Co-Curricular and Extra-Curricular Opportunities

Co-Curricular and Extra-Curricular Opportunities

Students in the College Years begin to understand where their passions lie in regards to out of the classroom activities. Allowing your child to get involved in the Co-Curricular and Extra-Curricular activities at school is a wise choice, and it can be very important in helping them to develop many working skills, people skills, time management and prioritizing skills and more importantly can raise self-esteem. TACAPS offers a wide range of clubs and activities in which the students can take part in. The Co-curricular activities occur in school as part of the educational program whereas the Extra-Curricular activities are areas in which students can become involved in outside of the school programs.

Examples of Co-Curricular opportunities include but not exclusive to:

  • College Leadership Program
  • Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award
  • Swimming representing the students House, TACAPS or Darling Downs
  • Cross Country Running representing the students House, TACAPS or Darling Downs
  • Athletics representing the students House, TACAPS or Darling Downs
  • Inter-House Games
  • Student Representative Council
  • Toowoomba Secondary Schools Sporting Association Competition
  • Year 7 and 8 College Play Showcase

Examples of Extra-Curricular opportunities include:

  • College Years Musical
  • College Years Play
  • Performing Arts Program of Activities (see Arts Opportunities page)
  • Sporting Program of Activities (see Sport Opportunities page)
  • Woodwork Club
  • Art Club
  • Chess
  • Cooking Club
  • Robotics
  • Opti-Minds
  • Debating
  • Rostrum Voice of youth
  • Dancing

With the many activities available to the students it is important that they are not over committed. Our staff work with the students to ensure that they have a well-balanced work load throughout the year.

Arts Opportunities

The Arts are a critically important dimension to TACAPS and are another avenue by which we seek to have all students involved. A joint study by the University of Sydney's Faculty of Education and Social Work and the Australian Council for the Arts has found that engagement in the arts benefits students not just in the classroom, but also in life. It was discovered that students who are involved in the arts have higher school motivation, engagement in class, self-esteem, and life satisfaction.

From painting, pottery and claymations to screenprinting and collage, the visual mediums are pursued at every age level across the School and are showcased at our annual art exhibition, Cloisters. It is a night celebrating and showcasing our student’s artistic qualities. Each year, in Term Three, the theme varies allowing students to shine using differing mediums.

Students have the opportunity to take private Speech and Drama lessons to further develop their confidence in speaking to larger audiences – a skill that is useful in all areas of life.

The performing arts area, Music, has an outstanding reputation at TACAPS. Not only is this noticeable through the successes at the Toowoomba Eisteddfod but also with the very high level of participation by our students. Students can develop their passions for music and performing in the numerous ensembles, bands and choirs that are ably lead by our outstanding teaching staff.

Performing Arts groups include:

  • College Chapel Choir
  • College Performance Choir
  • String, guitar, Brass, Saxophone Ensembles
  • Rock Band
  • Stage Band
  • Rotorua Tour Jazz Ensemble
  • Orchestra
  • Concert Band
  • College Dance Troupe
  • Choreographing, backstage, lighting and sound with the Preparatory Musical

Another area in which the students can perform is that of the theatre. In this regard, the College Years students can take part in the biannual College Musical or College Play. 2016 will see the inaugural College Musical performed.

For more detailed information about the extensive Performing Arts Program please click here for the Performing Arts Handbook