The nature of Tonbridge is that we hope to encourage all of our boys to embrace opportunities and interests beyond their programmed school timetable.
There are thus a great variety of school clubs and societies which we hope that boys will take part in and which hold regular meetings. Some of these societies are elective (for example, the Hansard and Warner Societies), and the Athena Society is for Sixth Formers, but most are open to any boy who wishes to join.
At the beginning of every Michaelmas Term there is held a Societies Fair, at which societies set out their programmes and recruit members, especially among the new boys. The interests and activities catered for include the literary, cultural, political, scientific, musical, artistic, practical, technical, dramatic, sporting, and games-playing. Most academic Departments organise their own societies which invite speakers and arrange trips or expeditions. Each society and club is under the guidance of a member of staff, but much of the responsibility for running the society and inviting speakers is given to the boy officers of the society, who can be awarded a Societies Tie for distinguished service. Housemasters will encourage boys to look for involvement in societies and activities which interest them: the creation of new societies is always welcomed.