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 became 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 destroyed many trees in front of the school
  • 1971 – New school library building commenced
  • 1971 – Language laboratory established
  • 1972 – Commonwealth Library opened
  • 1972 – Swimming pool opened - cost $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 represented 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 represented Australia
  • 1985 – New navy blue Upper School jumper
  • 1985 – Music students travelled to Geneva for the 5th World Youth Music Festival. Concert Band won 2nd place
  • 1986 – Churchlands SHS Jubilee Celebrations 11-17th August
  • 1986 – Paul Latham Auditorium was opened
  • 1986 – Stephen Jones won medals at the World Youth Disabled Games
  • 1988 – 100 music students travelled to Singapore to participate in the
    World Festival of Art
  • 1989 – Exchange visits with Japanese sister school Akashi Nishi.
  • 1989 – Howard Yip won the 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 won the 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 the 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 July 2020) and Mr Paul Housley (July 2020 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.