Co-curricular activities

Co-curricular activities

Co-curricular activities

The Co-curricular Program is designed to introduce students to a variety of challenges, encouraging them to move beyond their sphere of comfort. When this happens, students become open to new experiences and more willing to see things from a different perspective.

The program is divided into compulsory and non-compulsory activities. This ensures that students are exposed to challenges in different contexts, and given the opportunity to extend themselves in their areas of passion.

Camps / Excursions & Incursions

The Grade 5/6 students participate in a camp which is held annually.  The camp is organised in a two year cycle where students attend Canberra one year and Phillip Island the next.  As part of the Canberra Camp, students take part in an educational tour of the national capital and participate in a variety of educational programs and activities focused on civics and citizenship and extend their knowledge on Australian political, government and legal systems.

As part of the Phillip Island Camp, students are involved in a wide range of fun, exciting and a few challenging activities which include bike riding, archery, sand sculpture on the beach, just to name a few.

Excursions and Incursion are organized at least once a term to tie in the inquiry focus for the term.  This experience provides students the opportunity to consolidate their learning through “hands on” experiences.

Careers

Careers Education is an essential part of the curriculum at Ilim College as it imperative that we empower students to make informed decisions about their course and career pathways through provision of information, counselling and transferable skill development programs. The Careers department at Ilim College provides a comprehensive career development program that supports students into careers from Years 7–12 and beyond.

Each individual student is encouraged to be aspirational in their career goals while exploring the self and the world of work. Participation in lifelong learning that supports these career goals is facilitated through Careers Education across the curriculum and via a range of additional programs. The Careers Department works together with the VCE and VCAL Coordinator so that all young people leave school confident that they can manage their careers, make occupational and study decisions, plan career transitions and find career information.

Through the year, the programs offered aimed at improving and extending the quality of the career education programs and promoted career development as a lifelong process.  It is the hope of the college that students are well equipped to make informed career choices.

The Careers Department personnel provide and manage these programs and resources for students in Years 7–12 and their parents, including:

  • Compulsory work experience including database and support
  • Individual subject selection interviews into VCE
  • Preparatory individual interviews for Year 12 students
  • Guest speakers and tertiary course sessions
  • Industry presentations
  • Change-of-subject interviews
  • Careers Expo
  • VTAC application support and assistance
  • Assistance with interstate and overseas applications
  • Parent information evenings – the middle years, VCE and VTAC
  • Resume preparation and mock interviews
  • Events and information advertised through emails, careers website, parent newsletter, daily bulletin for students
  • Individual careers counselling by request
  • Support to parents by email, telephone, interviews, newsletters and information evenings.
  • Regular communication of Career information through School newsletters
  • Establish links with Industry and employers
  • Student assistance with employment opportunities
  • Awareness of OH&S  (Occupational Health & Safety)

Caring for the Environment

The Ilim College Caring for the environment committee aims to educate and empower students in caring for their environment, as well as to improve school infrastructure to make Ilim College more sustainable. This will be achieved through a joint effort with the VCAL in implementing a recycling project, as well as encouraging practices such as use of recycled paper, turning off light switches and printing double-sided. The committee believes in a whole School team approach that aims at engaging both students and teachers in sustainable practices such as the mandatory period 5 caring for the environment duty. During the period 5 duty allocated staff members gather 6 students from a specific classroom and together make an effort in cleaning the school environment. The committee will also address various environmental issues in staff meeting, assemblies as well as Ilim newsletter and Ilim bulletin. This will create awareness in the School community. Moreover the committee also aims at spreading awareness by organizing competitions and events for both students and teachers.

The Ilim college Caring for the environment committee will initiate its sustainable practices by the following activities:

  • Organise interesting competitions such as, poster creation, radio announcements, video creation and poem writing
  • Organise Incursions through the Hume council, in order to educate students about the recycling project
  • Organise guest speakers to spread awareness about the role of climate change on the environment
  • Hold other events throughout the year and encourage student participation in environmental events organised by the wider community, such as Clean Up Australia Day
  • Involve students and teachers in tree planting
  • Participation in the Earth Hour.

Counselling

Ilim College aims to ensure that students receive the best duty of care possible in the school so that learning can occur in a safe, happy and supportive environment.  As part of achieving this goal, Ilim College provides free, professional and confidential counselling services to students who may benefit from them.

