The co-curriculum at Castlemaine Secondary College offers students a wide range of activities to participate in over the course of their secondary schooling. The enriching nature of the program enables students to develop social skills, build friendships, develop motivation and introduces students to new skills that can be a part of life-long learning. The program also allows for the development of ‘student voice’ to be heard across the College in a range of different democratic forums. The co-curriculum provides activities under the headings of:
- Social Justice
- Cultural Exchange
- Visual Arts
- Performing Arts
All students have the opportunity to participate in camp experiences at CSC. At years 7, 8, 9 specific year level camps are provided, while senior students have a range of opportunities depending on streams of study that students have chosen.
Year 7 - Lady Northcote Camp in Rowsely is a transition experience to help students settle in to secondary school and meet new friends.
Year 8 - Warrnambool Camp encourages independence getting students to budget, purchase and prepare their own meals in a group cabin situation.
Year 9 – Anglesea Camp introduces students to a range of outdoor experiences such as surfing, kayaking, mountain bike riding, and ropes course challenges.
Some of the Senior level offerings may include:
Year 10 – World of Work (WOW), Tasmania Tour
Year 10, 11 & 12 – Snow Day, New Zealand Tour (numbers dependent)
Outdoor Ed –
Yr10 – Mt Kooyoora – Rock, Abseil, Bushwalking and Navigation camp, Murray River Canoe Camp,
Yr11 – Alpine Bushwalk, Mt Stirling Ski Trip, Murray River Canoe Camp
Yr12 – Wilson’s Prom Coastal Bushwalk/Surf Trip, Mt Hotham Ski Trip
Steiner 9 – Mt Kooyoora – Rock climbing, Abseiling, Bushwalking and Navigation camp, Murray River Canoe Camp, Farming Camp
Steiner 10 – Grampians Bushwalk/Climbing Trip, Elective Camp (Often Wilsons Prom)
A range of leadership opportunities exist across the college. At each year level Student Representative Council (SRC) members are elected from each form, approximately 6 at each level across the entire college.
Four Houses exist at the college: Kaweka, Moonlight, Pennyweight, Kalimna. At both campuses, Captains and Vice-Captains are elected for each gender of each house. House Captains have a major leadership role co-ordinating events and increasing participation for Swimming and Athletic Carnivals.
Non-titled leadership opportunities encourage students to present at assemblies, weekly year level assemblies, and various functions outside of school hours.
Social Justice activities teach students empathy and compassion and a notion of being an active citizen and making a contribution in life. In recent years students, either individuals and whole cohorts, have participated in:
Live Below The Line: fundraising requiring students to live on$2 per day for 5 days
40 Hour Famine: fundraising requiring students to sacrificing food or some other comfort for 40 hours.
World’s Greatest Shave: fundraising for Leukemia Foundation.
Friends Of Lolotoe- East Timor: local service group providing support for village of Lolotoe in East Timor.
A range of other activities are organised through VCAL and SRC that raise funds for charities such as Beyond Blue, CFA, Motor Neurone Disease research, saving Orang Utang habitat, RSPCA, Red Shield Appeal, and many others.
A range of cultural exchange opportunities exist to provide students with a notion that they are global citizens. An exchange experience can take on a number of guises:
- An overseas experience related to a language that is being studied such as French or Indonesian.
- A team building exercise where students set a goal and raise funds to subsidize their trip such as G’Day USA or World Challenge trip to Malaysia, or Japan Exchange.
- Being a host family for visiting Japanese students from Shizuoka which has run in Mt Alexander Shire for the past 15 years.
The College music program offers a range of activities for students to participate in out of hours such as: year level recitals, senior and junior orchestra’s, Spring recitals, Musician of the Year Award, and a week-long music camp that sees students develop an evening musical performance in Castlemaine.
Music students also perform in local Battle of The Band Competitions, busking, and support a number of local events such as primary school fetes or local festivals.
Students have a range of opportunities to participate in sporting events. The college runs large swimming and athletics carnivals based on a House System, where winners represent the school at Inter-School events, and if successful have an opportunity to participate at Regional and State level.
The school regularly fields teams in cricket, tennis, football, soccer, netball, basketball, cross-country. Teams compete against other schools and can win their way through to Regional and State level involvement.
The Visual Arts Team is proud to announce they will again be working with National and Internationally renowned artists in the production of new works for the 2017 Castlemaine State Festival.
Within the classroom local artists play an active role in enriching the learning environment, with all courses employing sessional artists from within the local community throughout the year.
Our community murals have become a part of the local streetscape, and we warmly welcome parental and community input to join our Art Support Group, and support our major fundraising initiatives.
Opportunities to participate in school productions exist for everyone across the College. In recent years there have been productions of ‘The Wizard of Oz’, ‘Oliver’, and ‘13’ performed at The Phee Broadway Theatre to sell out crowds and rave reviews.
Whether it’s acting, singing, technical production, or playing an instrument in the orchestra or band, opportunities exist to cater for a broad range of skills and interests.
Within the drama course, and number of smaller productions are held for parents in the evenings. Performances also travel to a number of the local feeder primary schools.
The library runs a range of enrichment programs and internal competitions such as: CSC Writers Award, Book Club, a number of writing competitions, and arrange guest speakers.
All key Learning Areas participate in a range of subject specific competitions held statewide and nationally.