All boys from Years 7 to 12 are welcome to join the group Amnesty International letter writing group. The group meets once a week at lunchtime to write letters on behalf of individuals and groups deemed at risk by Amnesty International. At times, the group also raises money to support Amnesty International’s campaign on behalf of people at risk and its investigations into human rights violations as well as raising awareness in the School community about human rights issues in the world.
Opportunities are provided throughout the year for additional, unstructured time in the art studios during After-school Art. Students may work on individual extension art activities of their own choice under the guidance of an Art teacher. The Senior School Art Exhibition is held each year where selected student works are showcased and celebrated with an official opening.
In Year 10, all boys are required to participate in one of three cadet programs run on Friday afternoons. Army Cadets, offers boys an opportunity to explore their full potential, develop confidence, self-discipline and learn a wide variety of skills, among the State’s award-winning cadet unit. Surf Lifesaving Cadets is run through North Cottesloe Surf Lifesaving Club, and Environment and Community (ENCOMM) cadet activities include volunteering at aged-care facilities, wetland restoration and Food Rescue.
The Chess Club is open to all boys in the Senior School. Teams are drawn from the club to compete in various inter-school competitions. Boys can earn credit towards House Colours by playing in the House Chess Competition. The School competition are held in two divisions during Terms 2 and 3 and are open to all boys. The School also sends teams to the PSA, Four Schools’ and State competitions.
Christ Church has a high level of participation and achievement across all year groups in Debating. In the AHISA competition, teams represent each year group from Years 7 to 12 while the WA Debating League, an inter-school competition involving more than 30 Perth schools compete in Senior (Years 11 and 12) and Junior (Years 9 and 10) divisions (we also offer teams in Years 7 and 8). There are also opportunities in House Debating, social debating with local schools and workshops with the assistance of the Old Boys’ Association.
Drama at Christ Church is a highly popular part of the co-curricular program. The Midnite Youth Theatre Company, under the artistic direction of the Head of Drama, performs a variety of plays throughout the year featuring students from Years 7 to 12 as well as other schools. Midnite tours internationally (biennially) and is often recognised in the WA Independent Theatre Association Awards.
Duke of Edinburgh
The Duke of Edinburgh International Award, in which young people aged 14 to 25 participate in a number of activities over a set length of time, lets participants create their own program around the components of physical recreation, skill, service and expedition. It is an ideal program for Christ Church boys as many students are already involved in a number of activities, which can be applied. The internationally-recognised award can also be helpful when applying for universities, scholarships or employment.
Mock Trials is a competition sponsored by the Law Society of Western Australia, which aims to teach students how the legal system works by involving them in a courtroom trial. Boys compete as a team of two barristers, a solicitor, two witnesses and a court orderly. One team takes the role of the prosecution and the other, the defence. Boys in Years 11 and 12 are eligible to participate. The trials run throughout the year as a seven-round knockout competition, culminating in a grand final held in the Supreme Court in December.
More than a third of Christ Church students receive music tuition and a large number of boys perform in the various instrumental and vocal ensembles on offer. Catering for classical, jazz and rock musicians, there is an active calendar of performance opportunities at a variety of venues, as well as school assemblies and major concerts presented in conjunction with Methodist Ladies’ College and St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls each year.
Each year, a group of boys who enjoy writing, editing and photography assist with the preparation and production of The Mitre, the School’s year book, and sometimes assist with the collection and editing of material for Impressions, the School’s creative arts magazine. The Mitre is a record of the major events of the year including reports on the various academic and co-curricular activities. The student committee is involved in writing, editing, proof-reading, illustrating, taking photographs and general preparations for printing.
SCRAM (Schools’ Conflict Resolution and Mediation), an initiative of Western Australian Dispute Resolution Association, is a Year 10 interactive role-play competition aimed at encouraging the development of conflict resolution skills in secondary schools. A team of six to 10 students are given background information on a problem and the student mediators lead the disputing parties through the mediation process in an effort to find a solution that all can accept.