The Environment club
Students can join the Environment Club to learn about sustainable gardening and maintain the school’s extensive vegetable and bush tucker gardens which have become a cottage industry commercial venture within the school. They can learn about resource management and propose solutions to help reduce waste and also to beautify the grounds.
Year 9 attend a week long camp in the Victorian snow fields.
The inaugural camp in 2014 follows the principal’s trip to the US Space and Rocket research centre in Alabama USA with a local primary school. Why? So that students can experience the trill of being challenged and exploring new horizons just like the Principal.
“I now am interested in all things space, have challenged myself to conquer my fear of heights and have developed an appreciation of the historical context that motivated President Kennedy to have the vision of landing a man on the moon before the end of the 1960’s decade. I believe this opportunity would also inspire students to consider a career in science." Belinda Kelly, comment in photobook of the 2012 trip.
Duke of Edinburgh
Each year students may participate in the bronze and silver award program.
This provides academic challenge and opportunities to meet chess teams from nearby schools in interschool challenges.
Year 10 students have an opportunity to develop skills in business and teamwork and to value professional presentation. All achieved through the barista school which sells coffee to staff and students two days per week.
The inaugural Barista Challenge in 2014, an inititative by Riverside and won by Epping Boys High School, involved competing for the title of best barista team. In 2015, the Riverside team won the Barista Challenge.
The Model United Nations interschool competition enables students to confidently voice their opinions on world issues and is a very important program in developing students critical thinking skills.