Outside the classroom
In both the Junior and Senior School, pupils are encouraged to take part in an extensive range of extra-curricular activities, not only as an opportunity to explore their own interests and skills, but as part of their broader experience of learning about themselves and each other.
This section provides a brief overview of the types of activities both the Junior and Senior pupils are encouraged to take up. While some activities are particular to younger children and other are organised for older children, many of the activities outside the classroom can be done by both younger and older pupils: the setting, the level of difficulty and challenge differentiates the age groups.
Some activities are compulsory and many of which are voluntary. Some of these take place at lunchtime, whilst others happen after school and at the weekends.
Pupils are also invited to get involved with community based activities, such as community fund raising, interactions with local schools and charities.
A very wide range of sporting activities is possible at St Edmund's, from team sports such as football, netball, cricket, tennis and hockey to individual activities such as athletics, golf, karate, squash, tennis and trampolining.
We offer a weekly programme of clubs and societies for all our pupils, such as biology, science, history, geography, literary and debating societies, and activities such as arts and crafts, broadcasting with the Canterbury Student Radio, chess, drama, Japanese language and culture, kite making, modern and jazz dance, photography, ultimate frisbee and yoga.
We also offer educational outings for pupils as part of the curriculum.
Pupils will participate in sailing exercises, summer camps, adventure training camps and the annual "Afloat" activity. Some of these fall under the activities of Combined Cadet Force (CCF) for Middle Fifth. We also encourage pupils to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme.
We also encourage our pupils to take part in the many musical and drama activities which the school has to offer: over half our pupils take part in a musical activity, whether as an individual performer, or within one of the ensembles and choirs the school organises. The wide range of drama and performance activities we offer makes it possible for our pupils to express their many talents, either through acting, singing and dancing, or through their involvement in the technical and ambitious productions we mount.