Co-curricular activities are a vital part of an education at John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School. John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School offers a wide range of co-curricular activities to all of their students. The activities vary from year to year to cater for personal interests, passions and strengths in students. Most activities run before and after school, however, occasionally, a co-curricular program runs at lunchtime to maximise particupation.
Through the co-curricular programme we encourage students to be participators, to gain skills, extend their personal boundaries and develop confidence in their growing abilities to handle new challenges.
Under guidance of encouraging staff, students can choose to compete in a wide range of interschool sporting competitions including surfing. They may choose to earn certificates of proficiency in scuba diving or try their hand at orienteering in John Forrest National Park. Those who hanker after distant places may join the Telethon Toyota Trek with one of the Cadet units or even head off to China, Vietnam or Italy. The LOTE Department offers frequent opportunities for language students to travel to either Indonesia or Italy as well as involving JSR students in the exchange student programme by hosting dozens of overseas students.
The co-curricular programme also contains a community service element which encourages compassion and civic responsibility in our students. Year 11 and 12 students may participate in the Youngblood Youth Donor Programme run by the Australian Red Cross, others may have their head shaved for Me No Hair Day or fast for the Forty Hour Famine. Our students collect food for Anglicare, shake collection tins for Daffodil Day, buy red paraphernalia on Red Nose Day and support two children through World Vision.
Some co-curricular opportunities which currently exist for our students include: ACC after school sport, choirs, bands and ensembles, Computer Club, Emergency Services Cadet Unit, Bush Ranger Cadet Unit, Mock Trials, Debating, TheatreSports, Wakakirri, surfing, orienteering, the exchange student programme and the peer support programme.
Please feel free to browse the following subsections to find out more about our individual programmes including:
Primary Co-Curricular Programme
The Year 7 students are hand sewing dolls for a school in Vietnam and an orphanage in Hoi Anh. These dolls, together with other toys bought by some secondary classes, will be delivered by students and staff from JSR during the third term holidays.
The primary school children at John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School have been hugely successful in raising money for overseas projects. In the aftermath of the Boxing Day tsunami they made gifts and raised money for a school in Seenigama, Sri Lanka. Amazingly, they raised more than $20,000 which allowed the school to rebuild their auditorium and re-furnish all their classrooms.
There is no stopping them now! Through the Australian Board of Missions they contributed to a water project in Acoje, in the Philippines. In 2006. they raised $14,000 which bought three water tanks, a corn thresher, a solar drier and all the materials needed to build a barn for storing grain. Throughout 2007 the primary students have continued their commitment to the village of Acoje. This year they are investing in pigs! It’s a wonderful scheme whereby villagers are given animals to care for and breed from. When the pigs reproduce, the owner must give one of the piglets to a neighbour so that prosperity can spread throughout the village.