Enrichment & Co-curricular
In the Sixth Form, learning extends far beyond the classroom. The skills you learn through our enrichment programme will support your studies and wellbeing, as well as help to prepare you for life after school. The programme is complementary to your A level studies and includes a wide variety of activities, seminars and events. The school co-curricular timetable details the clubs and sports practice activities available each term in addition to academic support clinics.
Taking an EPQ has helped me so much with university research and essay writing.
Played by over 220 million people worldwide, bridge is the most popular card game in the world.
As a social game, bridge is unparalleled and a great way to meet new people. It can be played at many different levels, ranging from a social foursome, right up to local, national and international competitions.
It is a mental workout unlike any other and is one of the few activities to stimulate both halves of the brain in equal measure. Playing bridge uses and develops logical thinking, inferential analysis, problem solving skills, sequencing, visualisation, lateral thinking, long and short-term memory, observation and psychology (or cunning).
Debating gives students the chance to develop key analytical and public speaking skills in a fun and relaxed environment. Students work together to debate a range of issues, from the topical questions of the day to the abstract and more obscure. Debating helps to develop critical thinking skills; teaches you how to examine and justify ideas, and find evidence to support different points of view.
As well as having a lot of fun debating with each other, the Sixth Form takes part in inter-school events and competitions, including the annual Oxford Union Schools' Competition. Sixth Formers help run the Senior School Debating Clubs.
Debating is for everyone, whatever subjects you are studying. It is excellent preparation for future employment and helps you to stand out in your university applications and shine at interviews.
The English and Drama Departments facilitate theatre visits, LAMDA lessons and the opportunity to organise a production. In 2018, an outdoor production of The Importance of Being Earnest, was directed and performed by Year 12 students.
The Importance Of Being Earnest Sixth Form Production
HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training)
Early morning high intensity interval training, known as HIIT, are intensive fat burning sessions designed to challenge Sixth Form students.
Sixth Form Cookery Course (Year 12)
The course of eight sessions will equip students with a love of good food and the confidence to cook a variety of dishes for themselves and others. They will build a solid foundation of cookery skills to last them a lifetime. The course will include demonstrations of dishes, knife skills and the preparation and cookery of a range of savoury and sweet dishes. The practical sessions will run for three hours in the evening between 4.30pm—7.30pm
In a new initiative at St Gabriel's, Sixth Form students can train as a Peer Mentor. It is a natural part of development that adolescents often prefer to talk to someone of their own age about their problems. Peer Mentors offer this opportunity to the younger girls who benefit from their greater maturity and experience. As a Peer Mentor, students gain increased responsibility, whilst developing their interpersonal skills, as well as their understanding of the importance of boundaries and ethics.
You will have the opportunity to participate in the Thames Valley Safer Driving Initiative.
Student cooking (Year 13)
An entertaining enrichment option and fun way for Sixth Form students to learn the basics of cooking by creating a range of savoury and sweet dishes. At the end of the course, girls will have more confidence in the kitchen so that eating wholesome, nutritious fare becomes a rewarding and fun part of student life.
Sixth Form girls work in partnership with Junior School pupils to foster an enjoyment of reading by meeting twice a week to share a book together. This boosts reading skills and comprehension of age appropriate texts. The reading scheme is of huge benefit to all participants and provides Sixth Form students with additional skills to add to their personal statement.
There are other opportunities to get involved in volunteering projects, both in and out of school, which can contribute to the Young Lions in Service Awards (YLiS).
Additional clubs are arranged according to students’ interests, for example, Psychology Club, Film Club, Classics Club and Knitting Club.
Every two years, girls in the Sixth Form have the opportunity to take part in a World Challenge expedition. Following on from successful expeditions to Costa Rica (2008), Namibia (2010), Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands (2012), Peru (2014), Thailand & Cambodia (2016), in 2018, the girls visited Borneo. They spent three weeks travelling and highlights of the trip included working in a school, trekking in the jungle and climbing Mount Kinabalu in Sabah.
On these trips the girls develop a range of life skills such as managing their own budget, arranging transport, booking accommodation and working as a team. They return with increased confidence and self-esteem, having learned so much from this once in a lifetime experience.
School Business Challenge
Year 12 students participate in a student business competition to find out what it is like to set up and run a business. Students make all the decisions about their company, from raising the initial share capital through to designing and selling their product, deciding what to do with their profits and ultimately winding up the company and paying taxes. All this takes place with the support of a teacher and a business adviser who will bring a wealth of business knowledge to the team.
Students can choose to set up their business as a social enterprise, which focuses on addressing a social need rather than maximising profit.
Each team will raise finance, carry out market research; develop their own product or service; work together to create their business plan to pitch in a Dragon's Den scenario; market and promote their product or service; trade with the public; manage their finances; take part in a pop up fair, and compete with other schools in a local competition.
This business challenge provides the opportunity to develop skills including: communication, confidence, financial capability, organisation, initiative, problem solving, resilience, teamwork and leadership skills.
PGL Team Building
At the beginning of Year 12, students spend two days on a PGL residential trip to step outside their comfort zone, under the watchful eyes of the trained instructors, and discover new strengths and skills. They also develop confidence and trust within the group and come back to school united as a year group.
The programme of activities the students take part in includes, abseiling, quad biking, surfing, Blokarting, leap of faith and a sensory trail.
The ‘Plan, Do, Review’ approach helps students understand what they have learnt and the impact this has on their own behaviour.
Students tease out what they were feeling with review sessions after each activity – the implications, the connections and the insights.
Sixth Form Life