Kinza | Senior School | Streatham & Clapham High School

Each girl has the opportunity to enjoy learning for its own sake.

Enrichment through Kinza.
Fearless Wednesdays

Kinza’ — an Arabic term meaning ‘hidden treasure’.

Streatham & Clapham High School’s ‘Kinza’ programme is one of the most exciting features of our curriculum and exemplifies our commitment to ‘fearless learning’.

Through the weekly Kinza sessions, each pupil has the opportunity to explore various types of subject enrichment freely, with no examination pressure at the end, all the while enjoying the process of learning and developing new skills. Each Kinza course reflects the personal interests and expertise of the teaching staff.

Our pupils rotate around a carousel of courses, giving them the opportunity to be bold and try out a variety of new activities, which are designed to provide academic stretch and challenge and an opportunity to collaborate with pupils, not in their classes or house.

The Kinza programme is a salient feature of an SCHS education.


Why is enrichment important?

We aim enable every girl to achieve beyond the bounds of expectation on a daily basis, across the spectrum of endeavour. That’s why all of our enrichment options aim to inspire, nourish and develop each girl’s skills, experiences and imagination. Explore our other enrichment options below.

Enrichment: Kinza Options 2021/22

Upper Third Kinza

Anthropology for the 21st Century

Anthropology’s basic concern is humankind in its widest sense: from our evolutionary origins to current cultural practices. Through a variety of fun activities, the course will introduce you to relevant key terms such as cultural relativism, ethnography, fieldwork, informants, multiculturalism, ritual, social class and urbanisation. Learn more about the discipline’s sub-fields – biological, social, development and medical anthropology in particular – and famous anthropologists by looking at both classic ethnographies and frontline research from around the world. Discover what anthropologists do and what your career options as an anthropologist are. We will also look at cross-cultural differences and similarities through the lens of fashion; you will research changes in indigenous dress in different cultures and get the opportunity to design a costume that you deem to represent your own ‘cultural’ identity.

Further details: see Dr van Heerden


If you like making things, this activity is for you. Engineering is the branch of science to do with mechanisms, structures and design. In Engineering, you will compete in practical challenges creating things that work. To start out, we will be looking at architectural structures, gliders and how to make cars go fast.

Further details: see Mr Lynch


Football is a game of teamwork, individual skill and a great way of having fun and keeping fit with friends, and indeed for making them! It is an aerobic sport which can help to improve your heart and lung function, as well as increasing your energy and stamina. The activity on the pitch can also help reduce stress and increase happiness. We will work through skills and fitness each week so be prepared to train as well as play. This is a course for all abilities from the complete novice to a club pro. Please wear PE kit and shin pads.

Further details: see Mr Spooner

‘Once Upon a Time….’ An Exploration of the Fairy Tale

From dazzling princesses, handsome princes, evil stepmothers, and goblins to carnivorous wolves, poisoned apples, glass slippers and mirrors, the protagonists and images of fairy tales have cast a spell over readers and audiences for centuries. Passed down from generation to generation, these tales reveal an incredible amount about the societies in which they were produced.  During this activity, we will be looking at a wide range of fairy tales, focusing on original texts and how they have been subverted to incorporate the values of modern audiences. We will delve into the realms of poetry, creative writing, film, art and fashion- be prepared to be enchanted!

Further details: see Miss Shaw

Sportshall Athletics

Sportshall Athletics is an indoor form of track and field. The activity was created by George Bunner MBE to provide a safe and warm environment for young athletes to train during the cold and dark winter months. It developed into a new form of team competition and the first ever Sportshall competition took place in 1976. Today it is the largest competition in the School Games framework! Come join in this activity where we will focus on fitness and multi-skill development providing a grounding for all your sports. It is totally inclusive, encourages you to get fit and promotes friendship whilst having fun! It will provide you the stepping stone for the summer athletics and you might even compete for SCHS or Lambeth! Please wear your PE Kit.

Further details: see Mrs Eves 

Lower Fourth Kinza

Creating Comics

Since Superman’s first appearance in action comics in 1938, comics have been a huge part of our culture. Their influence has only grown in recent years with blockbuster movies such as Avengers and Batman vs. Superman. Come and learn what it takes to create comics. We will go through all the various processes of creating comics including writing, pencilling, inking, colouring and lettering. You will get the opportunity to learn the different skills that go into producing a comic page using both traditional art techniques and IT programs. This is a great opportunity to explore different creative outlets and express yourself in ways you may not have realised are possible.

