Mondays and Fridays at 1:30pm Years 7-11
Tuesdays week 1 at 4:40pm Years 7-11
Thursdays Week 2 at 4:40pm Years 7-11
Tuesdays at 1:30pm Years 7-11
Wednesdays at 4:40pm Years 10-11
An opportunity for all Senior School Art Students to do their Art prep, or continue with their projects.
Ratcliffe Conservation Society consists of a group of caring students that meet every week from Year 7 to Year 13. This society protects local wildlife, some of which include hedgehogs, birds, newts and bees; this summer we hatched butterflies and released them. We have fantastic grounds to explore with many trees, wildflowers, insects, mammals and birds. These organisms use Ratcliffe College’s habitats such as the woodland, meadow, fields and gardens which are valuable to support wildlife in the local area. This society protects the wildlife and helps our community to have the deepest respect for its surroundings, for example we launch competitions for tutor groups. Year 13 students last year led some sessions to gain valuable experience which they wrote about in their university applications. We do like planting and using the produce to feed our birds and support our wildlife. We are looking for new members that enjoy the outdoors and have a real interest in conservation of all ages.
Mondays at 4:40pm
Monday evening in the practical Food Technology room is Cooking Club, which is home for our popular extra-curricular activity. Students are divided into two groups of approximately ten to twelve students and over the term so far have made Millies cookies, individual fruit pies, pineapple upside-down cake and cupcakes.
Mondays at 4:15pm & Wednesdays at 1:40pm
Film Club is a popular society designed for students to view, appreciate and critique a wide variety of film. The group views a film nominated by a member during Monday prep sessions, and a debate takes place on Wednesday lunchtimes, where Mrs Bennett and the members battle it out for their opinions to be heard. Past successes have included Gran Turino, whilst teen adventures such as The Maze Runner have fallen foul of the group’s discerning tastes!
Game kNight is an initiative which was inaugurated by Mrs Bennett and Ratcliffe alumni, Daniel Chin, with the aim of bringing the joy of table top gaming to a select group of students. The group meets to enjoy a variety of board games, from co-operative battles against hordes of zombies to competitive city-building adventures. The group has also completed sterling charity work in the form of an annual board game marathon which has raised a lot of money for such charities as Special Effect, the National Autistic Society and, most recently, The Samaritans.
Fridays at 4:30pm
Ratcliffe College has a thriving Golf Society which meets every Friday after school. During the autumn and spring Terms, we practice at Park Hill Golf Club, Seagrave, and Beedles Lake Golf Club, where we use the driving range and Par 3 Academy courses. In the Summer Term, golfers often play 9 holes after school. There is an additional charge for using the facilities which is added to your School account at the end of each term.
The Golf Society plays a number of fixtures during the Summer Term, including the House Golf Competition, Staff versus Students and Staff versus Families. Golfers are encouraged to play in the Old Ratcliffian’s match at Rothley Park Golf Club, too.
Each summer, the Golf Society goes on a mini-tour. In recent years trips have included Turnberry , West of Scotland, the North Norfolk coast, Northern and Southern Ireland and more recently, St Andrew’s, Fife.
If you would like to find out more about the School Golf Society, please see Mr Reddin, Senior Deputy Head for further details.
Fridays at 1:15pm
This is an exciting club offering students from Years 10-13 the opportunity to view a wide range of historical films covering all areas of History, and then discuss them. The History Department has a large number of films including; Argo, A Man For All Seasons, Thirteen Days, The Untouchables, The Pianist, Becket and Lincoln to name just a few.
Thursdays at 1:35pm
Lego Club meets every Thursday lunchtime throughout the school year. It was started as an introduction to programming and has evolved from there. Activities that take place within the club are using Lego Mindstorm to programme Lego robots, other types of programming using Lighbot and Robomind as well as good old fashioned Lego building and playing.
Model United Nations Club runs every week and is run by Mr Cantrill and Mr Lambert. Students learn how to write resolutions on problems that face the world, write amendments to these resolutions and debate world issues in the same format as the UN. In March, Ratcliffe takes two-three delegations to Kingswood School, to participate in the Kingswood School International Model United Nations Conference. At this Conference our students debate key world issues as certain delegation, and in doing so, aim to pass resolutions that would help to solve some of the many challenges that we face as a world.
Wednesdays at 4:20pm
Mother Teresa of Calcutta once said; ‘Not all of us can do great things, but we can all do small things with great love’.
Mother Teresa couldn’t possibly change the lives of all the poor in India, but she knew she could make a difference to some and through her hard work in small steps she made a huge difference.
At Ratcliffe we have our own Mother Teresa Group. This is a group of Sixth Form students who collect unwanted clothes, accessories and household linen. We meet after school on alternate Wednesdays after school for tea, a chat and prayer whilst sorting and folding the donated clothes. The clothes are then donated to charities for them to sell to raise funds to support the charity’s work. Last year our donations raised £2400 for LOROS to help them in the running of their Hospice in Leicester. We have also donated significant amounts of old school uniform to the Tilinanu Orphange in Malawi – it is great to see the children and staff there wearing Ratcliffe uniform with such pride! Thank you … and keep on sending us your old clothes!
