Enrichment

EnrichmentAPH

Enrich your experience 

A real strength of the Hills experience is the significant variety and diversity of enrichment opportunities on offer. You can get involved in anything and everything, from archery and the chamber choir to robotics and rowing!

All students in Year 12 are encouraged to undertake Enrichment as part of their study programme, and we genuinely believe that you will struggle to choose from the opportunities available!
Year 12 students follow an Enrichment activity which can be taken either as a full year course or two half-year courses. The Enrichment activities are designed to extend and broaden your A level programme. In early September, you will be able to choose which Enrichment activity you’d like to follow.

Enrichment activities allow you the opportunity to do something you like or want to learn more about, from sport activities to learning new languages.

Below is just a small selection of the types of activities that you could get involved in.

There is a thriving DofE Gold unit at Hills Road Sixth Form College, which focuses predominantly on the expedition side of the award. You will undertake three expeditions through the course of Year 12 – and you do not necessarily need to have completed bronze or silver to join the unit. This award is demanding but enjoyable and highly regarded by employers.

The Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award can be signed up to as an enrichment in September 2019. There are three expedition walks which you must be available for:
  • Training expedition: Friday 1st – Monday 4th May 2020 (Yorkshire Dales)
  • Practise expedition: during term time at the beginning of July 2020 (Lake District)
  • Qualifying expedition: Tuesday 1st September to Sunday 6th September 2020 (Wales).
In your own time you will need to complete volunteering, physical, skill and residential sections. Depending on your previous Duke of Edinburgh experience, you will need to complete an hour per week of each of these activities for between 6-18 months. The residential is a 5 day, 4 night experience, which you must complete with people you don’t know in a setting away from home. The residential cannot be back dated, must be arranged by you and submitted to be confirmed that it is suitable before you go. 
In the past, students have found volunteering a valuable experience in itself while, for others, it has helped them with their career choice or to widen their experience of working with people who are different from themselves; an important skill in many fields of life. Volunteering can be undertaken as your enrichment choice or in addition to enrichment.
This course focuses on the management of three of the biggest events in the College calendar; the annual Fun Run in April, HillsFest, which is an off-timetable day at the beginning of July and the Copa Del Hills football tournament (January to April). Part of the student role, under staff supervision, will be to organise, publicise and manage one of these events.
You will have access to some of the best indoor and outdoor sports facilities in the region. Including: Badminton, Basketball, Cricket, Football, Frisbee, Hockey, Netball, Rowing, Rugby, Squash, Tennis and Volleyball.

The College offers a wide range of sport and other physical activities and many of our students choose to participate in one or more of them. The above sports are the main College team sports that involve committing to weekly training and match play. However, some students take part for exercise and enjoyment alone, whilst others are members of one or more of our successful College teams. Team sports at the College are actively supported and successful, with many students representing the East region. Many of the sports teams compete in the Cambridgeshire leagues and national schools competitions. We also take part in Association of Colleges’ competitions that gives students the opportunity to compete at national level and be selected for Association of Colleges’ national squads.

Find out more on the Hills Road Sport Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/hillsroadsport/
A large variety of musical activities are offered as part of the Enrichment programme. Including: Brass Ensemble, Chamber Choir, College Choir, Jazz Choir, Jazz Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Orchestra, FolkRoots Group, Music Technology, Radio Studio, DJ Skills.

These activities are open to all students regardless of subjects studied. Some of the ensembles are auditioned and some are open to all. There are regular concerts, both formal and informal, held at venues such as Ely Cathedral, King’s College Chapel, West Road Concert Hall and in the Colin Hill Recital Room at the College, with plenty of opportunities for ensemble and solo performances. There is an annual Carol Service which takes place in St John’s College Chapel or Great St Mary’s Church. The Chamber Choir and a group of instrumentalists tour every two years, and visited Budapest in July 2017. The Jazz Orchestra and FolkRoots group toured Belgium in July 2018. Instrumental and vocal tuition is offered at the College, with specialist teachers employed by the College. These lessons are timetabled in free periods, lunchtimes or after college, so they do not clash with academic commitments. Practice room facilities are good and are available to all students. We encourage students to create their own ensembles and support musical enterprise amongst the students.
If you don’t want to take a language at A level, a number of other opportunities are available to enable you to try a new one. 

