Many teachers at Hermitage willingly give their own time to running a club or other organization in the school. These normally take place at lunch time and pupils should be encouraged to take part in such activities when they are available, since school should not be seen simply as a place for learning subjects and passing examinations, but as a preparation for later life. These activities are publicised within the school via the weekly information sheet or on notice boards.
Activities usually include Chess, Computer, Drama, Gaelic, Games, Hill walking and Science Clubs, Scripture Union and a variety of musical and sporting activities, eg Tennis, Rugby Volleyball, Choirs, Orchestras, etc.
For activities like Hill walking, sensible clothing is required, although proper footwear can be hired. Parents are also required to sign a parental approval form for expeditions and for all school day trips and longer excursions.
The Music Department gives opportunities to many pupils to perform in a variety of activities and venues, including an annual and very popular Carol Concert.
We know the value of developing self-confidence, teamwork skills and positive attitudes in our pupils and in these and other activities such as House activities, Young Enterprise and Community Service, we seek to foster such attributes in our pupils.
A full list of the extra-curricular activities being offered is provided to all S1 pupils early in the session and displayed on notice boards around the school.