Other Clubs and Activities
Grammar also offers other opportunities.
Click headers below for more information
The Anime Club meets every week in the Banjo Paterson Library. The club looks at not only Anime but many forms of this popular area of Japanese society including Manga, modelling Gundam and Cosplay.
Typical club meetings include viewing of an ongoing anime series, discussion about new shows or manga that are being released as well as looking at upcoming events for the especially dedicated. The club also analyses style, storylines and characters used in many anime and manga productions and how this has changed over the last twenty years.
This year the club is currently looking at which new series we will view each term. We are also planning some meeting times for viewing movies or a day where boys bring in different manga to read and share amongst each other.
If you are interested in joining the club please see Mr Aitken in the library or just come to a meeting in the library classroom when we meet at lunch each Wednesday.
The Audio Visual Department provides audio, lighting, video and other technical services that are frequently required in the School. Audio Visual Crew members are trained in the use of various pieces of equipment and are subsequently encouraged to use that knowledge to assist in the staging of the dramatic events that occur every year.
Boys wishing to join should be aware that although service in this extra-curricular activity is voluntary, membership is viewed as a long term commitment. If you become a member, you will be one of only some twelve places available in each Form. Crew members are also asked to assist in the Audio Visual department during recess, lunch or before school on a regular basis.
Crew members may also be asked to videotape Saturday sport, musical performances or other School events from time to time.
The Economics Department runs a weekly forum for those who are interested in all matters relating to the subject, both on and beyond the HSC syllabus. Formats include dissecting an article from the print media or watching a vodcast or listening to a guest speaker.
The idea is that the boys drive the discussions by focussing on issues that they are interested in or want to know more about. We meet every Tuesday morning from 8am in HB2. All are welcome, particularly Form 6 Economists!
Please see Mr Townley (Economics Department) if you are interested in joining in.
Every year the Form VI Prefects nominate a charity and organise fund-raising activities. In the past, charities chosen have included widely-known international groups, such as Medicins Sans Frontieres, organisations working at home and abroad, such as Fred Hollows, and more local causes, such as Triple Care Farm (run by the Sir David Martin Foundation for Australian teenagers experiencing difficulties). Considerable funds are raised each year, through such events as Mufti Days, Barbecues, Prefects vs Staff Sports, and Computer Games. The charity chosen each year will often reflect a particular area of concern or relevant issue to the Form VI year group concerned. This year's chosen charity is Indigenous Literacy Foundation.
In addition, we run a series of charitable events annually. These include:
The school sponsors twelve children around the world, with each House taking responsibility for a child. Fundraising occurs annually to sustain this support. The children and their communities receive benefit through clean water, health schemes and a focus on completing education.
Daffodil Day and Legacy Badge Day:
Every year at least twenty Form VI boys volunteer to help with these two charities’ fundraising days in August. They sell merchandise, such as badges and daffodils, in Hyde Park and surrounding areas, supervised by the charity representatives.
Please see Mr Saurine (Modern Languages Department) if you would like more information.
Sydney Grammar School has been conducting a Community Awareness Programme since 1999. We are proud of the links that the School has established with several local institutions. These institutions include Matthew Talbot Hostel, St. Canice's, Jesuit Refugee Service, Oasis, Wayside Chapel and William Booth Hostel.
The programme operates through the House Tutorial system.
The School also conducts a voluntary program at Matthew Talbot Hostel. Volunteers commit to a minimum of a term's work in order to develop a familiarity with the Hostel's clients. The focus is on understanding and appreciating the difficulties faced by the homeless, and the fostering of community spirit. Contacts are also provided for boys wishing to do further community service outside of school hours. Voluntary opportunities also exist for the Vincentian Village, Darlinghurst and the Holdsworth Centre, Woollahra. Boys must be 16 or over to volunteer.
Creative Writing Group
The Creative Writing Group consists of boys in all Forms from I to VI. Its main aim is to provide a forum for boys interested in developing their writing skills. At present we have three different groups (Forms I and II, Forms III and IV, and Forms V and VI) meeting at three different lunch times per week. These meetings take the form of a workshop where the boys present work to the whole group. The work usually takes the form of a set exercise, such as focusing on an aspect of prose narrative – character, dialogue, point of view, scene setting, pace, etc. At other times boys bring in for discussion larger pieces of their own designing.
Doctor Who Club
The Doctor Who Club is a group of more than thirty boys devoted to watching and discussing all aspects of history's greatest television programme. The Club meets at lunchtime once a week to catch up on the latest news, and to watch an episode of the show. There is also a thriving online forum which hosts discussions of every aspect of the programme - plot, casting, direction, production, music and merchandise. See Mr Bottomley in the Housemasters’ area if you are interested in joining.
Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme
The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme (DEAS) is open to young people between the ages of 14 and 25. It is aimed at personal challenge, service and responsibility,
developed through a range of activities in four mandatory areas: service, skills, physical recreation and adventurous journeys. There are three levels:
bronze (for those 14 years and older), silver (for those 15 years and older) and gold (for those 16 years and older). In New South Wales the Scheme
is overseen by an office connected to the Department of Communities, Sport and Recreation.
At Grammar, the Scheme is co-ordinated by Ms RM Fin. She provides information to boys and issues the required permission forms and sheets for recording of activities. Ms Fin will ensure that only activities approved by the School will be allowed to count as DEAS activities. All activities must be taken out of class time.
Boys are responsible for keeping accurate records and for updating their files electronically on the International Online Record Book system.Download full information pack with resources
The Environment Club is a group dedicated to improving the sustainability of the school through initiatives such as recycling programs and enquiries into energy efficiency. The club is open to all forms and we meet every C Day lunchtime to discuss solutions and ideas with regards to sustainability.
