Building confidence to speak in public
We offer students the opportunity to participate in a range of co-curricular debating and public speaking activities. These activities provide practical contexts for students who aim to develop their confidence, reasoning and critical thinking and working with others.
Primary students have many opportunities to build their confidence speaking publicly within the life of the College, including the annual War of the Words competition, while the HICES competition is open to older primary students.
Primary students Christian Fellowship group
BIG gives primary aged students the opportunity to come together as part of a Christian fellowship, to play games, sing praises to God and most importantly to learn about God’s word in detail. Students are encouraged throughout the program to take opportunities to share their views and to lead activities.
Make friends through games and activities
Students in Primary School have the opportunity to develop their social skills through games and conversation in a calm and peaceful environment during lunchtime play on Mondays and Wednesdays in C Centre each week. It gives students the opportunity to build their confidence, making friends and engaging in conversation with their peers. There are a variety of games and activities available at Friendship Spot and it is run by the Primary Leadership team and teachers.
Drama club with a specialised teacher
Each week, students in Primary have the opportunity to attend Drama club with a specialised Drama teacher, where they learn a range of physical skills and techniques around movement, body language, posture, gesture, timing, facial expression. It is open for all students to attend one lunchtime per week in the Drama rooms.
Socialise and stragetise with Chess at lunchtime
Students in Primary have the opportunity to learn the skills and rules about how to play chess under the direction of our Primary Teachers. Chess club runs one lunchtime a week and all students are able to participate. There will be opportunities for students to be engaged in school tournaments with their peers. It is also an opportunity for students to build their confidence in socialising with students who share similar interests as well as students who want the opportunity to try something new.
The benefits of being part of a music ensemble are many. The development of skills in collaboration, working together with a common goal of producing excellent music, are central to the co-curricular program. On a personal level, students are encouraged to use the skills and abilities they have developed in the Music program or with their tutor, enhancing their ensemble skills along with their own playing ability. Again, making music in a group situation is also just a fun thing to do.
There are many opportunities for students from Years 3-12 to participate in co-curricular music:
- Bands* - Development, Intermediate, Senior Concert and Jazz
- String Ensembles* – Development, Intermediate, Cello Ensemble, and Senior
- Choirs – Primary and Senior
- Chapel Band, World Music Ensemble
*Progression to intermediate and senior ensembles is by audition or invitation.
Specialist instrumental tutors also operate in the College and offer tuition in a variety of instruments. These lessons attract a fee, take place throughout the school day and provide a convenient way for students to learn an instrument without adding to busy family schedules outside of school hours. Students are expected to catch up on any work missed by attending these lessons and arrangements are made between parents and the tutor regarding timing.
Instruments offered at the College include:
- Violin / Cello
- Guitar / Bass
- Woodwinds – flute, clarinet, saxophone
- Brass – trumpet, trombone, tuba, horn
Woodwind, brass, violins and some keyboards are also available for hire.
For further information regarding the College’s Music program, please contact the Music Department below at MusicAdmin@pac.nsw.edu.au
K-2 and 3-6 Choir, for students who enjoy singing
The Music department run a K-2 and 3-6 Choir each week for students who enjoy singing. Students who show commitment in choir each week building confidence in performing and engaging with the audience. Our choirs perform at assemblies and College events throughout the year. Choir is held one a week during lunchtime and all students are welcome to attend.
Each week students from Years 5 to 8 have the opportunity to meet after school to build and program robots using the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 platform.
The Mindstorms platform has been developed by LEGO education to enable students to learn and boost confidence by linking play and learning. The system helps students experience and discover the world of technology and robotics while building their confidence and resilience to learn and adapt to changing situations as well as working as part of a team.
Our LEGO Robotics co-curricular activities give students the opportunity to learn programming, building and coding as well as skills such as teamwork and problem-solving.
Competitions involve navigating obstacles to solve challenges on a playing field with a chance to participate in the annual First Lego League tournament against teams from other schools.
Students also have fun in our Battle-Bots challenge which requires their robot to defeat an opponent’s robot by either dislodging its cargo or pushing it out of the playing field.