Opportunity Beyond the Classroom
Co-curricular education at Canberra Grammar School is an important and exciting learning opportunity for all students in Kindergarten to Year 12. We offer a rich array of activities intended to appeal to every mind, body and heart. Students and staff actively engage in physical, cultural and intellectual pursuits together, building relationships, understanding and respect beyond the classroom borders. Our program is organised into Sports, Arts and Horizons. Participation options vary depending on a student’s year group, with all students in Years 3-10 expected to represent the School in at least one CGS Core Sport per year. Adventure opportunities are offered as well, including interstate and international trips and tours for some activities.
Engagement in the Co-curricular Programme enables students to discover their strengths and talents, and to learn about commitment and goal setting. Our programme is about developing character, connecting with our community and having an appreciation of service and fellowship. Students have the chance to enhance their leadership skills, resilience and well-being. As an IB World School, our Co-curricular Education Programme is inspired by the Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) core component of the diploma programme, and an emphasis on individual goal setting, reflection and a balanced selection of activities throughout a student’s participation in the program is encouraged. Many activities run as extension and enrichment opportunities, offering explicit links to the School’s academic curriculum, and are a chance for students to apply and consolidate their learning.
The Sports element enables students from Years 3 – 6 to develop their physical skills while representing the School in season-based competitive sports. All students from Year 3 are required to represent the School in a core sport during the year. Sports include Cricket, Football, Rugby, Squash, Triathlon, Basketball, Tennis, Netball and Orienteering. Participation enables students to strengthen School spirit and further develop their physical and team skills.
Students are provided with participation opportunities in a range of choral and instrumental ensembles, dance genres and dramatic experiences. Through this component of the programme students are provided with a range of performance opportunities.
Students are provided with participation opportunities that build upon the School’s core outdoor education programme. Students, along with family members, participate in experiences that enable them to interact with the natural environment and assist in the development of sustainable patterns of living. They further enhance their values of care, respect and responsibility by their exploration and deepening understanding of natural environments. Participation in Adventure Club provides opportunities for personal growth, social interaction and the development of responsible environmental consciousness.
The Horizons element develops life-long skills and builds passions in a wide range of activities. Responsive to the interests of students and expertise of staff, students are encouraged to discover hidden talents and build skills for life in a wide range of options from chess, to debating, to self-defence.