Beyond the classroom, there are numerous co-curricular and extra-curricular opportunities for students to grow while developing their passions, skills and character.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme has been offered at Wollondilly Anglican College for the past 15 years. The Award is an international program that invites young people between the ages of 14 to 25 years to participate in activities involving service, physical recreation, skill and adventurous journeys.
Wollondilly Anglican College offers a range of opportunities for students to become involved in Debating and Public Speaking. We consider that an ability to communicate with confidence, and to express an opinion on issues that impact our world, are attributes that enrich our students’ education.
Our Debating Squads, from Years 5 to 12, participate in both the HICES and MISA debating competitions. Debating workshops and regular training meetings, along with the opportunity to visit other schools and meet other debaters, all contribute to the development of skills, confidence and friendships within the debating fraternity.
Opportunities in Public Speaking are also provided. We run a College based Public Speaking program along with a competition during College hours. Each year we host the MISA Year 10 competition bringing together schools in our regional area. Our students are also encouraged to enter inter-school competitions at the local and regional levels.
Students at the College have many local opportunities that enable them to develop and explore their own skills while also serving the community.
Students at the College also have the opportunity to push themselves and explore the world around them with a variety of International Programs that have been offered at the College.
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Wollondilly Anglican College has a proud tradition of providing performing arts and exhibition opportunities to extend and enrich the studies of our students. We offer extra curricular opportunities in Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Arts.
Every few years our Secondary Dance, Drama and Music performers are given the opportunity to perform on tour! Our last tour took students to New Zealand to perform an Australian-themed collection of dances, music and skits. This experience was highly valued by students, staff and our audiences. Rehearsals for the Performing Arts Tour may occur during lunch times or outside of school as required to ensure that our performance is of the highest quality.
Dance is offered both as a subject and a co-curricular activity at Wollondilly Anglican College with our performers showcasing their dance skills at a variety of both College and external events. The College offers two-year Dance Scholarships for students entering Year 7, Year 9 and Year 11.
The Wollondilly Anglican College Dance Company has grown and flourished since its inception in 2014. The performance group is a co-curricular dance ensemble open to students in Years 9-12, rehearsing one afternoon each week. The Company performs at a variety of community, inter-school and College events throughout the year. Company rehearsals incorporate technique training across a variety of dance styles including jazz, ballet, contemporary and acrobatics. This allows students to develop and refine their movement skills in a fun and friendly learning environment.
College Cheer is our newest and most popular ensemble. The group rehearses during lunch times to prepare for both College-based performances and external performances. Training focuses on safe dance practice with students learning dance routines and how to perform lifts and acrobatic tricks.
The College has an extensive Drama program that makes use of our state-of-the-art Dance/Drama Studio. Drama students perform annually at the College MADDD Night, Senior Performance Night, National Simultaneous Storytime and Country Fair. In addition, students perform for local Primary schools each year to share the Good News of the Christian message with SRE students. On occasion, students will be asked to perform at other events as determined by the College.
Wollondilly Anglican College provides students with many opportunities to engage with College life. One of these opportunities is the WAC Crew.
Students who volunteer for the crew are trained to work with lighting, staging and sound equipment. They support all performances at the College and are vital for the delivery of quality entertainment.
Rehearsal Studio is available for all elective Drama students as an extension of the College Homework Club program which runs on Wednesday afternoons. Students may use this time to seek extra support or rehearse their performance pieces.
We have an extensive range of extra-curricular Music opportunities available to our students. This includes a host of specialist Music tutors to meet the needs of students who require or are interested in peripatetic lessons in the instrument of their choice, including vocals. Additionally, we have quite a number of extra-curricular Music performance groups.
The College Band is open to all students in Years 7 to 12 who play a brass, woodwind, percussion instrument or the keyboard/piano. The students in the band are passionate about music and enjoy learning a variety of repertoires and demonstrate musical excellence performing at various College and community events. One highlight of College Band is the opportunity to perform as a Marching Band at the annual Thirlmere Festival of Steam and ANZAC Day March in Picton.
At Wollondilly Anglican College, all students in Years 5 and 6 learn a band instrument as part of their music curriculum. The Years 5 and 6 Band has been formed in order to provide these students with the opportunity to be a part of a performance group. Students are exposed to more complex and challenging music and given opportunities to perform throughout the year. This band consists of dedicated and motivated students striving to extend their abilities beyond what they are able to achieve in their class music lessons.
The College String Ensemble is open to all students in Years 7 to 12 who play a string instrument, particularly students who receive tuition in the instrument. The ensemble provides music for formal assemblies as well as other College events. From time to time they also perform at community events such as the Thirlmere Festival of Steam.
Our Junior String Ensemble is an extension of our extensive String Program in Stage 2. It allows students in Years 3 to 6 who discover a passion or talent for their string instrument to work as a small ensemble and receive more intensive tuition from our peripatetic string tutor. Entry is by invitation only. This group rehearses during College hours and performs at assemblies and events as required.
The College Vocal Ensemble is open to all students in Years 7 to 12, particularly those who have lessons at the College with our resident vocal tutor. They rehearse during Monday lunch times. They perform at The Anglican Schools Corporation (TASC) Choral Festival and College events including the Country Fair, formal assemblies, and annual Presentation Nights.
Junior Vocal Ensemble is open to all students in Years 3 to 6. It is led by passionate and dedicated staff members. They rehearse during Monday lunch times. From time to time they combine with the College Vocal Ensemble to create a Combined Choir. The Junior Vocal Ensemble performs at College events and The Anglican Schools Corporation (TASC) Choral Festival.
Wollondilly Anglican College provides many extra curricular opportunities for students to engage in the Visual Arts and hone their skills. These include: Set Design for the College Musical, Art Club, Photography Club and a range of internally and externally run competitions and exhibitions. Students who participate in these events represent the College by working cooperatively on projects whilst sharing ideas and developing friendships with like-minded students.
Our set design group meet after school on Mondays during Term 1 and Term 4 to help design, paint and construct sets and props for the College musical. It is open to Secondary students in Years 7-11.
Art Club is available for Secondary students on Fridays at lunchtimes. At this time our dedicated teachers open the Art rooms for students who are passionate about art (or those who have art work to complete for their classes) to pursue their interests or get a little extra help.
Wollondilly Anglican College produces a College Musical every year with students from Years 5 to 11 having the opportunity to be involved in the performance and production of the Musical.
There are many opportunities for students to be involved including: Set design, costume design and construction, performance, band, stage crew and management, lighting, and sound. It is an inclusive experience with all students who volunteer to be involved being accommodated within the production. The Musical has become a community event and tickets always sell quickly. Make sure you don’t miss out!
Subject to change each year