Tours & Programs
Churchlands is a school of opportunity and therefore, we offer a variety of programs and tour experiences.
Churchlands SHS’ Advanced Skills Program for Australian Rules Football is designed to enhance students’ talent and ability in the sport. It is suitable for students with a special interest in the game and applicants should have above average skills and display an exemplary attitude towards the game.
The Churchlands SHS program's partnership with the Claremont Football Club allows students to access the best facilities and coaching the region has to offer. The program will commence in Year 7 and students can have the option of continuing through to Year 10. Each year group will be exposed to two lessons per week which
will be football focused.
During the warmer months, pre season will involve swimming before the emphasis is changed to skill development. On completion of the whole program, students will have gained invaluable experience in skills, strategy and game play tactics. The program will also include “value adding” components such as Sports Awareness courses, First Aid, Umpiring and Coaching certification.
Selection into Year 7 AFL Program will be through a practical trial conducted in the previous year at the end of Term 3.
Students involved in the program will have the opportunity to participate in the Smarter than Smoking Junior Boys Cup which is an Interschool program played after school. They will also be exposed to matches against other specialist schools.
Specially designed training jumpers will be provided to students and these are to be worn throughout all training sessions at school.
Specialist netball is available to all girls in Year 8 at Churchlands SHS. Students selected in the program will undertake extra sessions of specialist netball coaching in addition to a full academic program. In Year 8, students participate before school and in Years 9 and 10, students will select Netball as one of their option units.
Students in the program will be given the opportunity to participate in interschool netball fixtures and matches against other specialist schools. Games will occur midweek during the school term. For weekend netball, we recommend and support involvement in netball at club level. Input into the program also comes from WA Netball to ensure there is consistency with elite development.
The program is a combination of training in the school pool with coach Ms Pauline Pratt, working with Surf Life Saving WA at various beaches, and having opportunities to try other water based activities.
Ms Pauline Pratt as our skills and technique coach will be taking one period per week as a training session, to work
on technique and fitness. The main supporter of the program is the Department of Communities, working in conjunction with Surf Life Saving WA and Churchlands SHS. This partnership will help to add value to our program by providing funding for Surf Life Saving WA to conduct training with our students. This includes courses such as a Surf Rescue Certificate, Advanced Resuscitation and Beach Activities. It will also be used to pay for other activities such as Swim Coaching, Body Boarding, Surfing and Coral Bay Camp in Years 9 and 10.
The aim of the cadets program is to have students and community members trained in the ways of first aid and water safety to increase community involvement and to be of use in the event of an emergency.
Workplace Learning is a program that provides an opportunity for a student to demonstrate, and develop increasing competence in, the core skills for work, often referred to as generic, transferable or employability skills.
A student learns to apply and adapt the workplace skills that are necessary to understand and carry out different types of work, and that play a key role in lifelong learning. Along with providing opportunities for students to develop skills in the workplace it also encourages students to build up a network of industry contacts and obtain credit towards their WACE. Workplace Learning at Churchlands SHS is delivered as an Endorsed Program and will be one of the six subjects studied by students in their Senior Secondary School years.
The endorsed program is based on the skills, knowledge and understandings that underpin successful participation
in work. These skills are documented in the Core Skills for Work Developmental Framework, developed collaboratively by the Department of Industry and the Department of Education. At the completion of each placement students are required to reflect on their learning and communicate their understandings in a Skills Journal that directly correlates to the Core Skills for Work. Students are required to maintain a Log Book containing a record of tasks completed, an attendance record and a formal
evaluation from the Host Employer. Both these documents are evaluated and form the evidence to demonstrate the completion of this program. Workplace Learning is only available to students who are completing predominately Non ATAR subjects as the work placements are completed during the exam period.
National tours include;
- Drama tour to the Eastern states (Term 1 holidays)
- Canberra tour to Federal Parliament (September every second year)
- Coral Bay tour (May each year for AEP Year 8 students)
Students who are actively studying a language often have the opportunity to travel to France, Japan or China on cultural exchanges. These tours traditionally take place in April or September and usually include a week of school plus school holiday time.
As part of this exchange program students from these countries regularly visit Churchlands SHS and are billeted by families of current students. These exchanges provide a rich opportunity for students to develop their language skills and social network.
Ancient History tour
Includes tours to Greece and occur every second year.
Information can be found under Music Tours and occur every 3 years.
English Channel Swim Tour
Every 2 years our swimmers are given the opportunity through the Barracudas Swimming Club to train for and attempt the Channel crossing.
Basketball Tour to the USA
Physical Education staff have initiated a tour to the USA which includes a school based competition plus the opportunity to watch an NBA game.
New Zealand Ski Tour
The ski tour to New Zealand is an annual event on the Churchlands SHS calendar. This 10 day tour occurs in the first week of the October school holidays and is open to all year 10-12 students. To be considered for the tour, students must be independent, well organised and reliable and have an exemplary school record. The tour of the South Island includes 5 days of skiing as well as a variety of cultural activities.
Students learn how to be independent travellers and global citizens as they are immersed in a slightly different culture. Applications are open each year from early February.
World Challenge is a biennial event, for students of Year 11 and 12. Teams of students travel to a developing country, where they embark on a 5-7 day trek and do some project work such as classroom renovation or construction. The students work to a budget and are responsible for organising accommodation, meals and transport between the phases of the expedition.
Previous expeditions have been to Thailand/Laos, Costa Rica/Nicaragua, Northern India and this year 3 teams are heading to Southern India at the end of November. Eligibility criteria is the same as for the ski tour, with an emphasis on Community Service participation.
NOTE: Students participation on tours is at the discretion of the school. Only those students who are financial and have demonstrated a commitment to the school's ethos and values will be considered. Students will participate on the understanding that the school reserves the right to withdraw a student from any tour based on behaviour concerns. If this occurs when deposits are no longer refundable, parents will bear this cost.
Duke of Edinburgh's Award
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is internationally accredited and is the world’s leading youth achievement award. It challenges young people to develop skills, become physically fitter, be a responsible citizen through volunteering and to discover new places on an Adventurous Journey. The Award has three levels, Bronze, Silver and Gold and students can begin at the Bronze Level while in Year 9. There are age limits for beginning the Silver and Gold levels.
For information about the Award, students should see the Community Service Coordinator, who is the Award Leader for our school.