Clubs & Societies
Debating is a big part of extra-curricular life at Challoner’s. Debating develops many key skills including public speaking, critical thinking and the ability to analyse. It also helps to improve confidence and encourages the speaker to present a reasoned and well-thought-out argument. Debating compliments all academic subjects, especially those in the Humanities and English & Classics Faculties, as it helps you to consider other opinions at the same time as arguing a particular viewpoint.
At Challoner’s our Debating Society is open to everyone from years 7-13. There are separate lunchtime clubs run for different years, with keen debaters from older years running the sessions. In this way students not only improve their debating skills but can develop their leadership skills as well.
Challoner’s teams enter many debating and public speaking competitions taking place in locations across the country, including Oxford and Cambridge Schools, SOAS, ESU MACE, ESU Public Speaking, the International Competition for Young Debaters and Debating Matters.
The Law Society was founded in 2010 and since then has held numerous lectures. We have hoped to give pupils at DCHS an insight into what a career in Law involves as well studying Law at university and the application process. The lectures have all proved to be successful so far and we have had a great turn out. Our speakers have ranged from someone specialising in Shipping Law and having an encounter with Somali pirates to someone working for the government legal service to someone who has recently graduated after studying Law. We hope that in the future the Law Society can continue to give people an insight into Law as both an academic discipline and a career. We are in the process of combining the law societies at DCHS and DCGS which will hopefully prove successful.
Dr Challoner’s Grammar School has hosted an excellent Medics Society for 9 years, mainly attended by students interested in applying for medical, dentistry and vetinary degrees. The society lectures are open to many local schools and prove to be very popular amongst year 12 and 13 girls at our school.
The aim of the Medics Society is to inform students and help them with the difficult medicine application process, provide an insight into the life of a doctor and it is an opportunity to learn about many interesting specialities. It is an excellent way to start preparing for your medicine degree, get advice on your application and meet other people going through (or those who have completed) the same process.
Speakers this term have included a consultant gynaecologist, a UCL Admissions tutor and the Chief Executive of the Society for Mucopolysaccharide diseases. This clearly shows the breadth of speakers attending, there really is something for everyone!
The Medics Society is open to all sixth formers and is held each Tuesday in the Autumn Term at DCGS from 4.15-5.15. If you have any more questions please don’t hesitate to contact Lucy Kirkwood, one of the Medics Directors, by emailing email@example.com