Our students can take advantage of several extra learning opportunities, both external and internal.
NSW School Nanga Mai Awards
The Nanga Mai Awards are an annual event organised by Aboriginal Education and Communities Directorate. The awards recognise and celebrate innovation, excellence and educational achievement in Aboriginal education in NSW public schools, school communities and department directorates.
Premier’s Spelling Bee
The Premier’s Spelling Bee is an annual competition that encourages primary school students in Years 3 to 6 to develop their spelling skills in a fun and educational way. Students are selected at school level to take part in regional finals. Regional winners then compete in the state final.
Premier’s Reading Challenge
This Premier’s Reading Challenge encourages students from Kindergarten to Year 9 to develop a love of reading and plays an important role in developing literacy.
Premier’s Debating Challenge
The Premier’s Debating Challenge is open to students from Year 5 to 12. Teams compete in a round robin series of debates against other schools. The winners go on to compete at regional and state level to determine the eventual state champion.
Public speaking competitions
The Arts Unit offers public speaking competitions for NSW school students. Each competition is a great opportunity for students to develop their speech-writing and presentation skills while representing their schools in a state-wide competition.
Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarships
The Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarships are an opportunity to visit significant overseas sites associated with Australia’s participation in war for Years 10 and 11 students in selected schools.
Duke of Edinburgh Award
The Duke of Edinburgh Award provides an internationally recognised, self-development program for people aged 14 to 25. The program equips young people with the opportunity to undertake a variety of voluntary and challenging activities.
Mathematics Enrichment Group
Students in the senior years, demonstrating excellent mathematical skills, are invited to join the Mathematics Enrichment Group. This group meets before school once a week and is supported by a teacher, and often a parent mentor, to solve challenging maths problems. Most students also participate in the Maths Olympiad competition.
Chess is open to all students from Years K-6. Interested students meet each week to learn skills and compete against their peers. It requires students to draw on problem solving skills, teaching them how to make difficult and abstract decisions independently as well as fostering critical, creative, and original thinking.
The school provides senior students with training in the specific skills of formal debating. We have in-school competitions, as well as involvement in interschool debates using video conferencing.