Teaching & Learning

Extra Curricular Activities

OLGC Extra Curricular Program

Our Lady of Good Counsel offers a range of opportunities for learning experiences outside the normal classroom activities. An extracurricular activity is an educationally enriching activity, which will enhance students’ experiences socially, academically, physically, creatively or intellectually. Such activities may be grouped into the following categories:

SpiritualAcademic Sporting 
Social Justice Program
Confirmation retreat day
Sacramental preparation
Mass participation
Altar service
Christian Meditation


Excursions/Incursions
Camps (yrs. 3-6)
Premiers reading challenge
Gateways
Maths Olympiad
ICAS Testing
Maths Camera Action
Chess
Hooptime (Basketball)
Swimming
Cross Country
Athletics
Interschool sport (Summer / Winter)
Representative sport
Runners Club
Yoga
Social/EmotionalThe ArtsLeadership 
Seasons
Better Buddies Program
Transition Program
Bully Prevention
Bully Stoppers
Chaplaincy Program
Peaceful Kids
CASEA Program

Drama
Bands
Choir
Instrumental Lesson
Book week activities
Italian Poetry Competition
Art Show
School Production

School Leaders
Sports Leaders
Social Justice Leaders
Student Representative Council
Sustainability Leaders
Technology Team
Caritas Leadership Day 
Kidsview Conference 

We encourage all students to fully utilise their time at school by engaging in all activities and opportunities on offer. We also inspire students to become actively involved in the school and the wider community. These activities are offered to further enhance our regular school program.

Excursions

We believe that direct experiences bring the learning alive.  At OLGC students regularly participate in excursions or incursions that support the learning in the classroom.  These experiences vary from year to year and term to term depending on the educational focus.

Usually one or two major excursions are planned per year and one minor excursion or visiting speaker is planned for each term.

Camps

Our current camp program is as follows:

Year 5/6: Canberra Tour 
Civics and Citizenship: There is no better way to learn something than to experience it! Students travel to Canberra to immerse themselves in our political democratic system by visiting Parliament House and the Electoral Commission of Australia.

Year 5/6: Adventure Camp  
Personal and Interpersonal development: Students work together to develop their skills and behaviours when connecting with others.  Outdoor, adventure based activities are designed to challenge students to take risks, develop their resilience and independence.
Year 3/4: Adventure Camp 
Personal learning: In the context of a camp students build on their personal strengths by recognising strategies that help them achieve their best.
Year 3-6: St Vincent’s Winter Sleepout  
Raising Social Justice awareness, this school sleepout is held in the School Atrium.


Sport

OLGC have a comprehensive sport program coordinated by the Physical Education teacher. Through our involvement in the School Sport Victoria (SSV) pathway, our 9-12 year olds participate in swimming, cross country and athletics. Teams are selected to compete in district, divisional and regional carnivals with the prospect to compete at state level. 

Year 5 and 6 students participate in interschool sport against our District schools on a Friday afternoon in term 2, where they play football, netball and tee ball. We also participate in Hooptime which is a basketball competition run by Basketball Victoria with our Year 3 to Year 6. 

Our students partake in a variety of sporting clinics, including an AFL football clinic run by the Richmond Football club, a Soccer Clinic run by Melbourne Victory, touch rugby, cricket, basketball, netball and many more. 

The whole school enjoys the House Cross Country and Athletics carnivals. 

In term 4, an Intensive Swimming program is run at the Genazzano pool. Every student swims for 45 mins for five consecutive days, with the emphasis on stroke techniques and survival skills.

Instrumental Music Program  

In addition to providing a full classroom music program within the school curriculum, OLGC offers an Instrumental Music Program that gives all children the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument. A range of instrumental tuition is available at the school: Strings – violin, cello; Woodwind – flute, clarinet, saxophone; Piano; Guitar – modern and classical. Singing lessons are also available as a group or individually. As well as providing children with the chance to learn an instrument, the program encourages children to make music together.