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Churchlands Senior High School

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Type  Public School
Principal  Neil Hunt
Phone  +61 8 9441 1700
Motto  Aim High & Achieve
Established  1962
Campus  Churchlands
Number of students  2,437
Founded  1962
Enrolment  2437 students (18 October 2016)
Colour(s)  Teal, navy blue, gold and red
Address  20 Lucca St, Churchlands WA 6018, Australia
Similar  Shenton College, Perth Modern, Carine Senior High Sch, Churchla Primary School, Mount Lawley Senior Hi

Churchlands Senior High School is a state co-educational school in Churchlands, a suburb of Perth, Western Australia, approximately 15 minutes from the central business district.



Churchlands is a co-educational high school with an enrollment of approximately 2400 students from Years 7 to 12. Since its foundation in 1962, the school has sought excellence built on academic, cultural and sporting achievements.

In 2011 Churchlands SHS joined the Education Department's Independent Public School programme. A School Board was established containing business expertise. In 2014 the Churchlands Foundation was launched with the aim of securing the school's future.

The school is located in Perth's western suburbs, three kilometres from the ocean and ten kilometres from the city centre. The student body is significantly multi-cultural with approximately sixty different nationalities and cultures represented. The school curriculum embraces tertiary entrance as well as preparation for TAFE and the workforce. Churchlands fosters relationships with its alumnus through the Alumni Association, the School Board and the Churchlands Foundation.

Academic status

Churchlands Senior High School holds a high standard of academic results. Students have received many major awards including three Beazley Medals. In 2004 Churchlands the school based Academic Excellence Programme to reinforce the current high standards.

For the 2009 TEE, Churchlands was the highest ranked public school, based on the number of students who scored 75% or more over four subjects. For the 2008 TEE, Churchlands was the second-highest ranked public school, based on the number of students who scored 75% or more over four subjects.


Churchlands Senior High School's Gifted and Talented music program has run for more than three decades. Facilities include a 504-seat acoustically engineered concert hall, a music auditorium seating 254, a dedicated choral studio and with instrumental practice rooms. International recognition includes the attainment of honours at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales and at the World Music Festival in Geneva. Student musicians perform for audiences in Australia and overseas with three-yearly tours to Europe, Asia and North America.

Ensemble performance is an integral part of the Churchlands music experience, and the performing ensembles include choirs, concert bands, orchestras, chamber groups, and guitar ensembles. To enter any level of the music program students must complete tests and auditions. Those who win a place in the program undertake an intensive course that is both practical and theoretical.

Working hard as part of a disciplined team, the students perform music in a wide range of styles, make rewarding friendships, travel, and contribute to the community. The program has a reputation, in Western Australia and beyond, for excellence in performance and music studies.


  • Kerry Sanderson – Governor of Western Australia, CEO of Fremantle Port Authority (1991-2008)
  • Eric Ripper - Deputy Premier and WA Treasurer 2001-2008, Leader of the Opposition in Western Australia 2008-2012
  • Academia & science

  • Aron Chakera - Rhodes Scholar
  • Mike Fitzpatrick - Rhodes Scholar
  • Andrew Poole - cave diver & explorer, co-discovered longest cave in Indonesia, and co-discovered the remipede species L. exleyi in a sink hole near Exmouth
  • Ian Puddey - Emeritus Professor, School of Medicine and Pharmacology, University of Western Australia
  • Art, entertainment and media

  • Taryn Fiebig - soprano, Opera Australia
  • Conor Barton - drummer, Mosquito Coast, Winner of Triple J Unearthed High 2015
  • Sally Carbon - radio host, journalist, & children story-book writer
  • Neil Eliot (1955-2007) - press photographer, Walkley Award 1991 & Press Photograph of the Year 1992
  • Neil Fisenden - flautist, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra & West Australian Symphony Orchestra
  • Christopher Malcolm - art curator, Director of the John Curtin Gallery
  • Allan Myers - clarinetist, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra & West Australian Symphony Orchestra
  • Michael Turkic - actor, director, & producer of musical theatre
  • Christine Turpin - timpanist, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
  • Business

  • Mike Fitzpatrick - Director, Rio Tinto Ltd
  • John Gillam - Managing Director of Bunnings, CSBP
  • Melanie Greensmith - fashion designer, co-founder Wheels and Doll Baby
  • Zhenya Tsvetnenko - Chief Executive Officer of Zhenya Group of Companies (also attended Rossmoyne Senior High School)
  • Sport

  • Neil Brooks - swimming, Moscow Olympics 1980 gold medal 4 × 100 m medley relay, Los Angeles Olympics 1984 silver medal 4 × 100 m medley relay, bronze medal 4 × 100 m freestyle relay
  • Calvin "C.J." Bruton - basketballer, Australian Boomers, Brisbane Bullets NBL
  • Sharon Buchanan - hockey, Los Angeles Olympics 1984, Seoul Olympics 1988 gold medal, Barcelona Olympics 1992, Hockeyroos Captain, Champion's Trophy Player of the Tournament at Berlin 1991; Buchanan was also selected for the Australian team that boycotted the Moscow Olympics in 1980
  • Sally Carbon - hockey, Seoul Olympics 1988 gold medal
  • Mike Fitzpatrick - VFL footballer, Carlton premiership captain 1981 & 1982, captained Victoria 1982, Chairman of the AFL Commission
  • Richard Pengelley - water polo, Los Angeles Olympics 1984 & Seoul Olympics 1988
  • Tom Stachewicz - swimming, Los Angeles Olympics 1984, Seoul Olympics 1988, Barcelona 1992 - Swimming Western Australia Hall of Fame 2009
  • Christine Stanton - high jumper, Moscow Olympics 1980, Los Angeles Olympics 1984, Seoul Olympics 1988
  • David Watts - rowing, Rio de Janeiro Olympics 2016
  • References

    Churchlands Senior High School Wikipedia

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