The co-curricular program at SCAS recognises that education does not only occur in the classroom, but on the sporting fields, practice rooms, stages and many other areas where students might learn and excel. St Columba students are renowned for the breadth of their talents and achievements. A large part of this comes from taking advantage of the opportunities the school provides both in the classroom and in its Co-Curricular Program. Our programs seeks to inspire interest, encourage passion and develop our students’ talents in the widest possible range of activities. We believe that, linked to the formal learning offered by St Columba, we will provide our students an education that is more than the sum of marks, rather it is a process that recognises that true learning is ongoing, exciting and the key to long-term individual achievement. The staff who lead these activities are passionate in their approach and eager to support the students in developing their skills, knowledge and passion.
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Camps and Outdoor Education
Education beyond the classroom is vital in developing students who will thrive beyond their school experience. The Camp program at St Columba aims to provide all students with the opportunity to access experiences that will challenge them to develop outdoor skills, teamwork and communication, organisational skills and leadership. Our Camp program also provides valuable time for Year Groups to bond and deepen friendships through shared experiences and overcoming adversity. Our Outdoor Education Camps in Year 7 and 9 also encourage students to engage with the environment and understand the impact humans have upon it.
Chess clubs meet weekly in both the Primary School and Secondary School. Students of all abilities are welcome to come along and can play socially or in competition. Beginners are welcome to come and learn to play this great game. The Chess teams have the opportunity throughout the year to compete in local and State level competitions.
Circus Club is another Drama group that all students from Year 7 to 12 can be involved in on Wednesday lunchtimes. Students can learn a variety of circus skills such as juggling, poi, unicycle and diablo. Circus SCAS are a smaller troupe within this Club which have been involved with community events and entertainment.
Students have the opportunity to debate and become members of Debating Teams within the School. Debaters develop the ability to use language appropriately, think in ways that are interpretive and critical, and express their ideas clearly. They also learn to compose and sustain arguments, select and use language forms and features, think critically and interpretively using information and ideas relating to current affairs and question, challenge and evaluate cultural assumptions and the way in which they reflect personal and public worlds. Secondary students also have an opportunity to compete in formal HRIS Debating Competitions.
Duke of Edinburgh
St Columba has developed a strong tradition of students in Year 9 to 12 completing the Duke of Edinburgh's Award at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels. The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is an internationally recognised program that invites young people from 14-25 to explore their potential and achieve success in a range of activities, both personal and for the wider community. Participants must complete Volunteering, Skill Development, Physical Recreation and Adventurous Journeys. In addition to earning an internationally recognised Award, participants are able to provide evidence of co-curricular activity which can be attractive to employers and give an edge when seeking employment opportunities.
St Columba Anglican School Interact Club is "Giving students a voice on the international stage". The Interact Club provides a valuable avenue for students to organise fundraising events which aid causes important to them and other students. The SCAS Interact Club is linked to the Port Macquarie Sunrise Rotary Club, and at each fortnightly meeting Interact is joined by Rotary Representative Jan Crombie. Interact is firmly implanted in the SCAS community and it is made up of a small but very dedicated group of students in Years 9 through to 12 who hold BBQs, mufti days and other fundraisers in order to raise funds to support those in need in the local, national and international community.
Events run by Interact in 2014 include Pancake Day, Cray-Cray Day and International Community Day. Interact is also involved in volunteering at Port Macquarie’s local Ironman triathlons, the Model United Nations Assembly and the running of numerous school based fundraising events. Interact is an excellent experience for all students in Years 9 to12 who want to give back to their community as part of a highly regarded SCAS organisation. If you are a parent or friend of the school and you would like to attend an Interact meeting to make a fundraising or charity suggestion or make a presentation or proposition to the club, please email Interact to make a booking or to have your questions answered.
Mock Trial is a state-wide competition run by the NSW Law Society. Students are given “Mock” court cases which they prepare for and then compete against other schools in trial situations. SCAS has competed successfully in this competition over the last 6 years. Mock Trial is open to students in Years 10 and 11.
Public Speaking is open to all students from Year 2 to Year 12 at SCAS and provides the opportunity for them to increase their confidence and ability when communicating with large groups of people. Students develop the skill of using language to communicate ideas effectively. They also think in ways that are imaginative, interpretive and critical, express ideas with clarity and develop the confidence to express themselves and their relationships with others and the world. Students also have the opportunity to enter Public Speaking competitions.
SCAS Vegetable Garden
An organic vegetable garden has been in existence for several years on the SCAS campus and is tended by students, staff and parent volunteers. Each week work is done to prepare beds, plant seedlings, raise seeds, tend to the plants and have some great interaction with each other out in the fresh air in the process. Students sell their produce to staff, parents and the School Canteen. Money raised is “dug back” into the garden, purchasing new plants, tools and trees.