At Years 5-12 opportunities are provided for students to become skilled in, and to express their ideas through the Performing Arts co-curriculum. Year 9 students are able to participation in performance activities such as College Presentation Night, the Rock Eisteddfod Challenge, school productions or drama nights. Each of these events, present the students with a live audience and an opportunity to develop the sense of team work and their self-esteem and self-worth. The performing programs are key elements of the College’s rich educational program and students are encouraged to explore their individual creative and artistic talents through participation in extensive dance and drama programs.
Year 9 students have the opportunity to participate in many events which are offered each year:
- College Musical (Years 7 – 12)
- Rock Eisteddfod – Senior
- Battle of the Houses competitions
The College provides an extensive Music Program with expert practical tuition provided for a wide range of instruments. Students can participate in choirs and music ensembles and learn music theory and composition.
Students have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of instrumental groups:
- Symphonic Band
- Senior Guitar Ensemble
- String Orchestra
- Choir – Singchronicity
DEBATING AND PUBLIC SPEAKING
Debating is one of the exciting and popular co-curricular activities offered at Overnewton. Debating encourages the students to work co-operatively in teams. It develops their public speaking skills and challenges them to think quickly and respond to arguments. The ability to construct and defend an argument, support their opinion with evidence and express themselves with clarity and conviction, is a necessary and vital skill.
Students can be involved in a number of different ways:
- Year 9 House Debating
- Debaters Association of Victoria (DAV) Years 7 - 12
Students in the different year levels are able to enter a variety of public speaking competitions. Each has different criteria, with many requiring contestants to perform an impromptu, as well as a prepared speech. Overnewton has enjoyed success in many of these competitions. They include:
- DAV Junior Public Speaking competition ( for students Year 7-9)
- ACS Public Speaking
(Last update January 20, 2011)