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 Enrichment extra-curricular activities


Sandgate provides a wide range of extra-curricular activities which are listed below.​

Performing arts

Sandgate has a long tradition of excellence in its instrumental music program. The program caters for string, woodwind, brass and percussion playing students. Students are able to perform in a variety of ensembles including the acclaimed Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Percussion and String Ensembles, Stage Band and choir. Ensembles perform at school and community events, competitions and on a music tour. An annual school music camp creates a sense of family among music students, enables intensive technical tutoring and enhances the cohesive performance of players. Instrumental students also mentor and perform with primary school students on a “Big Day Out”.

A school musical and talent showcase night are held on alternate years. Drama and Dance nights during the year enable students to display their performance skills.

Visual arts

Each year the school’s Visual Arts students put on an outstanding art exhibition which is professionally curated at the community arts space “Artrageous”. Student’s design and paint high quality murals for installation on the school site. The Brisbane City Council has also accepted our student’s designs and painting of traffic signal boxes in the community. Arts students design the school magazine cover and complete all the art work for the Senior and Middle School student organiser. The visual arts faculty supports the performing arts faculty by designing and printing poster, logos, programs and tickets for performances. Students are encouraged to enter competitions run by the Queensland Arts gallery e.g. Nasubi Boxes and ICT.


Sandgate is well known in the community for its outstanding sport program. All students participate in inter-school, inter-house and/or recreational sport. In addition, the school participates in the Lions Cup AFL, Aspley Broncos Rugby League Challenge and the Vicky Wilson Netball competition. Each year large numbers of students represent the school at district, state and national level in a variety of sports. A number of former students have been drafted and are currently playing in both the NRL and AFL national competitions. Our teachers have high level coaching qualifications and coach at the school, district, state and national level. High performing teams can be taken on international tours e.g. 2008 Netball tour of New Zealand.

Public speaking

Debating: Teams of 4-5 students in a Year level participate in the Queensland Debating Union competition. These teams attend four debates in Semester 1. Each of the teams is coached by an enthusiastic mentor teacher. Teams may go on to finals if they win 3 or more debates.

Lions Youth of the Year

Sandgate is the only local school which has participated in this competition every year since its inception and has produced a number of students who have reached the finals. The quest provides students with the opportunity to develop self-confidence, experience public speaking, participate in an interview and interact with other highly achieving students.


This competition is available to students of all ages. It develops a student’s self-confidence and ability to public speak.

Apex Australia effective speaking competition

The local heats for this national competition have been held at Sandgate for the past few years. In both the junior (years 8 and 9) and the senior (years 10 to 12) competitions, Sandgate students have performed very well. Last year’s senior representative from Sandgate won the State competition, thus qualifying for the National finals, but unfortunately was unable to attend them.

Other public speaking competitions

 The Plain English Speaking competition for 15 to 18 year olds and the Junior Legacy competition for 12 to 14 year olds are also available for students to enter each year.


Sandgate hosts the North Brisbane rounds of chess competition during the year. Our teams have performed very well, often gaining entry into the Premier division. Outstanding performances by individual Sandgate students have gained Metropolitan Individual Age Championships in recent years.

Camps and school trips

Students in Years 7 and 11, attend camps. The camps aim to develop a sense of community among students, physically challenge students, encourage students to learn more about themselves, enable students to develop positive relationships, their ability to work in teams and with teachers and to develop their leadership skills. Science hosts a biannual trip for Year 9 and 10 students to Canberra in Science week. Students participate in awesome Science experiences and learn to live independently in self contained apartments. Senior Biology students camp at Stradbroke Island and practise their research skills in the field. An annual music camp stimulates students to be the best musician they can be. Senior students have the opportunity to go on a snow trip every second year, while Japanese students also have the chance to go on a trip to Japan every second year.

Harmony Day

Students, parents and staff celebrate their different cultural heritages by sharing food, entertainment and arts on a day specifically set aside to honour the cultures represented in our community.

Health and well being day

This day involves year 9 students and assists them to make wise decisions with regard to their physical and mental health and well-being.

National competitions

Students are encouraged to test their academic prowess against students across Australia in English, Mathematics and Chemistry. Student winemakers are encouraged to enter the wines made in Multistrand Science in local shows, the Brisbane RNA show and the national competition in Adelaide. The school has taken out a gold medal in the national competition.​