Our school offers our students the opportunity to participate in a range of extra curricular activities, outside of the set education curriculum. Participating in extra curricular activities has the potential to benefit an individual, such as:
Improved academic performance
Explore interests and create broader perspectives
Essential life skills such as goal setting, team work and time management
Extra curricular activities offered at St Peter's are outlined below:
Students in Year 5 & 6 are encouraged to participate in a winter inter-school sports program. Sports offered are rugby league, tennis, netball and a skill development program.
Athletic carnivals for both school and district are held during the year. The interhouse carnival is traditionally a “family day” and parents and other family members are encouraged to attend. The interschool carnival requires children to be selected, based on qualifying times, distances etc.
St Peter’s also holds an annual Inter House Swimming Carnival. This is not a selection trial, rather a chance for some healthy inter house competition.
We also encourage the support of other coaching personnel from a variety of other sports throughout the year. This provides an opportunity for children to develop skills across a range of sports within their HPE lessons.
Instrumental Music (optional)
Private instrumental lessons for students are available at an additional cost. These are available for strings, percussion, piano and singing. This is an optional program and teachers are engaged on a user pays basis. Students in all year levels are able to apply for enrolment in the programs.
Rockhampton South Catholic Schools Ensemble Program
This program, initiated in 2007 by The Cathedral College, offers group music lessons and band practice for all Year 4 students in Rockhampton South Catholic Schools. Students may choose to continue in this program after they have completed Year 4.
DEBATING + CHESS
Each year there are opportunities for upper primary students to represent the school at a Catholic Interschool Debating Competition and a Catholic Primary School’s Chess Competition.
St. Peter's has a long, proud and successful traditional of competing in the Rockhampton Eisteddfod. Students from all grades have the opportunity to be part of many choirs including speech, singing, signing and novelty choirs. These choirs practice throughout the year with an emphasis on fun, participation and performing at the eisteddfod and other local community events.
An artist in residence works with the students on a bi-annual basis as they engage in and experiment with many artistic techniques. These items and other art work are displayed in a cultural evening where families enjoy viewing the student's work in a relaxed social atmosphere.
Bi-annually we welcome a dance teacher into our school to guide the students in dance lessons. The students enjoy a variety of styles of dance and at the end of the term we celebrate with a St Peter's Dance Spectacular! Families are invited to join us for a BBQ, each class performs their dances they have learnt and we have some good old fashion fun!
Each term we organise at least one excursion or show for all of the classes, this provides a great opportunity for the students to explore an area with the knowledge they have learnt throughout the term or enjoy a show.
Cost of excursions is covered by the Resource/Activities Levy charged each term on the school account.
Year 5 Leadership Camp
In term 4 of Year 5, students are encouraged to attend an overnight leadership camp in preparation for their role as beginning leaders in the following year. This is a great opportunity for students to learn about some of their responsibilities in the following year.
Year 6 Leadership Camp
In term 1 of Year 6, students are given the opportunity to attend a week long camp at Bundaberg’s Outdoor Education Camp, Chaverim. This challenges the students to perform tasks and learn to work as team and adopt leadership qualities
Cost of camps is borne by parents, however, some fund raising activities may take place to assist in reducing financial outlay.
During the school year the students will attend school performances. We choose performances that will engage, enhance and extend classroom experiences for the students eg CSIRO school visits, ‘World of Maths’ and visiting authors. Parents are notified of details prior to the date of the performances. The cost of these school performances is covered by the activity/resource levy.