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WEEK 22 - Friday 4 March 2022

One of the biggest privileges of being the Head of Year 9 is that I get to attend and share so many extra-curricular activities with the students at Hessle High. Most recently I have had the delight in speaking to Miss Moore who is leading the Duke of Edinburgh Award. When I was informed that year 9 had over 40 students enrolled on this year's award I was absolutely blown away. These students are going to have an amazing experience with their peers and the many staff involved who give up their time to support these activities. Experiences that will last a lifetime!

This again had me reminiscing to my days in school. When I think back to my most memorable and most treasured memories in school they are more often linked to the extra-curricular activities that I was lucky enough to be a part of. These included skiing trips to Italy, trips to the theatre and many many sporting events. I now fully appreciate just how important these experiences were in relation to how I performed in other areas of my academic school life. As we get back into a new normal, post covid19, I want to highlight just how important it is for our students to engage in as many extra-curricular activities as possible. 

Some students worry that participating in extracurriculars may take away too much time from their schoolwork, thus affecting their grades. However, extracurricular activities can actually improve your grades and your outlook on school in general. When you participate in multiple different activities, you’ll get the opportunity to explore a range of interests and unlock passions you never knew you had. Plus, diversifying your interests subsequently broadens your world view. 

The more you achieve success through activities you’re passionate about, the more your self confidence will improve. For example, let’s say you enjoy badminton and your teacher encourages you to get involved in the Monday night badminton club. You may end up joining the school team and start representing the school in tournaments and competitions across the East Riding. During the process you realise how fun PE clubs can be and how talented you actually are, which gives your confidence a massive boost. 

Friendship groups are often a major cause of worry and anxiety for some students. One of the easiest ways to make friends is through extracurricular activities. Each extracurricular activity you engage in provides you with another opportunity to expand your social network. You will meet new people with similar interests and make friendships that in my own experience can last many years after you leave school. Plus, if you make friends in your extracurricular activities, you’ll be more likely to get more deeply involved. 

Hessle High School provides a huge array of extra-curricular opportunities across all subjects. I think it is very important that you speak to your child and encourage them to join as many clubs and activities as possible to broaden their horizons and experience as many different things as possible. I know for a fact it benefited me in so many ways as I moved on in my learning journey.

If you have any concerns or questions please contact me at 

Mr Leckenby

Head of Year 9

Mrs Newman

Assistant Head of Year 9