Sixth Form students actively participate in the extra-curricular life of the school, from arranging Charity tea dances to refereeing sports fixtures for the younger teams. Some extra-curricular activities are reserved for members of the Sixth Form, however, and are a right of passage for the students at St James.
Sixth Form Dinners
During each term a number of black tie dinners are held within the Boardroom at the School to which members of the Sixth Form are invited.
At each evening there is a guest speaker, who is usually someone of note from his or her own field. Past speakers have included:
Ms Kate Kelleher, a barrister at the Lamb building who practises criminal law and environmental crime and Mr James Kennedy, who is a Cambridge Educated Uriological Surgeon and has also been involved in medical research in Oxford. At present he is a Curate in High Wycombe.
The boys thoroughly enjoy these evenings, when they are served delicious food in fine company.
The Ficino Society
The Ficino Society is run by Sixth Form students and exists to inspire and educate.
Members of the Ficino Society are also encouraged to speak to younger year groups themselves about whatever they might find inspiring, and will salon invite eminent speakers to visit the school and address the students.
Past speakers have included Mr Marek Duchnowski, a business man, who owned and ran 3 small companies in the UK and in Europe, Dr Declan Hill, an expert in Sports Corruption and Professor Paul Cartledge from Clare College, Cambridge University, the most distinguished Greek Historian of our current age.
Model United Nations
Each year, the Senior Girls and Senior Boys come together to hold a Model United Nations conference. Taking on the role of world leaders, they work together to find solutions to international challenges, acquire new knowledge and skills and reinforce friendships.
Prior to the event, students must brush up on their current affairs knowledge. Most countries represented have four delegates each, representing their country in the four councils: Economic & Social, Political, Security and Human Rights.
Students must make speeches and join in debates on certain subjects, listening to others before agreeing on a diplomatic course of action.