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Willoughby Girls High School

Willoughby Girls High School

A Leader in Girls Education

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Co-curricular activities

At Willoughby Girls High School, a wide range of activities is available to cater for individual needs, interests and aptitudes.

The Importance of Extra Curricular Activities

Time Management and Prioritising

Extra-curricular activities teach students how to manage their time and prioritise various tasks and commitments.

Exploring Diverse Interests

While students usually have the opportunity to pursue a wide range of study areas through core subjects and electives, extra-curricular activities allow students to explore an interest in more depth than what is covered in class — or maybe even find a completely new interest that they wouldn’t have been exposed to otherwise. They can also provide a great chance for students to broaden their perspective of the world, particularly those involved in volunteering and community service programs.

Making a Contribution

Extra-curricular activities allow students to contribute to their school or community, which is an important step in preparing them for life outside of academics.

Building Self-Esteem

Mastering new skills can help build students’ confidence. By participating in extra-curricular activities, students can build their self-esteem in a relaxed setting as the activities provide the opportunity to be successful in something that they are passionate about.

University Applications

Another benefit of extra-curricular activities is that they look great on university applications. In addition to academic performance, many universities look at what activities students are involved in outside of school as a way to fully understand each student.

Setting Goals

Extra-curricular activities present opportunities for students to develop their goal-setting skills. Most extra-curricular activities involve reaching or achieving a goal, whether it is the lead actor in the school play, winning the state championship or coming in first place in the science competition. As a result, these activities help encourage students to work toward achieving those goals, while having fun at the same time.

Teamwork

Sports teams, clubs and activities, like dancing and music, all require students to work together toward a common goal. By participating in these activities, students develop the skills they need in order to successfully work with others. In addition, extra-curricular activities allow students to build relationships and socialise with peers who share their interests.

Academics

Recent studies show a correlation between improved grades, behaviour and work habits as a result of students’ involvement in extra-curricular activities.

Social Opportunities

Being part of a group or team provides a sense of belonging, with extra-curricular activities offering an opportunity for your child to interact with others with similar interests and potentially build friendships outside of their usual circle.

A wide range of extra curricular activities are offered at Willoughby Girls High School including:

Anime Club

The Anime, Manga and Japanese pop culture club meets weekly to discuss latest interests, practise some drawing skills and / or swap tips of cosplay outfits.  The club is open to students in all years.

Chess club

Chess is a time-honoured game that fosters students’ intellectual growth as it teaches them to practise many valuable skills such as problem solving, memory and decision making. The mathematics faculty encourages the hobby of chess and provides opportunities for students to participate in this engaging pastime every fortnight. All students are welcome to drop in, grab a set and challenge their peers or even teachers. Not only it is free, it is a chance to play or learn chess in a low stress environment. It is fun!

Dance

The junior dance ensemble is a group of Year 7 and 8 students who have limited or no experience in dance, but are eager to learn new styles and routines. The students audition in the first weeks of Term 1 and are selected based on their potential. They rehearse before school once a week and build dance skills, working towards a full routine throughout the year. This rehearsal is taken by an external dance teacher who has extensive experience in performance dance. The Junior Ensemble showcase their work in Term 4 during the dance and drama showcase Evening. As a result of the cost of choreography and costumes, there is a semester based fee charged to all students.

The senior dance ensemble is selected from all grades based on their superior skill and talent in dance. They audition in Term 1 and are representative of the dance talent at Willoughby Girls High School. They are a performance based group who prepare a rigorous routine throughout the year with the intention to represent the school across various performance platforms. The senior dance ensemble rehearses once a week before school until Term 4. This rehearsal is taken by an external dance teacher who has extensive experience in performance dance. They showcase their work in Term 4 during the dance and drama showcase evening. As a result of the cost of choreography and costumes, there is a semester based fee charged to all students.

Debating and public speaking

Opportunities are offered to students to represent the school in a variety of debating and public speaking competitions. After school coaching sessions are available for interested students. In addition to the Department of Education and Communities competitions for Years 7 to 12, there are in school competitions for Years 7 and 8, as well as external competitions, such as the Macquarie Debating Cup, and speech competitions organised by Legacy. Opportunities are advertised in English classes, the daily messages and newsletters.

Drama

Interested Years 7 and 8 students who are willing to devote time and energy to rehearsal, are eligible for membership of the Junior Drama Ensemble. The ensemble performs in the annual dance and drama showcase in December. In the process of devising and rehearsing pieces for performance, students will be developing their performance skills. This will benefit those keen to study drama in later years and/or audition for the school’s major performing arts production, which is held every two years. The ensemble is formed in Term 1 in even years and Term 3 in alternate years when the major school production takes place. Notifications for auditions are through the school’s daily messages.

Duke of Edinburgh award scheme

The Duke of Edinburgh award scheme is one of the most popular extracurricular activities offered at Willoughby Girls High School. Students commence their bronze awards in Year 9 and have the opportunity to achieve their silver and gold levels in the following years. Students must complete four sections in order to gain an award including a service, a skill, a physical recreation and an expedition. Expedition camps are organised each year in the nearby national parks. Any student aged 14 years or over is able to access the program. A meeting of interested students is held at the commencement of each year and advertised in the daily messages.