Including Anthropology, Architecture, Biotechnology, Chinese GCSE, Current affairs, Forensic science, Investigating health and medicine, Italian for beginners, Italian GCSE, Japanese for beginners, Psychology and Robotics.
The Robotics enrichment group gives you the opportunity to explore the fascinating field of Robotics, combining mechanisms and software control to build useful objects. No previous experience of coding nor building is needed, but robotics can be time-consuming. We take part in a wide range of activities, from building our own autonomous robots for the Student Robotics competition to supporting local teams with the National Lego League. Last year we even organized a competition for other sixth form centres to build small autonomous machines based around a Raspberry Pi. We have ambitious plans for next year and you can be a part of them. Whether it is designing, building, programming or marketing and fundraising, there is an opportunity to learn new skills and enjoy yourself.
Drama and Dance in the Robinson Theatre have always been one of the College’s strengths, where students can get involved both on stage and behind the scenes. Through the Enrichment programme, performers, directors and technicians will be offered many opportunities to develop their skills.
Learn how using your imagination can enrich your life in surprising ways…

Join a party of heroes and take on the Demogorgon! Escape the cult of The Reptile God! Find the lost treasure in the mad wizards’ castle! Anything is possible in the fantasy role playing world of Dungeons and Dragons.

Suitable for anyone who wants to explore D&D: role playing, making maps, questing, writing adventures, creating characters, or just watching and listening. No experience necessary, just an open mind.

Who will this enrichment suit / not suit? Suitable for all. Beginners encouraged.
Is there any time commitment over the normal timetabled hour a week? No.
Takes place Wednesday p5.
Additional Information: Term 1 only. 30 places.
Interested in the big wide world? Interested in Africa? Then, this could be the Enrichment Class for you. We shall be taking snapshots of Africa, both past and present, starting with South Africa and then going on to Algeria, using films, texts and documentaries. We shall be trying to understand something of what is going on in the continent today by looking at themes like the role of China and the issue of HIV/Aids.

There will be opportunities to give your own presentations as well as join in discussions.

This enrichment takes place Wednesday p5.
Who will this enrichment suit / not suit? Suitable for all
Is there any time commitment over the normal timetabled hour a week? No
Additional Information: Term 1 only. 24 places.
This course is designed for anyone who has an interest in the visual arts, enjoys visiting
galleries, and genuinely wants to know more about the often crazy world of modern art!

Throughout the course you will develop skills of analysis allowing you to engage with art on a more meaningful level alongside exploring a wide variety of artists and genres, including some practical exercises! The course will consider painting, sculpture, architecture, installation and photography. Come along with an open mind and be prepared for some heated discussion! This course is NOT appropriate for those study A Level History of Art.”

This enrichment takes place on Wednesday p5.
Who will this enrichment suit / not suit? NOT suitable for A Level Art Historians
Is there any time commitment over the normal timetabled hour a week? No
Additional Information: Term 1 only. 20 places.
A chance for students to learn about the issues facing asylum seekers and refugees today, through engaging documentaries, real life stories and topical group discussion.
This enrichment option presents the opportunity for students to join a collaboration with Cambridge Refugee Resettlement Campaign, assisting with their communications and supporting their donations team for local asylum seeking and refugee families.

Interested in social action? Want a way to put your talents to good use? This might be the option for you.

This enrichment takes place on Wednesday p5.
Who will this enrichment suit / not suit? Suitable for all
Is there any time commitment over the normal timetabled hour a week? No
Additional Information: 24 places.
This course is inspired by Ben Goldacre’s Bad Science book and columns for The Guardian, in which he analysis research evidence and the presentation of science in the media. We will analyse scientific and social scientific research in a variety of subject areas: health & medicine, psychology, politics, business, etc. We will consider some controversial issues that have featured in the media in recent years, including:
  • How do we know whether drug treatments work?
  • Why were the general election polls so wrong?
  • Does homeopathy work?
  • What makes a good business?
  • Are 50% of positive research findings actually wrong?
  • Why should you avoid the Daily Mail’s coverage of cancer research?
  • What can a dead salmon teach us about brain scans?
  • Why does anyone believe that MMR caused autism?
Along the way you’ll learn how to analyse evidence and arguments critically, develop skills in spotting bad science and identify many examples of human stupidity.
Takes place Wednesday p5.
Who will this enrichment suit / not suit? Suitable for anyone interested in how science
works (or doesn’t work!), in critically assessing claims made in controversial areas of research and the presentation of scientific findings in the media.
Term 1 only. 24 places.
Is there any time commitment over the normal timetabled hour a week? No
Bullet Journaling has really taken off as a fun, easy and manageable way to track your
health, keep on top of your to-do-lists, log gratitude and plan your next holiday – all in an organised, clear and often artistic way. If you’ve ever tried Bullet Journaling before and decided that you didn’t have time for it, now you do!

