Published on: 5 November 2015

Christ Church has a strong relationship with the North Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club (NCSLSC). Each year, more than 50 Year 10 boys spend Friday afternoons at the surf club preparing for their Bronze Medallion examination.

This year, the final two training sessions included a visit from Katrina Porter (OAM) and a fun beach afternoon featuring board and flag races, chances to operate as IRB crew and even an opportunity to try a double ski.

The Christ Church surf cadet program has recently been awarded a significant Lotterywest grant. The money will be donated to the NCSLSC and will be used to purchase valuable training equipment. The items will have broad reaching benefits for a number of schools and community groups, as they will be shared by local and international schools who craft their life saving skills at NCSLSC.

Ms Allison Gould, Teacher in Charge of Surf Life Saving said the allocation will fund the purchase of much needed teaching resources and will have the potential to save lives both on the beach now and in the future, as the boys will be armed for life with their skills and competencies.

“My time as a surf cadet was an entertaining experience. Many skills were developed and good memories made. After the admittedly very difficult first ‘fitness’ session of the year, the course was a lot of fun and passing my bronze medallion assessment at the end was by far the most rewarding thing I’ve done in a long time.” Shane Mogan (Year 10)

“You can’t go to the beach on a Friday afternoon with any other boys’ school in Perth. Only Christ Church offers a unique opportunity to experience the beach in a whole new way, saving lives.” Luke Lumsden (Year 10)