Clubs and Societies
All pupils are encouraged to join clubs or societies which take place at lunch time or after school. Some happen at weekends and involve field trips, such as practical conservation, or take part in competitions, such as Debating or Model United Nations. The school has the only Model Arctic Council in a school in Europe. A Societies fair in the early part of the Michaelmas Term sees the clubs and societies given the opportunity to advertise themselves to attract new members, with pupils setting up and running stalls, creating information packages or short presentations.
As with Community Service or the Charities Committee, clubs and societies offer pupils the chance to develop leadership and to influence the way a club is run. Many are started by the pupils themselves and much enterprise is evident in their evolution. Green group, Herculites, the junior Classics club, board games, E23 Radio and Aspect Film are prime examples.
Watch the cheerleading club at the National Championships:
There is a club or society for all tastes and levels from the intellectual approach of the Erpingham Society, which sees pupils present academic papers to the audience, through to Troglodytes, a junior philosophy club which analyses ideas through the medium of film and on to board games and lego club, which is popular with all ages.
Many take part in the various debating clubs and the intellectual demands of the Model UN or Model Arctic Council are increasingly popular. Outdoor pursuits are catered for in the form of the Eighth Norwich Sea Scouts and the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme, both of which offer leadership and service opportunities for older pupils. New clubs are added each year with 2016 seeing the start of a Medical Club and “The Fellowship” a role play group.