And if you’ve never heard of it before, then come along and find out more!

This enrichment takes place on Wednesday p5.
Who will this enrichment suit / not suit? Suitable for all
Is there any time commitment over the normal timetabled hour a week? No
Additional information: 24 places
Do you want to explore your creative side? The ceramics enrichment programme provides
an experimental and fun environment to learn new skills in – no previous experience necessary. You will be taught a wide variety of basic techniques including coil, slab and pinch pots; with the opportunity to work with earthenware, stoneware and porcelain clay.

You will also have access to a wide variety of stamps, cutters, tools and glazes and be encouraged to make functional objects that you can either keep for yourself or give as a gift!

This enrichment takes place Thursday p2 in Term 1 (will be Wed p5 in Term 2).
Who will this enrichment suit / not suit? Suitable for all
Is there any time commitment over the normal timetabled hour a week? No
Additional Information: Often involves messy processes. 16 places
This is an auditioned SATB choir with a membership of approximately 36, which
performs a mixture of both sacred and secular repertoire, both accompanied and ‘a cappella’. Auditions take place in June and involve some sight-reading and aural tests. Previous choral experience preferred, although not necessary.

As this is an auditioned enrichment you will not be able to sign up electronically. Mrs Higgins will be able to advise whether your audition has been successful. If not, you must choose a different enrichment.
Who will this enrichment suit / not suit? By audition only
Is there any time commitment over the normal timetabled hour a week? To sing at Open Evening, Autumn Chamber Concert, Carol Service, Spring Chamber Concert & Summer
Concert.
Potential to go on tour abroad.
This course is very useful for art & design students, but is equally enjoyable for those
students looking for something completely different to their other subjects. Photography students can use this work to support A Level studies if they wish. This enrichment is for students who want to learn the basic techniques of black & white photography, from understanding the controls on your camera and how to improve your photographs to processing film and making enlargements in the darkroom. You will be given the opportunity to take photographs on location including a visit to the Botanic Garden as part of the course, where you will receive hands-on advice from your teacher.

This course takes place Monday p3 in Term 1 (will be Wed p5 in Term 2).
It is essential that you have your own, or access to a 35mm SLR camera with manual function, for the duration of the course. There is a fee of £20 towards the cost of film, paper and chemicals, which is payable at the Bursary.

Who will this enrichment suit / not suit? Also for A Level Photography students
Is there any time commitment over the normal timetabled hour a week? Students are asked to take some photographs for the lessons.
Additional Information: Equipment required & Fee payable. 20 places.
This would particularly suit people who like to learn a little about a lot, as we will be
looking at a variety of themes in relation to cities, such as public art, public health, transport, and how cities are represented in music. You will also be working on your own mini-project, proposing a solution to one of the challenges faced by Cambridge or another city, which will include opportunities to work creatively and develop presentation skills.

This enrichment takes place Wednesday p5.
Who will this enrichment suit / not suit? Suitable for all
Is there any time commitment over the normal timetabled hour a week? No
Additional Information: 24 places.
This is a choir of around 100 students which performs major works from the choral
repertory, such as Handel’s Messiah and Mozart’s Requiem. No audition required.
Music students are expected to attend.

Who will this enrichment suit / not suit? Suitable for all
Is there any time commitment over the normal timetabled hour a week?
Includes major concerts in the Cambridge University Concert Hall and Ely Cathedral
as well as the Carol Service which this year will take place in Great St Mary’s Church.
Additional Information: Can opt for just one or both terms.
Unlimited places available to Year 12s
Do you enjoy writing creatively? Then the Creative Writing Enrichment course will offer you practical opportunities and time to experiment and develop as a writer of different genres and styles from fiction, poetry, drama, biography, autobiography and journalism.

