Extra Curricular Learning

As part of Black Forest’s commitment to challenge and extension for all students we offer a range of extra-curricular learning opportunities. Please contact the school directly for further information.

Clubs and Extension Opportunities

Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC)

One of the world’s largest mathematics competitions, the AMC tests students mathematical thinking with 30 different problems.

Years: 3-7
When: Applications close in March
Cost: $6.50

Code Club

A break-time club for students with an interest in programming. Members of this club design and build computer programs and games, often for entry into national competitions.

Years: 3-7
When: Tuesday, lunchtime
Where: Library
Cost: Free

Computational and Algorithmic Thinking Competition (CAT)

A one-hour problem-solving challenge that utilises structures and methods of solving problems based in computer science.

Years: 5-7
When: Applications close in March
Cost: $6.50

Debating

A fifteen week debating season, hosted at Grange Primary School.

Years: 5-7
When: Applications close in Term 1
Cost: Free

Lego Club

A break-time club for students with an interest in Lego. Lego is provided to design and build different creations.

Years: R-7
When: Tuesday, recess
Where: Kertaweeta Learning Street
Cost: Free

Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians (MCYA)

This Challenge has two stages, a 3-week Challenge stage, and a 12-week Enrichment stage. Through each stage, students who have demonstrated a high level of mathematical understanding and ability develop problem-solving skills through challenging problems. Students who successfully complete the Challenge stage are invited to continue in the Enrichment stage, and may go on to participate in the Australian Intermediate Mathematics Olympiad.

Years: 4-7, by invitation
When: Challenge Stage (March-June), Enrichment Stage (April-September)
Cost: Various, approximately $18.00-$42.00, depending on stage

Tech Girl Superheroes

A 12-week challenge for girls to work in teams to develop an app that solves a problem in their community. Through the challenge, girls work with a mentor from the science and technology work, develop a business plan, design and build the app then pitch it to a national panel.

Years: 6-7
When: Applications close in April
Cost: Free

Youth Environment Council

A program for students interested in working to solve environmental problems in their community. This program is run by the South Australian Government, and involves workshops and a camp to build student abilities as environmental leaders.

Year: 7
When: Applications close in March
Cost: Free

Music

All students at Black Forest receive weekly specialist music and performing arts instruction. If music and drama is a passion for your child there are also some additional opportunities offered. These include:

Choir – Years 3-5

The Years 3-5 Choir participates in an annual musical production, culminating in a performance season in Term 3. Students have an opportunity to audition for different roles, with rehearsals primarily occurring during recess and lunchtimes with some additional rehearsals during school holidays.

Years: 3-5
When: Terms 2 and 3
Cost: $15.00

Choir – Festival of Music

Year 6-7 students who are passionate about music have the opportunity to participate in the Festival of Music Choir. With rehearsals being conducted during school time, successful students perform at a interschool performance in September at the Adelaide Festival Centre.

Years: 6-7
When: Terms 1-3
Cost: $15.00

Instrumental Music

Specialist instrumental music tuition for violin, viola and cello is provided free-of-charge. Years 3-7 students are eligible to nominate where vacancies exist. Please contact the school for further details.

School Sports

Our specialist Physical Education (PE) teacher provides weekly lessons in fundamental movement skills and sports to all classes. Additionally, students from Year 2-7 are able to participate in a range of school sports throughout summer and winter seasons, including Netball, Basketball, Cricket, Football, Soccer, Softball and Orienteering. Training and games occur outside of school hours, coordinated and supported by parent volunteers. Additional opportunities also arise for students to participate in SAPSASA competitions throughout the year. Information regarding costs and registration is available from school administration.

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