A broad range of sporting and recreational experiences is offered at both participatory and elite levels to encourage a strong individual sense of achievement and well being in all students. From active participation, students grow in self-esteem and develop a practical understanding of leadership and teamwork. Many traditional and non-traditional sports are offered allowing students to make choices that reflect their talents while also encouraging them to try something new.
Sports currently offered: swimming, diving, cross country, track and field, rowing, equestrian, golf, snow sports, tennis, softball, netball, soccer, hockey, badminton, cricket, surf league, basketball and Australian Rules Football.
Inter School Sport
Firbank is a founding member of Girls Sport Victoria (GSV). Results of all GSV matches and information about the competition are available at gsv.vic.edu.au »
To download our GSV brochure click here »
Inter House Sport
All students have opportunities to compete in a range of sports in the regular Inter House competitions.
A comprehensive weekend sport program has been developed to enable students to pursue their interests and develop their sporting opportunities in a variety of community, state and national competitions.
Firbank sporting clubs participate in swimming, tennis, rowing, netball and basketball
To find out more about our clubs click here »
Our students find their expressive voice in the School’s extensive visual and performing arts programs. Drama and music can be studied at all levels. House Drama and Music festivals and School productions and performances provide excellent opportunities for students to develop their skills and enjoy participating.
Music is an integral part of student life at Firbank. The school has a commitment to the performing arts and values the opportunities music provides students.
Classroom music is taught at Years 7 and 8 as a core subject, then as an elective from Years 9 to 12.
Firbank is committed to including all students in the music program. In Year 7, all students who are new to Firbank are given the opportunity to learn an instrument (either brass, woodwind or percussion) for one semester, free of charge.
Private instrumental lessons are available on a wide range of instruments (including voice) and there are many opportunities to join and play in ensembles such as String Orchestra, Symphonic Winds, Stage Band, Bayside Strings, Cello Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Clarinet Ensemble, String Quartets and Concert Band. For students interested in singing, there are auditioned choirs, Bel Canto and Chamber Singers, and the Year 7 and 8, and Year 9 to 12 choirs for which there is no audition.
Participation in these groups provides students with opportunities to perform in a range of venues including Melbourne's premier concert venue, Hamer Hall. In 2009, Firbank celebrated its Centenary and music students performed at the Anniversary Service at St Paul's Cathedral (an amazing experience), a wonderful showcase concert at the School's Presentation and Performance Evening at Hamer Hall and at many other celebratory functions.
The Music Department conducts overseas tours for instrumental and vocal groups. After a successful tour by the choir to the United Kingdom in April 2011, an instrumental group will visit China and Hong Kong in 2012.
Joint musical productions are held annually with Brighton Grammar School, involving students from Years 7 to 12. In 2011, senior students delighted audiences with a production of Sweet Charity.
There are three major productions each year in co-operation with Brighton Grammar: Senior (Years 11 and 12), Middle School (Years 9 and 10) and Junior (Years 7 and 8). These may be a musical or a drama. Students audition for the leading roles and many others are involved in front-of-house and promotion, backstage or in the orchestra.
Girls are encouraged from Year 7 to become involved in debating.
Students from Years 9 to 12 can be members of debating teams which compete regularly in a formal debating competition facilitated by The Debating Association of Victoria. This state-wide competition involves over 250 schools, making it the largest debating competition in the world.
Students have opportunities to develop their interests and skills in many other areas such as public speaking, dance and photography.