School History

History

Our school has a proud history of achievement and success which dates back to its beginnings in 1962.

A ride through the years

1960s

School Principals – Mr James Best (1962 to 1966) and Mr John Griffin (1967 to 1975)

Key facts:

  • 1962 – Inaugural P&C meeting held in September, Parents voted unanimously that the name Churchlands be retained as the name of the School
  • 1963 – School transferred to its present site at Churchlands 
  • 1963 – School crest designed
  • 1963 – Students attended Perry Lakes Stadium for the Queen’s visit
  • 1964 – First school magazine “Retrospect”
  • 1964 – First school production “Trial by Jury”
  • 1964 – Swimming carnival first win
  • 1966 – 43 Commonwealth scholarships
  • 1967 – Churchlands becomes a 5-year Senior High School
  • 1968 – Athletics Carnival first win
  • 1968 – Inaugural "Prefects Ball"
1970s

School Principals – Mr John Griffin (1967 to 1975) and Mr Paul Latham (1976 to 1986)

Key facts:

  • 1970 – Storm destroys many trees in front of school
  • 1971 – New school  library building commenced
  • 1971 – Language laboratory established 
  • 1972 – Commonwealth library opened
  • 1972 – Swimming pool opened  - cost of $ 37,210
  • 1972 – Prefect system replaced by Student Council
  • 1972 – “Music School” commenced at Churchlands SHS  - 35 gifted music students
  • 1974 – Gymnasium / Hall opened
  • 1974 – Pre-vocational centre opened
  • 1974 – Michael Fitzpatrick awarded a Rhodes scholarship
  • 1975 – New school windcheater designed
  • 1975 – First year of work experience scheme
  • 1977 – Introduction of Certificate of Secondary Education
  • 1977 – Medical centre opened
1980s

School Principals – Mr Paul Latham (1976 to 1986) and Mr Don Robins (1987 to 1989)

Key facts: 

  • 1980 – First computer purchased
  • 1980 – First graduation ceremony
  • 1981 – Concert band performed for Royal visitors Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh
  • 1981 – 40 hour famine raised $2100
  • 1982 – South Pacific Games in Brisbane – 7 students represent WA
  • 1982 – Music tour to Tasmania
  • 1983 – International Mathematical Olympiad in Paris – Australia represented by Andrew Kepert who gained a bronze medal
  • 1984 – Olympic Games – 6 past students represent Australia
  • 1985 – New navy blue upper school jumper
  • 1985 – Music students to Geneva for 5th World Youth Music festival. Concert band won 2nd place
  • 1986 –Churchlands SHS Jubilee celebrations 11-17th August
  • 1986 – Paul Latham auditorium opened
  • 1986 – Stephen Jones won medals at World Youth Disabled Games
  • 1988 – 100 music students go to Singapore to participate in World Festival of Art
  • 1989 – Exchange visits with Japanese sister school Akashi Nishi.
  • 1989 – Howard Yip wins Beazley Medal 
1990s

School Principals – Mr John Cooper (1990 acting), Mr Robert A Cross (1991 to 1995) and Mr John Miners (1996 to 2002)

Key facts:

  • 1992 – Jonathon Paget wins Beazley medal
  • 1992 – Year 8 football team undefeated all season
  • 1993 – Library plans for automation developed
  • 1994 – 95 music students tour Los Angeles, New Orleans and Florida
  • 1995 – CSHS on the web
  • 1996 – 10th anniversary of Churchlands SHS and Akashi Nishi as sister schools
  • 1997 – In May a fire destroyed much of the school
  • 1998 –  5 trees planted at corner of Hale Road and Pearson Street, 1st anniversary of fire
  • 1998 – Builders move onto school site for start of rebuilding programme
  • 1999 – Lisa Carter nominated to participate in Pierre de Coubertin Awards (made the final 20)
2000s

School Principals – Mr John Miners (1996 to 2002) and Mr Neil Hunt (2003 to Present)

Key facts: 

  • 2000 – Exchange programme with French sister school, College Thiers.
  • 2003 – Music Tour  124 students to London and Wales 
  • 2004 – Beazley Medal Runner Up  - Caroline Wong
  • 2005 – Carnivals; Swimming  1st place and Athletics  3rd place
  • 2007 – One million pool refurbishment programme completed
  • 2008 – Beazlely Medal Runner up; Quan Lau.
  • 2009 – Beazley Medal Winner; Hayley Anderson.