Anglican Church Grammar School, known internationally as Churchie, has as its central mission the development of young men of good character, strong intellect and generous spirit who will move confidently into the global community and who will use their talents and gifts to lead and serve others.
Churchie offers a wonderful variety of learning experiences in local, national and international settings. As an academic institution, we deeply value intellectual and scholastic pursuits and recognise our role, in partnership with parents and the community, in assisting our young men to develop habits that will enable them to continue their pursuit of knowledge and learning throughout their lives.
The four founding tenets of scholastic attainment, spiritual awareness, personal growth and service, remain at the core of day-to-day activities. Our values, centred upon the Christian faith, are expressed through the development of concern for others and mutual respect for all.
As a school community, we are dedicated to celebrating achievement, character, creativity and effort across a vast range of academic, sporting, cultural and service pursuits, believing that every boy can achieve success and benefit from a broad, liberal education. Churchie men have, for many decades, been viewed as well-rounded gentlemen, scholars, athletes, musicians, leaders and servants, who are prepared to make a worthy contribution to the communities in which they live.
Our world-renowned resources, borne of the vision and commitment by so many people for over 100 years, provide an ideal setting for boys to ‘run and grow and learn’ just as the Churchie’s Founder, Canon WPF Morris, had envisioned.
I encourage you to explore the school’s website or visit Churchie to learn more, first hand, about our commitment to the education of young men.
Churchie’s uniqueness is expressed through our focus on the whole person as defined by our four tenets of scholastic attainment, spiritual awareness, personal growth and community service. Building on the four tenets, the school’s personalised learning programme is central to empowering every student to develop knowledge, skills and values that allow him to grow into an accomplished young man.
Scholastic attainment is recognised in Churchie’s curriculum and customised to the boys’ needs and interests. The Preparatory School and Senior School are well equipped for the delivery of a modern educational programme with a technology-rich learning environment facilitated across all curriculum areas.
Learning resources include a state-of-the-art science centre incorporating 12 laboratories, a 112 seat lecture theatre and an astronomy observatory. There is also a Business Studies Centre and precincts for Information Technology and the Languages. The Hayward Midson building provides world-class facilities for creative, collaborative and innovative thinking in Design and Technology, Engineering Technology, Film, Television and Media, Visual Art and Drama. The Centenary Library, a tertiary-inspired library environment brings together seven Churchie departments: Senior School Library, Student Services, Churchie IT, Learning Support, Mawson House, Churchie Archives and a research centre. The library features numerous small and group learning spaces, a 250-seat lecture theatre, The Arches café and two video conference rooms.
Community service is reflected in fostering a sense of duty to serve others, community interaction and the appreciation of cultural diversity. students participate in service programmes for local and international causes, and are involved in transformational service initiatives to encourage awareness of how young men may be of service to others.
Spiritual awareness underpins Churchie life. Chapel stands at the heart of the school and is a physical reminder of the central role faith plays in our life. True to our Anglican traditions and values, we encourage an openness and tolerance of the faith and beliefs of others.
All our activities inside and beyond the classroom aim to assist the personal growth of character through challenging learning, positive relationships and shared responsibility.
Churchie’s Preparatory School (for students from Reception to Year 6) offers an excellent foundation to learning within a caring, disciplined and exciting environment, supported by state-of-the-art facilities and resources.
Our ‘boy responsive’ curriculum ensures an intellectually challenging learning experience, with students emerging from their preparatory years as articulate, confident and independent learners who increasingly take responsibility for their own learning.
The Reception or Prep Year programme offers an ideal environment for a boy’s first formal year of learning. Students experience an academic programme underpinned by a concept-driven curriculum, empowering them with the skills and understandings to learn purposefully. Student learning is enhanced through participation in a global curriculum that is relevant, significant, challenging and engaging. In this way, themes of global significance are valued, and connections between life in school, life at home and life in the world are considered
Churchie is an authorised IB World School for the delivery of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme and is currently delivering the international curriculum to Prep School students. This is a globally recognised learning framework that places the student at the centre of learning and will assist to prepare our students for their place in the global community.
As an academic school, explicit teaching is focused on developing high-level literacy and numeracy skills supported by cooperative learning strategies that engage, excite and challenge learners.
The development of each student’s character is supported through a Virtues Education Programme and a strong commitment to Anglican values, explored through weekly chapel services and Religious Education lessons. Wide and varied opportunities abound for co-curricular achievement and personal growth, offering a dynamic learning experience beyond the classroom.
Churchie’s Senior School is a vibrant learning community of approximately 1300 students from Years 7 to 12. The Senior School is focused on the provision of a quality education designed to prepare young men for life and learning beyond school.
Year 7 is a transition year to the senior phase of learning in preparation for the final years of schooling. Years 8, 9 and 10 allow students to explore the broad curriculum in preparation for the final years of schooling. During Years 11 and 12, students are exposed to a wide range of experiences, which will help them to graduate as confident young men, equipped with the skills to adapt to the changing requirements of a modern, global society.
A broad range of subject choices is offered to students so they can explore and expand their interests and abilities. Each boy is encouraged to develop, integrate and balance the physical, social, intellectual, emotional, moral, ethical, aesthetic and spiritual dimensions of the Senior School.
As in IB World School, Churchie’s Senior School students have the option to complete the IB Diploma Programme as an alternative academic pathway to the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE). Both pathways offer a rigorous liberal education delivered by Churchie’s expert academic staff.
Learning takes place in air-conditioned, new-generation learning spaces throughout the Senior School. These technology-rich facilities allow for individual learning, small-group work and whole-class collaboration.
Students access specifically designed teaching areas in the Hayward Midson building for the Arts, Design Technology and Engineering, the Stanley and May Smith Science Centre, the Business Studies Centre and The Centenary Library.
Churchie’s eleven houses are central to its Pastoral Care Programme, which is focused on individualised mentoring. Each student belongs to one house throughout Senior School and this provides him with a sense of group identity and team spirit, which is nurtured by competition and friendly rivalry.
For almost a century, Churchie has held boarding at the heart of its community. Boarders enjoy access to the Churchie facilities and academic staff for the extended hours that they are at school to enrich their schooling experience.
Staff recognise the challenges that boarders face and enjoy caring for young men. With the right levels of support and guidance from staff, along with the positive relationships that our boys build with their peers, Churchie Boarders develop a strong sense of belonging. With belonging comes a sense of self and good self-esteem. It is only once we have this balance that a young man will fulfil his potential.
The Boarding School provides a secure and caring environment for boys to develop the necessary leadership and support skills to enjoy diverse learning experiences at Churchie and in the broader community. Opportunities abound for leadership and participation, reinforced by our seven-day-a-week boarding experience. This boarding culture offers an ever-present sense of community with immense possibilities on the weekend for group activity, development of hobbies, sports and recreation. Regular contact with parents is welcomed and facilitated.
Our purpose-built, modern, air-conditioned boarding facilities with wireless internet access in every cubicle, together with our spacious 22-hectare campus, provide the ideal environment for boys to thrive in.
Academically, our boarders are not only supported by their Housemasters but evening study is supervised by a range of qualified teachers across a number of teaching areas. This means that all boys have the means to access the specific assistance that they need in order to achieve at their best.
Our aim is to provide a high level of care in order for boys to be safe and happy in this environment.