Student Groups

Current student groups running at Open Access College


Access Gazette

The Access Gazette is the student run magazine at Open Access College. The magazine is filled with artworks, creative writing, poetry, articles, puzzles and much more. The team meet once a week to brainstorm exciting ideas, share their work, build friendships, and work together to create the Access Gazette. Students are able to join at any time throughout the year and the Gazette is always looking for student input. If you would like to join the Gazette Team or see your work in the Gazette, please get in contact with us!

Contact Gabby for more information on [email protected]


Duke of Edinburgh

Duke of Edinburgh is for students aged 14 or older. The internationally recognized award is completed through a combination of individual and collaborative activities both at home and on site. Students will work towards four key areas including Skill Development, Physical Recreation, Service to Others and an Adventurous Journey. It is a great opportunity to connect with your peers, make friends and help out your community. Completion of the award can contribute towards SACE completion. Duke of Ed has specific requirements so that you can link what you do to your SACE, however you are able to join at any time throughout the year.

Contact Jayke on [email protected] for more information.


Gender & Sexuality Alliance (GSA)

For information about Open Access College's GSA, please see this page: Gender and Sexuality Alliance


Knitting Circle

The Knitting Circle, held twice a term for students in years 8 to 12, is a social group for students who are interested in learning how to knit and participating in other creative endeavours. Teachers and students will have the opportunity to learn and help each other along the way. Beginning in Term 4, held both onsite at Open Access College and online via WebEx, we will start with a scarf and see where we go! You can join the group at any time and if you find you don’t love knitting, you can also leave at any time.

Contact the Youth Worker at: [email protected] if you would like to have a laugh, have a chat and possibly learn a new skill!


Mindful Meditation

Each week a group of teachers have been volunteering their time on Monday afternoons to create a safe space for our young people in years 8-12 to get a taste of mindfulness. Some students like to attend weekly, while others dip in and out.

All you need to do is:

  • Let a teacher/your Student Wellbeing Leader know you’re interested in Mindful Mondays
  • Find a comfortable spot on Monday afternoons at 2.25pm
  • Join us via the link that will be emailed to you 5mins prior to the MM session

Exercising your brain is as important as exercising your body – let’s get fit together!

No pressure to attend or speak in the session – just pop in and see what it’s about!

Any questions contact Katie Piper (8309 3538, [email protected])


Monday Social

The Youth Worker will be joined by various teachers each Monday afternoon during term time, to provide an online, completely optional, fun activity, where students can connect with others. Activities will be determined by student interest. All secondary students are welcome to join. You can join at any time and attend whenever you want. Monday afternoons at 3pm.

Contact the Youth Worker for details: [email protected].


Student Leaders

For information about the Student Leadership group please see this page: Student Leadership Council


Trans+ Connection:

For students who identify as transgender, gender fluid and non-binary. Purely a social group for students to meet with other young people and connect. Teachers and staff will look at various activities that students would like to participate in. Held once a term, Trans+ will be both onsite with an online alternative for students in year 8 through to year 12.

Contact the youth worker for more details on [email protected]


Last updated: 06 October 2021