Clubs and Activities


Our aim in the Debating and Public Speaking Club is to develop self confidence through the ability to think and speak clearly.   Pupils of all ages meet on a regular basis to practise speaking on a variety of topics in a set amount of time - and to have a lot of fun in the process.  Activities include workshops and preparation for regional and national competitions such as the English Speaking Union’s Churchill Cup for Public Speaking and the ‘Youth Speaks’ Competition organised by the International Rotary Club as well as inter-House competitions and demonstrations in Chapel and Headmaster’s Assembly.

Our current group of public speakers achieved significant success last year, reaching the regional finals in all the competitions they entered – fending off the competition from many other schools while welcoming the opportunity to meet their competitors.  The group is always open to new ideas and keen to welcome new members.  Come and join us and share the fun of thinking on your feet! Tackle challenging questions and learn how to organise and present your ideas quickly and clearly.  

Clarity of thought and good communication skills are important in almost every area of life.  Whether you’re giving a speech to a large audience, organising a presentation for a small group, preparing for a job interview or writing a well structured essay – taking part in debating and public speaking gives you the skills you need to do it well.

Climbing Club

Mount Kelly now have a very established Climbing Squad consisting of all year groups who train regularly on Wednesday evenings and enter occasional competitions across the South West.  Pupils can be invited into the squad by taking part in the climbing offered on Saturday mornings and proving their capabilities through the National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme (NICAS).

Pupils in the squad are currently working towards their Level 3 and 4 NICAS awards which include learning to lead climb amongst many other high level skills. The squad have also had the opportunity to climb outside this year in the summer term and have shown they can transfer their indoor skills onto the real rock of Dartmoor. Venues visited include the Dewerstone, Hay tor, Hound tor and Sheepstor.

Interact Rotary

Tavistock Interact is a collaboration between Tavistock College, Mount Kelly and the Rotary Cub. It is a group for pupils aged 12-18, benefiting the local community and helping out internationally.

The group meet weekly during term time and work on projects that raise money for causes close to the Rotary cause.

So far they have organised a quiz night in the Town Hall, packed boxes of materials to go to Zambia and started a collaboration with another Interact group in Kentucky in the USA to work on a joint fundraising idea for their local fire services as well as a concert that will see members of the public pay for entry with donations to the local food bank.

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