Counselling takes place when a counsellor sees a student in a private and confidential setting to explore a difficulty the student is having, distress they may be experiencing, dissatisfaction with life, or loss of a sense of direction and purpose. Depending on the nature of difficulties, the work may be long-term or short-term. It may include conducting tests and completing activities and may involve working with the individual, a group or a family.

The counsellor helps the student to examine in detail the behaviour or situations which are proving troublesome and to find an area where it would be possible to initiate some change. Counselling is a way of enabling choice or change or reducing confusion. Hence, the counsellor helps the student to look at the options open to them within the Islamic boundaries and help them decide the best option.

The counselling department is also involved in both KidsMatter and Mind Matters Committees. The committees’ aim is to establish a whole school approach to social and emotional wellbeing.

The counselling department also runs programs addressing certain issues.  The following are some of the programs and initiatives of the counselling department:

  • Prep transition program (9 weeks)
  • Introduction to counseling (grade 3 to year 12)
  • Anti-bullying week
  • Grade 5 Friendship and Bullying program (8 weeks)
  • Prep playground program
  • Grade 6 transition program (5 weeks)
  • Year 7 transition program (3 weeks)
  • Year 10 ‘wonderful me’ workshop on body image and self-esteem
  • Mental health week
  • Parent workshops

Debating

The Ilim College debating program aims to promote the college through public speaking and involvement in the annual Debaters’ Association of Victoria schools competition. The competitions the college engages in include: The Evatt Trophy (run by the United Nations Youth Association), Plain English Speaking Award (VCAA), the Junior Speaking Award and, as mentioned, the DAV schools competition.

The DAV schools competition is run throughout the year with finals in September. The Plain English Speaking Award is open to two students from years 10-12 and is held in term 2. In term 3 the UNYA holds the Evatt Trophy with four rounds of debates and the DAV holds junior speaking competitions in term 3.

The aim of the program is not only to promote the college through engagement with other schools in the state, but also to enhance the ability of our students to speak in front of their peers and adults. Debating and public speaking also refines students’ English fluency through constant practice. Hearing and seeing students from all over the state speak and debate also enables our students to lift their standard of English. Debating also assist students to develop their reasoning and research skills. The overall benefits of the debating program are countless.

Ilim College has had much success in debating and public speaking. In 2011 our debating team competed in the semi-finals of the DAV competition. In 2012, we were ranked second on the DAV ladder for the Coburg region. One of our debaters has received the best speaker award, also known as the Swannie, and was invited to compete for the state team, managing to get to the top 20 speakers out of over a hundred students in the state who were exclusively invited to compete.

Ilim College will surely maintain its proud tradition in debating and public speaking in years to come.

Enrichment

Homework Club

Here at Ilim College we are very fortunate to offer our students support through ‘Homework Club’. Homework club is conducted two sessions per week commencing straight after school. Our aim and goal is to assist students with their homework, these students generally receive limited support at home due to families coming from Non English Speaking backgrounds or other personal reasons. Teachers at homework club try their best to support students with their homework and current class work the child needs assistance with.

Enrichment Sessions

Enrichment sessions are provided to develop aspects of the student’s development above and beyond the national curriculum for their age level. It allows highly able students to relate learning to new areas and provide higher order thinking skills. It gives the students opportunity for accelerated progress and access to more challenging concepts. A key aspect of Enrichment is to develop qualities in these students which include problem solving, initiative and self direction, creativity and discovery.  Once a week selected Year 6 students are withdrawn from class, where they experience self growth, alongside guided content in a supportive environment. The common grounds for all sessions are enjoyment, challenge, exposure to new knowledge and ideas, ability to think differently and take risks.

iAdvance Club

iAdvance after school tutoring program has been developed in 2012 to assist and support students in Years 7 to 10. The aim of this program is to build students’ confidence, promote academic excellence and improve student performance in Mathematics and English. The program operates twice a week between 4:00 – 5:00 pm. The Mathematic sessions are conducted every Tuesday and English sessions on Thursdays. There is a fee of $5 per session for participants.

The curriculum for the program is developed by the Mathematics and English domain heads which supports the curriculum covered in each year level. Lessons are well prepared to provide support and to cater for individual students.

Islamic Enrichment Committee (IEC)

The Islamic Enrichment Committee will endeavour to enrich Islamic values via extra-curricular activities for our students both during and outside of school hours.  There will be new programs organised for each term.

