Projects, Pursuits and Courses
Here at Bedford we pride ourselves on the range and breadth of extra curricular options available to our students. Aside from the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and CCF sections, there are a further eighty clubs and societies that our students can become involved in during their time with us. All of these have an enthusiastic member of staff coordinating them but our focus is to hand much of the ownership of these groups to the students themselves. Whilst the School is extremely successful in attracting high quality keynote speakers, we must not forget the crucial role played by the extensive network of clubs and societies in the development of those students involved in them.
With this in mind, our academic year is launched with the annual ‘Clubs and Societies Fair’. Modelled on a University Freshers Fair, the aim is to allow current student members to promote and market their club to all those who are new to the School. New boys can sift through our Clubs and Societies Manual and then speak to students about becoming involved. Whilst some clubs are open to more senior boys, fifty clubs can be joined by boys entering the school at Year 9.
The 2010 list of Exhibitors at the Clubs and Societies Fair;
Mitre Club, Conditioning, Young Enterprise, Wine Appreciation Society, Student Teacher Group (STG), Stage Crew, Robotics Club, Royal Navy, RAF, Public Speaking, Mosiac Society, Life Drawing, Junior Book Club, Harpur Debating Society, Environmental Committee, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Christian Union, Charities Committee, Astronomical Society, Army, Allotment Group, Tours Team and Media Group.
Philosophy and Theology Society, The Latin Clinic, Head Master’s Essay Society, History Reading Group, History Film Club, Harpur Science Forum, German Society, Geography Society, Fourth Form Geography Club, French Society, English Society, Engineering Society, Economics Society, Prep School Classics Enrichment Mentoring, The Classical Society, Classical Greek Workshops, Classical Civilisation, Bedford School Medical Association, Art Appreciation Society, Lower Sixth Science Group, Fourth Form Chemistry Club, Quantum Mechanics Society, Pythagoreans, Politics Society and Poetry Society.
Chamber Orchestra, First Orchestra, Adrian Boult Society, Second Orchestra, School Band, Rock Society, Music Society, Grade 5 Theory, Dance Band, Choral Society and Chapel Choir.
Sporting; (carried out outside main games time)
Triathlon, Table Tennis, Swimming, Squash, Sprint Club, Rowing (extra curricular), Indoor Hockey, Fencing, Extreme Core, Chess, Canoeing, Brazilian Soccer, Basketball, Weights, Water Polo and Volleyball.
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