All students at Harris Westminster become a member of a subject Society. Each subject has a Society which is timetabled (they take place at midday on Wednesday) and students choose their Society according to their own interests and their university aspirations.
Every year, each Society elects a President to ensure that that the Society performs its purposes: to discuss areas of the subject of interest to its members; to provide its members with experience in communicating the subject; and to challenge statements and assumptions and develop tools for argument.
Meetings of each Society normally consist of a presentation from a member followed by questions, with each student presenting at least once a year: the presenters are usually Harris Westminster students although sometimes guest speakers are invited by the President. The aim is that Societies closely resemble a University Seminar experience and are a powerful tool for preparing students for those environments as well as providing the opportunities for extension and exploration in their favourite subjects.
All the major curriculum subjects have a Society and these are supplemented by Societies in popular university subjects which are not taught at school such as: Law, Medicine, and Engineering.
In addition, a number of (largely student-run) extra-curricular clubs and societies take place throughout the Harris Westminster week. The list below gives a flavour of some of those that have been running this academic year.
|Art Society||English University Prep||Jazz Ensemble|
|Art Club||European Cinema||MAT and STEP Prep|
|Book Group||French Society||Model United Nations|
|Bridge||Hello World! (Computer programming)||Problem Solving|
|Business & Investing Club||Higher Mathematics||Sustainability Committee|
|Diplomacy||Intelligent Believing||The Rose|