If you are interested, please contact Mr A. C. Harrison.
The SGS Fly-fishing Club meets weekly and runs two camping trips to the Snowy Mountains where the boys fly fish for trout.
For more details contact the Master-in-Charge Mr NA Smith (English Department)
Historical Wargaming Club
Historical wargaming involves painting miniature figures and using them to fight battles on a table laid out with model terrain. SGS has a thriving club that meets after school in the library, involving boys from Forms I-VI. At present we are focussing on three main games. The first is SAGA, in which Dark Ages warriors such as Vikings, Scots and Saxons fight for glory. Battle Group Kursk is a gripping simulation of tank warfare on the Eastern Front in WWII, while for something totally different we also play Dead Man's Hand, a game which evokes Hollywood's idea of the Wild West. In addition to playing the games, boys learn how to assemble and paint their figures, and also how to make realistic-looking terrain.
Please see Dr Dearn (History Department) if you would like to join or just come along.
The Informatics Club is open to all boys and meets during lunch once per week in the Computer Room. Meetings are conducted by older boys who happily pass on their knowledge and enthusiasm in various programming languages.
Currently the Club is programming in Python and C++..
Boys work in a collaborative manner. Membership is voluntary and new members are always welcome either to learn or to teach members new skills. Boys interested in joining the Club should contact Mr Rocks.
Junior Science Club
The Junior Science Club is for Form I and Form II boys who enjoy working in a laboratory, solving problems and designing experiments. All our sessions involve practical work which might involve analysing soft drinks, growing crystals, checking levels of physical fitness, 'zapping' solutions, making wine or transferring genes to make bacteria which glow.
The Club meets twice a week after school in laboratory 12 between 3.15 pm and 4.45 pm. Most Form II boys attend on Tuesday afternoons, while Form I boys come on Thursdays.
Boys who volunteer as librarians spend two sessions per week performing a variety of activities. As they progress through the School they also progress through the Library with new tasks and responsibilities. During their first years they are involved with shelving, shelf checking and processing. In Third and Fourth Form they help at the circulation desk and take on supervisory roles in this area. Senior librarians help to train and support newcomers, and supervise shelving and shelf checking.
The Tuesday Mud Club for Forms I and II continues to go from strength to strength with boys now managing to throw small vessels on the wheel. They have also been glazing their work and investigating the merits of different surface finishes. At the Wednesday Potters Club, senior boys are completing more sophisticated wheel-thrown vessels, especially rewarding for those not taking art for the HSC. Boys from both clubs also come into the studio during lunch-times. See Ms Mansfield in the Art Department if you are interested in joining.
Music Composition Club
Here the tools and resources needed for boys to create their own music are explored. There are two streams at College Street tailored for different levels of experience. Activities range from discovering new repertoire and theories to writing music for the Sydney Symphony Sinfonietta Composition Project. While the focus is the Western classical tradition, budding composers working in other genres also get a great deal out of it. See Dr Vines in the Music Department if you would like more information.
Boys from all Forms participate in topic-based political discussions covering our own national politics with a view to expanding into international issues. The Club offers an opportunity to challenge boys’ opinions, perspectives and outlooks on political issues. Recent topics keenly debated at weekly meetings have included the necessity of the carbon tax, minority parties running for the Senate, the need for the NBN, foreign aid contributions and asylum seeker policy in Australia.
Please see Ms Gover (Geography Department)if you would like to join or just come along.
The School’s Public Speaking Program aims to develop confidence and fluency in speaking, and to foster analytical thinking and a broader awareness of public events and issues. It is open to boys from Forms II to VI. Speakers participate in a number of competitions, some of which offer opportunities to progress to a national or even an international level. Places in these competitions are limited, however, and not all boys in the group will be able to compete in a given year. Some events are held during school hours, in which case short leave is provided and boys much catch up in their own time any work missed. Training sessions are held twice per week as arranged at the beginning of each year, although boys need only attend one of the two sessions. Session times are arranged as far as possible to suit boys’ other commitments. At these sessions boys present prepared and impromptu speeches and are instructed in aspects of speaking that include how to structure and characterise the material in a speech, and how best to use gesture, projection and variety of expression.
Science Beyond the Curriculum
Grammar's Science Beyond the Curriculum creates opportunities for boys and their parents to take part in hands-on, science-based learning. The program also provides an enjoyable, shared experience to aid parent/child communication, and a forum for parents to encourage a curiosity and inquisitiveness that goes beyond marks-oriented learning. Activities range from mid-week evening lectures by university professors and Sunday afternoon activities for the inquisitive during term, to guided two and three day excursions to sites of scientific interest away from Sydney during the school holidays.
Please see Dr Binns (Science Department)) if you would like more information.
The Philosophy Club
The Philosophy Club at Sydney Grammar School had its first meeting in 1991. It has continued since then, attracting a membership of about thirty boys each year. The aim of the Club is to stimulate interest in philosophy among the boys. The Club welcomes boys of all ages. The boys are presented with a discussion paper before a meeting so that they can continue to explore the subject in their own time. A Schoology discussion forum is also available. A few boys from the Club have gone on to study philosophy at university.
Writing Reports for The Sydneian
For information for external coaches writing reports for The Sydneian
As and when any group of boys becomes interested in running a committee to publish this now famous (or infamous) satirical magazine, Tiger is published within the school community. Any profits raised by sales are usually donated to charity. Meetings take place when the committee is in session, usually at agreed lunchtimes in the Library. The magazine is entirely dreamt up, written, illustrated and formatted by the boys concerned, and in this way every new edition is likely to be different and varied. There are some established features, such as Brian Told Me, in which ridiculous or embarrassing phrases unwittingly uttered by Masters are mercilessly mocked.
Please see Dr Hughes if you would like more information.