School camps and outdoor excursions are a significant component of the curriculum at Avondale School, providing a rich resource for real life learning. Camps are educational as well as fun, busy and motivational experiences for students, promoting leadership, decision-making, perseverance and resilience.
Avondale School camps are a great learning experience, providing lessons that last a lifetime. Camps include the Year 8 Camp to Broken Bay, Year 9 to Bungonia, Year 10 to Anna Bay, Year 11 to Crosslands and the Year 12 Riverwood Downs weekend retreat.
Drama at Avondale School is a dynamic area of study offered for Years 9 to 12. Students engage in a wide variety of class activities and performance opportunities that include showcase nights, Shakespeare club and the School Play. Students experience an array of Drama activities and study including improvisation, vocal development, playbuilding, acting, examination of production elements and their impact on a performance, performance styles and conventions, physical theatre, mask, video drama and a range of theatrical practitioners. Students also enjoy excursions to live performances from leading professional companies.
The benefits of Drama are immense and the skills developed include problem solving, independent thinking, collaborating, leadership, imagining, creating, analysing and poise and public speaking. Most importantly, Drama at Avondale School involves a great deal of laughter and fun as we journey into exhilarating and challenging territory.
Duke of Edinburgh
Secondary students have opportunity to further challenge and empower themselves to explore self-potential with the exciting and adventurous Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Students who undertake the Award experience adventure, achievement and commitment, with some expeditions taking them as far as the Tasmanian wilderness or the Great Barrier Reef.
Band and Choir
Music is an integral component of Avondale School with three School Bands, three String Ensembles and two School Choirs. All perform at local festivals and surrounding Adventist Churches, and all have built a reputation for exceptional standards in musical presentation with challenging repertories of musical pieces.
The highlight of the Senior Concert Band, Senior String Ensemble and Secondary Choir is the annual interstate or overseas tour, held in the mid-year holidays. Recent tour destinations have included Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, New Zealand, Fiji and outback NSW.
Avondale Schoolies are given the opportunity of a fun and life-changing alternative to traditional schoolies activities. Participating in a service trip like no other, Avondale Schoolies team up with "RestoreOne" to work in Cambodian orphanages and build houses in remote villages, all while experiencing Cambodian history, culture, foods and people.
In an adventure just a little beyond the ordinary the Cambodia Schoolies experience not only makes a difference in the lives of those it helps, but also in the lives of its participants, cementing relationships, impact and memories.
Fundamental to Avondale School teaching is that service to others really matters and that students grow in character, leadership and ability through experience.
Every year secondary students and staff, united in their cause, their friendships and their service participate in STORMCo (Service to Others Really Matter Company). Teams visit the outback communities of Cobar and Wee Waa where the average child does not experience the same positive opportunities that students of Avondale School are offered on a daily basis.
The musical, acting, singing and artistic talents encouraged at School are used to run holiday Kids Club programs and community events.