Students in the Lower Sixth do not have lessons on a Friday afternoon as we allow space in the timetable for enrichment. They have the option to join or continue in the School's CCF (Combined Combat Force), to contribute to our HANDS programme or to take part in our Technical Theatre group (TECSOC)
CCF (Combined Combat Force)
The aim of the CCF is to develop young people in Communication, Leadership, Deportment, Values and Standards through a uniformed youth organisation for future life whether it be Military or Civilian.
The CCF at King’s Rochester is led by Sixth Form students who have reached Senior NCO level. New joiners to King’s would therefore be required to have an existing CCF background to join this activity.
Intended to provide “helping HANDS for the community” our students undertake a range of volunteer roles providing support for other parts of the School community but, most importantly, in the wider local community. In recent years students have helped out in a local primary school, supportted the learning of Maths and Mandarin in nearby secondary schools, worked in a local hospice coffee shop to provide a much-needed service for the community, volunteered in local charity shops and helped local elderly residents with day to day tasks.
HANDS encourages students to give their time to help those around them and in so doing learn new skills and values that they can carry through life. They are able to gain valuable experiences that can assist them in university applications and future careers.
Students are given the opportunity to apply for a placement that best suits their interests or skills and one that will, as well as benefitting others, provide them with valuable experiences too.
Technical Theatre involves learning the practical disciplines required to mount theatrical productions and concerts and is the foundation of work in television, theatre and film production. Pupils who are interested in learning these skills meet in the School Hall and/or Drama Studio in Vines Hall on a Friday afternoon. Pupils are expected to assist the technical crew who support all School events and productions, therefore only pupils who can commit to such events at weekends and some evenings will be allowed to partake.
Activities are dependent on the shows/performance events being produced across the wider school, but can involve: learning to rig, focus and plot lighting, create sound effects and programme the sound desk, set painting, prop making, stage management and stage make up. Students also learn the importance of team work, self-reliance and hard work.
Pupils who are interested will then be contacted by Mrs Hebden and Mr Mount in the Summer Term. Pupils will be asked in the middle of Midsummer term to complete a letter of application to explain why they are interested, what they would like to do and what experience they have had so far with technical equipment, and/or School productions. Only six places are available in each year group and preference will be given to pupils undertaking Theatre Studies as this can be used as evidence/coursework for their GCSE/A level.
Please note that once pupils are part of the technical theatre group they are unable to swap to CCF/Hands, and vice-versa.