In addition to weekly sports and carnival sports, our Association is also involved in tournaments and various non-sporting activities.
The Association conducts two golf tournaments each year – the Open Championship at Northern Golf Club (Glenroy) in April and the Junior Championship at Werribee Park Golf Club in October. They are both stroke events and involve a shot-gun start at 8:30am. Schools are allowed to have 8 participants, with the top 4 scores collated to provide a team score.
The Association conducts three Badminton events – Open, Intermediate and Junior – with all events held at the Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre.
Chess is a hugely popular sport within the ACC. We conduct three events each year – Open, Intermediate and Junior Championships. Each event consists of 16 teams of 8 players, with some schools entering more than one team.
The triathlon competition is held in conjunction with Sole Motive as part of their regular summer series. The event comprises both a participation (mini event – 500m swim, 5km ride, 2 km run)) and competitive focus (sprint event – 750m swim, 20km ride, 5km run).
MUSIC – WORKSHOPS & CONCERT
There are four workshop days during the year that each school is able to participate in. These activities are participation based, and often involve high quality guest presenters that educate the participants and provide in-depth knowledge on specialist music areas. Workshops include:
Vocal ensemble, Concert Band ensemble, Stage Band ensemble, Percussion ensemble & Rock Music workshop which also features the hotly contested Battle of the Bands.
In 2008, the ACC held its first ever combined music concert at Hamer Hall – “ACCent on Music”. The event proved to be a fantastic success and a second concert was subsequently held in 2014. It is anticipated that this event will be held every three years at Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne.
DEBATING & PUBLIC SPEAKING COMPETITIONS
The ACC conducts an annual competition for Intermediate & Junior Debating, as well as Intermediate & Junior Public Speaking. We are very well supported by the Debaters Association of Victoria (DAV) who work with us to ensure a high standard of competition and constructive feedback for all participants.
The ACC hosts a one day workshop each year aimed at Year 9 Drama students. A range of guest presenters conduct a wide variety of workshops, enabling the participants to gain a valuable insight into the numerous avenues of performing arts.
ARTS & TECHNOLOGY EXHIBITION
The Association held its inaugural Arts & Technology Exhibition in April 2013, at Federation Square in Melbourne. This major event is conducted every two years, with the next event set for April 2015 at Abbotsford Convent.
SPORTS LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP
We are blessed with the outstanding leadership displayed by the students from our member colleges. Each school works hard to ensure that the young men in their care develop strong leadership qualities. This is particularly evident on the sporting field, as shown by the commitment of all schools toward the ACC Leadership program. Each year in October, the future sporting leaders of each school are invited to take part in a leadership development workshop for ACC sport. During this forum, students interact and discuss various dilemmas that they may face as sporting leaders. We always have a high calibre guest speaker, along with several other presenters who challenge and engage the students. All participants come away from this workshop with a clear understanding of what it means to be a leader within an ACC context.
ANNUAL LEADERSHIP LAUNCH
In late November each year, all of the student leaders for the following year gather together to celebrate Eucharist, share a meal and meet with follow school captains and vice captains in a relaxed and welcoming environment. Each College Captain is invited to speak briefly about his school – what makes it unique, what values it espouses and what it would like to be known for in the community. It is always a wonderful celebration of student leadership, as well as a recognition of the commonalities amongst the member schools of our Association.
This event is held in conjunction with Holmesglen Institute and involves a team of 4 junior chefs from each school cooking up a culinary masterpiece using set criteria. The final product is judged by the Holmesglen hospitality staff on practice, preparation, presentation and taste.