As a part of our commitment to a holistic education, each year our staff lead a variety of co-curricular activities for our K-6 students to broaden their experiences which aims to develop the whole child at St Gregory’s College.
When an activity is being introduced by a staff member, this will be communicated to the school community and students will be able to sign up for this club or activity. Some of the activities that the staff run each year are:
- Art Club
- Choir - Junior and Senior
- Mini Marists
- IPSSO Training/Sport 3-6
- Student Representative Council (SRC)
- House Sport
- Lego Club
- Nature Club
- Book Club
- Public Speaking
- Dance Troupe
- Social Skills
Our students also have the opportunity to participate in the Junior School Instrumental Program which is managed by the College Music Department.
St Gregory's Junior School provides every student with the opportunity to participate in sport and to enjoy the benefits of physical activity and team sports.
As an Independent Primary School, the Junior School enters teams into the Independent Primary Schools Sports Organisation (IPSSO) competition each year. This competition takes place against local Independent Schools on a Wednesday in the Macarthur region. The representative pathways for the Junior School students are through Catholic School NSW for Swimming, Cross Country and Athletics.
Student Leadership in the Junior School
In K–6, students are encouraged to become responsible leaders and positive role models, with class leadership roles shared to ensure an inclusive culture.
Our Year 6 students have the opportunity to take on more complex leadership roles. These include Junior School Captains, Marist Missionary Leader or House Captains. All our Year 6 students see themselves as leaders as they take the opportunities provided in the aim to fulfil our College motto; ‘you reap what you sow’.
Our camp program starts from Year 3 where our students really have a lot of fun with their friends, our staff and learn a lot about self-discovery, leadership and independence in doing so.
In Year 3 & 4 our boys and girls spend 2 nights at Point Wolstencroft as they take advantage of the natural beauty of the stunning Lake Macquarie. In Year 5, our students spend time at our Marist Heartland in Mittagong, as they participate in a Leadership and Team Building Camp. In Year 6, our students spend a couple of days in Canberra exploring the Nation’s Capital and all it has to offer our students in regards to learning about their country.
Excursions are a prominent feature of the College Calendar with classes being exposed to both external excursions with their class and also incursions at the Junior School throughout the year.
Our College has two very important transition programs that we run to help our students with incoming change.
The first is our Kindergarten Transition program that starts in Term 3 of the year prior to school. Our incoming Kindergarten students have a series of Transition afternoons with our teachers and their peers prior to a half-day Orientation Day in Term 4. These experiences help with the transition from Pre-School into Primary School and the feedback we have gained from current families is very strong around this. This program aims to ensure that your child is ready for school and relieves potential anxieties about starting school. All Kindergarten students are paired up with a Year 6 buddy to help them transition also.
Our second Transition Program is the preparation of Year 6 students for High School. This program is for both boys and girls as they prepare for the secondary setting. All students will transition with various experiences, lessons, observations and excursions as they prepare for their following year of formal education.