Further details: see Mr McDougall

Crime Fiction

How do you like your crime fiction? Hard-boiled or cosy? Or maybe you prefer a good whodunit or police procedural.  If you are a fan of stories about crime and criminals, this course is for you.  You will be learning about different kinds of crime fiction, creating your own detectives and learning how to write the perfect murder mystery.  You will also be studying examples of crime fiction and seeing what you can steal from other authors.  So exercise your little grey cells, ignore the red herrings and solve the mystery of what to do on Wednesday afternoons.

Further details: see Mr Williams

Programming with Python

We use programming for most things and Python is one of the most versatile and useful programming languages out there. We shall learn the foundation of Python and then use that to analyse data and graphs. These are useful skills that employers are on the look-out for!

Further details: see Ms Oreyomi

Touch Rugby

The main objective of touch rugby is to have fun and enjoy learning to play rugby, whilst experiencing the responsibility of being a member of a team. Touch is a brilliant social sport, suitable for all ages and sporting abilities, where pupils play together in a competitive environment. You do not need any rugby experience as the game is all about running and passing where agility, speed and hand-eye co-ordination are the key skills. Please wear your PE kit.

Further Details: see Miss Ruffman

¡Viva España!

Spanish culture is widely known for Flamenco music and dance, bullfights, fantastic beaches and lots of sunshine. But is that all Spain is known for? It has much more to offer than that. It is – and has been for thousands of years- one of the most famous and cultural centres of Europe. This is a great opportunity to discover the main traditions, festivals and food of the Spaniards. You will also learn about renowned Spanish artist such as Diego Velázquez, Miró, Dalí or Pablo Picasso and writers such as Miguel de Cervantes or Federico García Lorca.  Do not miss this opportunity and join us!

Further details: see Miss García

Upper Fourth Kinza

Asian Fusion

Asian Fusion 

Have you heard of BTS, Blackpink or Girls’ Generation? Do you want to explore how the music industry of South Korea became so popular? Do you want to learn more about the Vietnam war? Do you want to find out about the Great Wall of China?  Do you want to learn how to complete a brain-scratching sudoku puzzle or master the art of origami? There is a little bit of everything in Asian Fusion.

Further Details: see Ms Nguyen

Islamic Art Through the Ages

Islamic Art is not only the art created specifically in the service of the Muslim faith but also characterises the art and architecture historically produced in the lands ruled by Muslims. As it is not only a religion but a way of life, Islam fostered the development of a distinctive culture with its own unique artistic language that is reflected in art and architecture throughout the Muslim world.

Further details: see Ms Khan

Mexico – a land of contradictions?

Mexico is larger than Europe and is a country of many contrasts. It has the largest Spanish-speaking population in the world with a population of 128 million people. It is a vibrant tourist destination with a Caribbean and a Pacific coastline, varied flora and fauna and an exciting history. We will study the Mayans and the Aztecs and the conquest by the Spanish. We will see how this affected the Mexico that we see today. We will investigate the art, architecture, gastronomy, festivals and even reality television of modern Mexico.

Further details: see Mrs Helszajn

Nature at Risk

With activists and scientists sounding the alarm on the climate and ecological crisis, what role can we play in engaging with this complex issue? During this course, you will deeply explore, discuss and understand the many issues and be given opportunities to bring about real, positive change.

Further details: see Ms Flanagan

So STEMpting!

The CREST Awards scheme is the British Science Association’s flagship programme for young people, providing science enrichment activities. It is the only nationally recognised accreditation scheme for project work in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.  CREST gives students the chance to participate in hands-on science through investigations and enquiry-based learning. The awards are well regarded, high quality and a tangible recognition of success.  We will be offering the Bronze and Silver awards which both provide a real-life experience of ‘being’ a scientist and working on STEM projects, allowing you to experience the project process; improving your enquiry, problem solving and communication skills. This will be a great opportunity for anyone who has an interest in science and is enthusiastic about developing their laboratory and independent study skills. Please note that this option is not suitable for rowers.

Further details: see Miss Ferguson

Lower Fifth Kinza

Art History: The Reception of Greek Art

2500 years ago, a cultural revolution in Athens paved the way for a Golden Age in art that has influenced artists from Michelangelo to Henry Moore since. But was it actually a ‘Golden Age’? Is the Greek idea of beauty really beauty? Where are the real women?  In this course, we shall study how basic ideas in Greek art have been reflected in art through the ages, as well as analysing through discussion what the reception of this Greek art says about the ideals of society at that time.