This enrichment takes place Wednesday p5.
Who will this enrichment suit / not suit? Suitable for all
Is there any time commitment over the normal timetabled hour a week? No
Additional Information: 24 places.
This course is very useful for Art & Design students, but equally enjoyable for those looking for something completely different to their other subjects! Although no previous knowledge is necessary, this is a practical course and you need willingness to experiment with materials in the broadest sense. Glass fusing, clay work, laser cutting, felting, jewellery making and much more! Art students can use this work to support A Level studies if they wish.

This enrichment takes place Thursday p1.
Who will this enrichment suit / not suit? Suitable for all
Is there any time commitment over the normal timetabled hour a week? No
Additional Information: Term 1 only. 22 places.
Indoor Cricket nets training for potential squad players, of any gender. The emphasis is
on skill development and some indoor matches. Join the best cricketers in college to improve your game.

Who will this enrichment suit / not suit? Experienced players only (M/F)
Is there any time commitment over the normal timetabled hour a week? Occasional indoor tournament
Additional Information: Maximum 15 places
This enrichment will take place on: Friday p2
This is a very useful and enjoyable enrichment. Useful, because it develops communication skills transferable to everything from writing essays to applying for University to arguing with parents! Enjoyable, satisfying, because there is a great social side to the enrichment. If you wish to take this subject more seriously there is the opportunity to represent the College in national and international competitions, where Hills Road has enjoyed considerable success.

This enrichment takes place Wednesday p5.
Who will this enrichment suit / not suit? Suitable for all
Is there any time commitment over the normal timetabled hour a week? Optional student run sessions in lunchtimes and after the College day
Additional Information: 24 places.
Do you have an interest in electronic dance music (Dubstep, Drum & Bass, House, Trance etc.)? Are you interested in learning how to DJ? Fancy yourself as the next Skrillex, Pendulum or Deadmau5? Our DJ enrichment is the perfect place for you to learn how to DJ or improve your technique no matter what level you are at!

You will be using industry standard vinyl turntables, hardware controllers, vinyl controllers, mixers, laptop and Traktor 2 DJ software to mix all manner of electronic dance music together. Skills covered will include cueing, beat matching, cutting, scratching, looping, digital FX, crafting a set to play out live.

Who will this enrichment suit / not suit? Suitable for all
Is there any time commitment over the normal timetabled hour a week? No
Additional Information: Term 1 Only. Max 10 places
This course is very useful for Photography and Art & Design students, but is equally
enjoyable for those looking for something completely different to their other subjects. Photography students can use this work to support A Level studies if they wish.
Digital cameras are part of everyday life and used for a wide variety of reasons, from artistic exploration to recording events and activities. Learn a range of skills: how to improve your image taking on a number of different devices including smart phones, using the functions on your device much more effectively, basic Photoshop and image editing app techniques, and the benefits of sharing images online for support and
feedback.

You will also have the opportunity to work through a number of themed projects to help you refine your image making ideas. This program can be used to improve the presentation of work in any A Level subject, whether it be photos of field trips or experiments, or presentation designs for projects. You will need access to a digital camera, Smart phone or tablet for the duration of the course.

Who will this enrichment suit / not suit? Also for those taking A Level Photography
Is there any time commitment over the normal timetabled hour a week? No. Takes place Wednesday p5.
Additional Information: 17 places.
This will involve participating in one of two full-scale performances – a musical theatre production at Christmas (for those opting for Drama Production Enrichment in Term 1*) or a play in July, for which Drama Production will be your Term 2 Enrichment option. You will sign up for that option in December. You can tell us which one you would like to be considered for when you request an audition. Please note you will not be able to sign up electronically. These productions will be staff-directed.
Notes:
  • Open auditions will be held for the productions; you will not be able to ‘choose’ this enrichment electronically.
  • Detailed casting will be done after initial workshop audition sessions and may involve recalls.
  • The productions will involve a substantial time commitment over and above the nominal hour per week on your timetable. There will be 2-4 additional hours initially, but this will increase nearer to the date of the production. These additional rehearsal times will be over evenings and weekends (including a Sunday). Please be sure that you are willing to undertake this commitment before you sign up.
  • Students taking Performance Studies or Theatre Studies are recommended to make use of these opportunities to build their practical skills, but auditions will be open to all and we welcome involvement from the many excellent performers who are not necessarily taking a performance subject.
Who will this enrichment suit / not suit? For students with an interest in acting
who have had some experience
Is there any time commitment over the normal timetabled hour a week? Wed p5, but see additional times above
Additional Information: Some classes will run past 4pm.
Term 1 only
How often have you heard the phrase ‘I can’t draw’? Perhaps you’ve even said these
words about yourself… this enrichment is for anyone who enjoys the experience of putting pen to page, without concern for what makes a ‘good’ or ‘bad’ drawing.

Emphasising the value of the drawing process, you will be encouraged to doodle, make marks, try drawing with your eyes closed or using your less dominant hand, all the while exploring how such approaches can engage the mind in new and interesting ways… the simple, universal act of drawing can also be an excellent tool for reducing anxiety and promoting a sense of inner calm. The sessions will be highly practical and experimental, incorporating both individual and group work. No technical skill is required - all you need is an open mind!

This enrichment takes place Wednesday p5.
Who will this enrichment suit / not suit? Suitable for all
Is there any time commitment over the normal timetabled hour a week? No
Additional Information: 20 places
Emphasis on fun and showcasing your skills! Non-stop five-a-side, develop your fitness and make new friends. Join just for fun or get in training for the Hills ‘Copa del Hills’ tournament that runs in term 2.

This enrichment takes place Friday p3 (will be Wed p3 in Term 2).
Who will this enrichment suit / not suit? Suitable for those interested in sport
Is there any time commitment over the normal timetabled hour a week? No
Additional Information: Max 24 places.
An introduction to Film focusses mainly on Hollywood cinema with screenings of
blockbuster and American independent films. Screenings will lead to detailed discussion with the chance to express your views on the texts viewed.

Films are chosen around key concepts including looking at specific genres, directors and actors. The second half of the course encourages students to choose the films that the group will watch. Choices
need to be justified and presented to the rest of the group. There is also the opportunity to write film reviews and learn some of the subject specific terminology used to write about films.

This enrichment will take place Wednesday p5.
Who will this enrichment suit / not suit? Not for Film Studies students
Is there any time commitment over the normal timetabled hour a week? No
Additional Information: Term 1 only. 24 places.
Forensic scientists examine traces of material which might show an association between a suspect and a victim of a crime. These traces might include body fluids, paint, glass, footwear, explosives or fibres.

Forensic scientists also analyse drugs, specimens of tissue for poisons, examine documents and investigate the causes of fires, explosions and road accidents. We will carry out a range of practical work highlighting techniques used by forensic scientists, analyse data and present the findings. This enrichment takes place Wednesday p5.
Who will this enrichment suit / not suit?

For students who enjoy practical science and are keen to learn.
Is there any time commitment over the normal timetabled hour a week? No
Additional Information: Term 1 only.
There will be two groups of 24.
Folk & Roots is an ensemble consisting of melody instruments (fiddles, whistles, flutes, etc.) and various accompanying instruments (accordion, bass, guitars, hand drums). The group play lively tunes taken from British traditions, Europe and beyond. The group is run by Stu Hanna of ‘Megson’ fame!

Students have the opportunity to perform in the Jazz & Folk evening at the end of Spring Term and at other College concerts.

Who will this enrichment suit / not suit? For keen folkies and students who
want to learn. Not auditioned.
Is there any time commitment over the normal timetabled hour a week? Yes, see above.
Additional Information: None
France is a well-known country for its culture and food but there is much more to it! This is an opportunity to learn the language and about the culture of England’s closest neighbouring country. Whilst no previous knowledge is required, this course is also suitable for students with some prior knowledge (perhaps equivalent to two or three years of studies at school)*.

In this course you will learn to communicate to
  • Greet people and introduce yourself.
  • Talk about free-time activities.
  • Shop and eat out.
  • Arrange accommodation.
  • Arrange travel details.
You will also learn about:
  • French food.
  • Some French historical and natural sites.
  • Some famous French people and film makers.
No previous knowledge is needed*, just a curiosity about another culture, a sense of fun and an enthusiasm to have a go!
Who will this enrichment suit / not suit? For those who have never studied
French or who stopped in Year 9.
Is there any time commitment over the normal timetabled hour a week? Takes place Wednesday p5.
Additional Information: Term 1 only. 24 places.
If you want to learn more about gardening and enjoy being outside then this course is for
you! The Gardening enrichment is a fun and practical hands on programme where you will learn the basics needed to get started. You will have the opportunity to learn basic plant care skills, how to grow your own veg and propagate plants. There will also be an opportunity for off site visits as part of the course.

