Fancy a game of Jianzi? Just one of our fantastic Period 7 options

Jianzi is a traditional Chinese game played with a giant weighted shuttlecock that you have to try and keep in the air using body parts other than your hands – it’s proved quite a hit with our year 9 students for period 7.

We have started the second half of the school year and so our 3rd block of period 7. New Mind options for students in years 7 to 9 include German, Poetry, Creative Writing, Crime Scene Investigations, Science Experiments and Engineering as well as a chance to take part in a Model United Nations. After the huge success of our ‘sleep out’ we have opened up the Interact Club to year 8 (previously just year 9) and it’s great to see a larger team working under the guidance of Harpenden Rotary Club on plans to raise even more money.


Many favourites in Mind continue, including Hairdressing Skills for year 9, Rockets for year 8, STEM Club, Orienteering, Logic Puzzles and Spheros for year 7. Chess remains as popular as ever with lots of year 9 and 10s signed up for period 7, a thriving lunchtime club and our first ever KWS Chess Tournament not far away.