At Kolbe, we value all kinds of learning experiences, in and outside of the classroom, but former students will agree that they remember so much more than just the learning that takes place in the classroom.
There are many opportunities for students to engage in extracurricular activities at the College throughout the year. These activities and programs give students a chance to build relationships and explore their interests and passions. Active participants develop a true sense of belonging to the Kolbe community, which leads to a more positive school experience.
Students involved in extracurricular activities receive the following benefits:
- positive impact on wellbeing;
- deep connection to the school community;
- improved motivation and academic achievement;
- development of self-esteem, optimism and resilience;
- development of important transferable skills, such as communication, teamwork, problem solving and time management;
- building friendships outside of the classroom;
- following passions and developing talents;
- new experiences and diversity of interests.
The College offers a range of activities in the areas of sport, culture and areas of student interest. Below are examples of activities we have on offer.
Kolbe students have the chance to participate in a variety of amazing sport opportunities beyond the classroom. These include the Associated & Catholic Colleges of WA (ACC) program, which allows students to compete against those from other Catholic schools. As part of the Rockingham Kwinana Associated Schools (RKAS) Sub-Association, Kolbe offers weekly interschool sport, encouraging participation, sportsmanship and healthy competition. We also nominate competitive teams into sport-specific carnivals and School Sport WA (SSWA) competitions.
Sports offered throughout the year include:
- Kolbe Kilometres (runners’ club)
- Kolbe Volleyball Club
- ACC training
- Touch rugby
Creativity and expression through the Arts contributes to students’ wellbeing and ensures a well-rounded educational experience. Students with a passion for Music, Dance and Drama can choose to participate in an extensive range of extracurricular activities. Students who engage in the Performing Arts extracurricular programs also have the opportunity to compete at the Catholic Performing Arts Festival.
Examples of extracurricular activities on offer in the area of Performing Arts are:
- Rock Band
- Recording/Songwriting Band
- Big Band
- Contemporary Bands
- Senior Vocal Group
- Private Instrument Tutoring
- Kolbe Theatre Company
- Drama For Fun
- Kolbe Dance Company
- Liturgical Dance Groups
- Airtrack Sessions
Every two years the College stages a production at Mandurah Performing Arts Centre. Students across all year levels have the opportunity to be involved. In past years, we have staged Fame Jr, The Wizard of OZ, Annie, Matilda and the all-time favourite, Grease.
The College provides many opportunities for students to extend their artistic talents and skills beyond the classroom. Students can express their creativity in fully equipped art rooms featuring a ceramic and glass kiln, a printing press, and pottery wheels.
The Kolbe Art Club runs weekly after school and is open to all year levels. The club offers students the chance to have one-on-one teacher support and to meet up with like-minded peers. Art students are also encouraged to submit their work to a number of competitions, including:
24:7 Youth Ministry
Every Friday evening between 7 and 9 pm, students who are in Years 6 to 12 and are from the Rockingham, Kwinana, Baldivis and Port Kennedy parishes are invited to engage with the 24:7 Youth Ministry. The purpose of this group is to create an inclusive and fun environment where young people are encouraged to grow and nurture their relationship with God.
The Bush Rangers, or ‘Bushies’ as we affectionately call them, have become an iconic part of the College’s identity. Beginning in 2006, this program is funded by the state government and supported by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.
The Kolbe Bush Rangers is a group open to students across all year levels and meets each Wednesday from 3.30 to 5.30 pm. The extracurricular program offers students many incredible opportunities and experiences. Students often talk about the friendships formed and sense of belonging developed as a result of participating in the program.
The Bush Ranger program focuses on environmental conservation. Students have previously been involved in projects at/with:
- Baldivis Childrens’ Forest
- Mead Farm
- Naragebup Environmental Centre
- Friends of Point Peron
- CoastCare at Palm Beach
Students also attend camps and participate in many excursions and incursions. These activities range from demonstrations by local beekeepers, learning how to set up worm farms, and visiting local wildlife centres.
Australian Defence Force Program
This program supports students from Australian Defence Force (ADF) families. It offers extracurricular activities ranging from camps, family evenings and exciting excursions. The purpose of this program is to help students of ADF families to create bonds with one another so that they develop a sense of belonging and support each other.
Clubs form an important part of extracurricular life at the College. The wide range of clubs on offer enable students to meet up with like-minded peers — those who share the same interests and passions. Clubs range from sporting groups to those based on hobbies, such as a love of gaming.
Examples of some of the clubs that run at Kolbe Catholic College are:
- Kolbe Kilometres (runners’ club)
- Volleyball Club
- Board Games Club
- Chess Club
- Writers’ Block (creative writing club)
- Dungeons & Dragons Club
- Year 7 Gardening Club
- Japanese Club
- NEXT LEVEL (gaming club)
With so many obvious benefits of getting involved in extracurricular activities at Kolbe, we encourage students to step forward and participate in one of the many programs or groups on offer.