Academic clubs which include a wide-range of adventure, creative, spiritual, moral and cultural activities help you excel in your studies through your developed love of learning.
Educational Trips and Study Tours
QM’s extensive programme of trips and expeditions opens up opportunities for girls to learn new skills, experience different cultures, enhance their learning and cement lifelong friendships. Our QM School Trips Coordinator gathers suggestions from the QM Family before planning a schedule each year. Trips from study tours to Skiing, walking challenges to competition finals take place throughout the School year including some School holidays.
Exchanges and Cultural Programmes
QM is part of the worldwide organisation of schools whose patron is Queen Margaret of Scotland. The member schools span five continents yet share common goals and ideals and the overall aim is to promote cultural programmes with as many of the member schools as possible. Through cultural exchanges with QM’s sister schools and future tours and trips students make lifelong friends, learn about other cultures and develop new skills which better prepare them to take their place and succeed in an ever-changing world.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award
All students in Year IV are eligible to undertake the Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award, which takes a minimum of six months to complete. Girls attend a weekly expedition training session lasting 45 minutes from September to June. This will be followed by a practice and qualifying overnight camping expedition. Girls will also be required to regularly participate in a sport, actively learn a skill and undertake voluntary work during their free time.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award
All students in LVI are eligible to undertake the Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award, which takes a minimum of 18 months to complete. This is a major challenge which will only be fulfilled with a great deal of perseverance and commitment. There is a requirement for attendance at a weekly expedition training session lasting 30 minutes throughout the year. These culminate in a two day practice camping expedition and a four day qualifying walking expedition in the Easter Term. Girls will also be required to regularly participate in a sport, actively learn a skill and undertake voluntary work during their free time. In addition, all participants will select and take part in a residential activity for a minimum of five days.
Whether you are already a green-fingered goddess or just curious about growing your own plants, get involved with Gardening Club and have a chance to sow, tend and harvest your very own fruit and vegetables!
For those with a passion for writing, photography, design and website management, Magpie is the QM girls’ blog. Written by QM girls for QM girls the Magpie blog is a guide to everything both inside and outside School.
LVI students studying A Level Art can take part in Life Drawing. Providing the opportunity to observe the human body in a three-dimensional form, life drawing helps students to understand the human body and observe the body’s movements.
Junior Science Club
Encouraging inquisitive young scientists to explore the world around them, the Junior Science Club welcomes outside speakers, each experts in their own field to present relevant topics of interest.
Senior Science Society
For more established scientists, the Senior Science Society encourages an even greater depth of learning, with regular external speakers presenting thought-provoking, relevant and topical subjects.
Spiritual, Moral and Cultural Activities
The Queen’s Society is made up of the School’s Academic Scholars. The group meets four times each term for a variety of different activities. Sometimes members will give a presentation to the rest of the Society on a subject which interests them; sometimes they discuss an issue or an idea which has recently been in the news; sometimes they simply play a mind-stretching game.
Members of the Queen’s Society also take a lead in the fortnightly Scholars’ Talks. For these, girls research a topic of their choice, and deliver an online presentation for the rest of the School community to watch. There is then an opportunity for questions and answers, and for wider debate and discussion. The talks are recorded, and saved on the VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) so that they can be watched again. Talks this year have included a history of plagues and pandemics, an account of life in the LBGTQ community in the present and the past, and an investigation of how children’s literacy develops in the early years. Although they are called Scholars’ Talks, these talks are very much for the whole School, and you do not have to be a Scholar to give one.
The Queen’s Society also hosts guest speakers as part of an ongoing program of lectures. Once again, everyone is welcome to attend, and it is always a pleasure to see girls attending for the sheer love of learning.
As part of the Environmental Council, students from all year groups meet every month to identify ways in which we can live a greener life here at QM. Last year's Clothes Swap events were a huge success and helped to highlight the impact of fast fashion, and every student is now encouraged to carry a reusable water bottle to cut down our plastic waste on campus.
Open to anyone that would like to try meditation, these sessions may be of particular interest to those girls who have already completed the .b Mindfulness course within PSHE.
National Council of Young Women
QM is an official link school to the National Council of Young Women. Girls in Year IV and above meet a couple of times a term and organise a conference in the Autumn Term. There is also the opportunity to attend other conferences across the UK.
Voluntary Communion Service
Held weekly with the Chaplain.
All welcome from beginners to Grandmasters.
At QM Amnesty International focuses on addressing various human rights violations across the world. In the past, issues such as women’s rights, poverty and prisoners have been studied. Amnesty International never takes sides but always campaigns for human rights to be protected.
Previous campaigns to raise awareness comprise a variety of initiatives including thought-provoking assemblies and bringing in a car to highlight discriminating laws preventing women from driving in Saudi Arabia. Cloaks Corridor has, in the past, been transformed into a modern slum to raise awareness of how extreme poverty affects many people today and leads to horrific transgressions of basic human rights. Students decide which campaigns they wish to participate in and the way in which those campaigns are promoted. Involvement in Amnesty International counts towards completion of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. This group is open to all girls in Years V-UVI.
The International Council is made up of student representatives from each year group and from different countries, the International Prefect, a Deputy Head Girl and members of staff. The main purpose is to unite all international and British girls at QM. The Council aids integration and promotes cultural diversity and the interests and welfare of both international and British girls.
Through multicultural events and specific academic and enrichment projects, the International Council encourages cross-cultural awareness and interaction. It also provides a means of consulting and engaging with girls and advocates for their interests and needs.
Led by the Charity Prefect, the council organises charity fundraising events and activities across the School.
Led by the Head Girl, the Council meets every half term to discuss academic, pastoral and enrichment issues and put together ideas for the future of the School.
Science Club is so much fun. It's really 'hands-on' and the experiments help me to understand the theory!
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