Beyond the Classroom

Our extra-curricular program continually revolves around the students’ interests and talents. This approach engages and extends students in their areas of interest and expertise and provides challenges for them to learn resilience and perseverance.


Physical Education is very strong and solid foundations are laid in the Junior School by a Physical Education teacher. The students participate in Knockout Sports during the weekdays and participate actively in Interschool competition. The students have the opportunity to compete in their district on weekends.

The sports program provides students with challenges to learn resilience, perseverance and team skills. They learn to win with humility and to be gracious in defeat.

There are many sports, including:

  • Interschool Athletics
  • Interschool Swimming
  • Cross Country Championships
  • Courier Cup
  • Knockout Sports such as netball and football

Basketball Academy

Our Basketball Academy is an exciting part of our curriculum that commenced in 2016. Through a selection process students can be a part of an elite program that focuses on both on and off court success in this field. On court there will be both and individual skill development focus as well as a team concepts focus. Off court students will look at goal setting, injury prevention, diet and nutrition as well as the various ways in which basketball is played all over the world. There is also the opportunity for students to participate in coaching, umpiring and First Aid courses.

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Camps help create a climate where children may relate freely with each other and provide a more relaxed atmosphere for teacher and student relationships. Camps are a vital part in developing personal responsibility skills, social skills and learning to be resilient. It is our expectation that all students in Years 5-10 are involved in the Camp Program.

Camps are an additional cost to your child’s fees.

Camps for specific year levels include:

  • Year 5 Camp held at Mylor Campsite
  • Year 6 Camp held at Goolwa
  • Year 7 Camp to Canberra. Students are given the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational programs with a focus on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy. The students attend the Remembrance Day Ceremonies at the Australian War Memorial and stay in the accommodation facilities of the Australian Institute of Sport. We encourage you to read our Canberra Camp blog located in the Learning section of our website. 
  • Year 8 Camp to Adare Campsite at Victor Harbor aims to develop new and existing student and teacher relationships.
  • Year 10 Wilderness Camp  aims to develop students’ perseverance, resilience, team skills and self-awareness.


Japanese is the subject that is taught at St Francis de Sales College as our English as a second Language subject in Reception to Year 12.

Each year we have Japanese students visit our College from Sonobe High School near Kyoto.

One hundred and thirty of our families have been involved in the homestay program and have gained lifelong friends. Our students involved in these programs develop an understanding of a culturally rich world and many one day may work and live within this culture.   

Japan Study Tour

Every second year, students in Year 10-12 can participate in the College’s Japan Study Tour. The trip focuses on providing enriching language and cultural experience. Students who participate also complete a SACE Unit, which is counted towards their SACE.

Dance Program

Students who participate in Dance at St Francis de Sales College are involved in a myriad of activities that include flash mob performances, Arts @ Twilight Performance Evening, The Chill Factor Performance Evening and participation in the Mount Barker Christmas Pageant. The pinnacle of the year for Stage 1 Dance students is  the offering of the opportunity to take part in an ‘Arts Trip’ to either Melbourne or Sydney where students participate in a variety of workshops and activities relating to all facets of the performing and visual arts. Also included in this trip is attendance at live theatre performance. This is an invaluable experience that is something our younger dance students can look forward to in future years.