Beyond the imposed academic curriculum there are a whole host of opportunities that fall generally under the banner of Co-curricular and provide for the vast interests of our students. These activities, events, competitions and groups allow students to explore areas in which they have a talent, a passion for or are simply inquisitive about. Therein, lies the opportunity for students to extend their understanding, knowledge and skills and so enrich their learning, social inclusion and sense of belonging whilst growing confidence and abilities that can be applied to all manner of scenarios.
Our Education Outdoors program is an integral part of the Scotch Oakburn curriculum and provides unique opportunities and experiences for all students from Early Learning through to Year 12.
Education Outdoors links the classroom curriculum to the outdoors, and allows students to learn through practical experience, reflection, and discussion. Students are challenged to engage in environmentally-sustainable living practices and to develop key personal and social competencies. The program provides appropriate levels of challenge and complexity for every year level that requires students to be resilient, creative, organised, and resourceful; and it develops the skills required to live harmoniously and sustainably in a dynamic world.
Our stimulating visual arts program begins in the Junior School and develops through the Middle School and Senior School level to provide an enormous range of options for student involvement, through painting, ceramics, photography, print-making and sculpture.
The Senior Visual Art Department features a photographic darkroom, a ceramics area with wheels and kiln, individual studio spaces for TCE students, a small computer lab with laptop trolleys, a photographic studio with backdrops and studio lighting, as well as a full range of artists tools and equipment. It also hosts a smaller version of the College s.p.a.c.e gallery, that showcases student work and houses our Artists in Residence. All with incredibly inspiring views of the Scotch Oakburn Park and the Wetlands.
Our Artist in Residence program provides opportunities for students to learn and be inspired by artists in the community and there are many opportunities to be involved in competitions and community art programs. Scholarships relating to visual arts are also available.
Scotch Oakburn College has a fine reputation for providing learning opportunities in The Arts. From Early Learning to Year 12, our focus is on practical experience.
Students in the Junior School, Middle School and Senior School have the opportunity to participate in drama and musical productions. Students’ interests in acting, production and backstage work are all catered for when putting together College productions, allowing students the practical experience of performing and being involved.
Music plays an indispensable role in College life, with extensive choral, instrumental and ensemble programs, including many opportunities for live performances. In addition to core curriculum Music, students can learn from 25 instruments on campus, and choose to join choirs, ensembles and bands.
We welcome students from all cultural and musical backgrounds to take part and share their musical journey together with us. The Music Program offers an extensive range of opportunities to each student which allows them to participate and develop their potential to the highest order.
Students have many opportunities to perform throughout the year as a member of our many String Orchestras, Concert Bands, Stage Bands and extensive choral program. We also have various chamber and contemporary music groups including: String Quartets, Brass Ensembles, Flute Ensemble and Jazz and Vocal ensembles.
The Music Faculty is an experienced and dedicated team that shares their enthusiasm, passion and expertise with students. You are warmly invited to join us.
Scotch Oakburn College has a proud sporting tradition.
The ´Jewel in the Crown´ of our sporting program, available to Junior School, Middle School and Senior School students, is Scotch Oakburn Park – a spectacular sporting facility, and one of the finest complexes in Tasmania.
With most of our staff involved as coaches in the sporting program, a strong bond develops between staff and students on the sporting field. This carries over into the classroom. In addition, professional coaches are employed to add to the learning experience in the Middle School and Senior School.
Our sporting program, which starts in the Junior School and continues through the College, allows students to develop a higher self esteem and a love of healthy recreation. By participating in sport, students establish lasting friendships and acquire an understanding of the importance of working as a team.
Students are encouraged to choose a sport that they will enjoy. Summer and winter team sports begin in Year 7. Summer sports include rowing, sailing, cricket, equestrian, softball, swimming, basketball, table tennis and tennis. Winter options include hockey, netball, Australian Rules Football, badminton and soccer. Students participate in a summer and winter sport, in addition to the cross country, swimming and athletics carnivals.
A wide range of teams offer opportunities for girls and boys to participate at a level that they will find both challenging and rewarding.
Extension and enrichment practices are naturally incorporated into all academic pathways at Scotch Oakburn College and in particular through integrated learning programs designed to engage young learners both in and out of the classroom; however, in addition, the College has a plethora of opportunities for any students wishing to further explore a field of interest, or be challenged to a deeper level of understanding. The offerings are broad, aimed to meet the special interests of all our students, with particular reference to stimulating academic, intellectual, social and spiritual development. Getting involved in extension and enrichment activities is a wonderful way to extend learning strategies and understanding, grow skills, and build confidence.
The Scotch Oakburn College Extension and Enrichment Program itself works as an adjunct to the Academic and Co-curricular programs and speaks to the College’s Mission ‘to provide an exceptional, holistic education that enables every student to maximize their potential’. The transferable skills and general capabilities that our students develop through participation in these activities greatly reward their efforts across all curriculum, learning and social arenas throughout their education.
With a comprehensive and wide-ranging list of more than 160 options, Extension and Enrichment at Scotch Oakburn includes such opportunities as robotics, performing arts, public speaking, creative writing, leadership, mathematics and science, international service trips, makers group, music, sports competitions and much, much more!