You will be growing plants that you can either keep for yourself or give as a gift!

This enrichment takes place Tuesday p3.
Who will this enrichment suit / not suit? Suitable for all
Is there any time commitment over the normal timetabled hour a week? No
Additional Information: Term 1 only. 12 places
This is a soprano, alto, tenor and bass choir to suit enthusiastic singers with little
experience of choral work and who enjoy a more contemporary repertoire from popular, Gospel and jazz traditions with performances often accompanied by a backing band.

Some ability to read music is useful, though not mandatory. There are no auditions. The choir will be working towards a number of College concerts as well as the annual Carol Service. The rehearsals are light-hearted with the emphasis on having fun whilst developing valuable vocal and ensemble skills.

This enrichment runs on Friday lunchtimes.
Who will this enrichment suit / not suit? Suitable for all
Is there any time commitment over the normal timetabled hour a week? Yes - See above
Additional Information: Students can opt for one term or both.
Local jazz specialist Trevor Barlow will lead this ensemble tackling Big Band Charts including funk, swing, Latin or pop. There will also be some improvisation sessions for all levels of improvers. Players should have some reading skills, although this is not essential, and a desire to improve.
Typical line up:
  • Saxophones: Alto, Tenor, Baritone
  • Trumpets, Trombones and other lower brass
  • Piano
  • Rhythm and bass guitars
  • Drum Kit and hand-held percussion
Students will have the opportunity to perform in the Jazz & Folk Concert at the end of the Spring Term, and in other College concerts. This enrichment runs on Thursdays after College.
Who will this enrichment suit / not suit? For keen jazzers and students who want to
learn. Not auditioned.
Is there any time commitment over the normal timetabled hour a week? See above
Additional Information: Students can opt to do one or both terms.
This enrichment takes place on: Thursdays after College (4:10-5:10pm)
The course will involve drawing or painting from the life model in a variety of media. Students will learn about the proportions of the human figure. Art & Design students will be able to use the work as part of their coursework submission and it will help with their observation skills. Students contemplating architecture as a career would find it useful as port of their portfolio for interview purposes. There will be 2 groups. One will meet Tuesday p4, the other Tuesday lunchtime. One group only in Term 2, meeting Tuesday lunchtimes. 
Suitable for all
Is there any time commitment over the normal timetabled hour a week? No
Additional Information £6 fee to help pay for the model
 2 groups of max. 10 in Term 1
MOOC stands for Massive, Open, Online Course. These offer an opportunity to study a high quality course on a topic of your choosing, and are provided for free by many Universities in the country. You will study independently, but will be supervised on a Wednesday afternoon, period 5 in a computer area. Hundreds of courses are available – from learning all about your abdomen, to exploring World War 1 in depth, from film-making to exploring the role of football in society. You will get to choose a topic that interests you – you could decide to enhance your current studies, pursue an interest, or look towards a course that might help you with University applications in the future. Full guidance will be provided in the first enrichment session on how to start choosing the MOOC that you wish to study. This enrichment takes place Wednesday p5.
Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way, in the present moment, on purpose, non-judgmentally. This course is an introduction to the practice of mindful awareness, and is based upon the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) approach. It is not a therapy-based or counselling course, nor is it meditation. Mindfulness is, however, based on the principles of meditative reflection, and many people who practice regularly have found it very effective in dealing with symptoms of stress, anxiety and negative thinking. The course will introduce you to some of the basic techniques for mindful practice; the extent to which you benefit will depend entirely on the amount of practice you do in your own time. Each session will involve a review of your experiences of the previous week’s practice, the introduction of a new technique and some mindfulness practice. Practice will generally involve sitting or lying quietly, eyes closed, listening to a guided meditation. Loose clothing is preferable but not essential, shoes will be taken off and you must be comfortable with sitting or lying still for extended periods of time. This enrichment takes place on Monday lunchtime.
This lively course provides a chance for those with an interest in the modern music industry to sequence, record, mix and produce their own music using the College’s extensive facilities. You will work in small groups or individually, and are given free rein to create music of your choice. You will use Logic Pro to compose and produce your music and will be able to take home a final project produced during the course.