Further details: see Ms Walker

Cirque du Streatham

Is performance your jam? Learn the basic skills to becoming a fire dancer. Over the course we shall focus on different moves for Poi to lead you on a journey through the performing arts. Improve your spatial awareness, coordination and bi-lateral motor skills while learning a fun new activity without the stress of competition. We shall learn the two-point and three-point weave, butterfly, flowers and the buzzsaw.

Feeling confident? Then try your hand at something different such as juggling, staff, hula hooping and other circus skills to wow the crowds as well as improve muscle tone, dexterity, determination and posture.

Further details: see Mr Ward


What is fashion? Is it a trend, an expression, a designer collection, a style? Fashion does not mean just clothes and shoes, fashion is a social system that uses dress to communicate meaning, both to the wearer and the wider society. We talk about fashion as aesthetic, cultural, social, qualitative, exclusive, sustainable, aspirational and more. Have you heard of sustainable fashion and haute couture? Do you know the difference? How is fashion created? Do you know what goes on to stage a fashion show at London Fashion Week? What is the business behind fashion? This course will take you into the fashion world. It will look at the history of fashion, its evolution through the ages, its relevance to many societies today and how it all works behind the scenes. We will also be discussing fashion sustainability and different ways fashion can be both trendy and eco-friendly. It may open your eyes to think about what fashion really is. Is it an art, a culture, an experience or a commercial business? Time to bring out your inner fashionistas!
Further details: see Miss Tabrizi

Animation and Programming

Computer animation is used in classic films, such as Frozen and Despicable Me, to entertain us. If you want to learn the basics of how characters such as “Gru” are animated, then this activity would be a good starting-place. In this activity, you will have the opportunity to create animations using a programming language called Processing.js. Processing.js is a visual programming language, designed for the web. This programming language makes data visualizations, digital art, interactive animations, educational graphs, video games, etc. You can write code using the processing language, include it in your web page, and Processing.js does the rest. Processing.js allows code to be run by any HTML5 compatible browser, including current versions of Firefox, Safari, Chrome, Opera, and Internet Explorer. Processing.js brings the best of visual programming to the web, both for processing and web developers.

Further details: see Mr Frost

Young Money

‘How does a credit card work – is it free money?’ ‘Pensions?! Aren’t they just for older people?’ Money can be a touchy subject and many of us feel awkward discussing our finances. To be really financially capable, young people need help understanding the practicalities of managing money, day-to-day and for the long term. Young Money will help you understand the different elements involved in making sound financial judgements now and when you are an adult. It is important to remember that while finance can come across as stuffy, it’s an exciting, fast-moving industry that impacts every element of life. Think about the information you may need to use in day-to-day circumstances – budgeting, bank accounts, credit cards and how to save for a rainy day. In the end, you should have a much firmer understanding of how to make financial decisions as a young adult and feel confident about being financially independent when your life moves on from school.

Further details: see Ms Westerby-Jones

Upper Fifth Kinza

Can’t Cook, Won’t Cook!

Are you interested in cooking but just cannot cook? Do you love watching cooking programmes like Come Dine with Me? If so, come to Can’t Cook Won’t Cook; you will be given an opportunity to cook food that interests you. For example, you might be interested in foods from around the globe, or you might wonder how different tastes are created. If you are a foodie, or an aspiring gourmand, join us for this exciting experience. There is a small cost involved as you are responsible for providing your own ingredients.
Further details: see Ms Akintunde


Shinrin-Yoku is the practice of ‘forest bathing’. We all know how good being in nature can make us feel: the sounds of the forest, the scent of the trees, the sunlight playing through the leaves, the fresh, clean air. Come and ease your stress and worries by learning how to enjoy the woodland on our doorstep.

Further details: see Mr Powell

Film and Society

Films tell us a lot about society, both in their portrayal of different cultures, people and histories, and also in how they reflect society at the time. During this course, you will have the chance to i) critically dissect hidden meanings, motifs and motivations of different films, ii) analyse, compare and debate various themes raised in the films, and iii) reflect on our own values as a society.

Further details: see Mr Lee


Do you want to exercise, improve your posture and learn some breathing and relaxation techniques? Yoga is the place to incorporate all of these skills. Yoga comes from an ancient tradition developed over 5,000 years ago in Northern India, and many people today find it is good for both your body and mind. We will be drawing upon a few different types of yoga practice and using a variety of exercises and postures. You can go at your own pace, so this is suitable for all ages and experience with yoga. Please bring leggings or PE kit.
Further details: see Ms May and Ms Tuggey

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