“We believe that education
is about more than exams”
Enrichment is an integral part of an education at Norwich High School and our offer is testament to our commitment to this area of school life – to ensure a girl’s time at Norwich High School will offer stretch, challenge and fun outside of the classroom. I am sure this programme will leave you in no doubt of the diverse, challenging and engaging content available to all girls.
Essential to the Norwich High School experience is a dynamic selection of activities, programmes, and learning experiences that complement what our girls are learning in school.
Throughout the whole school, we offer a fantastic programme covering Music, Performing Arts and Sport, with clubs, rehearsals and practices at lunch times and after-school, which will enable girls to unlock their potential and develop in confidence and resilience, equipping them with the skills and values required in our ever-changing society.
For our Prep School, there are over 30 different activities and specialist clubs held during lunchtimes or after-school which cater for all interests including the arts, ecology, drama, chess, Mandarin and fitness and much more.
In our Senior School and Sixth Form, a key part of enrichment is our Societies programme which is featured in detail in our new brochure.
I hope you will enjoy the tremendous diversity found within the Society programme and the wider enrichment offer; there is certainly something for everyone. We certainly look forward to seeing girls embrace these opportunities and grow as individuals throughout the year.
Mr Owain Hall
Assistant Head Enrichment
We believe every girl should have the opportunity to explore the power of performing arts.
Over the course of the school year, the Drama department produces a variety of performances including a popular musical, a series of Greek plays, a performance for the Shakespeare Schools Festival and a Dance, Music and Drama Showcase.
Girls can get involved by performing, directing, producing, choreographing and hosting – developing transferable skills which are invaluable across all areas and in their lives beyond school.
As well as several dance and drama clubs which take place during the week, girls from Lower 5 to Lower 6 can take Dance GCSE as an extra-curricular activity, allowing enthused girls to work towards another qualification.
Students, parents, local schools and the community are invited to take part in our annual Winter Arts Festival which showcases our best Drama and Dance performances, as well as outstanding Art, Textiles, DT and Music.
Our girls are wonderfully talented and it is a pleasure to see them perform.
We are very proud of our wonderful musical heritage at Norwich High School, and continue to provide several platforms for each girl to express themselves musically.
Girls can join several different music groups including Junior, Intermediate and Senior orchestras, string quartets, a wind ensemble, and clarinet group, as well as several choirs,including our outstanding Chamber Choir.
Visiting music teachers provide an extensive range of one-to-one lessons including harp, singing, piano, flute, guitar and woodwind.
We arrange a variety of musical performances throughout the year including the Inter-Company Music Festival, intimate soirées, our superb Choral Concert and special assemblies.
This year, our girls will be performing a selection of instrumental and vocal pieces for the Hostry Festival at Norwich Cathedral. Our performers have also travelled as far as Austria, Prague and Italy for our impressive music tours.
The GDST organises a Young Musician and Young Vocalist of the Year Competition annually, which we attend at one of our 25 partner schools.
Sport is an integral part of school life and gives all girls the opportunity to take part in a range of sports both recreationally and competitively.
Team players will have the opportunity to practise their skills and tactics along with others who want to take up new activities. Whatever your interests may be, there will be a sports club on offer to develop your skills and fitness.
With some specialist activities, such as kayaking, we work with local clubs and coaches to provide training off-site during Games lessons or after-school. Every lunchtime, before or after-school there will be a sports clubs on offer, including:
• Cross Country
• Indoor athletics
• Sports leadership
Team players have many opportunities to represent the school in a range of sports during Games afternoons, after-school and occasionally on Saturdays.
A comprehensive fixture programme is organised for A, B, C & D teams in sports such as hockey, netball and rounders. Area, County, Regional and National tournaments/events are also entered, along with GDST sports rallies which incorporate all of the GDST schools across the country.
Pre-season training is also offered in some sports to help prepare girls for the sporting season ahead. This involves working with our sports coaches to develop and enhance skills and tactics.
Girls who participate in sport at County/Regional level and above are offered a place on our Elite Athlete Programme. This involves some workshops on relevant sporting topics such as nutrition, injury prevention and training programmes. Girls will also be allocated a mentor from the PE department to assist with the organisation of their homework and training programme.
Here at Norwich High School we have a thriving Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme. The aim is to encourage the girls to stretch themselves and achieve goals that they set in the 4 or 5 different areas of the Award: Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition and for Gold only a Residential.
It is hard work, requires determination and plenty of ‘get-up-and-go’ plus a significant amount of individual responsibility. The scheme enables all girls to have amazing adventures and many will find that they have experiences and discover talents that stay with them for the rest of their lives. We have a significant number of girls who complete all three levels of the award whilst still a pupil at school which is truly impressive, but we warmly welcome others who may not have had this opportunity previously.
Our Expeditions are usually to North Norfolk for our Bronze groups and progress to the Peak District for Silver so that the girls can appreciate the significance of those brown lines on an OS map called contour lines. Gold expeditions go to more ‘wild’ UK destinations such as the Brecon Beacons and the Lake District.
We are fortunate to have the welcome support of the NHSA who have helped ensure that we are a well-equipped Centre. Staff leading expeditions have the appropriate National Governing Body qualifications and there is an internal programme in situ to offer volunteers training and support on DofE led, nationally recognised courses which are often hosted by us.
The evidence that DofE is thriving here…
since 1 September 2017
"The Duke of Edinburgh experience at Norwich High is exceptional. The level of commitment and encouragement that the girls receive to ensure their personal success, is second to none. My daughter has thoroughly enjoyed her D of E journey in a highly motivated team supported by staff who invariably ‘go the extra mile’. She is ‘Going for Gold’ and I have no doubt that with the support of the NHS team and her fellow adventurers she will get there."
A Norwich High parent
Trips – at home and abroad
There is a host of exciting school trips which offer excellent enrichment opportunities at Norwich High School.
Some of these are for whole year groups, such as the U4 Whitwell Bushcraft camp in September or the L4 French trip to Normandy; others are for smaller groups and will take you further afield. Last year saw girls going as far as Iceland (Geography), Barcelona (Music tour), and Madagascar (Operation Wallacea, Sciences), to name just a few.
Far flung destinations however, are not a pre-requisite for challenge and new experiences. The residential visits within the UK, such as field work in Wales and the Peak District or locally in Norfolk too, can stimulate a keen interest in subjects and develop skills not possible in the classroom.
The rich variety of these trips is a strength of a Norwich High School education and we are proud to be offering such diversity throughout the year.
This exciting two year programme takes place every Monday afternoon and offers challenge, fun and a real opportunity to try something new while giving something to the local community.
Girls will pursue a different activity each term taken from three categories: service, active and creative. Girls must choose at least one service option within the two years, providing the opportunity to work within the wider community by helping others as well as learning new skills.
Lunchtime & Afterschool Clubs
We have a wide range of lunchtime Clubs run by teachers and Sixth Form girls which operate every day of the week. From Chess Club to Debating, there really is something of interest for everyone.
At the beginning of each term, girls can attend a Club Expo to find out more about and sign-up for the clubs which inspire them.
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