See below for a summary of some of the extra-curricular activities & clubs at our school. If what you're interested in isn't on the list just ask the staff as there's plenty more at Strathfield Girls HS!
The Badminton Club:
The Badminton club is a student run organisation who aim to improve the well being for SGHS-er's by teaching them how to play badminton, with the assistance of the lovely Mr Ingrati.
The Badminton club often successfully participates in regional competitions.
An initiative developed by the 2012 prefect body, created to provide a wide variety of breakfast options for students who aren't able to or don't eat breakfast before school, ensuring full stomachs and stimulated brains for learning
Chess has continued to grow at SGHS assisting concentration, memory and visualisation training. It is part of the school curriculum in 16 countries in the world, and SGHS and English have funded new digital clocks, allowing attendees to practise making their moves in a timely way and under competition timing. The girls benefited from a visit from the local Burwood chess club in 2015, presented by Bevan Cloustan, and some of the girls are now playing outside of school, which is a hopeful sign for the future of chess at SGHS.
Every year SGHS provides students with the opportunity to partake in the NSW Premier's Debating Challenge for stages 4, 5 and 6. In 2016 our Stage 5 team was lucky enough to go through the quarter finals where they did our school proud. Having the ability to debate gives students the opportunity to build confidence, think critically about world issues, develop their vocabulary, think on their feet as well as providing an opportunity for them to network with other schools.
Duke of Edinburgh
The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award is a non-competitive, self-interest program for students that provide an opportunity for skill development, community service and adventure based activities of a practical nature. Achievement in The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award, especially the Silver and Gold Awards, has been recognised by many tertiary institutes and employers across the globe. There are three Award Levels for participants to achieve; Bronze, Silver and Gold with the requirements of each level becoming progressively more demanding. Progressing through these levels provide opportunities for students to achieve goals at a level appropriate to their needs and aspirations.
The International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) is independently developed by the University of New South Wales to assess and report on students' skills in English, Spelling and Writing. The aim of these competitions is to not only extend Gifted and Talented students, for whom this competition is mandatory, but to also provide other students with the opportunity to challenge them. The competitions also provide detailed data on individual student ability.
Film club is a chance for students to experience a variety of films which challenge, unite, educate, amaze and inspire, in a safe, happy and structured setting. Students get to watch, discuss and review different types of films with fellow students who all share the same passion – a love for the cinema. Students also get the opportunity to make their own films and learn to use state of the art camera and audio equipment. This is a fantastic introduction to film for students, assisting in their literacy, critical thinking and filmmaking skills.
Interacters are involved in various initiatives, most notably the World's Greatest Shave for the Leukaemia Foundation, Jelly Baby Week for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Legacy Day for Legacy Australia. Additionally, students are involved in the 40hr famine and raising school awareness for the Safe Schools Coalition. Interact students meet each Wednesday to discuss upcoming events and initiatives involving Rotary Strathfield.
Junior Drama Club
Junior drama club offers students the opportunity to extend their knowledge of the theatre through practical activities that build their knowledge, skills and confidence to perform in front of an audience. The club which is open to stage 4 students enables them to socialise with peers, outside of their class, and is a great introduction to the elective in year 9 and 10. Meetings are held weekly after school on a Monday.
Literature Extension Program
The Literature Extension Program is comprised of student volunteers who work towards improving teamwork and communication skills as well as promoting the enjoyment of reading within the school. Students meet weekly from term 1 until the end of term 3 to discuss how to promote reading, negotiating the judging criteria to assess the books, and to plan fundraising events to raise money for the books. The program maintains strong links with local businesses and organisations such as Dymocks books, Burwood and the Rotary Club of Strathfield. The program culminates with a whole school assembly during which participants display their evaluation and public speaking skills.
Premiers Reading Challenge
The Premier's Reading Challenge is held annually and here at Strathfield Girls High School, the English Faculty with assistance from the Library work to promote student participation and completion of this challenge. The aim of the program is to promote a love of reading and is available to students from years 7 through to 9. This year, 2016, our year 7 cohort had an 80% completion rate (an approx. 15% increase from 2015), our year 8 cohort had a 60% completion rate (an approx. 10% increase from 2015), while the year 9 students eligible for the challenge managed a 55% completion rate (an approx. 40% increase from 2015).
The in-school English Speakers Cup competition enables teachers to identify the best speakers for entry into two external public speaking competitions – The Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award (Stage 4 or 5) and the Plain English Speaking Award (Stage 5 or 6) organized by the Arts unit of the NSW Department of Education. The ability to speak confidently and eloquently is a highly sort after skill in many professions. In 2016, three speakers made it to the Sydney south-west semi-finals.
Every year, Theatresports club is run after school for students who are interested in developing their improvisation skills. Two teams from the elective drama classes are selected to participate in the Impro Australia Theatresports Schools
Competition during term two and the junior teams compete later in the year in November. The groups train one afternoon a week in the performance space and run through the improvisation activities and scene structures to familiarise themselves with the games and activities.