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Central to our mission and ethos is the belief that you should not only be inspired by excellent teaching and achieve academic success but we also strongly believe that you should expect a comprehensive range of enrichment designed to develop you as an individual. Newman is not just about achieving excellent exam results; it is also about gaining valuable life experience!
Each subject you study will offer you the chance to explore different destinations to put your studies into context; from New York to LA, Poland to Iceland to Switzerland. If you study one of the three languages you will have the opportunity to take part in an exchange and explore different areas of the country you are studying.
At the start of every year, the College holds a Freshers’ Fair which is the perfect opportunity for both new and returning students to sign up for many different clubs, societies and charities to help make the most of their time at Newman. Students can volunteer for Fairtrade, Cafod and the Soup Kitchen or join many of the clubs on offer ranging from Maths Cipher Club to the Writing Group; Big Band to Dr Who.
Below is a list of just some of the clubs, societies and annual trips you can expect to be involved in when studying at Cardinal Newman:
ASPIRE is a unique enrichment programme aimed at boosting your confidence and developing your personal skills.
Taking part in the ASPIRE programme is your opportunity to really make the most of your time with us, the chance to try something new, get involved with something you love and make new friends.
Our Academies are open to all students (regardless of studies) who are particularly passionate about netball, football or basketball and wish to challenge themselves at a competitive level. To be part of any of the academies you will be asked to audition or take part in trials soon after your college interview.
Our Dance Academy, Newmanoeuvres, is a Contemporary Dance performance company for talented College dancers. Entry is via audition. Students receive additional dance training alongside their Sixth Form studies. They are involved in technique classes, choreographic sessions and performance rehearsals.
Newmanoeuvres has had a busy and successful year. During the beginning of the year, they worked with a choreographer, Jenny Reeves from AbouTime Dance Company, on a site-specific dance performance called ‘Cotton’, which they performed at The Harris Museum in Preston at the UCLan Showcase and at The Festival of Making in Blackburn. During the Spring term, they were invited to perform in Fylde Under C, the spectacular College musical at The Charter Theatre, Preston.
At the end of the year, the Academy were selected to perform their piece ‘Victoria!’ at Lancashire Youth Dance Festival at The Dukes Theatre, Lancaster. As part of the company’s enrichment, they have also taken part in various workshops (Belly Dancing, Music and Dance, African Dance) and created dances for College events, such as performances for Open Days/Evenings and liturgical dance for the Advent and Lenten Vigils.
The Music Academy at Cardinal Newman offers students the chance to become involved in a range of Music enrichment opportunities alongside their studies, whether they are studying for an A Level in Music or not.
Being part of an ensemble is what being a musician is all about. Apart from meeting new people and making new friends, ensemble playing gives you regular structured rehearsals and performance opportunities. You will make far more progress as a musician and have fun doing it. As part of the Academy, you are able to join the Orchestra, Choir and the Big Band.
You need as much varied experience as possible if you want to make it in the music industry, and there are so many other ways to get involved with Music at College. So if you love music, why not get involved in our concerts, Open Mic night, Band night, or simply help out at one of the many events with technical support!
Cardinal Newman College has a rich and varied history when it comes to performance, with a vibrant and innovative department. Students from Performing Arts, Drama, Dance and Musical Theatre contribute to a packed programme of productions, which this year, has included Generation Z, a Christmas pantomime, original devised work, several modern classics, a range of contemporary plays for Drama practical exams and a number of Dance Performance evenings. There were several visits to the theatre to see productions which included Frantic Assembly’s Things I Know to be True, This is a Trap Don’t Go, No-one is Coming and the Pixels are Huge and Romeo and Juliet.
This year, students from Drama, Dance and Performing Arts also enjoyed an action-packed few days in New York. As well as going to watch two Broadway musicals – School of Rock and The Book of Mormon – they participated in a Stage Combat workshop and had the opportunity to get career advice from a seasoned Broadway start. In addition to sightseeing in this incredible city, students ate the best pizza in Brooklyn, ice-skated around the famous Rockefeller Centre Ice Rink, visited the 9/11 memorial museum and joined the singing waiters in entertaining customers at Ellen’s Stardust Diner.
All Performing Arts students rounded off the year with a spectacular musical at the Charter Theatre. The original production, Fylde Under C, was written by Drama Teacher Lee Johnson and was an extravaganza of singing, dancing and acting, which showcased the tremendous talents of our students.
