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Balgowlah Heights Public School

Balgowlah Heights Public School

Excellence and Opportunity

Telephone02 9948 2225

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

Co- curricular activities

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

Band

The school's band program comprises of four bands open to students in Years 3 to 6:

  • Junior Band
  • Senior Band
  • Concert Band
  • Stage Band

Each of the bands has a Band Conductor, a paid professional who oversees the musical development of the Band.

At the beginning of each year all players undergo an assessment to determine instrument/s for which they are most suited.

Students who wish to participate in band must be prepared to devote out of class time to tutorial lessons for their instrument as well as band rehearsals. The bands rehearse twice a week, either before or after school or during lunchtime.

The bands perform at school events, during assemblies, Education Week performances and the school's performance evening along with a number of community based concerts.

More information about the band is available on the Balgowlah Heights Band website: https://www.bhpsband.com.

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

Chess

Chess club is open to all students in Years 3 to 6. Tuition is provided by Sydney Academy of Chess and there is a fee to cover the cost of coaching. For more information see:

For all enquiries, please contact Sydney Academy of Chess on (02) 9745 1170 or visit their website:  https://sydneyacademyofchess.com.au

Choir

The school has three stage-based choirs:

  • Stage 1 Choir (Years 1 and 2 students)
  • Stage 2 Choir (Years 3 and 4 students)
  • 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 ensemble evening. Students who are members of the Stage 2 and 3 choirs may also be given the opportunity to participate in choral festivals.

Dance ensembles

The school has two dance ensembles:

  • Junior Dance Ensemble for students in Years 3 and 4
  • Senior Dance Ensemble for students in Years 5 and 6

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

Debating

Students in Years 5 to 6 are able to participate in the school's debating program. Students who demonstrate an aptitude and express an interest in debating may also be selected for interschool competitions such as the NSW Premier's Debating Challenge Competition.

For more information see:

https://www.artsunit.nsw.edu.au/speaking-competitions/debating

Drama

The school provides opportunities for interested students to laugh, create, improvise and perform. Performance opportunities vary each year and students are required to audition for parts. Some groups may audition for the Arts Alive Drama festival.

Public speaking

Students in Years 3 to 6 are given the opportunity to participate in school and interschool public speaking programs and represent the school annually in the Bear Pit Speaking Competition and the regional Multicultural Public Speaking Competition.

Recorder ensemble

The school has a recorder ensemble comprising of students from Years 3 to 6. The recorder ensemble rehearses weekly.

String ensemble

The school has two string ensembles. The Beginner Strings comprises of students from Year 1 and the Junior Strings comprises of students from Years 2 to 6. Both ensembles rehearse weekly.

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

Tech club

Students in Year 2 are provided the opportunity to become technology mentors by participating in a lunchtime Tech club. Students learn how to navigate iPad/computer applications and learn simple coding using Bee-bot robots. Students apply the skills learnt in Tech club to support the use of technology in the classroom.