Specialised Programs

Clayfield College supports a philosophy of inclusive education. In addition to impressive classroom programs, the College offers a range of specialised programs to ensure our students become independent and engaged learners, with a passion for learning that lasts a lifetime.

Excellence in the Arts

The classroom Music program is based on the philosophy of famed Hungarian composer and music educator, Zoltan Kodàly 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.

The Visual Arts program draws on a unique group of prominent and emerging artists through visits to Brisbane's major Art Galleries and working with artists in workshop situations to provide role models and opportunities to extend Visual Art learning for our students. Students engage in making and appraising tasks that direct creative expression through an inquiry model of learning. Our final year students curate an annual exhibition of their work at an established Brisbane gallery. To extend and support the Visual Art Curriculum, the College offers a number of co-curricular activities such as Artbox, where each student can continue to develop their skills in art, using a variety of media.

Service Learning

At Clayfield College we believe in fostering in our students an awareness of selfless giving and humanitarian values. There is a diverse range of rewarding service opportunities available for members of the College community.

Every student is exposed to service learning through the House and Pastoral Care programs. Extension service learning opportunities are available to those students who wish to extend their influence and involvement in various social and community programs.

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Elite Sports Program

The main aim or mission of the program is:

"To foster and support the sporting success and commitment of our very talented students, whilst maintaining the provision for excellence in their academic studies."

Clayfield College offers an Elite Sports Program, which currently caters for students across a range of sporting disciplines. 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, by providing time throughout the week for study or homework, and in a number of cases, the opportunity to train during school time.

The Elite Sports Program is available once students reach an Elite Performance Level in their chosen sport. Participation is subject to completion of an application for inclusion into the program and the development of a personalised academic program to meet the needs of each athlete.

English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD)

A specialist EALD teacher will assist non-English speaking background (NESB) students in timetabled EALD classes. Students attend lessons, which focus on the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in order to develop a knowledge of technical vocabulary, sentence and text construction required for academic learning in mainstream subjects.

Learning Enrichment & Extension

At Clayfield College, classroom teachers are highly supportive of all students. We recognise that all students are unique individuals and that some have specific educational needs. These needs may relate to:

  • Learning difficulties
  • Hearing/visual/physical impairments
  • Speech-language impairment
  • Intellectual impairment
  • Social-emotional difficulties

Where additional needs are identified, additional classroom support may be provided by the Learning Enrichment and Extension Department.

Extension Programs

Clayfield College offers a wide curriculum to meet the needs of all students. Students are extended academically via differentiated learning practices in all classes and across all subject areas. In addition, students participate in nationally recognised subject-based competitions. Clayfield College also provides meaningful and potentially creative opportunities for students. These challenges include:

  • Artbox and camp
  • Brainways
  • Dance Company
  • Days of Excellence
  • Debating
  • Drama Inc
  • ICAS Mathematics, English and Science Competitions
  • Language Competitions
  • Mathematics Teams Challenge
  • Premier's Reading Challenge
  • Public speaking
  • Reader's Cup
  • University of Queensland RoboCup
  • Visiting Artist Program
  • Year 8 Decathlon Competition