The Islamic Enrichment Committee endeavours to engage, educate and instil Islamic values to the students. The committee also aims to organise activities outside school hours to create a sense of respect amongst students and teachers. The types of activities that will be undertaken as part of the IEC initiative are bush camps, sleepovers, field trips, Islamic talks and iftar/itikaf in the month of Ramadan.

iEntertainment Club

The success of the lunchtime program at Ilim College has been extended with no doubt providing students the opportunity to find areas of interest and challenge.

The iEntertainment Lunchtime activities include board games, competitive sports, arts, crafts, gardening and much more. Every term we offer different activities upon student requests which are then successfully carried out once a week.

Lunchtime activities are voluntarily supervised by Ilim College teachers and parents. Therefore, as parents you are welcome to join our club to teach specific skills and supervise.

Aims of iEntertainment Lunchtime Activities Club:

  • To build peer relationships
  • To provide participants a sense of belonging
  • Promote organizational skills
  • Encourage team work
  • Provide opportunities to develop new skills and to be a role model
  • Create connectivity to school
  • Parental involvement
  • Teacher involvement

Interschool Sports

Ilim College has entered an Interschool Sports Program as of 2013. This is a regional program run by School Sports Victoria and its purpose is to actively promote school sport for all Victorian school students as a means of supporting schools programs in developing their students’ health and wellbeing. School Sport Victoria does this by:

  • Providing strategic leadership for Victorian School Sport;
  • Providing regular sporting competition that embraces an educational approach in developing students’ appreciation and carriage of respected community values;
  • Advocating recognition for School Sport leadership at all levels;
  • Maximising participation opportunities for all school students in competition that is commensurate with their age and ability; and
  • Promoting school and community partnerships through sport

By being part of this fantastic program we have the opportunity to enter interschool competitions in nineteen core sports, being

  • Australian Football
  • Badminton (Secondary only)
  • Baseball (Secondary only)
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Cross Country
  • Diving (Secondary only)
  • Football (Soccer)
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Lawn Bowls (Secondary only)
  • Netball
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Tee Ball (Primary only)
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

KidsMatter

At Ilim College we have begun implementing KidsMatter Primary which is a mental health and wellbeing framework.  KidsMatter is proven to make a positive difference to the lives of Australian children.

At Ilim College through KidsMatter, we aim to provide methods, tools and support to work with parents, students, health services and the wider community, to nurture happy students.

Personal and Social Development (PSD) Department

Ilim College aspires to enhance the learning experiences and outcomes for all students. In order to achieve this, the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is also catered for under the title ‘Personal and Social Development (PSD)’. PSD is designed to promote important life skills in students as it involves students acquiring and effectively applying the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, setting and achieving positive goals, feeling and showing empathy for others, establishing and maintaining positive relationships, and making responsible decisions.  Therefore, social and emotional skills are critical to being a good student and citizen. Research shows that students with these skills do better in school and in life as SEL is linked to improved attitudes about school, pro-social behaviour, and academic achievement, and reductions in aggression and mental health problems.

Hence, PSD offers a comprehensive SEL program which comprises the following topics:

Year 7

  • Discover yourself: Building self-confidence, recognising strengths and recognizing emotions
  • Conflict resolution: Identifying problems correctly; cooperating, negotiating, and managing conflict non-violently
  • Friendship: Approaching others and building positive relationships
  • Assertiveness: Resisting negative peer pressure

Year 8

  • Bullying: Respecting others and self and appreciating differences,
  • Getting Along: Listening and communicating accurately and clearly and, taking others’ perspectives
  • Anger management: Regulating and managing strong emotions
  • Goal Setting: Setting positive and realistic goals
  • Study Skills: Acquiring tools and strategies to make learning more efficient, organised, and successful

Year 9

  • Mentoring: Providing assistance to those younger, help-giving
  • Time management: Prioritising, problem solving, decision making, and planning
  • Stress Management: Identifying stressors and managing stress effectively
  • Event organisation: Working effectively in groups
  • Helping others: Showing ethical and social responsibility, raising funds for the needy

Students’ Representative Council (SRC)

The Student Representative Council members participate in a range of activities that aim to develop their leadership skills.  The SRC team look at ways in which they can make a difference to our community by assisting in fundraising activities for worthy causes.  Members are encouraged to bring to meetings their own and any student ideas/concerns they have had passed onto them by other students.  The SRC members work in consultation and collaboration as a team towards making the school a better place for everyone.  The process of selecting an SRC member is through a peer voting system.