beyond the classroom

Junior School Activities

The boys in the Junior School are expected to take part in cultural and sporting co-curricular activities organised by the College.

The Junior School is a member of the Independant Primary School Heads of Australia (IPSHA). This involves competition against other schools such as all those that eventually separate into the ISA, CAS and GPS at a Senior level (St Patrick’s Strathfield, St Aloysius, Waverley, Cranbrook, Knox, Barker, Trinity, Kings, Newington Prep, St Ignatius, Scots, Grammar, Tudor House, Central Coast Grammar etc.)

 

Examples of sporting activities in which the boys may compete: 

  • athletics
  • basketball
  • cricket
  • cross country
  • rugby
  • soccer
  • softball
  • swimming
  • tennis

Games are played on Saturday morning. Our home grounds are at the Treacy Education Complex, Oxford Falls. Involvement in sport means 1-2 training sessions, one after school and one during school hours at Oxford Falls on a Thursday.

For boys who excel in sport, opportunities for selection at representative levels such as IPSHA, CIS (Combined Independent Schools) and PSSA (State) are available.

Every Thursday Years 5 and 6 travel by bus to the Treacy Centre, Oxford Falls from 11am to 2.30pm. The boys return in time for dismissal at 3.00pm. Depending on the time of year the boys have the opportunity to play in different sports. A learn to swim and water safety programme is also available during Term IV.

Private tuition in various musical instruments is available, with possible induction into one of the many bands and musical groups in operation at the College.

There are opportunities to join such activities as:

  • Chess Club
  • Debating
  • Maths Club
  • Robotics

Other self esteem and awareness building activities will also be held during the school year. 

Chess

Junior School

The Junior School participates in the NSW Junior Chess League with 4 teams competing on Friday afternoons from 4.00 – 5.00pm during Terms 2 and 3.

Debating

The students in the Junior School have the opportunity to become involved in debating.
There are two teams selected to the IPSHA (Independent Primary School Heads of Australia Ltd.) competition. This program aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop their debating skills in a supportive, non-competitive environment. This Friday afternoon competition is from Term 2 to Term 4 with training beginning in Term 1, and a Gala Day completing the debating season.
This program fosters positive interactions amongst students both within the school and between schools.

Robotics Club

Both Years 5 and 6 have a series of robotics lessons in Term 2 during their eLearning lessons.

  • Equipment:
    • 10 NXT mindstorm robots
    • light sensors, touch sensors, distance sensors, sound sensors
  • Students who show exceptional programming ability are invited to join the Robotics Club to extend their enjoyment of robotics