LEARNING

Co-curricular Opportunities at School

When presented with an opportunity we encourage our girls to grasp the chance, it’s another chapter in their learning. We offer a strong curriculum that develops our students’ inquiry and critical thinking skills and encourages a balance between academics and co-curricular choices and emphasises a global perspective.

SPORTING OPPORTUNITIES

Sport and physical education are highly valued at Selwyn House. The knowledge and skills gained help the girls to lead a healthy lifestyle. The programmes emphasise enjoyment of physical activity and learning skills that will encourage the girls to remain physically active throughout their lives.
Playing a team sport will give your daughter opportunities to make new friendships and develop skills that will help her in all areas of her development. Being part of a team fosters many positive attributes that complement learning in the classroom. It builds self-esteem, improves fitness, and encourages perseverance, resilience, co-operation and co-ordination. If your daughter wishes to be part of a Saturday sports team she will be expected to commit for the entire season.

Our students are keen participants in:
ARTISTIC & RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS • BASKETBALL • CRICKET • FENCING • HIP HOP • HOCKEY • JUMP JAM • KARATE • NETBALL • ORIENTEERING • SKIING • SWIMMING • TENNIS • TOUCH RUGBY • TRIATHLON | DUATHLON • WATER POLO

TECHNOLOGY OPPORTUNITIES

Digital technologies impact every aspect of our lives and are vitally important to New Zealand’s growth in the 21st century.

Our students are given the opportunities to develop knowledge and skills with digital technologies so that they are equipped to respond to rapid changes in our society. We expect our students to be leaders in their own lives with digital technologies. Throughout the school we encourage appropriate use of digital technologies to support and enhance learning. Our wireless network enables our students to use their digital devices throughout the school.

By using our Learning Management System (LMS) our students and parents can access information about their academic programmes and e-portfolios along with day to day organisational information.

ROBOTICS

Robotics is introduced from Year 1. In education, Robotics is seen as an interdisciplinary, project-based learning activity drawing mostly on mathematics, science, and technology. It offers major new benefits in education at all levels.

Robotics implements 21st century technologies and can foster problem-solving skills, communication skills, teamwork skills, independence, imagination, and creativity. Taking into consideration that students have a better understanding when they express themselves through invention and creation, Robotics activities are considered to be a valuable learning tool that can contribute to the enhancement of learning and to the development of students’ thinking.

Our girls are encouraged to enter RoboCup competitions. The focus of RoboCup is for students to learn from each other, by watching other robots compete and by sharing solutions to the problems presented.

 

MUSIC

We are fortunate to have an experienced and professional team of musicians who are committed as itinerant music teachers. Our ‘Carolyn Fletcher Performing Arts Centre’ has studios for individual tuition in a range of instruments.

Tutors are available for the following instruments:
Years 1-8 violin and cello • Years 4-8 piano & recorder • Years 5-8 flute, clarinet, oboe, saxophone, trumpet, percussion, voice and guitar. • Years 1-2 Choir • Years 3-4 Choir • Junior Chamber Choir (Years 5 and 6) • Senior Chamber Choir (Years 7 and 8) • Barbershop (Years 7 and 8) • Recorder Ensemble • Orchestra • String Ensemble • Flute Choir • Rock Band

DANCE

Ballet and Jazz are available to girls in Years 1-3 and Pre-school children. Natalie Simon, the Principal of Canterbury Academy of Dance, teaches the lessons.

SPEECH & DRAMA

Students learn to communicate with clarity, confidence and courtesy. Speech and drama lessons cover a variety of skills essential within today’s society.

Individual skills developed through lessons include:
• Vocal development • Poetry and Prose interpretation • Drama work • Sight reading • Conversation and discussion skills • Public speaking skills

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

• Maths competitions: Cantamaths, • Otago Problem Solving (Years 7 and 8) • ICAS competitions (Years 5 to 8) • Writers’ workshops (Years 5 to 8) • Literacy quiz (Years 5 to 8) • Kidslit Competition (Years 5 to 8) • Chess (Years 2 to 8) • Robotics • Future Lego League • Future Problem Solving (Years 5 to 8) • CREST (Year 7) (Creativity in Science and Technology) • Envirogroup (Years 2 to 8) • UNESCO • Cluster grouping for GATE students (GATE resource teacher is Pauline Dann).