St Aloysius’ College has a commitment to holistic education. As Jesuit education is concerned with 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 programmes of St Aloysius’ is expected of all students. All members of St Aloysius’ teaching staff are involved in sporting or other co-curricular activities.
St Aloysius’ prides itself on developing programmes 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 well-being of the whole group. Emphasis is placed on effort and participation rather than winning at all costs. Students are encouraged to make an effort in their chosen activities and receive coaching assistance to develop their proficiency and potential. The importance of physical well-being is promoted in the sporting programme, with the aim that health and fitness become an integral part of the students’ lifestyle.
Most major sports are offered at the College including:
- Cross Country
- Football (Soccer)
- Rugby Union
- Snow Sports
- Tae Kwon Do
- Tennis (Winter and Summer)
- Volleyball (Winter and Summer)
- Water Polo
The Junior School is a member of the Independent Primary Schools Heads Association (IPSHA) which provides sporting and co-curricular competition. Students in Years 3 to 6 are encouraged to participate in both a summer and a winter team. During summer, Cricket is the main sport offered but there is also Basketball and Tennis. In winter, students are encouraged to play either Rugby Union or Football. Students also have the opportunity to participate in Athletics, Swimming and Cross-Country teams.
All students in Years 7 to 12 are expected to be involved in a full-time (summer and winter) sporting activity. Sports teams have either teaching staff, outside professional coaches, or alumni assisting.
The College has a gymnasium, weights room, swimming pool and basketball court at Milsons Point and a sporting field at Willoughby. Sporting teams also train at various venues on the Lower North Shore.
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The College Cadet Unit was first formed in 1913. Today it has over 250 students from Term IV in Year 7 to Year 12. It is the largest voluntary Army cadet unit in Australia. Bush camps are held twice a year and the unit parades every second Friday afternoon. Instruction is given in activities such as abseiling, orienteering, radio techniques, first aid and field craft. The Unit participates in many ceremonial activities such as ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day as well as its own annual ceremonial parade. The leadership challenges and comradeship offered by the Unit help form the students in the Jesuit ideal of being ‘men for others’.
Debating and Public Speaking
Debating and Public Speaking at the College has a long tradition. From their earliest days, Jesuit schools stressed eloquentia perfecta, (‘flawless eloquence’). Every student participates at least at class level to acquire confidence in public speaking through our Art of Speech competition and every opportunity is given for those who wish to pursue their interest further. The College participates in many events including inter-school debating competitions such as the Associated Schools (CAS), Independent Schools Debating Association (ISDA), Catholic Schools Debating Association (CSDA), the Lawrence Campbell Oratory Competition and the Law Society of NSW Mock Trials Competition. The College has provided many fine debaters at state and national levels.
The College has an outstanding reputation for the quality and range of dramatic productions. This is part of a long tradition in Ignatian education – especially when the drama is value-laden or a medium exploring moral dilemma. At the senior level productions are usually undertaken with students from nearby girls’ schools. Opportunities are offered to students to study all aspects of dramatic production including acting, scriptwriting, set design, lighting design, sound design, costume design, direction, set construction and stage management.
In Years 9 to 11 the Drama students stage productions, prepared in class, with additional rehearsals and full staging in the 120 seat Miguel Pro Playhouse. The nature of Drama taught at the College is designed around performance, as it is believed that excellence is attained through setting high standards and developing commitment.
Our Drama students are able to specialise in three important disciplines in addition to performance:
- Video production, offered from Years 9 to 12
- Set design, taught in Years 11 and 12
- Script writing, including professional tuition at an annual playwrights’ camp. The students have established a history of success with Young Playwright’s awards.
There are two co-curricula Drama groups at the College:
- The Stage Crew is an integral part of the production side of Drama and students are trained in all aspects of stage management, lighting, sound design and operation, and in set construction. The Stage Crew run all the Drama productions staged at the College.
- The Comedy Team is a recently established group that produces the bi-annual Major College Production and participates in inter-school Theatre Sports.
Additionally, Year 8 students have the opportunity to take place in a House Play Festival directed by the Year 11 Drama students.
We have achieved a Drama Department of the highest calibre by attracting experienced, innovative and dedicated staff. The teaching staff has qualifications in Theatre Practice, Educational Drama, Professional Acting, Physical Theatre and Film and Television Production.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award
The Duke of Edinburgh Award challenges students aged over 14 years to explore their potential and achieve success. They gain a sense of satisfaction from diverse activities including community service, expeditions, exploration, leisure, hobbies, social interests, recreational and sporting activities. The scheme is highly regarded and award winners are regarded as ‘special achievers’.
St Aloysius’ College Music Department is a leader in the field of student music education with an innovative, active and vibrant programme. Our Ignatian tradition encourages the study of the arts as a means of developing the creative, imaginative and aesthetic sense. In addition to the proven physical, social, and developmental benefits derived by students from music education, participation also fosters an appreciation for various cultural traditions encouraging attributes of tolerance and acceptance.
Instrumental Tuition Programme
Research into how boys learn shows that a thriving music performance programme, which is fed by pervasive instrumental tuition opportunities in a school, leads to the retention of students in the Music Elective and the Senior School HSC Music classroom programme. Students are offered instrumental and vocal tuition and in Years 3 and 4 participate in the mandatory String Programme. The College offers private tuition in virtually every major musical instrument with a professional staff of more than 40 visiting instrumental tutors. An instrumental hire scheme has been established in order to assist parents and students.
Co-curricular ensemble membership and performance
With a large number of students learning instruments or undertaking vocal studies, music performance is a key component in the co-curricular programme and is valued and encouraged. In Co-curricular Music, each student who has reached an appropriate level of instrumental proficiency is offered membership to a range of performance ensembles and performing experiences. These opportunities range from small and informal studio and rock recitals to the experience of massed choirs and orchestras in liturgies; international performance tours; concerts and the bi-annual staging of full-scale College musical productions. Each of the principal performance areas of Choral, Strings, Wind and Brass, and Contemporary Music is under the guidance of a highly experienced specialist director who oversees a well-established, multi-level programme of ensembles. Performance opportunities for these ensembles are offered through a series of Showcase Concerts, regular full-scale concerts, special events and tours which allow students to perform in some of the major recital venues in Australia and overseas.
Music in the Classroom
The instrumental and performance programmes enhance a strong academic music education. We adopt a Year 3 to Year 12 approach in the teaching of music. In the Junior School the foundations of students’ music education are laid through practical ‘hands on’ music, which is heavily based on graded, sequential performance activities. Singing, moving and playing are core activities. A music specialist classroom teacher conducts classes in a dedicated music facility. The Junior Music Programme is reinforced in the Years 7 and 8 Mandatory Course by continuing to provide relevant balanced and broadly based music in small classes of no more than 17 students. In Years 7 to 12 the focus in the Music Programme continues to be practical music making. Experiences are provided in activities such as singing, playing, reading and composition as well as practice in the use of music notation and music technologies using the composition computer laboratory. Aural training, sight singing, music reading and the acquisition of listening skills are taught where possible within the context of the musical material being studied in the classroom and on the concert platform. The end result of this many-faceted programme of instrumental tuition, co-curricular involvement and sound classroom practice in the Junior and Senior Schools are strong elective and senior music classes which maintain healthy numbers and excellent academic results.