Canterbury Public School

Participation, Equity & Excellence

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Extra-curricular activities

Canterbury has an impressive array of extracurricular clubs and programs on offer, especially considering the relatively modest size of our school population. These programs suit all ages and interests and are taught by specialist teachers or teachers with a particular passion for a subject or discipline.

Our extracurricular activities include: strings ensembles, concert bands, choirs, dance groups, art club, drama club, green thumbs garden club, chess club, coding club, dungeons and dragons, wrap with love knitting club, Korean dance, Storychasers student newspaper, public speaking, debating, Spanish language classes, netball, soccer, football, touch football, basketball, softball, cricket and tball. There is truly something for everyone which is important because we want every child to be engaged at school, find like-minded friends and explore their interests and hone their talents.

In addition there are a number of leadership opportunities for students from Kindergarten to Year 6 including library monitors, K-6 student representative council, student leadership, and house captains.

We ensure that there are authentic opportunities for students to perform, compete and contribute e.g. student newspaper is issued to every family, garden club grown and sell their produce, sports teams compete with other schools, knitting club donate their creations to charity, SRC and student leaders improve the school and their community through student initiatives, strings and band perform at venues including the Opera House and band festivals.

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The core curriculum is also extended through exciting excursions and overnight camps. Students attend camp once a year from Year 3 to Year 6 at Canterbury.

We have a great partnership with the girls and boys high schools next door to our school which allows our Year 5 and 6 students and teachers to engage in additional programs across disciplines that challenge and extend our senior students.


Canterbury Public School offers students the opportunity to be part of a school concert band which rehearses once per week under the guidance of Mr Martin Davison. Mr Davison has performed in jazz bands, plays the saxophone and many other instruments and conducted school bands all over Sydney. The concert band rehearses every Thursday from 3:20pm to 4:20pm. The training band rehearses every Wednesday from 3:20pm to 4:20pm.

Strings ensembles

Students of string instruments can choose to be part of the string ensemble, which meets once per week under the guidance of Ms. Rhea Sullivan.  Ms Sullivan is also the violin tutor.

All students wishing to participate must be enrolled in weekly lessons during school term, either with a tutor at school or an external tutor of your choice (please pass external tutor's contact details on to Rhea so that she can inform them of the music we are covering). Students must also commit to weekly ensemble rehearsals as per below.  See full T&C.

Ensembles & Rehearsal Times:

Junior Strings (Monday, 8:30am)
Senior Strings (Wednesdays, 7:50am)
Stringlets (Wednesdays, 8:50am)


The school has some instruments to hire. Other parents have also hired instruments from commercial hire businesses in the past few years. The String Centre at Chatswood will hire or sell instruments. Prices for hiring and or purchasing instruments vary. Information can be obtained by contacting the school music liaison teacher, ensemble leader or talk to your child's tutor about what would be the best way to proceed. Another option is to contact the Department of Education's Arts Unit in Lewisham, who have a range of instruments for hire.


If you would like your child to learn an instrument at school please contact the tutors to organise a time and place for tuition. Please inform the school as well so that your child's place in either the school band or one of the strings ensembles is secured for the year.