Secondary: Year 7 to Year 12
Clayfield College offers an extensive Co-Curricular Program spanning sport, music, cultural, academic and altruistic endeavours. These activities provide opportunities for girls to achieve balance in their schooling experience and to become responsible and involved members of different groups. Through this involvement, students may develop new skill sets for life, form new relationships and discover further opportunities to pursue excellence beyond the academic curriculum.
Clayfield College competes as a member of the Queensland Girls' Secondary School Sports Association (QGSSSA) in thirteen seasonal sports in a number of divisions ranging from Year 7 to Open. All teams are chosen in accordance with selection criteria that are based on skill and fitness levels and commitment to training. Training for each team takes place outside of school hours in preparation for their respective competitions. QGSSSA Sports offered by Clayfield College include:
- Artistic gymnastics
- Cross country
Opportunities are also available for sportswomen to pursue representative honours through the Queensland School Sport system, which includes Metropolitan North School Sport. Clayfield College has also developed strong links with Delta Gymnastics, Shaw Park Tennis and Clayfield Aquatics.
Clayfield College has an outstanding reputation in the field of music. An extensive array of music groups is available including choirs; string, wind and percussion ensembles; chamber groups; bands and orchestras with rehearsals held outside of school hours. Groups are required to perform in a number of school concerts and community events throughout the course of the year, and most participate in competitions such as the Queensland Youth Music Awards and the Prestige Music Festival.
For more information about the fantastic music program available at Clayfield College, please visit musicatclayfield.weebly.com.
Intellectual challenge is provided in a range of local competitions and events. In the Secondary School, this includes ICAS English, Mathematics and Science competitions; Mathematics Teams Challenge, Mathematics Trust Challenge and Enrichment Stage, and the Mathematics Olympiad; the National Titration Competition, National Youth Science Forum, Australian Youth Aerospace Forum, Conoco-Phillips Science Experience, Rio Tinto Big Science and the QUT Vice-Chancellor’s STEM Camp; Tech Girls are Superheros, State RoboCup and Young ICT Explorers Challenge; the QUT Blue Shift Case Study in which our team made the finals; and several language competitions including Education Perfect Languages World Championships, Confucius Institute Chinese Competition, Chinese Bridge Competition, UQ Chinese Writing Competition and Sunshine Coast University Chinese Speaking Competition.
The College also has long tradition of involvement in Queensland Debating Union competitions and students from Year 5 can participate.
Clayfield College offers numerous other groups which students can elect to be involved including AACT (Advanced Acting and Communication Training), Artbox, Dance Company, Multimedia Club and ISCF (Interschool Christian Fellowship).
The College offers two opportunities for study overseas:
Year 10 students can apply for an exchange to Trafalgar Castle School in
Toronto, Canada, for a term. Students board at the school, but are often taken
into local families for weekends and breaks. Year 9 and 10 students can earn a
place in the Cambridge Program. Over the two weeks of the program, the girls
take part in either an English Literature or a Science strand at Cambridge
University, both of which provide stimulating extension activities. As well as
extending the students in their areas of interest, the program introduces the
girls to the Oxbridge style of learning, which focuses on small group tutorials
and working closely with an academic mentor. The program includes a number of
related excursions, including a visit to Oxford and a West End Theatre and, for
the English students, visits to the Globe Theatre and the Houses of Parliament
in London. Excursions for the Science students include visits to the Maritime
Museum and Greenwich. Prior to the commencement of the program, the students
undertake a four-day sightseeing tour of some of the significant highlights of
England including London, Windsor Castle, Bath, Stonehenge, Stratford-Upon-Avon
and Warwick Castle.
Clayfield College has a very strong culture of community service. All Houses support at least one charity, and secondary students are able to join the Clayfield Community Service Group which meets at lunch times. Students participate in projects in five focus areas – education, environment, health, poverty and women – and maintain links to organisations including Amnesty International, Red Cross, Unicef and UN Women. Active service, including time outside of school hours, is expected, and can take the form of decorating and filling tote bags for patients in children’s hospital, working at the International Women’s Day Breakfast, or participating in homework help at the College or at a local library. There is also a Peer Mentoring program within the College.
Secondary students also have the opportunity to participate in the Service Trip to India at the end of the school year. Students visit Amar Seva Sangam, a K-tertiary institution which educates and provides for people with physical and intellectual disabilities. Students spend a week working at the Sangam, then have a week of cultural experiences in Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.