Extra Curricular

Gleeson College offers many varied activities outside normal classroom times.  These include a number of interschool sport teams, local theatrical productions, to participation in events of national standing.

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.

2021 Ensembles:

EnsembleOpen toWhenNote
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 Rock Band Middle School Thursday lunchtimes Beginners welcome
Music Ministry Band/Choir all years varies Auditions required
Musical Years:
Musical Rehearsals
all years varies 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 Friday lunchtimes in 2021. Contact Mr Puttnins for more details.

Robotics Club currently runs on Monday lunchtimes in 2021. Contact Mr Hernes for more details.

A Cubing Club has commenced from Term 2 in 2021 (Tuesday lunchtimes), where students can learn how to solve a Rubik's Cube. Contact Mr Tulip 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.

Summer Sport: Terms 1 & 4

  • Badminton (Boys)
  • Basketball (Girls)
  • Beach Volleyball (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.

Parental and Old Scholar involvement in coaching and/or management of Saturday Morning sports teams is always welcome and appreciated.


Book Club currently runs Thursday lunchtimes in the reading room in 2021. For details speak to the Library staff, or contact Mrs McCarthy.