Not for students studying A level Music Technology. 
This is a fun session to help improve your problem-solving skills, decision-making and develop different thinking skills. By working as a team member you will develop listening, negotiating and collaborative skills. If you love lateral thinking, challenges and working as a team then you’ll enjoy this course!
Psychology is the study of people – how they think, act, react and interact. Psychologists study human behaviour, experience and mental processes, largely using scientific methods such as the laboratory experiment. The purpose of this course is to give you a flavour of the many different theoretical approaches to understanding people and of the variety of research methods which psychologists use. You will have plenty of opportunities to discuss and debate your ideas, to carry out your own research and to watch relevant videos, including footage of some classic psychological studies. Topics will include: Social psychology – would you electrocute a stranger? Conditioning – can studying pigeons help us to understand gambling and superstition? Sigmund Freud’s strange ideas – the Oedipus complex and the anal personality. Twin studies and the nature nurture debate. Designing a questionnaire – do men and women look for different things in a partner? Happiness – what effect has affluence had and can psychology help us to be happier? Who will this enrichment suit / not suit? Not for students studying A level Psychology
 As with all racquet sports, the emphasis will be on beginners or improvers with group coaching in skills and match play. The emphasis is on fun, playing games and improving your play along the way. The main focus is on badminton but you may also play squash and table tennis in this session. All equipment provided but you must wear kit to play. In Term 1, one group will meet Mon p4, the other on Tuesday p1 (Term 2’s group will be Monday p2). If you enjoy these sessions, you can also come along to social badminton on Weds p.5 in the Sports Centre.  
The emphasis in this enrichment is on beginners and improvers with group coaching on skills and match play. In Term 2 the group will run on Tuesday lunchtimes, but in Term 1 there will also be a group on Thursday lunchtimes. Students can opt for just one term or for both (Term 2 sign-up will be in early December). Social netball is a fantastic way to keep fit, make friends and develop your netball skills. Suitable sports kit must be worn. There will be three groups in Term 1 –Tuesday lunchtime, Thursday lunchtime and Thursday p3.
Maybe you’ve been inspired by beach volleyball in the Olympics or just looking to learn a new sport. You’ll be taught the basics of the game, then the focus will be on game play. If you enjoy this session, there will be an opportunity to progress onto club volleyball. Suitable sports kit must be worn.
This course is a volunteering opportunity offered in conjunction with Sawston Village College. Students will help pupils at SVC to improve their Maths skills. All resources for the students to work on are provided by SVC and no specialist knowledge is needed beyond having passed Maths GCSE. The pupils at SVC are very receptive to working with college students and it makes a change from always working with a teacher! The scheme will run for 5 or 6 weeks from 3-5pm on a Wednesday afternoon* (thus accessible through out Enrichment programme and totalling the same number of hours as all other enrichments). SVC will collect students from College at 3pm if necessary; travel home afterwards will be discussed according to need.
 This is a full-blown symphony orchestra which plays repertoire from the grand Symphonic traditions of the Romantic period to the music of contemporary composers. This enrichment runs on Wednesdays, 3-4.30pm. Students can opt for just one or both terms. Who will this enrichment suit / not suit? Woodwind & Brass musicians must audition. For string players, the only requirement is to have reached Grade 5. Is there any time commitment over the normal timetabled hour a week? To play at Open Evening, plus Autumn and Summer Concerts.
For those with little or no tap dance experience. A chance to learn the basic steps of tap dancing, building into learning a routine. Possible performance opportunity. Sensible shoes required (no high heels or sandals), or tap shoes if available. This enrichment takes place on Thursday lunchtime.
This is aimed at anyone who has some Technical Theatre experience, or those who are just interested and want to find out more. You will be helping with the shows in the College’s purpose-built theatre, which is equipped with professional lighting and sound. You will be instructed to how to use this equipment and at the end of the enrichment you will run the College’s Christmas Enrichment production, overseen by the theatre’s technical manager. This enrichment will run on a Wednesday period 5, but you will need to be available to crew & operate the equipment for the Enrichment Show. See below for timings. Who will this enrichment suit / not suit? Students with Technical Theatre experience, or those who are interested to find out more.
