McAuley College values the place of an extensive co-curricular program. The College encourages each student to be involved in some aspect of school or community life. Research clearly shows that this level of involvement promotes within our young people a sense of belonging, which in turn develops within our young men and women the trait of resilience.
Included below are the beginnings of our Co-curricular Program across the cultural, sporting and social justice areas. These opportunities are ways of promoting engagement; as well as enriching a student's learning and personal development. Cultural OpportunitiesThe College provides an Instrumental program. Students are offered the opportunity to attend tuition classes during the school day with a specialist instrumental teacher. It is a user pay system where students come out of class on a schedule to work with the instrumental teacher. The College currently offers lessons in Voice, Piano, Guitar and Strings.
To complement our Instrumental program, the College offers a number of ensemble groups, including the College Choir, Guitar Ensemble and a Strings Ensemble. Each semester we enjoy a showcase of the work learnt in the Instrumental Program and ensemble groups at our Soiree Afternoon. In addition to this, every opportunity is given for students to learn from performance opportunities.
The College has a number of clubs to allow students to engage based on their interests, including a STREAM Club, Art Club, Chess Club and Modern Inkers Writing group. Our students also enjoy the Premier's Reading Challenge, with teams always completing in the Reader's Cup each year. Sporting VenturesStudents can participate in extra curricula Sports activities such as a weekly Running Club and Swimming Club (offered in Terms 1 and 4). The College also participates in the Bridge to Brisbane and Gold Coast Marathon, to name a few.
The College is a part of the South East Colleges Association (SECA) Sport and competes in the SECA Sport competitions for the three major interschool carnivals including Cross Country, Swimming and Athletics. In addition, the College participates in the Interschool Sports competition conducted by SECA Sport in Term Two and Term Three held each Thursday afternoon.
McAuley College is also a member of Pacific District Sport, and through this association students, who excel, can elect to trial for Zone, Regional, State and National teams, depending on the Sport. The College looks for opportunities to nominate in a number of state-wide competitions, with our first team competing this year in the Vicki Wilson Netball Shield. Service and Social Justice GroupsThe College provides many opportunities for students to participate in groups that support the Mercy traditions of Service, Justice and Hospitality. Examples of these activities include:
Each House organises a celebration day, which includes a service focus. In the past few years, this has included work around Birthing Kits in partnerships with Zonta Club of Beaudesert Area, Bullying No Way day, Mater Mother's Care Cushions, One Million Stars against Domestic Violence and postcards for people in hospital, to name a few.
The College provides students with the opportunity to engage in PC conversations with the College Principal providing a voice for student concerns, ideas and opinions. They have as their focus the intention of creating a better school environment and a collective understanding that we are all responsible for improving our College and seeking change through our actions.