Extra-Curricular Activities

Chess Club

Chess club is on every day, Break B in UG3. Students can come along to play or learn how to play. It’s their move. The O’Connor chess team, made up of the four best players plus reserves, competes in the North West Division of the Junior Chess League. Last year the team placed 3rd in the region. 

This year has started with wins against McCarthy Catholic College and Inverell High. Our next opponent is Armidale Secondary College.

2022 saw the OCC chess competition held for the first time since 2014. The eventual winner was Bradley Lidgard who defeated John Harris in the best of three, Grand Final. The House cup for chess was won by Ursula House.

For more information please email Mr. Peter McLeish (Chess Coordinator) pmcleish@arm.catholic.edu.au

Z – Club

Towards the end of 2012 and with the assistance of Linda Andrews and Mrs Channon a group of O’Connor students formed a Z – Club, a smaller, mainly school based group derived from the International organisation known as ‘Zonta’. O’Connor has become the first school in Armidale to form a Z – Club, and even more exciting is that there are only four Z -Clubs in Australia!

Z – clubs provide opportunities for young people to develop leadership skills, explore career alternatives, improve their international understanding and become aware and assist with international and local charities.

Students from all years are welcome to join Z – club, boys and girls alike. Meetings will be held once a month on Thursday at lunch.


To be eligible to participate in any NSWCCC selection trials, you must register online via the Catholic Schools NSW Sport Portal. All relevant information can be found here, including upcoming events.
Individual registration is required for sports such as; Hockey, Netball, Rugby, Tennis and Basketball.
Registrations for some sports (such as Football, Athletics, Cross Country, Swimming, Touch and Rugby League) are through Diocesan selections.

Drama Club

The OCC Drama Club is on every Wednesday Break A in A14. Majority of the year sees a chance for students to enhance performance, presenting and social skills in a safe environment. The club focuses on Drama games presented by Nick Troon or Miss Plane, it is an amazing chance to have some fun with your friends. Term 2 focuses around Eisteddfod and the chance to perform in front of new people and other schools. As the subject continues to grow students will see new opportunities presented for them to try during their time at O’Connor. Everyone is welcome, so bring your lunch and come and join us for lots of fun.