While academic study and the pursuit of excellent examination results are important, the benefits which stem from a broad and balanced education are immeasurable. Supported by our exceptional resources, the program of co-curricular activities is wide and varied.
At St Aloysius we recognise the very important role that social, cultural and physical wellbeing play in the learning, personal growth and development experienced by our students during their six years at the College. Whether for fun, fitness or the thrill of competition, our co-curricular program offers our students lots of choices. At St Aloysius College, students have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of sporting activities, competing in both in-school and external competitions.
Our Drama and Music programs are widely recognised. Students may undertake numerous jobs in the College production, from set design to starring roles. In addition, there are a myriad of social and cultural offerings, with bi-annual trips overseas and international school partnerships with our Partner Schools in Japan and Italy providing our students with a global perspective – literally putting theory into practice. Students who are interested in debating, choir and giving speeches may choose to be a part of our successful team which each year competes in the Frayne Festival against many other Victorian and interstate Mercy Colleges.
Our international connections offer our students wonderful opportunities to learn about and immerse themselves in new cultures and to cultivate life-long friendships. This global connection provides our students with a greater global perspective.
St Aloysius College is proud to have two international partner schools; one in Milan, Italy and the other in Kyoto, Japan.
Our students have the opportunity to take part in several overseas study programs to broaden their knowledge, practise the language and immerse themselves in the culture. In addition to study programs at our sister schools, our students may also travel to the USA to participate in Space Camp visiting NASA.
Participating in the SCSA competition provides the opportunity for our students to join a range of sport teams and to compete against other Catholic Girls’ Schools. We currently offer a wide variety of sports. Please click here for the full range of sports currently on offer.
Every student also participates in our annual College Athletics Carnival & Swimming Carnival competing against fellow students for House points.
In an important step in furthering our commitment to the pursuit of excellence in sport, from Year 7 2022, St Aloysius College becomes a member of the ACS (Association of Coeducational Schools), Melbourne’s premier coeducational sports association.
St Aloysius College offers Rowing to all students from Years 7-12. The aim of the program is to provide an enjoyable, quality and team oriented program that builds self-esteem as well as bonds between crew members. The experienced coaching staff facilitating the rowing program provide a myriad of opportunities for the girls to develop and refine their movement skills specific to rowing, in an environment that fosters both commitment and teamwork. Situated on the Maribyrong River, the students at St Aloysius are fortunate to row out of Footscray Rowing Club, who provide high quality facilities and support to the program.
Alongside the music program at the College runs an Instrumental Music program comprising Individual and Small-Group Lessons with specialist instructors. Lessons in woodwind, brass, piano, percussion, strings and voice are offered to students weekly. Ensembles such as the College Orchestra & Choirs are run alongside these instrumental lessons allowing students to further develop their skills on their instrument in a community setting.
The College offers a rich choral program exposing the girls to range of contemporary, classical and liturgical pieces. A College choir of over 60 students rehearses weekly, as well as, a select small a capella choir. Both choirs are involved in numerous performances and have been involved in such events at as Time to Shine, North Melbourne Spring Fling, Annual Music Concerts, Mercy Masses and more. The choral opportunities at the College allow students to build their musical skills and develop a strong sense of community.
Each year the College showcases the performing talents and theatrical skills of our students in our College musical. Students have the opportunity to sing, dance and act in popular musicals to audiences from local primary schools and family and friends. Students develop skills in performance and stage craft that can be applied to many aspects of their lives as they build confidence and resilience while working collaboratively with fellow students. The College has performed successful musicals such as “Annie”, “Bye, Bye, Birdie”, “Legally Blonde Jnr” and “Hairspray Jnr”.
The aim of all Mercy schools is to be true to Catherine McAuley, the foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, who wanted first and foremost for her schools to live and to teach the Good News revealed in Jesus Christ. Our commitment to Catherine’s vision as a lens through which to embrace the Gospel message inspires our schools to strive for excellence in learning and achieve student success. Read the charter here.