Thursdays at 1:40pm
Mr Benjamin & Mrs Bennett
A high energy, but relaxed environment that discusses the ‘hottest’ news items of the day. Topics have included: Does God Exist?; Profile?; Should Parliamentary figures be held accountable for decisions in their personal lives?; Does power corrupt absolutely – noting Premier League Managers and their illegal activities; Brexit, In or Out?
Always fun. Bring a friend!
Tuesdays at 1:40pm
Puzzle Club is open to students from Years 7 – 11 with the aim to challenge and develop problem-solving skills using a variety of games and puzzles. These can be played solo, in pairs or in groups, which also encourages team work and a collaborative approach to solving problems. We have over 50 games; some old favourites such as Mastermind, Battleships, Chairs,The Bedlam Cube and Rush Hour as well as more modern games such as The Da Vinci Code, Square Up, Blokus, Einsteins’s 2% and Qwirkle. These all help to develop concentration, visual perception, short term memory gain, logic strategy, spatial awareness and tactics as well as being great fun, especially if you can beat the teacher!
Tuesdays at 8:00pm
Boarders’ Running Club is actually open to ALL runners! We meet every Tuesday evening at 8.00pm at the Athletics Track. We train for at least 30 minutes (nobody is allowed to do any less!), focusing on running techniques through interval training.
Fridays at 1:40pm
School Photographers Club provides an opportunity for Sixth Form students to explore their interest in photography. Taking place on Fridays at 1:40pm in the Media Studies Department, students are welcome to sign up as authorised photographers for upcoming events around school. This hands-on experience not only helps to develop their skills and understanding of photography as a whole, but also gives them the chance to see their work used in a real media context through the marketing team here at Ratcliffe College.
Invitational workshops, to be held after school, will provide a much more in-depth look into professional photography across multiple areas, provided by Mr Wilcockson who has worked in this field professionally.
Fridays at 1:40pm
Senior Strings Ensemble meets at 1.40pm every Friday. It offers the opportunity to the School’s more advanced violinists, viola players and ‘cellists to perform challenging music, drawing from a wide variety of styles and composers. We perform at the main musical concerts hosted by the School, as well as at external engagements.
Fridays at 4:40pm
We meet every Friday evening at 4.40pm, finishing at 6.10pm, on the Squash Court. Players should have ideally have some experience, but beginners are welcome, too. We work on drills, fitness, agility and technique, then apply these to games. We aim to have a few fixtures against other schools each year.
Mondays & Fridays at 4:50-6:00pm & Wednesdays at 6:45-7:45am
Old or young, competitive swimmer or improving your fitness for other sports, crawler or flyer, we welcome you all.
Our squad is unique. Where else can a Year 13 train alongside a Year 7 on an equal level?
We train competitively working on fitness, technique, starts and turns in all four strokes. We train throughout the year and you can attend any, or all, of the sessions. The squad forms the basis of teams that represent Ratcliffe College in galas against other schools.
Wednesdays at 7:00pm
Sixth Form Society meetings are held on most Wednesday evenings during Autumn and Spring terms. Recent topics covered include Careers in the Creative Industries, climbing Everest, Neonatal care, aspects of society in the days of Henry VIII, French film and culture and GAP Year activities. These meetings are followed by a social and (free!) meal. We also organise other occasional events such as ‘Casino night’ and student-led quizzes. All students in Years 12 and 13 are encouraged to attend.
Thursdays at 4:30pm
We are building a full-sized Supermarine Spitfire to honour the aviation history the school has. The replica will represent Spitfire Mk1a P9503 which was flown by Old Ratcliffian Paul Ballion during the Battle of Britain. Some sessions will take place on Sundays throughout the year with notice given.
Tuesdays at 4:40pm
Mr Watson & Mr Kellighan
There has been a good deal of research done lately on the educational and personal benefits of meditation and practices like yoga for young people. This group aims to provide a gentle, but invigorating exercise and will practice mental focus and relaxation techniques through meditation. The approach will be entirely secular and will be taught by Mr Watson of the English Department and Mr Kellighan of the RS Department. Beginners are very welcome.
Fridays at 4:50pm
Warhammer started as a lunchtime activity but due to the time restrictions it was decided to move it to a Friday prep time 4.50 – 6.20pm where we have been able to finish some of the battles. Warhammer is enjoyed by all who attend, even those who don’t always win and is good for strategic thinking. We usually have two battles taking place at any one time with club members joining forces to outsmart their rivals.
New members are always welcome and if you would like to find out more about this activity please see Mrs Arnold for further information.
Mondays at 1:40pm
Year 7 Choir comprises every boy and girl in Year 7. We meet every Monday at 1.40pm in the Music Hall, where we learn new and enjoyable songs in preparation for a variety of events. Typically, we sing at the Community Carol Service, the School Service, Choral Vespers and the Annual Picnic Concert, which is a particularly colourful event!
Thursdays at 1:40pm
Young Photographers allows Years 7-9 the opportunity to learn the basics of creative photography. Led by experienced photographer Miss Doig, Young Photographers will explore in-camera techniques as well as using Photoshop to transform friends into flying superheroes or paint patterns with just a torch. No previous experience is necessary, just some passion for taking photos. Come and join us every Thursday lunch time in MS1.