Co-curricular Options

Every student has access to a range of co-curricular options, including languages, music, the arts, community service, leadership and sport.

Offering our students a rich and diverse range of activities.

The Co-Curricular Program runs between 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm on Wednesday afternoons every week.

It is a valued part of the curriculum and offers our students a rich and diverse range of activities which open up new opportunities and experiences away from academic study. It offers students the chance to work in teams, learn new skills and develop leadership. It is a key part of the Year 10 and 11 Curriculum and helps us to develop the “whole person” at John Monash Science School.

There are two restrictions on the selections that you are able to make in Year 10. These are:

  • If you are doing French or Japanese as a Language other than English (LOTE) you need to complete at least one accredited IT elective;
  • If you are doing French or Japanese as a Language other than English you cannot choose another LOTE to study in the Co-Curricular Program.

There is a combination of co-curricular electives from which you can choose to participate in during 2015:

  • 1 x 1 year-length option;
  • 1 x 1 semester-length option and 1 x 1 term-length option (note any specific scheduling);
  • 3 x 1 term-length option.

Some options require application and/or special information. These are marked with *. Please contact our co-curricular coordinator Ben Delves by email to find out further information about these options and submit your applications at

JMSS Students In Group Smiling

Learning to Live Together

Positive Psychology;
Community Service;
Model United Nations;
Cake Decorating;
Warhammer 40K / Tabletop Gaming;
VET (Vocational Education and Training);
Environment / Gardening Club;
LOTE (Languages Other Than English).

JMSS Students Drawing

Learning to Be

A Capella Choir ;
Jazz Funk Rock Band;
Strings Orchestra;

JMSS Students Using Robotics

Learning to Know

The Internet of Things;
Open Ended Programming;
Little Scientists - Big Science & Mini- Mathematicians (a science and maths mentor program working with students in Year 6 at local primary schools);
Robocup Rescue Secondary;
Robocup Junior GEN II Soccer Secondary;

JMSS Students Playing Quidditch

Learning to Do

Group Fitness;
Volleyball ;

Little Scientists & Mini Mathematicians Program.

John Monash Science School offered its inaugural ‘Little Scientists Big Science’ initiative for the first time in term three 2011. The program was the brainchild of one of our Year 10 students, our 2013 School Captain, Lachlan Harkness. Lachlan thought it would be a good idea to engage young students in Science and give them an opportunity he did not get in his own Primary education. He was also keen to give the JMSS students an opportunity to develop and broaden their scientific communication skills, and so the project was born. Over 200 Primary School students have participated in the program over the past three years, concluding with each student presenting their final project in one of JMSS’s Science Presentation evenings.

Opportunity to explore mathematics.

Following on from the success of the “Little Scientists’ program, JMSS offered a new program in 2018 called ‘Mini Mathematicians’ which is aimed at providing primary school students with the opportunity to explore mathematics and problem solving like real mathematicians do. The Mini Mathematicians program has been incredibly successful and we will be offering it again in 2020.

Delivered by passionate mathematics and science students.

Sessions will be focussed on building problem solving skills and students’ ability to communicate mathematics and science effectively. Feedback from schools, teachers, Principals, parents and students has been overwhelmingly positive. In light of this, JMSS will offer the program again in 2020, and is seeking “Expressions of Interest” from Primary Schools who may wish to participate.

Program Details.

  • Programs comprises of  four fortnightly sessions will occur on Wednesday afternoons at JMSS, beginning at 1:30pm and finishing at 3pm;
  • Schools can access the program in ONE of terms one, two or three in 2020. Please note we will do our best to meet all demand;
  • Each school may have up to four students involved, and 24 students can be catered for (i.e. six schools) at each session;
  • A program comprising four sessions following a common theme in Science;
  • Training and support for the JMSS students teaching the program;
  • One of our laboratories for the program;
  • All materials used in the experiments;
  • Laboratory technician presence during the workshops;
  • Support for students to complete their projects and display them at JMSS;
  • Opportunities for Primary teachers to observe lessons and engage with our students and teachers regarding the content and processes

Schools interested in participating in the program should email an Expression of Interest, not more than one page in length, to Ben Delves, Program Co-ordinator at JMSS, via email:

We will put a schedule together ASAP, as the first session for Term 1 is early February and we want to give Term 1 schools enough time to organise.

Please include:

  • Reasons why you want to access the program;
  • How you will use the program to promote Science at your school;
  • Your choice of ONE OF Terms One, Two or Three.

Our thanks for your interest to date, and we look forward to offering this opportunity to your students again next year. Hopefully together we can continue to provide a stimulus for Science and Maths for more young students!