Fostering Growth and Belonging Beyond the Classroom

At St Hilda’s, we believe that education extends far beyond the confines of the traditional classroom. That’s why…

At St Hilda’s, we believe that education extends far beyond the confines of the traditional classroom. That’s why we’re passionate about our cocurricular program which offers a diverse range of activities designed to enrich our students’ experiences, foster personal growth, and cultivate a vibrant community spirit.

From before-school surfing sessions to holiday programs, our outdoor education offerings allow students to connect with nature, build resilience, and develop valuable life skills. These experiences encourage a sense of adventure and provide a welcome break from the rigours of academic study.

Our cocurricular program boasts a rich tapestry of artistic expression, including Dance, Drama, and Music. From school productions to numerous choirs, orchestras, bands, and ensembles, students have ample opportunities to explore their creativity, hone their talents, and showcase their abilities on stage.

With a strong emphasis on participation and sportsmanship, our cocurricular Sport offering enables girls of all abilities to have a go. Whether it be Tennis for our Kindergarten students, running club, morning fitness or participation in the JIGSSA and IGSSA competition, sport encourages healthy minds and bodies, teamwork, and leadership. We’re proud to have one of the highest rates of participation compared to like schools, reflecting our commitment to holistic development.

With over 25 cocurricular clubs and committees in the Junior School and over 40 in the Senior School, there truly is something for everyone. Whether it’s debating, book club, art, mindfulness, Swimming, public speaking, or STEAM activities, to name just a few, students have the opportunity to pursue their passions, explore new interests, and build lasting friendships across a range of year groups.

One of the unique aspects of St Hilda’s cocurricular program is the opportunity for our students to engage in coeducational activities with surrounding boys’ private schools. Including Carve and Create a cooking and woodwork activity, swing dancing and activity days that culminate in coeducational outdoor education opportunities, to name a few. This collaboration not only broadens horizons but also promotes teamwork, communication, and mutual respect.

Cocurricular activities at St Hilda’s extend beyond the four walls of the classroom, providing students with a platform to develop essential life skills, such as communication, collaboration, and critical thinking. Whether it’s before school, during lunchtime, or after school, these activities create a vibrant and inclusive community where girls can thrive and flourish.

The benefits of our cocurricular program are manifold. By engaging in a diverse range of activities, students are provided with the opportunity to broaden their horizons, discover their passions, and forge lifelong friendships with like-minded peers. We’re committed to providing a holistic education that nurtures the whole individual, and our cocurricular program is an integral part of that mission.

Sharne Clayton – Dean of Junior School
Helen Thompson – Dean of School Operations and Cocurricular