Student Life

We believe that the important learning experiences that a school provides happen in and outside of the classroom, and our vibrant and varied leadership opportunities, student activities and co-curricular programs are vital in allowing us to achieve our goals of educating the mind, body and spirit of our students.

Co-Curricular

We learn many of our most profound and lasting lessons in Co-curricular activities, where we can learn life lessons such as how to win with grace and lose with dignity, and where we have opportunities to work productively with others and be part of a team. Each of these events are profound learning opportunities and assist young people to build resilience and shape their characters.

At TSAC we are also committed to providing opportunities for every student to be at their best. For some students, they are at their best in their Co-curricular undertakings – and we encourage, value and celebrate their contributions.

Research strongly supports students being active participants in Co-curricular programs. Through their involvement, they have great opportunities to develop a range of important attributes, many of which link back positively to academic achievement. Teamwork, self-discipline, organisational skills and the development of emotional intelligence and resilience are some of the clear benefits of such involvement.

Whichever sport, club or activity your child chooses or participates in, we are confident that they will receive committed coaching, tuition, encouragement and support which will be rewarding. Our Co-curricular programs are designed to allow casual participation for those that simply want to give something a try, while also giving elite performers the opportunity to pursue excellence.

SPORTS
The College provides sporting opportunities for all students in Secondary School. The College is a member of the Greater Brisbane Conference (GBC) and competes throughout the year against independent schools in a range of sports and carnivals.

The College fosters a philosophy of participation for all, and values the importance of physical activity in a young person’s life. Our co- curricular activities are designed to offer opportunities for skill development, good sportsmanship and team spirit. All students are encouraged to participate in the wide variety of activities offered, which provide options for the casual sportsperson who just wants to take part for fun, and those elite athletes who aspire to excellence or careers in sport.

Students have the opportunity of playing Saturday sport against other GBC Schools that encourages a healthy inter-school competition using a home and away fixture system, with a GBC Grand Final being played at the end of the Term in each of the respective sports.
Advanced teams also have the opportunity to compete in elite external competitions such as the All Schools Touch Championships, Queensland Schools Volleyball Championships, Uhlsport Cup (Soccer) and the ISSA Cup (Soccer).

Fixtures are played after school during the week. Talented athletes also have the opportunity to advance through the Representative Met West School Sport Program.

CREATIVE ARTS
Creative Arts is a vibrant and active department within the College and the wider community. Creative Arts incorporates the disciplines of Music, Drama, Dance, Visual Arts and Media Arts. All staff within these subject areas are highly-qualified and experienced educators who regularly participate in professional development within their respective fields.

There are opportunities for students to be involved in graded string ensembles, guitar ensemble, concert band, choir, rock band, drumline, electro-acoustic ensemble, drama troupe, theatre sports team, dance troupe and art club. Group lessons for instruments in our co-curricular groups are included as part of the tuition fee.

Additionally, private individual tuition is available on a user pays basis for guitar, singing, piano and a wide variety of wind, percussion and string instruments.

The College has an extensive concert program in which all our ensembles are showcased. College ensembles are featured in eisteddfods across the region and in community events. The Creative Arts Faculty produces a biannual, major musical production, with students from Year 4 and above able to audition for parts in the production or be part of the stage crew.

We value the Creative Arts highly at our College. Every day we see firsthand that involvement in the Creative Arts helps students to improve their critical thinking skills, and develop personal attributes including commitment, self-discipline, teamwork and confidence.

CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES
Students are encouraged to participate in clubs, extension and support programs, as well
as academic competitions.

These provide opportunities for enhancing knowledge, skills, friendships and confidence.
Students are usually invited to nominate for activities such as debating, public speaking
and writing events, da Vinci Decathlon and other intellectually stimulating pursuits.

Participation with like-minded friends, as well as the opportunity to forge new relationships, are a key part of these co-curricular activities.
Equally, developing skills and an appreciation of making a commitment to a group and learning are important aspects of being a member of our community.

 

Student Leadership

Student Leadership at The Springfield Anglican College is encouraged and developed at all levels, both formally and informally. All students in Year 9 are considered leaders of Middle School, with a number of students holding formalised leadership roles. These roles are Male and Female College Captain, Sport Captain, Creative Arts Captain, and Service Captain. They are required to lead whole College assemblies and are an integral part of College Committees. Year 9 students who take on these formal roles as leaders have shown that they possess the qualities required of a school leader. These qualities are demonstrated through personal leadership skills, pride in the College, respect for students, staff and the wider community, as well as actively being a good role model and being a representative of other students, it is also pertinent that these students demonstrate a sound work ethic, with respect to academic studies. Leadership is also shown in non-formal roles where Middle School students are encouraged to lead change within the College in Social Justice or Environmental projects.

Outdoor Education

The Springfield Anglican College has a strong commitment to Outdoor Education experiences and integrates camps into the school year. These experiences form part of their powerful learning journey, for it is on camp that students are provided opportunities to be resourceful, take safe risks and work as part of a team. Being outside of their comfort zone in a supportive environment is an excellent way of preparing young people for the challenges  that they will face in life, to develop positive relationships within self, peers, various environments and adventure, and a highly effective way of allowing them to develop the coping mechanisms necessary to overcome the associated challenges. Our developmental and sequential outdoor education experiences have been selected to suit the students’ age and abilities. At all times the emotional and physical safety of the students are paramount, and outdoor education experts and teaching staff provide the safe environment for student experiences. Our commitment to differentiation is also evident in our outdoor education programs, with all students given the opportunity to opt into the level of difficulty that they are comfortable with through our ‘Challenge Through Choice’ option.

Service

As an Anglican School, we are committed to developing young people of compassion, and encourage students to become involved in service activities on a local, national and global scale. Our Director of Student Activities oversees such projects, which form a valuable part of our TSAC education – developing people who are other people centred, caring and giving. Our Chaplain coordinates chapel services for all year levels in conjunction with form teachers, where students learn more about the stories and traditions of the Church and the ways in which Anglicans serve others. First Communion classes are an option for students in Year 7, giving them the opportunity to take part in the Eucharistic tradition of the Church. The Chaplain offers a listening ear for any student who needs it, as well as their families. The Chaplain also provides guidance to the student led Social Justice Group, which aims to apply Anglican values to current social justice, human rights, development and peace issues in Australia and overseas, and to speak out against injustice, the abuse of human rights, poverty and violence, in favour of a more just society.


Teaching and Learning

Our core business is providing students with the pathways and opportunities they need to succeed in their academic studies. As such, our curriculum offerings are broad, relevant and engaging, and our support and extension programs are designed to provide every student with every opportunity to succeed.

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Student Care

We pride ourselves on having a safe and welcoming community, where all people are valued for the person they are and the contribution they make. With our Anglican ethos underpinning all of our behaviours, we aim to educate our students to be compassionate, caring and positive contributors to our community.

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Middle Schooling

The Middle School aims to provide all students with a supportive and encouraging environment, conducive to learning and to personal growth and development. The College offers modern learning technologies and enrichment opportunities to promote a truly holistic approach to student development.

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