SECONDARY CAMPUS CO-CURRICULAR
Middle and Senior School Co-Curricular
As society’s interaction with knowledge evolves, so too have the pedagogies our teachers utilise and the learning events provided. Our students are given opportunities to explore, analyse and create in addition to traditional academic methods of memorisation and repetition of foundational skills. including sports, music, the performing arts, debating and Pedal Prix.
During the Middle School years, Students also have the opportunity to participate in international tours, including ‘The Journey’ to Vietnam, and a cultural language tour to Japan. In addition to the use of technology, our students are exposed to 21st Century learning experiences, including the Creativity Week and Ctrl+Alt+Design challenge in Year 8.
Sports, community service, performing arts and intellectual skills; the co-curricular activities at St John’s Grammar cover the whole spectrum. Students can select from a broad range of sporting activities, a specialist music program, and extensive arts programs including band, orchestra, drama and dance. Pedal Prix, triathlons, ski trips and the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme are also among the offerings. House activities include debating, chess, public speaking and inter-House sports. Student opportunities are extensive.
Our co-curricular program is a part of our commitment to developing the wider skill base and learning of our students, widening their perspective and encouraging teamwork, confidence, positive personal interests, initiative and leadership. A co-curricular activity furthermore enables students to make new friends, travel to or host intra-school activities and get to know staff better through more casual interaction outside the academic environment.
Students at St John’s Grammar have a very high level of participation in a range of sporting endeavours.
In recent years the School has made a name for itself in the Schools’ triathlon, female Football and in fencing, although great successes have also been achieved in netball, soccer and tennis.
A full range of traditional sports is on offer and the participation rate of students across the School is approximately 85%.
Students are able to participate in the following sporting endeavours:
Athletics Badminton Basketball
Circuit & weights Cricket Cycling
Football Fencing Hockey
Netball Pedal Prix Running
Sailing Soccer Softball
Squash Swimming Table Tennis
Tennis Triathlon Volleyball
St John’s produces an annual play or musical open to all students in Years 7 – 12. As a Drama-led collaboration between several departments within the School, it provides many students an opportunity to participate behind the scenes of a production whether or not they have on-stage aspirations.
Technology, Art and Music Department students and staff are involved with set design and building, costume and program design, front of house and publicity. There is an audition process for actors and backstage hands.
These are always very exciting projects as students develop confidence and skills in all aspects of theatre. They learn about the self-discipline, teamwork, commitment and the thrill involved in performing to the public. St John’s productions are performed in a professional theatre off campus, and are received positively by both the School community and media.
The School production for 2016 was ‘Return to the Wild’; a colourful adaptation of Dreamworks’ ‘Madagascar’.
St John’s Grammar School provides opportunities for students to take part in a variety of different ensembles including specific vocal, string, recorder, flute and mixed instrumental ensembles, which are conducted and managed by specialist teachers.
St John’s Grammar School has a rich tradition of choral music on both campuses and in the wider community. Choirs are offered as extra curricular activities and rehearsals are usually run at lunchtime.
The choirs perform at a range of different events including in school performances such as Assemblies, Showcases, Cabarets and Musicals and in the community at various high-profile events such as the Order of Australia Luncheon and Australia Day Ceremonies, the Heart Foundation Service and the Mitcham Hills Festival of Music.
Band and Ensembles
St John’s Grammar School offers an extensive range of bands and ensembles throughout both the Junior and Senior campuses.
Bands and ensembles are offered as co-curricular activities and rehearsals are run each week at lunchtimes, before and after School.
There are various ensembles and bands that students can join that suit their level of ability, their desire to perform, or their choice of instrument!
The Secondary Campus offers Jazz Band, Stage Band, Studio Ensemble, Strings, Chamber Ensemble, Flute Ensemble, Saxophone Ensemble and Guitar Ensemble.
The St John’s Grammar Ensembles have built an excellent reputation for their confident and competent performances and the recent large growth in interest, numbers and performance standard has been extremely exciting for the School.