Founded in 1912, Churchie provides an all-round educational program focused on scholastic attainment, spiritual awareness, personal growth and community service. Its day program includes classes from Reception (Preparatory) to Year 12 with boarding available from Years 8 to 12.

Facilities: The School is situated on 22 hectares of grounds, just four kilometres from Brisbane city. The facilities include a state-of-the-art science centre incorporating 12 laboratories, a 112-seat lecture theatre and an astronomy observatory. There is a Business Studies Centre, and computer laboratories for Information Technology, Languages, Design Art, Graphics, Film, Television and New Media, and Music studies. The Advanced Technology Centre is equipped with LabVolt technology, computer-aided design software, and woodwork and engineering workshops. Other facilities include the Canon Jones Memorial Chapel, the Sir John Pidgeon Sports Complex, the Barry McCart Aquatic Centre, the Hayward Arts Centre, a newly built tennis centre, libraries, music rooms and purpose-built air-conditioned classrooms.

Boarding facilities: The School’s modern and recently refurbished dormitories are conducive to academic study, offering greater privacy, wireless internet access in every cubicle and increased storage space to enable a clutter-free environment. Individual rooms are provided to boarders from Year 10 to Year 12. The self-service dining hall is both spacious and contemporary and offers ample food choice ranging from full continental breakfasts or hot breakfasts to theme nights. The seven-day-a-week boarding environment gives an ever-present sense of community and also immense possibilities for group activity, development of hobbies, life interests, sports and recreation. Regular contact with parents is welcomed and facilitated. The director of boarding oversees the boarding school, assisted in each house by a head of house, assistant head of house, house mother and resident tutors. Three nursing sisters rotate shifts to ensure the school’s medical centre is staffed 24-hours-a-day and a doctor is available to attend to boarding students’ health needs.

Electives Years 7 to 9: Middle School boys in Years 7 and 8 study core subjects of Religious Education, English, Mathematics, Science, Studies of Society, Modern Languages, Health and Physical Education, Expressive Arts (Visual Arts, Drama, Media Studies and Music), Design and Technology, Information and Media Studies and Pastoral Learning. Apart from these subjects, which comprise the formal academic program, students also engage in a Social-Emotional Development Program linked with Outdoor Education, and also have the opportunity to be involved in the Aquila Program for Gifted Students. Year 9 boys study core subjects of Religious Education, English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Modern Languages, Health and Physical Education, Pastoral Learning and two elective offerings. These offerings include Advanced Design and Technology, Industrial Design and Technology, Information Technology, Extension Mathematics and Science, Music, Extension English and Humanities, Art, Drama and Film, Television and New Media.

Electives Years 10 to 12: Core subjects in Year 10 include Religious Education, Mathematics, Social Science (History and Geography), English and Science. Students also select two electives from these subjects: French, Chinese Mandarin, Japanese, Physical Education, Agricultural Science, Commerce, Design and Technology, Drama, Graphics and Design, Information and Technology Studies, Media and Design Technologies, Music, Studio Art and Visual Art. The vocational education Pathways Program provides a flexible course of study for boys applying for TAFE studies, apprenticeships, traineeships or employment after graduation. In Years 11 and 12, students can select four subjects from the following: Accounting, Agriculture, Ancient History, Visual Art, Biology, Business Communication and Technologies, Chemistry, Chinese, Drama, Earth Science, Economics, Engineering Technology, Film, TV and New Media, French, Geography, Graphics, Information Processing and Technology, Japanese, Legal Studies, Mathematics, Modern History, Multi-Strand Science, Music, Music Extension (Performance), Physics, Physical Education, Study of Religion and Technology Studies.

Sport: Churchie has 10 sports fields surrounding the main oval at its East Brisbane campus. There are also 10 tennis courts, 25- and 50-metre swimming pools as well as basketball and volleyball courts. A state-of-the-art boathouse and rowing facility overlooking the Brisbane river is also available for students. The School offers a comprehensive array of sports facilities, all located on-campus and within easy walking distance of each other, to engage students in exercise, competition, learning and fun.

Extracurricular activities: An extensive co-curricular program complements students’ formal learning, facilitates their personal development and extends their special abilities. Students in the Prep School may participate in Brisbane and Gold Coast CIC (Combined Independent Colleges) sports competitions including swimming, rugby, soccer, athletics, cross-country, tennis, basketball and cricket, inter-house sports carnivals and interstate and overseas rugby and soccer tours are also on offer for the budding sportsman.

For boys in the Middle and Senior Schools, there is a wide and varied sports program with Churchie competing routinely in Great Public School (GPS) competitions. A wide range of cultural activities is also available across all sub-Schools, with opportunities to perform in the choir, music ensembles, drama productions, art shows, debating, public speaking, camps, exchange programs and national and international tours and excursions.

Sports include soccer, basketball, cricket, cross-country, rowing, rugby, sailing, swimming, tennis, track and field athletics, volleyball and water polo. Drama and theatre activities include voice and speech tuition, senior school performance, middle school artfest, theatresports and stage crew.

Music incorporates school choir, cathedral choir, chapel choir, symphony orchestra, chamber strings, symphonic band, concert bands 1and 2, jazz ensembles, brass ensembles, percussion ensembles and guitar ensemble. Boys can also participate in Australian Air Force, Army or Naval Cadets.

Welfare and personal development: The School’s pastoral care program is supported by the House system, offering a sense of “belonging” for boys as they participate in intra-school competition and service activities, and develop as members of a larger community. Students are also supported by the school chaplains and school counsellor who offer a range of services including personal, spiritual and emotional support. Tertiary study, career guidance and time management advice is also available for students.

Famous ex-students: Jason Dunstall, Leigh Clifford, Don Argus, Simon Gallaher, Garth Welch, David Jull, Sir John Pidgeon, Sir Robert Mathers, Professor Bert Frost, Peter Burge, Don Archer, Nick Earls, Karmichael Hunt, Justice Paul de Jersey and Josh Jefferis.

School Information

  • Type: Independent
  • Coeducational or single-sex: Single-sex, Boys

  • Faith-based: Anglican
  • Year: Year 1 - Year 12
  • Day/Boarding: Day and Boarding
  • Enrolment: approximately 1700 students
  • Interview Required Upon Enrolment: No
  • International Baccalaureate Programs offered: IBDP  
  • ESL Support: N/A
  • Scholarships Available: Yes
  • Gifted and Talented Program: N/A
  • Preschool or Early Learning Centre: N/A
  • After School Care/ OOSH Options: Own After School Care
  • Fees: please consult the school
  • Address:Oaklands Parade, East Brisbane 4169.
  • Phone:07 3896 2200
  • Fax:07 3891 5976
  • HSC Subjects offered:Accounting, Agricultural Science, Ancient History, Biology, Chemistry, Chinese (Mandarin), Design, Digital Solutions Drama, Earth and Environmental Science, Economics, Engineering, Film, Television and New Media, French Geography, Japanese, Literature, Modern History, Music, Music Extension, Philosophy and Reason, Physical, Education, Physics, Religion, Spanish, Specialist Mathematics, Visual Art.
  • Clubs and Extra-curricular programs:Air Cadets, Army Cadets, Basketball, Chess, Cricket, Cross Country, Debating, Drama, Football , Music, Navy Cadets Rowing, Rugby Union, Swimming, Tennis, Track & field, Volleyball, Water Polo

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