Harrisdale Senior High School’s co-curricular program:
- expands students’ learning opportunities; and
- links with the core curriculum to create a broader educational experience.
Very importantly, our co-curricular program also teaches young adults to learn and appreciate the importance of balance in their lives – balance between school work and leisure – and of the benefits and joy of leading a healthy lifestyle.
Students are able to explore topics not covered during the day, gain new skills, discover and develop new talents, and make a positive difference to their community through our after-school hobbies and clubs program. While it is less formal than in-class programs, our co-curricular program is quality and instructional, and often linked to the core in-class program.
Teachers run age-appropriate clubs and hobby groups and we also seek parents and community volunteers with the skills, interests and availability to run activities.
Parents please note that fees apply to all clubs and hobbies that require additional resources.
Clubs And Hobbies
It is well-known that the act of giving – of lending a helping hand to those in greater need – makes people feel good about themselves, builds self-confidence and develops citizenship. Our students are introduced to:
Interact (Rotary International’s service organisation for high school students).
Interact is a club for young people ages 12-18 who want to join together to tackle the issues in their community that they care most about. Through Interact, our students can:carry out hands-on service projectsmake connections with other young leaders at home and abroad
- carry out hands-on service projectsmake connections with other young leaders at home and abroad
- make connections with other young leaders at home and abroaddevelop leadership skills
- develop leadership skillshave fun!
- have fun!
WA Cadets Bush Rangers, an environmental conservation program, supported by the Department of Parks and Wildlife. The program develops young adults’ understandings of conservation and related practical skills. It builds teamwork and leadership skills, and involves cadets in camps and conservation projects. Parents and community members interested in leading, instructing and supporting the program are welcome.
A range of sports to be offered during the year will give students the opportunity to:
- try out a new sport, discover and have a go at something new
- make new friends, build team work and school spirit
- build resilience
- develop their understandings and appreciation of leading healthy, balanced lifestyles
The program includes school swimming and athletics carnivals and participation in School Sports WA lightning carnivals. Through our school’s association with the Dockers, we also plan to introduce girls’ and boys’ football in Year 7. In addition, we are exploring opportunities for rowing, triathlon and sailing at Champion Lakes, golf, volleyball and other sports and recreational activities to be introduced in Year 7, or Year 8, or Year 9.
Debating is a great way for students to develop confidence, teamwork, and public speaking and leadership skills – and to have fun. Our team/s participate in the WA public schools south-of-the-river Debating Competition.
Research findings tell us choral singing has many benefits for the individual. Some good reasons for students to join our choir are:
- choral singing improves the feeling of social wellbeing,
- it strengthens feelings of togetherness and belonging, and
- exercises the brain and helps memory.
A school choir elevates school tone and raises everyone’s spirits.
We encourage all students to join our choir.
Arts, Hobbies And Other Clubs
As students settle into their high school routines and teachers learn more about their interests and talents, we will be developing additional clubs and hobby groups to engage, extend and enrich their schooling experience. Keep an eye on this space for more developments!