Environment Club

The Environment Club is open to students in Years 7 to 12 interested in the local environment and sustainability.  The main focus of the Environment Club is to engage in purposeful and positive projects to improve school and local environments.  The Environment Club meets on a regular basis to discuss projects, fundraising ideas/events and other environmental topics.

Festival of creative arts (annual event held in August)

Held during term three each year to celebrate the work produced by music, visual arts and photographic and digital media students, this event comprises of an exhibition and HSC (Higher School Certificate) music performance evening.

The exhibition showcases HSC Visual Arts students’ bodies of work, artwork produced by Years 7 to 11 Visual Arts students and Years 9 and 10 Photographic and Digital media students.  Parents and friends are invited to the opening night, which is formally opened by an invited guest speaker. 

In conjunction with the exhibition, Year 10 students participate in a portrait prize and Year 9 students participate in a landscape prize. 

The music performance evening showcases the work of HSC Music 1, Music 2 and Music Extension students. It is held on a different night in the multipurpose hall. Parents and friends are also invited to this evening.

Film club

Students view, plan and create films in order to expand and deepen their understanding of the film medium. Students are encouraged to make independent projects, as well as participating in the creation of club projects for festival entry. Students also organise the annual film festival, held in the final week of Term 4.

French Club

The French club is for students in Years 8-12 who are studying French and who are interested in French culture and language. The club meets weekly to practise speaking in French and to share French interests. The club gives students opportunities to keep abreast of French cultural events occurring throughout the year.

Future problem solving

The future problem solving program is an extension program that looks at issues and topics that impact on our future. Students work in groups of 4/5 to review a futuristic scenario and apply the 6 step problem solving model. They are asked to brainstorm ideas – referring to lateral thinking categories, determine an underlying problem, create solutions using their lateral thinking categories and then evaluate the best solution to carry out their plan of action. Students then dramatise their plan of action using props. This program is offered to all stage 4 students who are interested in issues and events that will influence our world within the future.

Gardening Club

The "Grow-Getters" gardening club meets weekly to discuss gardening initiatives and grow vegetables and other plants.  Open to all students Years 7-12.

Mock trial

Mock trial involves a team of students taking part in a pretend trial in front of a magistrate. Students play roles as barristers, solicitors, witnesses and court officials and act out either a civil or criminal case. This is an interschool competition run by the NSW Law Society involving public and private schools. Students spend lunchtimes together developing case materials as a team. Trials are held after school hours once a month at Willoughby Girls High School or at other participating schools. There are opportunities for all who are interested in Year 10 and 11 to take part in team preparation, with six roles allocated in each trial.

Music ensembles - School

Three vocal groups are organised and conducted by the music teachers, with weekly rehearsals at lunchtime or after school. The choir is open to all singers, while the junior and senior vocal ensembles require an audition – students should see their music teacher if they are interested in joining. The school also has a brass ensemble, with weekly lunchtime rehearsals – all brass players are welcome.

Music ensembles - P&C

Five instrumental ensembles are organised by the P&C music committee and directed by professional conductors. For a flat fee girls may belong to as many ensembles as they wish, providing they meet the entry requirements. These ensembles rehearse once a week before or after school.

Performing arts major production (every two years)

The school produces major performing arts productions, every second year. The music and English departments produce and direct the productions. Recent productions have included Into the Woods, Annie, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Auditions are usually held for the principal roles in Term 4 prior to the year of performance.  Rehearsals are held after school and during term holidays. All students are invited to audition for the roles. Information is provided in the daily messages and newsletters.

Reading Group - lunchtime

Students can join the Lunchtime Reading Group to share their reading experiences, book recommendations and access reading resources. Reading a book provides the perfect opportunity to escape to other locations, times and experiences during lockdown. Lunchtime Reading Group is in the library or during Covid Restrictions it is on google classroom. Class code: 5r3hxmv

Social Justice Club

 
Social Justice League is a student-lead group eager to establish an understanding of the current domestic and global issues that concern the human rights of all citizens.  Students work together to educate peers about these issues and to support people and groups within our local communities and abroad.  Students coordinate a number of initiatives and fundraisers throughout the year to raise awareness of local and global issues such as poverty, homelessness and access to healthcare and education.  Charities supported have included Share the Dignity, The Cova Project and Cathy Freedom Foundation.

Sporting clubs

Willoughby Girls High School is  proud to offer the largest range of sporting clubs outside school of any high school on the north shore. Girls have the opportunity to play netball, touch football, basketball or hockey outside school. All of these clubs are run by parent volunteers. Further details can be found on the P&C section of this website.

Technology club

In technology club students work on Lego robots. This begins with simple programming and it is hoped that in the future Willoughby Girls High School students will be able to compete against other schools with their robots. The technology club looks at all different types of technology – including the latest cool technology. Students also participate in the hour of code which is a global event.