Intra-School Sports Program
The school has a strong intra-school competition involving the three Houses – Polding, Marcellin and Clarence. Each year teams vie for both a Spirit Trophy and a Points Trophy in swimming, athletics and cross country.
Inter-School Sports Program
Inter-school sport is generally at Under 13, Under 15 and Open level. The Burdekin Secondary Schools Sports Association (BSSS) consists of Burdekin Catholic High School, Ayr State High School, Home Hill State High School and Burdekin Christian College, and provides sporting competition in basketball, netball, volleyball, rugby league, rugby union, soccer, football, touch, athletics and cross country. Students can gain representative honours through being selected in Burdekin teams, or North Queensland teams and eventually State or National teams.
Physical Education is a compulsory core subject through to Year 10, and each year level requires a high percentage of physical activity, as well as theory.
High Performance Fitness Program
In a small rural area such as the Burdekin we are blessed to have numerous gifted athletes. Unfortunately, these athletes are not exposed to the same training techniques and intensity that their southern counterparts receive. This places them at a disadvantage when seeking to obtain selection in State and National teams.
In 2012, a new Sporting Program was launched at Burdekin Catholic High School. The aim of the program is to provide the top tier sporting students with an opportunity to be exposed to an advanced level of training and testing in order to assist them in making state and national teams. Additionally, the holistic approach of developing the athlete as a person will be a main priority by looking at educating the athlete on important issues such as nutrition and injury management.
Since the introduction of the program BCHS has had 15 students selected in State and National sporting teams. The Bill Turner Cup Soccer Team has won the district and regional finals and also finished 3rd at the State Championships.
Burdekin Catholic High School places great value on cultural pursuits. Music, Visual Art and Drama are offered in the school curriculum from Year 8 through to Year 12.
The school choirs perform each year with great success in the Burdekin Eisteddfod. The school is able to present a Junior Choir, a Senior Choir and small group performances. In addition to performing at the Burdekin Eisteddfod, the school choirs and individual singers perform at many community events, and entertain residents at Ayr Aged Care Facility.
Instruction in piano, brass instruments and guitar is offered to students each year. Some of our students are able to include AMEB and Trinity College results in the QCE at the end of Year 12.
The Burdekin provides a great outlet for cultural expression through the Singers Organisation. Many of our students are able to participate in full scale stage productions through this organisation.
Students from all year levels are encouraged to participate in the Burdekin Inter-School Drama Festival.
Students in drama classes also put on performances for local primary schools.
The BCHS Art Department organizes annual displays of student’s work, and in recent years has been able to team up with the Technology Department to feature a display of craft and art works in Zaro’s Cultural Gallery in Queen Street in Ayr.
Students have the opportunity to participate in public speaking competitions, such as rostrum. Recently, one of our students was awarded second place in the State Rostrum Finals.