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Book Club is a lunchtime group held in the Library for students who enjoy discussing their reading in a relaxed, informal setting. This is a student driven group so members can suggest further activities or can contribute to the Library with their ideas, recommendations and book reviews.
Chess Club is for students from all year levels. It is a social activity for chess lovers or those who would like to learn, and is not a competition. For those who would like to test their skills, Year 5 - 12 students can enter the annual South Eastern Independent Schools Association (SEISA) Chess competition.
The South Eastern Independent Schools Association (SEISA) holds an annual Cultural Festival where Newhaven College competes against other SEISA schools in Music, Drama, Dance, Public Speaking, Debating and Chess.
Students have the opportunity to join the Middle School Drama Club where they meet once a week to rehearse a play for performance during the year.’
Auditions for the annual school production, which s a highlight of the College calendar, present students with different performance challenges and opportunities. Students are involved right across the board assisting with marketing, set design and construction, lighting, ushering, program sales, make-up, back stage tasks and performing in the live orchestra.
Horse owners are encouraged to join the College Equestrian Team that competes in a variety of interschool events throughout the region. Team training days are held to provide young riders with professional tuition and horsemanship skills. Newhaven College hosts an Interschool Showjumping Event at the Ayr Hill Equestrian Centre in Clyde each year.
Science Club is a lunchtime interest group that meets each Thursday in the Middle School Science laboratory. Students from Year 5 to 8 can participate in a different science activity each week, having fun and making new friends along the way. Some of the activities are suggested by the students themselves, fostering an environment of curiosity and enquiry.
Newhaven College is a member of the South Eastern Independent Schools Association (SEISA). Students from Years 5 to 12 participate in Newhaven College teams that compete against other SEISA schools in an extensive range of winter and summer interschool sports fixtures and sport carnivals.
The Newhaven College Surfing Academy offers a competition squad and provides progressive training and fitness for established surfers. Students may represent the school in interschool competitions including;
- Bass Coast Region Primary Schools Surfing
- SEISA Surfing
- 'Girlsurf’, Mornington Peninsula
- Victorian Schools Tag Team (Surfing Victoria)
The Compass Award
The Compass Award is open to young Victorians aged 10 – 14 years to enhance their personal development and is offered to our Year 5 and 6 students. It is a program of discovery for young people which fosters positive attitudes towards learning and creates an environment for engagement and interaction with their community. As a result, Participants develop self-esteem, confidence and initiative.
The Duke Of Edinburgh's International Award
The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award is a leading structured (non-formal education) youth development program, empowering all young Australians aged 14 to 25 to explore their full potential regardless of their location or circumstance. The Award is a fully inclusive program and has no social, political, or religious affiliations. To earn an Award, each young person must learn a skill, improve their physical well being, volunteer in their community and experience a team adventure in a new environment. All Participants are supported by a network of adult Award Leaders, Assessors, Supervisors, and mentors.
The Green Team
The Middle School Green Team is a group of dedicated students who are working towards making environmentally aware changes at school and in our community. They have been involved in a range of activities since the inception of the group, including an excursion with educators from CERES Environmental Park at the ‘Do More With Less Conference’ and a ‘What’s in the Soil?’ incursion with Bass Coast Shire Landcare.
At school they have set aside some lunchtimes to propagate and care for a range of vegetable seedlings and have designed and planted an indigenous plant garden. As part of the goal-setting for the development of environmental care at Newhaven College, the Green Team has independently developed a range of initiatives to inculcate sustainable thinking throughout the student population.
Tournament of Minds
Tournament of Minds is a problem solving competition for teams of students from both primary and secondary years. It aims to enhance the potential of students by developing diverse skills, enterprise, time management, and the discipline to work collaboratively within a competitive environment.
Tournament of Minds provides so many opportunities for our students. They learn that many problems look difficult at first, but with persistence and teamwork they can find a solution. They learn the satisfaction of coming together as a team to create something bigger than any of them could do on their own. Every member of the team has something unique and valuable to contribute, and Tournament celebrates all of these individual strengths. Through teamwork students find success, and this applies to many aspects of their lives beyond Tournament.