Roundwood Park offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities, which are open to everyone.
Activities include: Art, athletics, ballroom dancing, basketball, brass band, chamber choir, chess, choir, cricket, Christian Union, computing, concert band, cricket, dance, drama, Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, fitness, football, gymnastics, hockey, jazz band, junior band, Latin, mathematics, music theory, netball, orchestra, Rotary Club Youth Speaks, rounders, rugby, string group, table tennis, technology workshops, tennis, trampolining and cheerleading.
In most of the sporting activities there is the opportunity for students to experience competition by playing in the school’s district events.
We are very proud of what we offer our students and the local community, in terms of the public performance of student work. In recent years we have had fantastic feedback from parents, governors and pupils alike about the quality of the work produced. A huge number of students have been involved in performances and many have made us aware of the positive, formative and enjoyable experience that extra-curricular drama has offered them.
At Roundwood Park we have established a good tradition of termly performances, whole school productions, assembly performances and public airings of all exam work produced. Clubs are offered to all year groups and are run by our A Level drama students as well as our staff. On top of this, we also have students who produce work with the local Primary schools in the Summer Term.
In the last 12 months we have run theatre trips to London and Stevenage for every year group with the hope of inspiring them, and further increasing their enthusiasm for their drama lessons and club activities. At A Level, we also have professional master-classes to build on the pupils’ understanding and experiences within drama.
The school is rightly proud of its students’ musical accomplishments. There are numerous groups, which anyone can join from beginners to experts! They include choirs, an orchestra, a flute choir, stage band, a guitar group and a string ensemble. All children are encouraged to learn an instrument or develop their singing skills and the school has an extensive array of musical instruments.
We have many performance opportunities for students to showcase their musical passions. These vary from a summer concert to smaller intimate recitals. We also have a whole school musical event of House Music, which has grown in popularity so much it now has to be performed at The Alban Arena. The in school extra-curricular groups also play at various local events as well as taking part in termly performance opportunities at school, Harpenden Carnival, St. John’s Church and Harpenden Public Halls.
We cover a wide range of skills and media in Art from Year 7 onwards. Students are encouraged to develop these skills further during lunchtime clubs. We have specific days for exam groups to develop and discuss their work further.
Professional artists often visit the school to share their experience and provide workshops. A life drawing course is available after school for AS and A level students. Annual visits to Paris are organised for GCSE art students. There are also gallery and museum visits closer to home for other age groups. In the past, A Level students have visited New York, Paris and Barcelona, and similar visits are proposed for the future.
Students’ work is displayed in the studios and around the school throughout the year. In the summer term we have exhibitions of GCSE, AS and A level work, which are open to the public.
At Roundwood Park we offer a wide array of sporting clubs both at lunchtime and after school. We organise these activities with a termly extra-curricular timetable where activity, venue and staff details are made available to students.