Co-curricular Activities

St Clare’s College offers a wide range of activities in sport, the arts, community and academic areas. Students are encouraged to participate in these pursuits to complement their academic studies and to assist them to develop life-long interests and skills. These activities are organised by both staff and volunteers and details about them are made available to students at the beginning of each school year.

Performing ArtsInter-School SportWeekend SportDuke of Edinburgh’s International Award Program

Private Music Tutor’s Scheme

St Clare’s College offers private music tuition for a range of instruments including piano, clarinet, violin, flute, guitar and voice. Lessons take place during the school day at a scheduled time, once a week.  As St Clare’s is committed to establishing a culture of performance students involved in the Music program showcase their developing skills in regular concerts. Our tutors are experienced and professional and specialise in a diverse range of styles including contemporary, classical and musical theatre.

The Chamber Ensemble

The Chamber Ensemble was formed by Mr David Chaston to provide St Clare’s students with opportunities to showcase and extend their musical talent. Comprised of flutists, cellists and violinists from across a range of age groups, the Chamber Ensemble rehearses once a week and performs at a range of events and activities such as Information and Open Evenings. This year the Chamber Ensemble performed at the graduation ceremony for the Australian Catholic University and at the awards dinner for the Catholic Education Commission.

Combined College’s Band

Students at St Clare’s have opportunities to participate in the combined St Edmund’s and St Clare’s Band Program. The band is conducted by St Edmund’s Director of Music, Mr Greg Stenning –  a professional musician in his own right who regularly performs with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra. The program includes a range of different ensembles including the Combined Schools Band and the Jazz Band. Involvement in the Band Program provides students with opportunities to extend their skills in collaboration with students from St Edmund’s College. Students within the band participate in a range of excursions and performances such as official openings, graduation ceremonies and events within the wider community. Members of the band also participate in a leadership program with St Patrick’s College, Launceston, play for the school musicals and attend an annual camp at Tuross Heads.

Theatre Productions

Each year students from St Clare’s have the opportunity to perform in a wide range of theatrical productions, festivals and competitions. 2018 will see the inaugural Middle School Play take place. The Middle School Plays will be open to all students in Years 7, 8 and 9 who wish to perform on stage for a public audience or for those who wish to work on the production in the Technical Theatre/Backstage crew. The Middle School Production this year will take place on the 8th and 9th November in the school Hall. With Ms Johnson, the students and staff will be producing an original play, specially written for the students, entitled Falling.
This year students auditioned for the St Edmund’s and Marist musicals and have enjoyed being involved in these productions. St Clare’s College will occasionally also produce musicals and other variety shows. In 2017 St.Clare’s produced and performed the original musical, Unrequited, with music written by ARIA award-winning Sally Whitwell and author Emma Grey.
Senior Drama students also provide audiences a variety of theatrical performances such as The Comedy Evening, Short Plays, An Evening of Shakespeare and next semester, a short Australian play. These productions are part of the curriculum and add great colour and interest to our Performing Arts calendar at St. Clare’s.
In the future, plays and other productions are planned and we aim to select plays and projects that will extend and develop both our acting and technical theatre students.
Next year students will have the opportunity to participate in the Come Alive Festival and the Student Fringe Festival – Acting Up at the Canberra Theatre.

The Chorale

St Clare’s College has a long standing and proud commitment to the Chorale Program. The Chorale has built a reputation for excellence throughout the ACT and surrounding regions. Each year members of the Chorale participate in a range of Eisteddfods and events including interstate and overseas tours and performances. Selection into the Chorale is by audition only.  This year the chorale is being conducted by Mrs Kimberley Steele. Kimberley has extensive experience as a professional conductor and musician and is currently lecturing in music education at the Australian Catholic University.

For more information about any of the events or activities within Performing Arts please contact the Performing Arts Coordinator,

Ms Vanessa Johnson

6260 9449



St Clare’s College participates in a large range of sports through the Inter-school Sporting Program. This creates many opportunities for St Clare’s students to participate in inter-school sporting competitions. Our teams represent the College in the following competitions:

  • ASC Competition (Associated Southern Colleges)
  • Southside Competition (Schools in Southern Canberra)
  • ACTSSSA Competition (All schools in ACT)
  • For more information about Inter-School Sports Competition in the ACT and the ACTSSSA please visit the School Sport ACT website.

Teaching staff from the College are responsible for coaching the teams. Team selections are based on trials held at school either at lunchtime or after school. All students are expected to attend scheduled training sessions.

If any parents would like to be involved in a coaching, scoring or refereeing capacity, or you would like more information about the Inter-school Sports program, please contact the Sports Coordinator, Mr David Garrity:

Phone:  02 6260 9457


St Clare’s College participates in the following specific competitions:

Athletics: ASC Competition
ACT Competition
Cross Country: ASC Competition
ACT Competition
Swimming: ASC Competition
ACT Competition
Aussie Rules: Southside Competition
ACT Competition
Basketball: ASC Competition
Kate Patterson Cup
Indoor Cricket: Southside Competition
ACT Competition
Dragon Boat: ACT Competition
Hockey: ASC Competition
Netball: ASC Competition
  Southside Competition
  ACT Competition
Weekend Netball:

South Canberra Netball Winter Competition

Rock Climbing: ACT Competition
Rowing: ISRA Regatta
Rugby Union: ACT College 7’s
Snow Sports: ACT Schools Nationals
Soccer: Southside Competition
ACT Competition
Bill Turner Trophy
Softball: Southside Competition
ACT Competition
Super 8’s Cricket: Southside Competition
ACT Competition
Tennis: ACT Competition
Touch Football: ACT Competition
NSW Regional Competition
Triathlon: Sri Chinmoy Joyathon
ACT Schools Competition
Volleyball: Southside Competition
ACT Competitions
Schools Nationals – Melbourne
Water Polo: Southside Competition
ACT Competition
In addition to the many sporting opportunities students have within the curriculum, through Weekend Sport they can become involved in a range of different sporting activities. Weekend sport is managed by parents and staff. Each sport has a designated coordinator who organises the teams, registrations and uniforms. Parent support is a necessity to enable continued participation in each of the sporting competitions.

Students are informed via the Daily Notices (which are read out each morning in Pastoral Care Groups), on the electric noticeboards or over the PA system, about meetings and the collection of registration forms. These forms and all related information may be collected from the canteen.

For general information on a particular weekend sport see below.


St Clare’s College has had a long tradition of playing netball. Games are played at South Canberra (Deakin) on Saturdays. The coaches, umpires and managers of the teams are parents, friends, senior students and ex-students of the college. Training is held either at school or at Deakin the courts. Registrations are conducted in February and the season concludes in September.


Students regularly train and compete with Capital Lakes Rowing Club which is based at Kingston and St Clare’s is always represented at school regattas both in the ACT and NSW. For more information on rowing competitions in the ACT see the ACT Rowing Association website.


Registration is at the end of August. For more information on softball, see ACT Softball website.

Softball is a summer sport and the competition runs from October through to March. The ACT Softball Championships now take place in February/March and Woden Valley Softball Association enters teams in this event. St Clare’s College has been well represented in the WVSA teams in both the Under 14 and Under 16 divisions and also has ACT representatives amongst its ranks.


Information can be obtained from Patrick Elliott in the College PE department. St Clare’s College competes in all ACT School Cup tournaments and various school competitions after school during the week. Training is held after school at St Clare’s.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Program

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Program is a youth development scheme where youth aged between 14-25 engage in 4 main components (and the Residential Project at Gold).

  • Service
  • Skill
  • Physical Recreation
  • Adventurous Journey

It is highly valued by employers and higher education establishments and is internationally recognised. Participants design their own program and set their own goals with assessors to help mentor them. Participants demonstrate commitment over time towards personal progression, making connections with their community and a positive impact.

You can read about the award program generally here: – Duke of Edinburgh International Award Site.

At St Clare’s participants meet at lunchtimes once every two weeks for training to prepare for the Adventurous Journey and to aid in monitoring participants progress. The Bronze Adventurous Journey usually is focused on hiking and camping, and the Silver, Kayaking. Gold Adventurous Journeys are arranged depending on student numbers.

If you are interested in signing up it is $185 to register through the Duke of Edinburgh International Award Website: and camps costs are in addition to this payment.

Please contact for a copy of the scheduled sessions.


Bronze Award 14 Years Old + (13 Year old and in Year 9 will be able to complete Bronze Award also)

Physical Recreation: minimum 3 months*
Skills: minimum 3 months*
Service: minimum 3 months*
Adventurous Journey: 2 days + 1 night

*Plus an extra 3 month in one of these sections

Silver Award 15 Years Old +

Physical Recreation: minimum 6 months*
Skills: minimum 6 months*
Service: minimum 6 months*
Adventurous Journey: 3 days + 2 nights

*Plus extra 6 months if you have not achieved your Bronze Award

Gold Award – 16 Years Old +

Physical Recreation: minimum 12 months*
Skills: minimum 12 months*
Service: minimum 12 months*
Adventurous Journey: 4 days + 3 nights
Residential Project: 5 days + 4 nights

*Plus extra 6 months if you have not achieved your Silver Award