Co-curricular Activities

Co-curricular activities enhance and build on children’s experiences and learning within the school. The activities will contribute to their intellectual, social, cultural and emotional growth. They will cater to a wide variety of needs and cultures within the school community and will be used to forge links with the wider community. Our expectation is that all students become involved in some form of regular activity outside of school hours for their general health and well-being. Staff offer co-curricular activities, unpaid, in the areas of their passion and expertise.

All efforts are made to keep costs to an absolute minimum, however, we do ask for a small fee to cover basic costs such as (but not limited to) materials specific to the activity, consumables and equipment wear and tear.

In addition, student-run CCAs will be offered alongside those taken by staff. Student-run CCAs are taken by secondary students, usually targeted to primary, and must be approved by the Student Council and had a teacher mentor to provide guidance. They will be advertised and costed in the same way as those CCAs taken by staff. If items are needed over and above the basic fee, this will be stipulated on the enrollment form. Cost – $200/activity/term (non-refundable)

Please note: no make-up lessons are offered due to sickness, inclement weather, suspension of classes or school closure.

Term dates for co-curricular activities in 2016-17 academic year are:

  • Term 1: 5 September – 11 November 2016
  • Term 2: 9 January – 17 March 2017
  • Term 3: 18 April (Tues) – 19 June 2017

Please Note: In order to allow as many students as possible to participate in a CCA, activities will be registered on a first come/first served basis, however, where activities are over-subscribed, students who are not enrolled in any other activity will be given priority over students who already have an assigned CCA. If you choose to sign your child up for more than one CCA, preferences will NOT be accounted for. It will be presumed that your child is happy to do any of the CCAs. Registering for a CCA does not mean you/your child has been accepted (when the system shows ‘Registered’ or ‘Accepted’ beside the activity name, it does not necessarily mean your child has been enrolled). Students who are accepted and enrolled in a CCA will receive an acceptance confirmation letter. For more information about CCAs, please refer to page 21 of the Parent Handbook. Register CCA through Gateway

Co-curricular Activities Rules

  • Students may choose in which terms and in which activities they enrol.
  • Students may choose the same activity or change activities at the start of a term.
  • New activities may be added from term to term.
  • Activities that involve sporting competitions may require a commitment to practice sessions and competition fixtures, including uniform/travel expenses.
  • Students commit themselves to their choices at the start of the school year/term.

Organisation of Co-curricular Activities

At the beginning of the year and at the end of term one, term two and term three a co-curricular activity list of all proposed activities for the next term is prepared and placed on the school website. It includes:

  • activity title and leader
  • age range of students
  • proposed term, day and duration, venue and cost of the activity
  • activity requirements and expectations

Students sign up and pay for term one activities by the end of week 1, term one. Subsequent term activities are signed up by the final week of the previous term. Note that those activities published are proposed activities only . The school reserves the right to change or cancel activities where it sees fit. Information regarding changes is published in The Explorer and on the school website.

1. All co-curricular online enrolments are on a “first come, first served” basis. However, where activities are over-subscribed, students who are not enrolled in any other activity will be given priority over students who already have an assigned CCA. No waiting lists are carried over.

2. As such, attendance once enrolled is compulsory. Students must notify the club leader if they are unable to attend an activity session.

3. Successful applications will be flagged on each students gateway activity enrolment log. Payment of $200 fee will be required upon acceptance.

4. Activities will only take place if there is sufficient numbers to run the activity. In the event a co-curricular activity is cancelled due to lack of numbers, we will place a notice in The Explorer.

5. The school reserves the right to refuse an application or exclude a participant if his/her presence has a negative effect on the activity.

6. In the event of cancellation of an activity, primary and secondary students will be contacted via their class teacher and automatically placed on school buses where appropriate.Primary students parents will be contacted to advise of activity cancellation.

7. In the event of cancellation of activities make up classes will not be arranged.

8. In the event of illness or injury, make up classes will not be arranged.

9. In the event that a coach/tutor is unable to take their activity due to an unforeseen circumstance, DC will attempt to make alternative arrangements.

10. Students who have to wait for activities to commence must wait in the library unless helping with other activities.

11. In some cases, to enhance student learning, the coach/tutor may request that parents are not present during classes. The coach/tutors discretion is final in such matters.

12. Students are not permitted to enter any of the co-curricular activity areas unless their tutor is present.