Extra Curricular

Stretch Program

In 2022 Gleeson College implemented the Stretch Program. The Stretch Program is an enrichment program that supports high achieving students in extending their abstract thinking, creativity, and curiosity. The program runs after school one night each week and supports student agency as they learn about concepts they are interested in. The students participate in challenges and experience guest presentations. Furthermore, they are also given the opportunity to attend relevant enrichment opportunities outside of school. If you would like more information regarding the Stretch Program, or enrichment/extension opportunities within the College please email the Enrichment and Extension Programs Coordinator - Olivia Keatch (olivia.keatch@gleeson.catholic.edu.au)

Performing Arts

Gleeson College has an extensive Performing Arts Program incorporating Music, Dance and Drama, and participates in many performances each year. Ensembles include a Stage Band, Concert Band, Junior and Senior Rock Band, Choir, Specialist Vocal Group, Music Ministry Band, Drama Club and various Dance groups. Students have the opportunity to perform in concerts, festivals and eisteddfods throughout the year including the Generations in Jazz Festival in Mount Gambier, Adelaide Choral Eisteddfod, ABODA Band Festival and Balaklava Eisteddfod, as well as tours to local primary schools and to Melbourne for an Arts Immersion Tour. Gleeson College also produces a biennial Musical Production which is always a huge success and incorporates students from Years 7-12 in all three Performing Arts disciplines.

2023 Ensembles:

Ensemble

Open to

When

Note

Concert Choir

all years

Monday after school

Auditions required

Concert Band

all years

Tuesday after school

Beginners welcome

Stage Band

all years

Thursday after school

Auditions required

Junior / Senior Rock Band

Middle/Senior

TBC

Beginners welcome

Music Ministry Band/Choir

all years

varies

Auditions required

Musical Years:
Musical Rehearsals

all years

varies at lunchtimes

Major rehearsal: Wednesday afterschool until 5pm (all cast)

Musical Band rehearsal: Tuesdays 4.15-5.15pm

Beginners welcome

Non-Musical Years:
General Choir

all years

TBC

Beginners welcome

 

  

Please contact Mrs Carly Meakin for further details on any of our ensembles.

Instrumental Lessons

It is our aim to provide the opportunity for all students to learn a musical instrument.  Professional musicians work on the campus and instruct students on as many instruments as possible.  Students may choose to learn:

  • Guitar / Electric Bass
  • Piano
  • Drums
  • Trumpet/ Trombone
  • Flute
  • Clarinet
  • Saxophone
  • Voice
  • Violin/Viola/Cello

If there is a demand for another particular instrument we will endeavour to provide tuition.  All lessons depend on adequate numbers of students and the possibility of obtaining suitable teachers.  Information will be available in the first week of Term 1, when students will be asked to register their interest.

STEM > Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. There are so many opportunities for students to learn and grow in these areas at Gleeson College.

We participate in the Science and Engineering Challenge, ICAS Science Competition, Westpac Mathematics Competition and Oliphant Science Awards each year.  Year 7, 8 and 9 students can also join the 'STEM Society'.  STEM Society challenges students with high-level experiences such as excursions, projects and guest speakers.  We also have access to university resources and explore future career pathways.  And each year we celebrate our success at an annual STEM Expo!

Year 10 students have the chance to be accelerated and study Stage 1 Engineering through our involvement in the Advanced Technology Project.  Senior students can specialise in different STEM disciplines and regularly represent the College at the National Youth Science Forum.

Stem Society currently runs on Thursday lunchtimes in 2023. Contact Mr Tulip for more details.

Robotics Club has not yet commenced for 2023. Contact Mr Hernes for more details.

Saturday Morning Sport

There are many positive benefits that students can obtain from their involvement in physical activity, and we aim to provide all students with the opportunity to participate in a range of sporting activities for both the school or for local community teams. Parental and Old Scholar involvement in coaching and/or management of Saturday Morning sports teams is always welcome and appreciated.

 

Visit our SEQTA Sports Portal page to find the latest updates on training sessions, games, cancellations, and forfeits. We suggest that both students and parents check the Sports Portal every Wednesday and Friday to stay informed about any changes. The page is organized by sport, and it provides information on season schedules, standings, and links to current game schedules and locations.

Summer Sport: Terms 1 & 4

  • Badminton (Boys)
  • Basketball (Girls)
  • Volleyball (Boys & Girls)
  • Cricket (Boys)
  • Softball (Girls)
  • Tennis (Boys & Girls)

Winter Sport: Terms 2&3

  • AFL Football (Boys)
  • Basketball (Boys)
  • Hockey (Boys)
  • Netball (Girls)
  • Soccer (Boys & Girls)

Secondary School Sport Competitions

  • Swimming: Catholic Co-Ed & Catholic Girls
  • Athletics: Catholic Co-Ed & Catholic Girls

We are fortunate that we can provide students with the chance to play in the Independent Schools' Sports Association and the Catholic School Girls Sports Association, both of which have statewide status.  There are also times during the year when we will provide students with the opportunity to participate in competitions which are organised by various sporting associations.  If we have students enquiring about a particular sport that is not currently offered by the school, we may be able to form a team if there are sufficient numbers interested.

Other

Book Club - currently runs Wednesday lunchtimes in the reading room in 2023. For details speak to the Library staff, or contact Mrs McCarthy.

Mock Trials - are underway for senior students in 2023. Contact: Mr Millowick

eSports - Wednesdays after school in the Multi-Media Room in 2023. Contact: Mr Camilleri or Mr Lamb

School Newsletter/Media club - Friday Lunchtime . Contact Mr Dawson