Clayfield College supports a philosophy of inclusive education. Students within Middle Schooling range in ability from Gifted and Talented to those who require learning support. In addition to impressive classroom programs, the College offers the following specialised programs to support the differing needs of our students:
Excellence in the Arts
The classroom Music program is based on the philosophy of famed Hungarian composer and music educator, Zoltan Kodaly and works to ensure that each student is given the opportunity to reach her musical potential. The classroom program is complemented by a range of co-curricular music groups - choral, strings and band. Lessons in all instruments and voice are available through the school.
Clayfield College has a close network of many professional artists to provide opportunities to enrich the program of the Visual Art Department. The College offers a numbers of co-curricular extension activities such as Artbox where students can continue to develop their skills in Art using a variety of media.
Elite and Developmental Sporting Program
Clayfield College offers an Elite Sporting Program which currently encompasses Athletics, Gymnastics, Hockey, Netball, Surf Lifesaving, Swimming, Tennis and Triathlon. Students accepted into the program are Queensland or Australian representatives who are endeavouring to maintain excellent academic results. The program is designed to assist these students in finding a balance between their studies and their sporting commitments. Clayfield College has developed the Elite Sporting Program not only to provide talented and committed athletes with an opportunity to train during school time but also provide time throughout the week for study or homework. The main aim or mission of the program is "To foster and support the excellent sporting success and commitment of our very talented students whilst maintaining the provision for excellence in their academic success."
Due to the growing number of talented and committed athletes within the College, the Elite Sporting Program has diversified to incorporate a Developmental Sporting Program currently encompassing the sports of Hockey, Tennis and Volleyball with Netball to commence in the near future. The purpose of this alternative program is to provide coaching expertise that will foster greater skill and game play techniques and strategies while maintaining and fuelling their interest and commitment to the sport. This pathway aims to allow for greater success for our athletes who have not reached state or national selection with their chosen sport but are striving to. The Developmental Sporting Program, therefore, provides expert coaching and programming to foster the future development of the athletes and is an avenue for entry into the Elite Sporting Program. The coaches within the Developmental Sporting Program are the same coaches or are at an equivalent standard as available in the Elite Sporting Program, the only difference being that training occurs outside of normal school hours.
The Elite and Developmental Sporting Programs are available to girls across all Year levels from Years 6 - 12, however, in some instances, students from Years 4 and 5 have qualified for the programs.
English as a Second Language (ESL)
A full-time specialist ESL teacher, supported by a part-time TESOL trained Teacher Aide, assists those students for whom English is not their first language. Individualised attention hastens their acquisition of English.
Learning Support & Enrichment
At Clayfield College, classroom teachers are highly supportive of all students. Where additional educational needs are identified, additional classroom support in literacy and numeracy may be offered.
Gifted and Talented students are provided with extension opportunities in each subject and are encouraged to enter competitions and external events such as the Days of Excellence. In addition, Enrichment opportunities are provided for students to work with guest presenters in specialised workshops such as BrainWays.