It is also possible to take the Arts Award, which is a chance for students to get involved in the arts in a more hands-on way. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the art world through research and volunteering/training projects, as well as producing original artwork and/or performance pieces.
This award is a Level 3 qualification which is worth 35 UCAS points and counts towards your university entry. Units that you would study as part of the Arts Award are:
– Unit 1: Creative Project, Research into Arts Opportunities, Careers in the Arts, Attending and Reviewing Events and Art Issues and Debating
– Unit 2: Planning and Delivering an Arts Event, Project Management and Evaluation.
Students from Drama, Dance, Performing Arts and Travel & Tourism get an exciting opportunity to take part in a trip to New York City. Previously students have enjoyed watching Broadway shows and exploring the amazing sights of the city including the Empire State Building.
If you take either of these exciting subjects you will get the chance take a trip to LA to visit the many famous areas of Hollywood. The trip also gives students the chance to take part in cinematography workshops at world renowned studios such as Sony, Warner Bros. and Universal.
If you decide to study Ancient History at Newman you can enjoy a trip to Athens as part of your studies on Ancient Greek society! History enthusiasts will have the chance to visit Hadrian’s Arch, The Temple of Zeus and the Acropolis.
If you like to help organise exciting events and raise money for charity, our College Cafod Group may be worth signing up to. Recently the group has taken part in the Manchester 10k run, been to Cafod HQ in London and supported the ‘Thirst for Change’ campaign by appealing directly to David Cameron using their video and writing skills. You can keep up to date with all of the groups latest events by liking their page on Facebook.
If you are studying sciences and want to know more why not give the College Chemistry Club a try – you can enjoy numerous competitions throughout the year including ‘Molecules in Motion’.
Fancy yourself as the next Christopher Nolan? The Film Academy will give you a hands-on experience in planning and creating a short film or documentary. Your final project will be put on a DVD and screened before an audience in College!
If you’re studying any one of the three languages we offer at Cardinal Newman, you will have the opportunity to visit the respective country as part of an exchange. Find out more about last year’s German exchange at http://www.newmangermanexchange.blogspot.co.uk/
If you choose to study Law at Newman you will have the opportunity to visit London to observe cases in the Old Bailey, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. Further to this you will also be able to visit Parliament to see where laws are made.
Have a love for numbers? Join our Maths Code Club for the chance to be involved in the National Cipher Challenge run through Southampton University.
Aimed at students who have expressed a wish to study Medicine, Veterinary Science or Dentistry at University the Medical Society will prepare you for your UCAS application and equip you with stand-out skills for your university interview. You will also enjoy taster sessions focused around current medical topics and have the opportunity to visit several different universities.
If you are interested in applying to Oxbridge or any other prestigious institution you can be assured that you will receive plenty of support and advice whilst studying at Newman. In our Oxbridge Group we aim to guide you through the application process and organise lunchtime sessions on how to write a good personal statement, improve study skills and interview preparation.
If you’re a keen performer you will be spoilt for choice with performance enrichment at Newman. Newman Players is our working theatre company for any budding actors/actresses, whilst the Theatre Appreciation Society will give you to the chance to watch and discuss current (and past) performances within the theatre. There are also ballet and extra dance classes available and don’t forget the Dance Academy.
Each year Physics students travel to Geneva to visit CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Science. Highlights include a visit to the Microcosm Museum before the main site at CERN plus a boat ride across Lake Geneva!
As part of your studies in RS & German you will have the opportunity to visit the Jewish Quater & Holocaust Memorial; the Villa at Wannsee, where The Final Solution was planned; the remains of the Berlin Wall and the prison used by the infamous Stasi Secret Police.
If you wish to pursue a sport at a recreational level rather than through one of our academies, the opportunities are endless.
Teams include girls football, squash, badminton, table tennis, rugby, tennis, plus our popular netball, basketball and football recreational teams. Students have also been involved in trampolining, golf and swimming events. Whatever your sporting talent we aim to support you.
The Student Union is a group selected by current students to act as a link between the College staff and students. They have representatives on the College’s governing body and work closely with senior management to generate new ideas, evaluate facilities and discuss students’ views, which ensures that the student body is represented.