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Book Club

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

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 Senior 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.

Equestrian Team

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. We host our own Interschool Showjumping Event at the Ayr Hill Equestrian Centre in Clyde each year. 

International Tours
International tours provide students with valuable cultural immersion and educational opportunites that cannot be replicated in the classroom. Three tours are offered to Years 10 - 12, and each tour offers a unique experience for students with varying formats, itineraries and styles of accomodation.

Japan Tour

Each September we visit our sister school in Japan, Ibaraki Christian junior High School. Students experience cultural immersion by attending the school for one week and being placed in homestay with a Japanese family before embarking on a sightseeing tour that visits Tokyo, Tokyo Disney and significant temples and cultural sites. Students do not have to be studying Japanese to attend.

World Challenge

World Challenge builds the life skills young people who need to live a life of courage, kindness and adventure. The student led experience is supported by the World Challenge organisation who offer programs in some of the most culturally diverse and unique countries of the world. The month long adventure includes a challenging trek and a fulfilling community project where students live and work in a developing community. Recent destinations include Nepal, Mongolia and India.

European Art History Tour

A bi-annual cultural and historical appreciation tour that takes in Italy, France and Belgium and visits cities, galleries and artistic/historical places of significance such as Rome, Pisa, Florence, the Uffizi Gallery, the Pitti Palace, the Boboli Gardens, the Accademia, Paris, Versailles, and the moving war memorials of Ypres and at the Mennen Gate.


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 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.

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.