Co-curricular activities allow students to develop into well-rounded and multi-skilled individuals. They provide opportunities for students to try new things and to be challenged in a range of new areas. For example, choir or drama opportunities teach students how to perform in front of others. Co-curricular activities also develop social skills by encouraging students to interact with one another. Research shows that co-curricular activities increase self-esteem in individuals.
Students participating in co-curricular activities gain teamwork skills. The students feel a sense of belonging and unity. Communication skills are enhanced, and students learn how to work well with others, to take turns and be patient. These are the skills students can use in future careers and in relationships with family, friends and co-workers. Teamwork leads to increased self-confidence when students feel supported from peers.
Camps and Excursions
The camp and expedition program at BHC plays an integral role in the development of life-skills for our students. Camps and expeditions are planned to complement the curriculum and to enrich the learning experiences of every child, beyond the classroom. The environment of a camp provides opportunities for personal achievement outside the classroom and encourages behaviours that lead to a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Students are challenged to examine their personal goals, their identities, and their spirituality.
Secondary Outdoor Camps
In 2014, the Years 7-10 students went on a camp to Midginbill Hill. They were able to take on activities such as team building, canoeing, raft-building, horse-riding, archery and learn about sustainability education.
Years 11-12 Avondale Excursion
Biannually, the Years 11-12 have the Avondale Excursion in the Central Coast and Sydney. This is a fantastic trip which gives the students an opportunity to experience university life as well as see the sights of Sydney.
Ski Trip New Zealand
In 2015, the College took students and staff to Queenstown, New Zealand, to ski Coronet Peak. This trip involved 5 days of skiing and 1 day of sight-seeing in Queenstown. In many cases, this was students’ first experience of international travel as well as seeing snow. Please note: the College runs this trip subject to numbers and availability.
Ski Trip New Zealand
In keeping with the Blue Hills College (BHC) philosophy of developing each student's potential in the physical, academic, social and spiritual areas, the College encourages students to be physically active and provides a number of pathways that support involvement in a wide variety of sports.
BHC runs a sports house system. The aim of the house system is to provide students with a sense of pride and belonging and to encourage them to participate and strive for excellence in a wide range of school activities. It also offers opportunities for leadership development.
All students are a member of one of three houses: Irvine (Yellow), Thompson (Red) and Holmes (Blue).
College Sports Days
BHC runs the following sports days each year and every student is encouraged to participate:
Cross country running
Blue Hills College is a school filled with music. Playing music is a whole mind and body learning experience that promotes cognitive, creative and physical development. Blue Hills College (BHC) proudly provides a comprehensive classroom and co-curricular music program. Choirs, musicals, instrumental ensembles, chapel bands and Open Mic Lunchtimes are all excellent opportunities for students to develop their musical talents.
Music in the Classroom
The Secondary music program has a strong focus on literacy development and includes classroom music lessons, singing activities and primary chapel music.
Private music tuition is available to students from in an instrument of their choice. A number of highly skilled music tutors visit BHC throughout the week to tutor during class time, breaks and after school. The cost of this tuition is additional to the school fees. More information on private music tuition is available from the College office.
Blue Hills Musical
The Blue Hills Music and Performing Arts program includes a musical. In August 2014, the first BHC musical called Malice in the Palace was performed. It was a highly creative learning opportunity for students and they were able to develop their musical and dramatic abilities.
Blue Hills Choir
The BHC choir is open to students from Years 7 to 12. Everyone is welcome to join the choir.
Chapel Music Teams
Students may choose to be involved in the music team that provides music for weekly chapel periods. These teams provide music weekly and can include singers, guitar, bass, brass, woodwind, string, percussive and keyboard players.
Open Mic Lunchtimes
A highly popular activity amongst the students is the Open Mic Lunchtimes. Students are able perform a short piece on an instrument or sing a song in front of their peers. It’s an excellent opportunity to build confidence for singing and performing in public.
North Coast Independent Schools Sports Association
Students are provided with the opportunity to participate in representative sport at a number of levels – regional, state and national.
BHC is a member of the North Coast Independent Schools Sports Association (NCISSA).
This association consists of co-educational independent schools that compete in a variety of sports throughout the year in: swimming, cross country, athletics, touch football, soccer, basketball, hockey, netball and tennis. Students have the opportunity to be selected for these representative sports, and recognition of their participation is given in assembly and reports. Students who qualify in these competitions go to Sydney to represent the region in the NSW state competitions. Students also have the opportunity to be nominated to represent the NCISSA in other sports that are not a part of the NCISSA competitions.
Our students have the opportunity to represent BHC in various carnival days against other non-government schools through the NCISSA.
Students may continue on to represent the NCISSA in the NSW Combined Independent Schools (CIS) competitions and then to NSW Combined High Schools either through CIS or through direct nomination, depending on the sport.
BHC students have the opportunity to be involved in the following representative sports: