Co-curricular Life At Immanuel College (Senior School)
There is a broad range of co-curricular provision at Immanuel College, as one would expect from a school that places huge value on providing pupils with a fully-rounded education that goes beyond what is taught and learnt in the classroom.
These activities help pupils to develop personal and social skills and have their own intrinsic value.
A large number of trips take place each year, including one-day trips and longer residential trips both in the UK and abroad. The former include Sixth Form study days in London, a Year 9 Geography trip to Cadbury World, a Year 10 Geography trip to Dorset, GCSE Art and Photography trips to the Harry Potter Studios and Kew Gardens, regular evening theatre trips and trips to Oxbridge colleges as part of the Sixth Form Oxbridge programme.
The main residential trips are:
- Year 7 (offered to the whole Year group) – Amsterdam Trip – 4-day trip
- Year 8 (offered to the whole Year group) – Normandy Trip – 4-day trip
- Year 9 (offered to the whole Year group) – Israel Trip – 3-week trip
- Year 10 – Madrid Trip (for pupils taking GCSE Spanish) – 4-day trip
- Year 10 – Strasbourg Trip (for pupils taking GCSE French) – 4-day trip
- Year 12 (offered to the whole Year group) – Poland Trip – 7-day trip
Other residential trips include an annual 2-day A Level Geography Field Trip in the UK, a biannual 3-day A Level Physics Trip to CERN in Switzerland and an annual 3-day Sports Trip in the UK offered to all pupils in Years 7-9 (the inaugural trip took place July 2018). In 2019 a group of pupils from the Shevet Achim committee will for the second year in a row be undertaking a 3-day trip to Odessa in the Ukraine to visit the Tikva Orphanage, which was in recent years one of the College’s chosen charities.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award
The Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme flourishes at Immanuel.
Year-on-year, approximately half of Year 9s participate in the Bronze Award, a smaller proportion of Year 10s in the Silver Award and a small group of Sixth Formers in the Gold Award, including one ex-Year 13 student (class of 2018) who completed the award. A former student recently attended St James’s Palace to receive her Gold Award from Prince Edward.
A number of sports are practised by pupils at Immanuel.
Year-group teams compete in fixtures against other local Jewish and non-Jewish state and independent schools on a weekly basis in Football, Netball, Cricket, Tennis, Table Tennis, Rounders and Basketball. These teams regularly win the Macabbi events against other Jewish schools, whilst recently our Football and Netball teams have had success at District Level by winning their respective leagues.
A House system is in place that sees the three Houses (Einstein, Senesh, Levine) regularly take part in inter-House competitions, in for example Debating and of course sport, culminating in Sports Day in June at which the overall winning House for the year is announced.
Multiple choirs exist within the school and there is a school orchestra as well.
These regularly perform at school events (Prize Giving, Remembrance Day Service, Yom Hazikaron Assembly etc) and our choirs are regularly asked to perform at external events such as the Emunah Gala Dinner, Yad Sarah Gala Dinner, Camp Simcha Ladies Brunch and of course the Immanuel College Gala Dinner. There are regular lunchtime concerts for pupils and staff on Wednesday lunchtimes throughout term. Two highlights of the school year are the annual Chanukah Concert at the end of the Succot Term and the Performing Arts Festival and Concert in the Pesach Term. A good number of pupils attend peripatetic instrumental lessons and singing lessons and take external exams through the school, achieving very high results across the Grades.
Drama flourishes at the College.
There is a regular Drama Club. Each year there are two whole-school productions, one in the Pesach Term which is usually a classical production (Three Sisters in 2018, A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2017, The Importance of Being Earnest in 2016), one in the Shavuot Term which is usually a musical (Mary Poppins in 2018, My Fair Lady in 2017, Oliver! in 2016). Pupils across all Year groups sign up for and attend weekly Lamda lessons and take Lamda exams towards the end of the academic year, achieving impressively in these.
Young Enterprise flourishes at Immanuel.
Each year there are 2-3 Year 12 YE companies and they take part fully in trade fairs and the YE competition, winning many awards along the way. For three years in a row (2015-17) an Immanuel team progressed to the East of England finals held at the University of Cambridge and in June 2017, for the first time, an Immanuel team qualified for the National Finals held over two days in London.
Other co-curricular events
Several academic subjects organise co-curricular events for their pupils.
For example, Mathematics pupils across all Year groups take part in the Junior, Intermediate and Senior Maths Challenges as well as in the Maths Team Challenge Competition and Hans Woyda Competition; Physics students take part in the British Physics Olympiad, with two students gaining silver medals in the Senior Competition in 2018; A Level Spanish students compete in an inter-school debating competition whilst Year 7 MFL pupils take part in the UK Linguistics Olympiad.