Co-curricular Program

The Co-curricular Program at Hills Grammar is an integral part of the whole school curriculum. It provides wonderful opportunities for students to further develop their skills and interests across a broad range of activities including:

  • Sport
  • Creative, Spoken and Performing Arts
  • Music
  • Leadership and Service
  • STEM
  • Outdoor Education

These activities take place before school, during lunch and after school with further weekend commitments in some areas.

Co-curricular activities allow students to pursue interests outside the classroom setting with students from other years and sometimes other schools. These activities provide a range of experiences, both competitive and non-competitive, from which our students choose a minimum of one each year.

The Creative, Spoken and Performing Arts is a key component of the Hills Grammar Co-curricular Program. The activities on offer are both engaging and varied in nature. They give students the opportunity to express themselves and focus on their interests in specific areas. Hills Grammar has always been strong in this area and these Co-curricular activities are always very popular with students. Students are strongly encouraged to pursue at least one area within the Creative, Spoken and Performing Arts.

Example of Creative, Spoken and Performing Arts Activities

Art Clubs, Chor’us, Craft Club, Creative Thinking and Problem Solving, Debating and Public Speaking

Drama Ensembles, Robocup Years 5 – 12, Stage Crew (Tech), Take 2 Drama, Theatre Sports, Cake Decorating, Chess Club

Leadership is an important and fundamental facet of every student’s education at Hills Grammar. We believe that every student should graduate with the belief, skills and tools to make a difference to their world. A leader is more than someone with a badge, title or position of authority, but rather a person with the dedication and courage to speak up and take action on issues that affect our community. 

Hills Grammar has a comprehensive Leadership Program that ensures every student has the opportunity to enhance their skills and participate in powerful and meaningful leadership experiences.

Example of Leadership and Service Activities

Amnesty International, Duke of Edinburgh

Sailing - South Passage, SRC Junior, SRC Senior, Year 10 Dinner Committee

Service Learning Team, Volunteer Teams

There are a wide range of co-curricular Music ensembles for instrumentalists and vocalists in all years. At the beginning of each year, new students are placed into an ensemble appropriate for their age and practical level through an informal audition process that may involve a short solo performance and/or interview.

Performance is the ultimate goal for all music co-curricular ensembles. Performance opportunities at formal and informal occasions range from junior lunchtime concerts, performance evenings and music for social events to appearances at the annual Music Showcase and Presentation of Awards.

Example of Music Activities

Intermediate Band, Training Band, Senior Concert Band, Flute Ensembles

Brass Ensemble, Clarinet Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble

Stage Band, Year 7/8 Guitar Ensemble, Senior Guitar Ensemble 

Senior Orchestra, Kindy Violin, Sinfoni Years K - 2

String Ensembles, Campanellas, Melodymakers

Songmakers/Treblemakers, Junior Chamber Choir

Senior Chamber Choir,  Vocal Ensemble, Senior House Choir

All students at Hills Grammar are encouraged to take part in our sporting programs regardless of ability. From Kindergarten to Year 12, students can participate in a variety of activities both individual and team. The range of activities has increased, offering even more recreational and competitive options.

The School is affiliated with a variety of sports associations that allow students to progress through representative levels in sport.

Junior Sport Representation Pathway

Hills Grammar    HICES        CIS        NSW State        National

Senior Sport Representation Pathway

Hills Grammar      HZSA        AICES        CIS        NSW State        National

Example of Sport Activities

Badminton, Basketball, Cheerleading

Outdoor Cricket, Equestrian, European Handball

Fencing, Futsal, Outdoor Football

Netball, Rugby, Tae Kwon Do

Tennis, Touch Football, Weight Training

Outdoor Education is part of the School Co-curricular Program but also complements the aims of the Academic Program and the Wellbeing Program. Students work together to develop skills such as leadership, resilience and inclusiveness;  learn the value of working towards a common goal and the concept of team. All of this is achieved within the context of the school values.

Through the Outdoor Education program, each student learns about their own strengths and weaknesses and how persistence in extending oneself can bring success in the most challenging of situations – be they physical, emotional or social. This resilience (ability to bounce back from setbacks or challenges with confidence) and optimism is vital for any young person as they enter adulthood.

The School’s Outdoor Education Program is set in a variety of environments such as alpine, coastal, inland river, bushland or non-familiar urban. This allows students to develop a sense of adaptability as new environments are explored and adapted. Environmental Education is a key focus of the program.

Example of Outdoor Education Activities

Kindy: Scavenger Hunt and Bush Shelters, Bush Walk and Bush Painting, Beach Games

Year 1: Flora and Fauna, Local Environment

Year 2: Indigenous Education, Sensory Walk and Food Tasting

Year 3: Damper Making, Leadership Development Activities, Orienteering Skills, Initiatives

Year 4: High Ropes, Team Initiatives

Year 5:  Canoeing, Initiative Activities, Abseiling, Orienteering, Billy Kart Building

Year 6: Alpine Rescue, Cave Maze, Shelter Building, Flying Fox

Year 7: Rock Climbing, Sailing, Dragon Boating, Archery

Year 8: River Sledding, Mountain Biking, Canoeing, Hiking

Year 9: Camping, Camp Craft, Cooking

Year 10: Urban Challenge- Scavenger hunt around the City of Sydney.

“If I could choose any time to live, I would want to be a teenager now. The reason I would choose to be a young person today, rather than during some earlier period in history, is that now, more than at any other time, young people will make a spectacular difference.”
—James Martin, The 17 Great Challenges of the Twenty-First Century.”

There is a growing focus on the need to develop skills within the STEM areas to meet the demands of a changing world. Businesses and industry are already experiencing shortages in STEM workers – the workers who know how to tackle the tough problems facing the 21st Century. We need people who can solve problems in areas such as energy, clean water, health and medicine, environmental issues, extreme poverty, and technology risks. The STEM program aims to complement the Academic Program by providing a range of activities to develop skills in STEM areas and opportunities for students to apply these skills to real world projects and problems. In developing knowledge and skills in STEM related disciplines, the program also focuses on problem solving, communication, collaboration and perseverance. Similarly, the development of an appreciation of STEM futures and opportunities is an important objective of the program.

For more information about the Co-curricular Program or any aspect of the school please call the school on 9654 2111.

Co-curricular Program Brochure