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 bi-annual Musical Production which is always a huge success and incorporates students from Years 7-12 in all three Performing Arts disciplines.

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.

Find the formula for success through STEM at Gleeson College!

Japan Trip > Language & Cultural Experience

Students have the opportunity to develop skills in communication, listening, reading and writing in Japanese in Years 7-12.  Students who undertake a full year of Japanese language studies may continue at Stage 1 and Stage 2 with subject teacher recommendation.

Students also have the opportunity to go to Japan on the bi-annual School Exchange Trip.  This rich cultural experience allows students  the chance to further explore and learn whilst experiencing day-to-day Japanese life with a host family.  Students will further build their language and cultural knowledge, hopefully inspiring them to continue with their learning in Japanese.

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.