There are many clubs, societies and sports that pupils can take part in during the school day and after school. These range from Latin to the popular CCF.
There are currently 252 CCF Contingents based in UK schools, 200 of these Contingents are within private schools, therefore St. Ignatius College is very privileged to have a CCF and to be able to offer its pupils the opportunities available to CCF Cadets. The aim of the CCF is to provide a disciplined organisation in a school so that its pupils may develop the powers of leadership by means of responsibility, self – reliance, resourcefulness, endurance and perseverance. This is done by basing CCF training on military training.
We meet every Monday after school (term time only). We teach a range of skills such as self-discipline, team work, organisation as well as more specific training with map work to help develop the potential of each cadet. We achieve this through a number of exercises and give opportunities to those who are willing to work hard for it. Our contingent is the only contingent to be linked to a school in the Enfield Borough. The CCF is only operational due to the hard work of members of staff who volunteer their time so that pupils at St.Ignatius can benefit from new experiences.
The CCF offers certain qualifications, which can help the employment prospects of cadets. The Army Proficiency Certificate (APC) both basic and advance levels can be attained through the training program. This qualification can help towards a job in security.
First Aid is also taught to cadets reaching the 4th year. A ‘First Aid at Work’ Certificate is signed for those that pass this stage of training. Most employers look for candidates with First Aid qualifications as it is required to have a certain number of trained personnel in the workforce by law. This also entitles you to higher pay in most jobs and can lead to employers sponsoring further medical courses.
The BTEC scheme is also a key part of the CCF. It is available to those in 6th Form who are still part of the Army or RAF. 70% of the overall mark is training already undertaken in previous years, 30% is a marked booklet about specific aspects of the CCF and the Regular forces.
Extra-curricular ensembles are open to all students and include:
- Drumming Club
- Brass Club
- Guitar Club
- String Ensemble
- Jazz Band
- Keyboard Club
- Close Harmony Group
- Fast Track Strings
There is a great tradition of creativity at St Ignatius College and to be awarded Music Colours is the pinnacle of a boy’s performing career at the College. The Ignatian community respects the dedication that these boys have shown towards representing their school. Each boy awarded Colours becomes a part of the creative heritage of St Ignatius College.
Listed below is the range of Colours that can be awarded to a pupil attending the College:
JUNIOR COLOURS are awarded for work in Years 7,8 and 9.
INTERMEDIATE COLOURS are awarded for work in Years 10 and 11.
SENIOR COLOURS are awarded for work in the Sixth Form.
Music Colour criteria:
FULL COLOURS are awarded to boys for reaching an outstanding level of musical achievement (equivalent to at least Grade 6 standard or GCSE grade A*), coupled with sustained commitment to the musical fabric of the College through regular attendance at choir and at least one other ensemble. Full Colours candidates will also usually have acted as a mentor to younger members of the College community. Full Colours are only awarded to those who have participated in a significant number of performances for the College.
HALF COLOURS are awarded to those who have not yet reached the criteria required for Full Colours, but have made a substantial impression in certain aspects of the criteria. Half colours are only awarded to boys who are members of the College Choir and who are confident singers in whole school masses and assemblies. Singing is so central to the award of both Full and Half Colours as students who are confident singers (or who support the choir) make a significant impact on keeping St Ignatius College a singing school. Singing is also essential for developing high-level musicianship.
There are many different sporting teams students at St Ignatius College can join. For more up to date news on all the College’s sporting information, click on the link below: