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.
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.
Combined Schools Musical
Each year students at St Clare’s have the opportunity to audition for the School Musical, hosted either by St Clare’s or St Edmund’s Colleges. Past productions include ‘Annie’, staged in 2011 and ‘Pirates of Penzance’ in 2013. These productions were both nominated for a host of Canberra Area Theatre awards within the youth category including best actor, best actress, best design, and best overall production, with Jordan Read winning best actor for his role in ‘Annie’ and Kaitlin Nihill best actress for her role in ‘Pirates’. This year, St Edmund’s College is hosting the musical with a production of ‘Return to the Forbidden Planet’ to be staged next week from Thursday until Saturday in the Brother Wallace Hall.
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
- 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:
|Cross Country:||ASC Competition|
|Aussie Rules:||Southside Competition|
|Kate Patterson Cup|
|Indoor Cricket:||Southside Competition|
|Dragon Boat:||ACT Competition|
|Rock Climbing:||ACT Competition|
|Rugby Union:||ACT College 7’s|
|Snow Sports:||ACT Schools Nationals|
|Bill Turner Trophy|
|Super 8’s Cricket:||Southside Competition|
|Touch Football:||ACT Competition|
|NSW Regional Competition|
|Triathlon:||Sri Chinmoy Joyathon|
|ACT Schools Competition|
|Schools Nationals – Melbourne|
|Water Polo:||Southside Competition|
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).
- 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: http://www.dukeofed.com.au/ – 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: https://www.onlinerecordbook.org/fo/ and camps costs are in addition to this payment.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org 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