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:
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:
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.
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. We encourage you to read our Japan Study Tour Blog.
Music plays an important role in the celebration of College life. It provides all students with an opportunity to:
Music is also known to have benefits in other areas of learning, facilitates student academic achievement and develops creative capacities for lifelong success.
Students from Year 2 to Year 12 are offered instrumental tuition. Our comprehensive program employs experienced teachers from Adelaide and the Adelaide Hills. Instrumental lessons are held in the instrumental studios, which are located in the Music Centre. The College offers tuition in the following areas:
Tuition is offered on a one-on-one basis or, where suitable, group tuition may be available. Lessons take place during school hours and the cost of the lessons is paid directly to the instrumental teacher.
Instrument hire is the responsibility of the parent. Details of hire are available from the College.
Parents are expected to provide the appropriate instrument and students are required to practise regularly to maintain their commitment to their musical development. Instrumental music reports are provided at the end of each semester to support the students’ learning and to encourage communication with students, parents and the instrumental teacher.
Individual lessons are offered in the following:
Human Powered Vehicles (HPV), are pedal powered vehicles which our school enter in several races, these races are a combination of 6 hour and 24 hour events
The 6 hour events are a fast paced event with plenty of challenges, the 24 hour event is more of an endurance event, but still has the challenges of the shorter event
At this stage we have 3 different bikes which cater for students from year 6 to year 12, although only one rider rides at any one time, this is a team focused event and is open to all students no matter their sporting background.
The circuits are a combination of street, and purposely built sites which give riders the opportunity to compete against other teams from all parts of Australia in a safe but exciting environment.
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.