Extra-curricular activities

NSW government schools offer a range of extracurricular opportunities in and out of school, including competitive sports, school performances, music groups and clubs, debating and public speaking. These activities are a great way for students to practice their English and make new friends. Examples of extra-curricular activities for students including:

  • Music bands
  • Orchestras
  • Music ensembles
  • Choirs
  • School theatre/musical performances
  • Debating
  • Mock trials
  • A range of competitive and non-competitive sports
  • Fundraising
  • Community work through external organisations that have links with schools.
Music bands and ensembles

Case Studies of International students

Name: Mahime Watanabe
From: Japan
School name: Rose Bay Secondary College

Mahime participated in a wide variety of extracurricular activities at school and in the community. She organised charity and fundraising events for BeyondBlue and World Vision and served as a volunteer at Bondi Toy Library Messy Day, and Sydney Children's Hospital. As the school’s Environment Captain, she was the driver of successful litter reduction and recycling campaigns.

The extra-curricular activities in which Mahime participated at school include:

  • dance and musical rehearsals
  • debating
  • public speaking
  • volleyball
  • table tennis
  • mock trial practice
  • NSW Band Festival
  • Environment captain
  • House captain.

“Extra-curricular activities have allowed me to discover my passions and develop skills” – Mahime Watanabe

Name: Trung Hau (Henry) Tran
From: Vietnam
School name: Canley Vale High School

Henry was actively involved in fundraising and volunteering at school and in the community, including Butterfly Badge Week for Deaf Awareness, Kindness Week for mental health awareness, White Ribbon initiatives for domestic violence, and the World's Greatest Shave for the Leukaemia Foundation. He developed and implemented  data collection processes that focus on analysing and improving international student satisfaction across the school. Henry represented his peers on the Student Representative Council and successfully promoted the involvement of international students in leadership and extracurricular activities.