Extra Curricular Activities

Extra-Curricular Activities – Primary

What: Chaplaincy Extra Curricular Activities

Fund Raising for my* mission – An opportunity for students to participate in this fundraising program.

Gilson Student Days (GSD) – Each primary and secondary year level pairs up once each year to prepare for and participate their annual spiritual service program at the schools campus based church, Gilson College Community Church.

Bible Studies - Years 5 – 12 participate in Bible study at their own request. The Spiritual Emphasis Weeks provide one of the opportunities to invite students to take part in Bible studies conducted by the chaplains.

What: Junior Choir

Why? At Gilson College, we believe in giving the students opportunities to express themselves through singing in the Junior choir.

Who? The Junior Choir consists of students from Year 3 – 6. Interested students are auditioned and invited to join the choir.

When? The choir rehearses each Monday from 3.30 – 4.30 pm.

What? The choir performs for chapel each term, visits a local church during the year and tries to visit a nursing home, as well as perform at local shopping centres for special events during the year and in the college’s annual Performing Arts concert in August.

What: Junior Concert Band

Why? At Gilson College, we believe in giving the students opportunities to express themselves through instrumental playing in the concert band.

Who? The band is developing well. Most band students are in Year Five as they are all involved in an instrumental program.

When? The Junior Concert Band practices after school each Monday from 3.30–4.30 pm.

What: Year 5 Instrumental Program

Why? The Year Five instrumental program gives students the opportunity to learn to play a concert band instrument and then apply their knowledge within a band setting if they wish to further their learning.

Who? In Year Five, all students are involved in an instrumental program learning either a woodwind or a brass instrument.

When? Each week, the students attend a class lesson and are taught by music tutors. They are also involved in another small group lesson during the week.

What? Once they have shown some mastery of their instrument they are invited to join the Junior Band.

What: School Representative Council

Why? To assist the student body to be part of some decision making for the school as a whole.

When? SRC tries to meet at least monthly, more regularly when an event is about to be run.

How? Students and teachers from each class from Years 1-5 nominated 1 student to be their representative. Preps do not have a representative.

Who? The Year 6 School Captains and Vice-captains run the meetings with the liaison teacher.

What: Primary School Soccer team

Why? This team represents the school at the Schools Interschool Soccer Competitions playing other SDA schools, as well as in the local Galway Independent Schools Association

Who? Year 5-6 students both boys and girls. Places are limited to 22.

When? Monday and Friday lunch times.

What: Galway – Regional Interschool Primary Sports Events Program

Why? At Gilson College, during the sport program, all students are given the opportunity to participate in programs organized by the Galway interschool sport association, the local independent schools sports association.

When? The Galway sport program occurs regularly throughout the school year.

Who? Years 4 to 6 students take part.

What? Our school sometimes hosts the events and at other times we travels to other school venues.

What: Private Instrumental Music Tuition (Guitar and Keyboard)

Why? This instrumental program also gives parents the opportunity to have their child learn guitar and keyboard in an individual or small groups situation.

Who? The guitar program is open to both Secondary and Primary students. The keyboard program is open to Primary students.

When? During school hours: Guitar on Tuesdays, Keyboard on Wednesdays.

Where? The programs take place in the music room.

Extra-Curricular Activities Secondary

What: Chaplaincy Extra Curricular Activities

Fund Raising for my* mission – An opportunity for students to participate in the fundraising and also for Year 10 students to be involved in service through English language teaching in south-east Asia and also working in the two orphanages that we support – Hope and Peace.

Gilson Student Days (GSD) – Each primary and secondary year level pairs up once each year to prepare for and participate their annual spiritual service program at the schools campus based church, Gilson College Community Church.

Bible Studies - Years 5 – 12 participate in Bible study at their own request. The Spiritual Emphasis Weeks provide one of the opportunities to invite students to take part in Bible studies conducted by the chaplains.

What: Senior Choir

Why? The Gilson College Secondary Choir exists for students to be able to share their love of Jesus with others in song. It promotes the musical development of each member, but also provides opportunities for students to experience the true meaning of service - giving to others without receiving anything in return.

Who? Interested students form Years 7 – 12 are auditioned and successful candidates are invited to join the choir.

When? Choir practices are held on Monday afternoons between 3:45 and 4:30pm, while a limited number of rehearsals and performances may take place on an evening or weekend. The choir has an annual interstate performance tour.

What: Senior Concert Band

Why? At Gilson College, we believe in giving the students opportunities to express themselves through instrument playing through the Senior Concert Band.

When? The Senior Concert Band rehearses each Wednesday from 3.30 – 5.00p.m.

Who? Instrumental tutors

What? The band is involved in an annual band camp each year where they enjoy some focused time with learning together. The band is also involved in different performances throughout the year, including Speech Night.

What: Galway – Regional Interschool Secondary Sports and Academic Events Program

Why? At Gilson College, during the sport program, all students are given the opportunity to participate in programs organized by Galway interschool sport association, the local independent schools sports association.

When? The Galway sport program occurs regularly throughout the school year.

Who? Various staff

What? Our school sometimes hosts these events and at other times we travel to other schools’ venues.

What: my* mission annual trip

Why? This trip allows students to an iPod generation to appreciate that ‘it is better to give than receive.’

Who? Interested students from Year 10 and staff

When? Each September

What? We raise funds and work with our international partners on a variety of humanitarian projects that are designed to alleviate poverty and build a brighter future for people in south-east Asia.