms I-VI one-to-one lessons in specific instrumental studies. The girls can receive lessons in the following disciplines:
Please refer to the music handbook for more details or do get in touch with the Director of Music if you require more details.
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.
Senior Choir meets weekly after school. Membership is by invitation only, auditions are held in the Summer Term.
Junior Choir is a weekly singing group offered to girls in Forms I and II.
Showtime Singers welcomes all keen singers from Forms III, IV and V. Rehearsals take place weekly during morning break each Friday.
This is held weekly after school 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.
Each week, a visiting woodwind specialist runs 2 recorder groups. Rocking Recorders is available to our beginner players in Form II and Recorder Consort is open to girls in Forms III, IV, V and VI where different sized recorders are often introduced. There is a small fee for attending these groups.
Other groups that are run by visiting instrumental specialists are Windband and Flute Group. Again parents are charged a small fee for these groups. Flute Group will be up and running again when our current beginner flautists have reached a good enough standard.
We also have a weekly Strings Group (available to girls in Forms III to VI) and Ukulele Band (Forms III to VI) which are run by the Director of Music.
The House Music Competition is held in the Spring 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 usually 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.
Every child in the School is given an opportunity to take part in at least one dramatic and musical show during the year. These are much looked forward to and showcase the very best of our talented pupils.
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.
The Junior French Club, for girls from Form II , meets weekly after school. We have a weekly German Club during morning break time for girls in Forms V and VI. Small groups of girls have taster German sessions over a few weeks. This club is by invitation only.
The Chess Club meets weekly during lunchtime and is open to girls from Forms IV, V and VI.
STEM club meet weekly after school and tackle a range of challenges to develop our problem solving and engineering abilities, getting more challenging as the year progresses. It is open for girls in Forms IV – V and is led by Miss Humphris.