School History

History

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

60th Anniversary

A ride through the years - key facts

1960s
  • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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 – Five 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
    • 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 (first public high school student to win the coveted medal in more than ten years then)
    2010s
    • 2010 - Commence of the Concert Hall construction
    • 2011 - Became an Independent Public School and established a School Board
    • 2012 - Celebrated its 50 years anniversary and the building of the 500 seat Concert Hall was completed
    • 2013 - Maintained its top 20 position in the academic league tables for the 10th consecutive year
    • 2014 - Triallied a full 'Bring your own device (BYOD)' approach of laptop program
    • 2015 - First year of introducing Year 7 students into Churchlands SHS with 427 enrolments
    • 2016 - Enrolments gres to almost 2500 making Churchlands SHS the largest high school in Western Australia
    • 2017 - Newly constructed Sports Hall was handed over for use in mid-February
    • 2017 - For the first time, hosted a "Back to School" event to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of students to become members of "Churchlands Gold Class" - Class of 1967 was the first cohort to be invited.
    • 2018 - Won the All Schools Basketball competition for the first time
    • 2019 - Year 12 Kimberley Clifton became the first Churchlands SHS student to have attained the Gold Award of The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award
    2020s
    • 2020 - 1600 solar panels have been lifted on to the roofs of four major buildings as part of the Churchlands Foundation's 'Solar Power to Scholarships Project'
    • 2021 - Four Churchlands alumni represented Australia in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics (was held in 2021 due to COVID-19 pandamic outbreak in 2020)
    • 2022 - Marks the 60th Anniversary of Churchlands SHS and 50th Anniversary of Churchlands Music Program.
    • 2022 - Churchlands SHS Concert Hall was named 'Taryn Fiebig Concert Hall'. Taryn was an internationally acclaimed saprano, member of the Class of 1989 GATE Music student, Head Girl and Helpmann Award-winning principal soprano at Opera Australia. (Sadly she passed away in 2021 after battling cancer.)
    Document Name Type Size
    Principals pdf0.1MB
    Head Boy and Head Girl pdf0.11MB
    DUX of the Year pdf0.11MB