Co-curricular Life

St Aloysius’ College has a commitment to the development of the whole person. Sport and other co-curricular activities are seen as an integral part of the formation of students. Participation in cultural, sporting, spiritual and service programs of St Aloysius’ is expected of all students. 

St Aloysius’ prides itself on developing programs that provide for each student’s interests and talents and that teach him to accept both success and failure graciously. We want him to become aware of the need to co-operate with others, using the best qualities of each individual to contribute to the wellbeing of the whole group. Emphasis is placed on effort and participation rather than winning at all costs.

Sport

Students in Years 3 to 6 participate in both summer and winter team sports that are played throughout the year on Saturday mornings. The College expects all students to take part in a winter sport and encourages students to participate in a summer sport but it is not compulsory. Summer sport options in the Junior School include Basketball, Cricket and Tennis. Water Polo is also on offer for those boys in Year 5 and 6 only. Cricket is played in Year Groups. For Years 3 and 4 combined there will be two basketball teams which the students may trial for and if not successful they may trial for Cricket.

Please read the Junior School Sports Information - 2020 prepared by Mr Trevor Dunne, Junior School Sportsmaster. After reading the information please make your son's Summer Sports Selection. If your son(s) nominates Tennis as his Summer Sport please also complete this form. Should you have any questions regarding sports selection please feel free to speak with Mr Dunne on Orientation Day.

Students will also have the opportunity to trial for College Athletics, Swimming and Cross Country teams. Students are encouraged to play either Rugby or Football throughout the winter season and AFL is offered for students in Years 5 and 6. All team members in both summer and winter sports must attend weekly before and/or after school training sessions as well as the Saturday match commitment.

Music

The Junior School Co-curricula Music Program offers boys the opportunity to be involved in a variety of ensembles and all students are encouraged to be involved. Students have the opportunity to be involved in Choirs, String Orchestras, Concert Bands, Jazz and Rock Ensembles, Guitar Ensembles, Recorder Ensembles and Ukulele Ensembles. Auditions will take place within the first two weeks of the school year and following the audition process, every student will be placed into an ensemble which best reflects their experience level. 

As a part of the class program for Years 3 and 4, every student learns a string instrument and participates in a String Orchestra. In Year 5, students have the opportunity to learn a brass, percussion or woodwind instrument as part of the Year 5 Concert Band Program. This program is subsidised by the College and its aim is to build up the numbers of the lesser-represented instruments, so our musicians can enjoy full representation of instruments across all ensembles.

The College Music Department also facilitates the engagement of vocal and instrumental tutors for individual students. Fees are payable for private tuition. Information regarding private tuition at the College can be found in the Vocal and Instrumental Tuition Handbook.  If you would like your son to have private Music tuition at the College please complete the Music Tuition Enrolment Form.

The College has a limited number of instruments for hire. If you have any questions or would like more information please email music@staloysius.nsw.edu.au or phone the Music Department on 9936 5510.

Detailed information regarding the College's Music Program can be found here. Further information will be also be provided on Orientation Day at the New Parents’ Information Session.

IMPORTANT MUSIC DEPARTMENT FORMS AND DOCUMENTS

See below links to important Music Department forms and documents:

Vocal & Instrumental Tuition Handbook

Music Tuition Enrolment Form 

Music Tuition Termination Form 

Application for Music Ensembles

Co-curricular Music Ensembles Rehearsal Schedule 

Debating

Years 5 and 6 students are trained in debating and may compete in the IPSHA and ISDA competitions. Years 4, 5 and 6 also compete in a social competition held after school, this includes workshops and debates.  Years 4, 5 and 6 are also involved in the IPSHA Debating Gala Days.

Chess

The College Chess Club trains once a week, with eight or more teams competing in inter-school competitions. Students are taught the basics and shown new skills to improve techniques.