 As with other racquet sports the emphasis here is on beginners & improvers with group coaching on skills and match play. You will have the opportunity to play on the Hills Road Sports & Tennis Centre indoor courts. This enrichment will take place on Wed p3 in Term 1 and Friday p3 in Term 2. This enrichment takes place Wednesday p3 in Term 1 (will be Friday p3 in Term 2). 
 Run by Unloc Enterprise Academy, this exciting programme is specifically designed to motivate and inspire young people into business. You will develop your innovation and entrepreneurship skills through a blend of masterclasses, talks and hands-on exercises where groups create then pitch their business ideas in a dragons-den style activity. All of the skills developed by Unloc are transferrable and relatable to the real world, both within industry and through running your own business. 
The orchestra is open to all players of woodwind, brass & percussion instruments, and consists of around 60 instrumentalists, performing a range of repertoire in the major Hills Road concerts. All are welcome, seating audition only. This enrichment runs at lunchtimes on Tuesdays. Students may opt for just one or both terms. 
Grade 5 or above standard suggested. Audition preferable but not essential.Performing in the major Hills Road concerts
Two term Enrichment
This is an exciting opportunity to start learning the language of one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Whilst no previous knowledge is required, this course is also suitable for students with some prior knowledge (perhaps equivalent to 1 year of after school club learning)*. The course is fast-paced and you will have many opportunities to develop your Chinese further. You will learn:
  • How to pronounce Chinese words using a Romanisation system (pinyin)
  • How to greet other people and introduce yourself
  • How to order food & drink and go shopping
  • How to read simple signs and ask for directions
  • About some aspects of traditional and modern Chinese culture In the second term you will:
  • Expand your vocabulary with an emphasis on language useful while travelling
  • Develop your reading and writing of Chinese characters
  • Develop your skill with tones
No previous knowledge is needed, but if you possess a curiosity about other cultures, a sense of fun and enthusiasm to have a go, then this Enrichment course will be of great interest to you. At the same time, students studying Modern History and Geography would find this course to be a beneficial extension of their Year 12 studies. 
Two term Enrichment
Many students have already attended trials for the college sports teams – Badminton, Football, Hockey, Netball, Rowing, Rugby and Tennis.
IF YOU HAVE HAD AN E-MAIL FROM THE COACH CONFIRMING YOUR PLACE ON THE TEAM FOR THE COMING YEAR, you do not need to select an Enrichment because sport will be your enrichment in both terms and you will already be timetabled to allow you access to training and matches.
You will be blocked from making an enrichment choice. Trials for Volleyball, Basketball, Table Tennis, Squash, X- Country (male and female) and Cheer Squad will take place AFTER the Enrichment sign up so if you are interested in representing the College in any of these sports, you MUST sign up for another Enrichment first. If your trial is successful and you are confirmed on a College Sports Team, you then have a choice; either you can cancel your first choice and make the Team sport your Enrichment OR you can do both – as long as you can accommodate both alongside your studies. Training for these sports occur after college / lunchtimes so they do not have timetable implications. All sports compete in a wide range of matches, from ‘friendlies’ to Association of Colleges National Competitions (see a sample of the sports teams’ achievements in the College prospectus). With all team sports it is expected that students will commit themselves for a season’s training and matches. It is sometimes possible to represent the College in more than one sport, but students need to consider their studies before committing themselves to this. There are many other college representative teams e.g. – Swimming, Equestrian, Orienteering etc. further details will be available at the Societies Fair on 10th September. However, these activities are not available as enrichment activities so you will need to choose an Enrichment regardless of whether or not you wish to take part in these, student-run, societies. Who will this enrichment suit /not suit? For those with an interest in competitive team sport
Two term Enrichment
Japan is a unique country with its world leading technology, ancient history and culture and beautiful, unspoiled nature. It is also the land of Manga. In this exciting course you will learn to communicate about:
  • Yourself and family
  • Your education
  • Your daily routine
  • Shopping and eating out
  • Your hometown and events in your town
You will also learn:
  • Japanese pronunciation
  • How to greet people and introduce yourself
  • To understand some commonly used signs
  • To read and write in Japanese Hiragana and Katakana characters
  • No previous knowledge is needed*, just a curiosity about other cultures, a sense of fun and an enthusiasm to have a go!
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