Boom time for UCS clubs and societies

The pandemic failed to stop UCS’s clubs and societies and now this provision is fully restored, there is even greater energy and enthusiasm for the co-curriculum. That’s according to Assistant Head (Co-Curricular), Ms Lewis, who discusses this area of school life.

What clubs and societies go on at UCS?

All sorts! Our academic societies include subject-specific language clubs mainly for the Lower School; Maths Club, Maths Boost, History Society, Politics Society are aligned with academic subjects. Almost all subjects are covered: Philosophy, Classics, DT, Drawing, etc. Then you have non-subject-related clubs such as Robotics, Chess, Debating and Model United Nations. And interest-based ones like Allotment Club.

Any new clubs that are flourishing?

Boardgame Club is a successful example of a well-loved club that started this year. The start-up process is quite individualised: Coins and Stamp Collectors’ Club originated from two pupils wanting to share their interests. In terms of broad appeal, I’d say certain Reading groups, Running Club and Debating.

Has the scope of clubs changed?

This academic year, my aim has been to promote wellbeing, sustainability and equity, so our successful Wellbeing Society is new. We have expanded the religious groups. We have a Cultural Awareness and Racial Politics Society. Additionally, Green Impact Society has become a tremendously popular lobbying force.

To what extent have clubs received fresh impetus?

We have seen huge appetite for the co-curriculum. Pupils have been excited to get back into Sport, Music or Drama. Clubs are no exception. Pupils have this remarkable energy and desire to run clubs for others.

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