Orana provides a wide range of activities and opportunities for students to develop new skills and expand their interests.
Stars of hope
The children of Stars of Hope meet each week and plan activities to make a difference within our school community, in the wider community, and beyond our borders. Wastebusters is one well established activity of Stars of Hope, where we regularly attend large public events in Canberra to help people recycle appropriately, and to learn in the process. Through our activities, such as hosting ‘Acoustic Soup’, school discos, and Wastebusters we raise funds that we then use to support various agencies operating in areas of real need.
Secondary School students take part in a community service program aimed at developing a sense of belonging within the students, a sense of responsibility for others and a feeling of reverence for the world. This has been achieved through a partnership-based project with a range of community organisations. Students get to choose which community group they would like to work with, define a project and deliver an outcome. This is an opportunity for students to see their impact directly.
Duke of Edinburgh Award
The Award is a leading structured (non-formal education) youth development program, which is aimed at empowering all young Australians between age to explore their full potential regardless of their location or circumstance. Any students from Class 9 to 12 are warmly invited to join the Orana Duke of Edinburgh Scheme. Camps are held throughout the year on weekends and during holidays.
The ACT Schools Constitutional Convention
The ACT Schools Constitutional Convention is organised collaboratively by the National Archives of Australia, ACT Legislative Assembly, the ACT Department of Education and Training, Museum of Australian Democracy (Old Parliament House), the Australian Electoral Commission and Elections ACT. The program is designed specifically for students in Year 11 with an interest in civics, active citizenship and current affairs.
Creative Arts Festival
This annual event showcases the fabulous work created by Orana students, from Classes 1 – 12; in Woodwork, Metalwork, Graphics, Handwork, Visual Arts, Ceramics and Photography. The Festival includes a fashion parade, musical and dramatic performances and displays.