Hale is renowned for its involvement in sport and nurturing sporting talent. A number of professional athletes are Old Haleians who honed their talents on the School’s fields and in PSA competitions.
The School caters for all sporting abilities with a focus on participation and demonstrating sportsmanship. All boys take part in interhouse sport throughout the year, competing with and against their peers. Interschool sport takes place once a week and is compulsory for all students from Years 5 to 9, and optional in Years 10 to 12.
Go to our Sport page to learn more.
Hale School is the home of Redfoot Youth Theatre, which offers exciting and diverse theatrical opportunities to Hale boys in Years 5 to 12 and girls in Years 7 to 12 from any school. With an emphasis on building community spirit and collaboration, company members work together to create and perform professional-quality productions throughout the year.
Redfoot stages approximately eight productions a year. These include published works and company-devised projects, directed in-house by visiting directors or by the company members themselves. Underpinning the production programme is a series of workshops. Each term, members can participate in skills-based workshops covering all areas of theatrical production, including sound and lighting design, stage management, filmmaking and acting.
The Hale Music School brings our musicians together in a broad variety of instrumental groups – choirs, bands, orchestras and small ensembles – and in a variety of contexts – western art music (Classical), jazz and contemporary (rock). Our philosophy is to provide the widest range of musical opportunities to the greatest number of students and to strive for musical excellence in all that we do. With more than 700 students involved in playing Music, Hale boys are part of one of the most highly regarded school Music ensemble and performance programmes in the nation.
Our classroom, ensemble and instrumental music programmes work together and alongside each other to develop well-rounded musicians. Some of our ensembles are run in partnership with St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School, nurturing strong relationships and fostering a sense of community and collaboration between the two schools.
A full year of concerts and recitals, camps, tours, workshops and excursions provide our young musicians with many exciting opportunities to engage in music. Our artist-in-residence programme attracts local, national and international musicians to work closely with our students.
Along with our ensemble programme, Hale offers tuition in a multitude of instruments, taught by an experienced and dynamic team of instrumental music teachers. Our music facilities are housed in the John Inverarity Music and Drama Centre, which includes 23 practice rooms, classrooms, rehearsal rooms and studios, and our world-class auditorium with outstanding acoustics.
Hale is proud to have a student body that lives by the School’s motto of ‘Duty’ and voluntarily gives service to others.
Boys have countless opportunities to make a difference in their community, through assisting students with learning difficulties, spending time with sick children, supporting adults with a disability, delivering soup to the homeless and entertaining senior citizens.
Service Learning experiences help boys learn about the challenges others face and in finding a common humanity and connection with people from all walks of life.
Go to our Service Learning page to learn more.
Clubs and Societies
Optional lunchtime and after-school programmes enable groups of students to pursue interests outside of the curriculum and to meet other students with similar interests, under the guidance of staff.
Some activities focus on academic development and extension, some involve interschool competition, while others allow boys to develop new skills and interests.
Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award
Hale students have the opportunity to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, an exciting worldwide self-development programme for young people aged 14 to 24.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award has three levels, each with four sections: Skills, Service, Physical Recreation and Adventurous Journey, plus a fifth section for Gold level (Residential Project). Recognised by government and industry, the Award is also a School Curriculum and Standards Authority endorsed programme.