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Cocurricular Program

Debating and Public Speaking

Debating

Students from Years 9 to 12 compete in teams in the Debating Association of Victoria Schools Competition (DAV). During the DAV season students participate in weekly training sessions and prepare for debates with their coaches and team during lunchtimes.

As a prelude to the DAV Competition, Year 8 students have the opportunity to participate in the DAV Junior Secondary Program, which is for students who are new to debating. The program offers a comprehensive and practical introduction to debating as well as three rounds of practice debates.

There are also many informal opportunities for students across all year levels to participate in debating including House debates, and Staff vs Student debates held during SRC Week.

Public Speaking

The art of public speaking is a vital life skill and participation in this cocurricular activity provides students with the confidence to speak out on a range of important political, social and economic issues of our day. Students are invited to compete in a wide range of public speaking events across the state, including our own Antonio de Montesinos Award for Excellence in Public Speaking, which is offered to all students in Years 7 to 12.

Performing Arts

Drama

Throughout the school year, Siena College students can develop their artistic potential by being involved in many performances including the annual College play. Students have the opportunity to unpack scripts, to discover text and to learn how to make meaning from script, to follow stage direction, become a character, improvise and create comedy theatre.

Siena College also works collaboratively with Whitefriars College to present an annual musical production.

Throughout the year, Drama students have the opportunity to assist in the celebration of Religious Events such as Easter Liturgies or College Masses through the dramatisation of readings.

Less choreographed but no less important are the many opportunities for students to participate in the College's patron’s day celebrations. St Catherine’s Day is a special celebration which includes the much loved Fiesta where the four Houses compete through drama productions that they develop, direct, choreograph and perform.

The Performing Arts and Drama Centre is staffed by a team of teachers whose abilities and skills range across all aspects of theatre, performance, design and technical support.

Music

Siena College is well known for its extensive and highly successful cocurricular music program.

Students are encouraged to become involved in the vibrant musical life of the College by participating in one or more of our concert bands, choirs, or string ensembles. Throughout the academic year, these groups perform in College concerts, soirees, ewards evenings, Open Day and Masses.

In addition, the College performs for special events during the year including the Victorian School Music Festival and Generations in Jazz. Music camps together with interstate music tours are offered to extend all music students.

Private Tuition

The College offers tuition from many specialist instrumental staff, who continue to perform regularly in professional bands and orchestras. Private tuition is available across a wide range of instruments including:

Bass GuitarBassoonCello
ClarinetDouble BassEuphonium
FluteFrench HornGuitar
OboePercussion and Drum KitPiano
Saxophone (Alto)Saxophone (Tenor)Trombone
TrumpetTubaViola
ViolinVoice (Contemporary)Voice (Classical)

Sport

Sport at Siena

Sport at Siena College is an integral component of the cocurricular life at the College.

Students at Siena College enjoy the use of excellent sporting facilities, including a large gymnasium with a full sized basketball/netball court, adjoining weights/circuit room and an outdoor multi purpose court. Two large ovals within a short walking distance of the College are also utilised.

The Siena College Sport Program provides students with the opportunity to participate in a wide range of sports. Girls from Years 7 to 12 may choose from a variety of weekly sport competitions, carnivals, tournaments, state and national competitions and skills development programs.

Siena College is a member of Girls Sport Victoria (GSV). GSV is one of the largest independent school sporting associations in Victoria. Students also have the opportunity to participate in certain sports through a variety of College based House competitions and carnivals.

The sports program allows for participation in competitive and elite sporting opportunities.

The guiding principles of our student sporting program are to:

  • Promote the benefits of sport and regular physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle
  • Provide a variety of sporting opportunities that both promote participation and also encourage the pursuit of improvement and excellence
  • Develop the virtues of fair play, sportsmanship, friendship and teamwork through sport
  • Acknowledge the sporting talents of our students and attempt to harness, enhance and celebrate these talents
Available Sports

Sports available to Siena College students are:

  • Aerobics
  • AFL
  • Athletics
  • Athletics Carnival (whole school)
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cricket (Indoor and Outdoor)
  • Cross Country
  • Diving
  • Hockey
  • Netball
  • Snow Sports
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon (GSV only)
  • Volleyball
  • Waterpolo