Teaching & Learning

Extra Curriculum

If you wish to extend your child’s learning, there are a number of extra- curricular options available at St. Mary’s.

Speech & Drama

Students take weekly classes before school or during lunch.  They are able and encouraged to take the ASCA (Australian Speech Communication Association) examinations from year 2-6. Classes are provided by Paul Taylor. His number is 0408 152 965 and email info@speechanddramaspecialists.com

Song Club

Weekly rehearsals are on offer for the choir. Children are able to then perform at school masses, parish functions and community events.  We encourage the children to also make a visit to Wesley Heights Aged Care in Manly where we entertain the residents with our performances and join them for mass.


French, Spanish, and Mandarin are available after school.  For more details, visit www.lcfclubs.com.au.  Classes are held at school each week.

Children from Years 4-6 learn Japanese as part of the school curriculum.

Music Program

St Mary’s students have an opportunity to learn and play music through group lessons or as part of an ensemble. Run by Evergreen Music, the program consists of weekly sessions which provide an insight into the foundations of learning and most importantly enjoying music.  For further information and enrolment details, please contact Evergreen Music at info@evergreenmusic.com.au https://www.evergreenmusic.com.au/

Music Club is also available on a weekly basis.

You can find out more about music at St Mary’s in 2023 here. 

Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy Programs

These extremely worthwhile services are provided through outside specialists who visit the school each week. Close contact between the therapists, class teachers and parents ensures that a collaborative approach is maintained.

Public Speaking

Students engage in public speaking in class, stage and whole school competitions.

Science Club

Science Club is run by Eye Heart Science and is run after school. Each term there is a new topic to be explored. For more information please contact info@eyeheartscience.com.au


Lunch Club

Enables students to enjoy time discovering new learning, completing assignments or participating in Mathletics.


Students learn a range of dance styles including jazz, funk, and hip-hop with the crew from Footworks Dance Company. Please contact footworksdanceco@gmail.com for more details.


Sydney Academy of Chess run each week on Mondays from 10:30am to 11:10am, starting on 6 February 2023. For all enquiries, please contact Sydney Academy of Chess on (02) 9745 1170 or enrol@sydneyacademyofchess.com.au

Double Dutch Skipping

Single rope, long rope, double dutch, speed ball and hula hoop. Tuesdays from 3.15pm to 4pm in the SMM playground. To enrol go to www.trybooking.com/LNO (for year 1-6 students).


Sydney Academy of Chess run each week during school time.


Tennis lessons with Manly Lawn Tennis Club – more details to follow shortly for Term 1 2023.

Positive Wellbeing & Mindfulness Sessions

Give your child a regular place to learn social skills, build a resilient mindset and practice positive well-being. For K-6 students on Friday mornings, 7.45 am to 8.30 am for an 8-week term. For more information or to enquire about a free trial please contact emma@shininglittlesouls.com or shininglittlesouls.com