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 benefits and joys of leading healthy lifestyles, and the importance of balance in their lives – balance between school work and leisure.
Students are able to explore topics not covered during the day, learn new skills, discover and develop new talents, and make a positive difference to their community through our after-school hobbies and clubs program. While less formal than in-class programs, our co-curricular program is high-quality and instructional, and is 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.
Our co-curricular activities commence at varying times of the school year and students nominate to joint.
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:
- carry out hands-on service projects
- make connections with other young leaders at home and abroad
- develop leadership skills
- have fun!
WA Cadets Bush Rangers is 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 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. 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.
Duke of Edinburgh's International Award
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is internationally accredited and is the world’s leading youth achievement award. It challenges young people to develop skills, become physically fitter, be a responsible citizen through volunteering and to discover new places on an Adventurous Journey. The Award has three levels, Bronze, Silver and Gold and students can begin at the Bronze Level while in Year 9. There are age limits for beginning the Silver and Gold levels.