Extra Curricula

GIPS offers a variety of extra curricula programs which provide our students with unique learning and development opportunities in addition to their core curriculum.
 
Three Enrichment Programs are organised each semester for small groups of students with an interest or passion in a specific area. Students are selected so they work with like-minded peers. These programs are presented by our teachers and offer opportunities beyond the regular curriculum during a session each week.
 
The Inspiration Program is a program developed by the Assistant Principals from Glen Iris, Ashburton and Solway Primaries. Six students from each school are chosen to attend a half or one-day activity together each term. There are between three and six programs offered each term. For example, in term 2 some year 1 and year 2 students participated in a Bucket Band program. Students learnt drumbeats on buckets and then performed for parents. In term 3 we offered STEM activities including robotics and mathematical origami. In term 4 we will had a performing arts focus including Bollywood Dancing and Carnival of the Animals Art. There is no cost for this program.
 
External providers also cater for students with other interests. Michele Freeland-Small manages the GATEWAYS program that is heavily subscribed and parents need to book quickly. Michele often manages to find extra places for our students. These include Kelly Sports after school, TechKids and Tai Kwon Doh at lunchtime, Kate Standford’s dance classes before school and at lunchtime. The variety of musical instruments students can learn during school time has also increased. A highlight of each semester is the Soiree where students who learn an instrument have the opportunity to perform.
 
Our Student Action Leadership Teams (SALT) have a myriad of good ideas, and often organise lunchtime sporting events or other activities like the recent origami club.