Balgowlah Heights Public School

Excellence and Opportunity

Telephone02 9948 2225

Emailbalgowlaht-p.school@det.nsw.edu.au

Extra curricular activities

Students at Balgowlah Heights Public School have access to a wide variety of extra-curricular activities.

Band

The school's band program provides children with the opportunity to develop musically and be part of a team.  Band rehearsals, the excitement of competitions and the pleasure of performing as a team all contribute to a rich learning experience. Go to the school band page for more information.

The school has four bands.

  • Junior Band - novice players
  • Senior Band - developing players
  • Concert Band - the most accomplished players
  • Stage Band - invitation only

Each band has its own conductor and rehearses twice a week. Students are also required to attend a private music lesson on their instrument, and to practice regularly at home. 

Students from Year 3 upwards, can join the Band program. In Term 4 students  in Year 2 are given an Ear Test and are given an opporutnity to play each of the instruments. A Band Information Evening also held for parents with instrument choices finalised by the end of Term 4, allowing the new Junior Band to start the following February.

Students who already play an instrument are welcome to join band. At the beginning of each year students are assessed to determine which band they are best suited for. 

The bands perform regularly during the year at assemblies, a mid and end of year Performance Night, Band Competitions and school functions.

For further  information about the school's band program contact the Band Administrator at bhpsconcertband@optusnet.com.au 

Chess

Chess is the world's most loved board game. Learning and playing chess helps children develop their logical thinking and problem solving skills, improves their concentration and focus, while also being a great source of enjoyment! Activities include group lessons on a demonstration chess board or interactive whiteboard, puzzle solving and fun practice games, with personal feedback from the coach.

The school's Chess Club is open to all students in Years 3 to 6.

Students are required to pay a fee to cover the cost of coaching. If your child is interested in taking part, please pick up an enrolment form from the school office, or you can email enrolment@sydneyacademyofchess.com.au for a copy. For all enquiries, please contact Sydney Academy of Chess on (02) 9745 1170.

Choir

The school has three choirs. The stage 1 Choir is comprised of students from Years 1 and 2, the stage 2 Choir, Years 3 and 4 students and the stage 3 Choir, Years 5 and 6 students. The choirs are not audition based and students who enjoy the experience of choral singing are encouraged to join.

Students who are a member of a choir are required to attend weekly rehearsals and perform throughout the year at a number of school functions including assemblies, Education Week Performances and the school's performance evening. Students who are members of the Stage 2 and Stage 3 choirs may also be given the opportunity to participate in choral festivals.

Dance

The school has two dance ensembles. The Junior Dance Ensemble for students in Years 3 and 4 and the Senior Dance Ensemble for students in Years 5 and 6.

Annual auditions are conducted for places in both ensemble programs. Through the year the ensembles perform at school programs, community events and the Arts Alive Sydney North Dance Festival.

Students are required to pay a participation fee and attend weekly rehearsals.

Debating

Students in Years 3 to 6 are able to participate in the school's debating program. Students who demonstrate an aptitude and express and interest in debating may also be selected for interschool competitions such as the NSW Premier's Debating Challenge competition.

Drama

The school's drama ensemble provides an opportunity for interested students to laugh, create, improvise and perform. Performance opportunities vary each year and students are required to audition for parts.

Public speaking

Students are given the opportunity to participate in in-school and interschool public speaking programs and represent the school annually in the regional multicultural Public Speaking Competition.

Robotics

The school's robotics program brings together science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Interested students build robots and use software to plan, test and modify sequences of instructions from a variety of real life robotic behaviours. They gather and analyse data from sensors using data logging functionalities such as graph view.

String ensemble

Students in Year 1 are invited to join a string ensemble. Ensembles rehearse once a week and are given performance opportunities throughout the year.

If you would like more information on joining the string program please send an e-mail to bhpsstrings@gmail.com.