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 new part of the 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.

Soccer Academy

Our Soccer Academy is a vibrant part of the College’s curriculum and provides extra curriculum opportunities for the whole student body. We have a strong working relationship with the Football Federation of South Australia and both State and Hills Soccer Associations. With two international standard pitches on site, the Academy also provides the opportunity for students to gain qualifications in both refereeing, coaching, First Aid and the Respect in Sport certificate that support their personal goals in the wider soccer community. Holiday Clinics and Come and Try opportunities for our junior students are hosted by the College as they become available during the school year. The focus of the Soccer Academy from Year 8 is to develop the whole person by exposing students to all areas of the world game culminating in a recognised SACE qualification. The College successfully competes in State Knockout and Futsal competitions during the term, along with soccer exchanges on an interstate and international level, allowing our students to then pursue their individual soccer playing careers at external clubs and competitions on the weekend.


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.


Music plays an important role in the celebration of College life. It provides all students with an opportunity to:

  • be part of an experience that they may carry with them through life
  • develop a worthwhile skill and interest
  • gain the satisfaction of learning a musical instrument
  • enjoy the social benefits of rehearsing and performing in a musical ensemble
  • learn self-discipline through progressive achievement.

Music is also known to have benefits in other areas of learning, facilitates student academic achievement and develops creative capacities for lifelong success.

Instrumental Program

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. We offer tuition in the following areas: 

  • brass
  • percussion
  • keyboard and piano
  • strings
  • voice
  • woodwind.

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:

  • pianoforte
  • clarinet
  • flute
  • recorder
  • saxophone
  • trombone
  • trumpet
  • bass
  • guitar
  • violin
  • drums
  • guitar
  • voice.

Download Instrumental Tuition 2021 Program Information

Music Ensembles

We provide an opportunity for students to experience performing in a variety of instrumental ensembles. 

Each ensemble rehearses during the lunch break for 30 minutes weekly. Holiday workshops and after school practices are organised to extend and develop the students’ repertoire.

The current ensembles being offered at St Francis de Sales are:

  • Senior Vocal Ensemble which caters for students in Years 8-12. All musical genres are represented in the repertoire.
  • Festival Choir which is primarily for students in Years 6-7. This ensemble performs in the Catholic Schools’ Music Festival, which involves many Catholic Schools from around South Australia. The Festival is held annually in the Festival Theatre. The repertoire is a set program of works developed in consultation with the Director of the Catholic Schools Music Festival.
  • The Voices which is our choir for students from Reception to Year 5. This choir provides an opportunity for students to engage in choral practices that will develop and support their interest in music participation.
  • College Band is a mixed ensemble developing students’ skills using woodwind, brass, percussion and stringed instruments.
  • Percussion ensemble is for students who learn percussion instruments. This supports their rhythmic development and ensemble playing.
  • Rock Band which enables students who wish to develop contemporary music skills to play in an ensemble that focuses on modern and popular music.
  • Guitar ensemble offers guitarists specialist tuition in playing in an ensemble.

Music Extra-Curricular

Monday lunchtime: Musaic Vocal Ensemble, Years 7-12

Tuesday lunchtime: Heart 'n' Soul Band, Years 7-12

Wednesday lunchtime: The Voices Junior Choir, Reception to Year 6; JazZone Vocal Ensemble, Years 7-12

Thursday lunchtime: Mixed Bag, Reception to Year 8

Thursday after school (3:30-4:30pm): JazZone Vocal Ensemble, Years 7-12

Friday lunchtime: Festival Choir, Year 5-7

All rehearsals take place in either M1 or M2. New members are always welcome, so if anyone is interested in being involved in any of the above groups, please see Mrs Page or Mrs Lovelock for details.


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. We encourage you to read our Japan Study Tour Blog.

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.