Tonbridge Grammar School is absolutely bursting with enrichment opportunities for students. There is something for everyone and students should be encouraged to try as many new activities as they can during their time at the school. Students who already have a strong interest in sport, music and so on will be able to represent a school with a rich tradition of excelling at the county and national level.
The core of TGS enrichment is called Action! Every week external providers and motivational Sixth Form students work together to allow Year 7s to get involved in everything from cake decoration to special effects make-up to circus skills.
Beyond Wednesday afternoons, many teachers and older students run a wide range of lunchtime clubs. Some are linked to academic subjects for those students who particularly enjoy them and want to expand their knowledge, such as History Club. Others are extra-curricular giving the students a chance to learn about something new that they wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to, such as Ancient Greek Club and Japanese Club. Students with a strong interest in sustainability and the environment could join the Eco Monkey Club which works to make TGS a more environmentally friendly place.
Of course, alongside these more informal clubs are a wide range of sports teams and musical groups. The sheer range of these cater for all students: those who want to get have fun with something new all the way up to those who want to compete at the highest level.
Academically, students are enriched by teachers giving up their time to run clinics and Q&A sessions at lunchtimes to help entrench understanding. Especially appreciated by existing students are Maths Clinic and Science Clinic. As students move up the school there are many opportunities for them to give something back by helping younger students with mentoring and academic support.
Numerous trips take TGS students all over the world every year. Some trips are run by departments, for example Art’s recent trip to the Harry Potter Museum, the History/Science trip to Washington D.C. and exchanges with European schools in France, Spain and Germany. Other trips link to the school’s ethos of service such as the annual expedition to help build up an impoverished community in Malawi. The many TGS students who are passionate about supporting charitable causes are able to make a difference through a student-led fund raising programme that rolls throughout the year and raises thousands of pounds for many international charities.
Without a doubt there are so many enrichment opportunities available for TGS students that they could keep trying new things and keep developing existing interests every day of their school life. We encourage all students to be active and to get involved. New skills, new friends, new knowledge and fun are all available every day.