Walford offers a range of Arts and Cultural experiences and activities for students to enjoy outside of the classroom. Students are able to learn new skills, develop their self-confidence and be part of a larger group, growing their interest and engagement in pursuits they can enjoy for the rest of their lives.
Chess Clubcatersforalllevelsofplayers,from the novice to grandmaster. TheChess Club holds weekly practices for girls in Years 3 – 12 who are interested in learning or playing chess.
A coach assists in developing skills, strategy and enjoyment of the game. Students then have the option ofparticipatingintheinter-schoolchess competition. Chess develops critical thinking, problem solving and decision making.
da Vinci Decathlon
The da Vinci Decathlon is an academic competition taking place annually,designed to challenge and stimulatethemindsofschool students. Students compete in teams of eight across 10 disciplines including: Mathematics, English, Science, Code breaking, Engineering,Ideation,CreativeProducers, Art and Poetry, Cartography and General Knowledge. The da Vinci Decathlon is open to Middle School students.
Debatingallowsstudentstobuildcriticalthinkingskillsinapositive and supported environment. Our debaters compete against other schools, and work with a coach to help improve their debating abilities.Debating season runs in Term 2 and 3, with students meeting once a week topractiseandprepareduringthis time.
Environmental Club with Humanitarian Objectives (ECHO)
ECHO aims to create a more environmentally conscious and socially aware school community through activities and projects.
Meetings are held fortnightly throughout the year. Students discuss current affairs, plan activities, and organise fundraising activities, all with the aim of growing advocacy and agency around environmental and humanitarian causes.
Junior School Culture Club
The Junior School Culture Club aims to identify the diverse cultures within our school and create opportunities for students to celebrate their background and beliefs in a fun and informative environment.
Celebrations include dancing, sharing languages and stories, cooking and exploring art in various cultures. Culture Club members develop a sense of pride in the multicultural and diverse aspects of our school community.
Mock Trials and Mooting
Students are given an opportunity toargue a fictional case against an opposing school team. This requires review ofcase materials, preparation of addressesand witness statement analysis. Casesare heard in front of a judge and pointsawardedforhoweffectivelythestudents address the case. Both mock trials and mooting give girls an opportunitytocollaborativelysolveproblems and build confidence. Students are guided and receive feedback from practitioners, whichhelpsdevelopskillsfortheirfuture.
Reconciliation Action Plan Committee
Walford’s Reconciliation Action Plan Committee is comprised of students and staff across three sub-schools who meet regularly during the year to plan events and activities that support the School’s Reconciliation Action Plan. The Committee’s vision is to grow our understanding of and respect for our nation’s first people to empower our community to embrace and contribute to a reconciled Australia. The Committee reviews and implements a reconciliation plan, participates in National Reconciliation and NAIDOC Week as well as initiates whole school assemblies and learning activities in support of reconciliation. We are grateful to be supported by Kaurna leaders in the community who help us with our learning and action.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award presents young people with a range of voluntary activities that encourage personal discovery and growth, self-reliance, perseverance, responsibility to oneself and service to the community.
It is a unique self-development program that helps to foster leadership, confidence, teamwork, communication, motivation and independence. Students can gain SACE points for their involvement in the Award and it is a valuable addition to a young person’s repertoire of capabilities.
Tournament of Minds (TOM)
Tournament of Minds (TOM) is a creative problem-solving competition offered to students in Years 5 – 10. Mixed year level teams compete in one of four categories – Engineering Mathematics, Social Sciences, Language Literature or Applied Technology.
The competition is judged on two components; a spontaneous problem and a six-week challenge. During tournament training students are presented with problems they collaboratively solve and present in the space of a few minutes.
The six-week challenge is released in early Term 3 and students are expected to attend at least one after school session per week as determined by the team and the staff facilitator.
The Gymnastics Club is a popular activity available to all Junior School students. Running in the Walford Sports Centre every Friday after school during Terms 1, 2 and 3, students improve their fitness and develop recreational gymnastics skills in a fun and supportive environment.
Participants in the Art Club undertake a range of group and individual activities determined by the students. Art Club provides the opportunity to work on new and different projects distinct from those being undertaken in class. The content each term is discussed and negotiated with students and covers a wide range of media.
Book Club caters for those with a passion for reading, with club activities being varied. Once each term, following a presentation of newly released titles, club members choose a shared title to be discussed. Club members are also involved in displaying recommended books in theschoollibrary,andongoingbrainstorming of new ways to share a love of reading with the Walford community.
Coding and Robotics Club
Coding and Robotics Club is offered to students in the Junior School. Meeting each week, students havetheopportunitytolearnthebasicsofcodingand expand their social, intellectual and problem-solvingskillsthroughproject-basededucation. Year 5 students participate inRoboCup Junior, which encourages young people to take an interest in scientific andtechnologicalfields,tocultivatetheir interest through robotic competitions and to learnthroughhands-oncreation.
International Connect improves the International student experience through a positive and proactive, strength-based approach. The club promotes a sense of belonging and connectedness and involves international students in decisions about their wellbeing.
Students participate in mindfulness, resilience training and time management, training in a safe and supportive environment. It aims to develop bridges with the community and broaden the girls’ knowledge about our Australian context. It is open to all International students in Years 6 – 12.
International Mindedness Club
The International Mindedness Club aims to promote a sense of being connected globally and to allow girls to assume a sense of responsibility for our global society. It is through educational experiences that girls can develop a sense of international-mindedness, which gives them competencies to exercise influence on problems facing the world. There is a focus on global events, special days of note and celebration of cultures. It is open to all girls in Years 6 – 12.
Junior School Science Club
During Term 2 and Term 3 students inYear3and 4 have the opportunity to engage in fun and challenging science activities. These range from viewing specimens under the microscope, preparing samples and hypothesising, all of which are based around the biological sciences. There are opportunities for student-driven projects and interests to be explored.
Rostrum Voice of Youth
Rostrum has organised the Voice of Youth speaking competition since 1975 to contribute to the welfare and personal growth of Australian youth. Public speaking provides the opportunity to gain experience and confidence in expressing views and communicating a message. Students compete in other public speaking platforms when the opportunity arises, such as Lions Youth of the Year, Plain English Speaking Awards and My First Speech.
Science Club is held weekly. Middle School girls are able to choose from a wide selection of experiments and then undertake them. Equipment and materials are supplied and assistance is plentiful. Science Club allows students to performthe required number of experiments to achieve the SPECTRA award that is offered through the Science Teachers’ Association helping them become more proficient in the use oflaboratory equipment, problem solving and in self-directed processes.
The Walford STEM Club offers Year 6 – 12students the chance to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematical concepts in an engaging way. Students meet once a week and have the opportunity to participate in a large variety of projects including buildingelectroniccircuits,roboticsandlearning computer programming. Project focus is generally student-driven, and students negotiate which activities and learning experiences they would like toexplorefurther.
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