Canterbury College is one of Queensland's premier co-educational K–12 independent day schools and is located on the south side of Brisbane. Canterbury is renowned for its quality of academic, sporting, cultural, service and spiritual programs operating within an Anglican ethos. Our expansive campus has modern facilities and spacious sporting areas Senior School (Year 10 – Year 12).
To enhance our students’ pastoral and academic journey with the College we have three key focus areas of learning:
Junior School (Kindergarten – Year 6)
Middle School (Year 7 – Year 9)
Our Learning Environment
Canterbury College offers a well-rounded education, with an individual focus, capitalising on our professional and committed staff, our modern facilities and our enriched learning environments. Students receive an holistic education, both within and outside the classroom, to assist in the development of their spiritual, social, cultural and academic characteristics. As citizens of the 21st Century they are empowered with a love of and commitment to life-long learning.
Our students are educated in an enjoyable, well-disciplined, Christian, ‘school family’ environment. Our community spirit is exemplified by the strong partnership which exists between the College and our parents. This caring and family focused atmosphere is founded upon good relationships among staff, students and parents, as well as the wider community. Our ethos is based on mutual respect, support and cooperation.
Our rich and diverse academic program is supported by a full curriculum of activities, camps and excursions. Many students access University studies, traineeships, apprenticeships and work experience in their Senior years. Technology is integrated in all year levels, providing students with access to enhanced educational experiences. Our students use interactive whiteboards, complex digital monitoring devices, manufacturing equipment, as well as laptop and desktop computers as part of their day-to-day learning.
Caring For All
Our desire is for each student to be the best person they can be. So we provide each student with individual support and encouragement within our inclusive community. The educational and pastoral care structure of the College has been developed to complement the existing holistic education, as students progress through to Year 12.
Canterbury prides itself on the strong pastoral care it offers to students and families at the College. Respect, care, courtesy and consideration are fundamental Christian values which underpin our Pastoral Care program. Our Charter of Values promote our key principles of Community, Compassion, Integrity, Respect, Scholarship and Social and Environmental Responsibility.
Our staffing structure provides all members of the Canterbury Family with effective pastoral care. This is achieved through the services of our:
1. Head of College
2. Deans of Junior, Middle & Senior Schools
4. Assistant Deans of Junior, Middle & Senior Schools
5. Year Level Coordinators (Years 7 – 12)
6. Class Teachers (Kindergarten – Year 6)
7. Form Teachers (Years 7 – 12)
8. Inclusive Education Department
9. Student Guidance Counsellor
10. Careers Counsellor
11. College Nurse
Student learning in the academic curriculum is effectively complemented by participation in a wide range of sporting, cultural, service and community activities outside the classroom. By participating in activities, students gain a sense of camaraderie, find strength in being a member of a team, build stronger friendships, strengthen self-confidence and develop greater self-esteem.
Canterbury College offers a rich and diverse extra-curricular program in which all students are encouraged to participate. Our history contains multiple team premierships and individual performances through to national representation. Most importantly our sporting program offers opportunities for students to be active, have fun and develop their skills.
The College is a member of The Associated Schools (TAS). Students have the opportunity to not only represent Canterbury College, but also compete at District, Regional, State and National levels. Our sporting program includes Athletics, Basketball, Cricket, Cross Country, Football (Soccer), Hockey, Netball, Rugby, Swimming, Tennis, Touch and Volleyball. Most interschool sporting fixtures are held on Saturdays, with carnivals held mid-week. Training for sport usually occurs before or after school.
The College offers expansive sporting fields and five indoor playing arenas which provide first-rate facilities for our sporting teams and individuals.
Students who accept places at Canterbury College are required to make themselves available for College teams in the activities in which they participate. All students are expected to honour their commitment by attending all training sessions and games.
Creative and Performing Arts
At Canterbury College, a student’s artistic appreciation and experience are regarded as integral aspects of his or her overall education and personal development. Musical instruments, Singing, Dance, Drama and Visual Art are all extremely popular and many students are involved.
The College’s facilities include a state-of-the-art Arts Centre, which includes specialist instrumental rooms, classrooms, a digital music technology classroom, a 220-seat auditorium, an outdoor amphitheatre and drama rehearsal rooms. Our Canterbury Events Centre provides a venue for exciting and professional productions of our biennial Musicals. All students are encouraged to become involved, and the College competes at various local, State, National and International music events.
Performance Music and Choral Program
The Performance Music program offers a wide range of musical ensembles for students of all abilities to join. These include three Concert Bands, two Stage Bands, five Orchestras, and numerous Small Ensembles. Tuition is available on a wide variety of instruments including piano, brass, woodwind, percussion, guitar, strings and voice. Instruments are available for hire at a minimal cost and all students wishing to learn musical instruments are accommodated.
An extensive choral program is also available, consisting of seven choirs within the Junior, Middle and Senior Years. Our all-female choir, Cantabile, has enjoyed great success in various competitions including winning two Silver medals at the 2012 World Choir Games in the USA.
Dance at Canterbury College has begun to create a dynamic reputation for performance through both Curriculum and Extra-Curricular Dance. This includes College-based performances, community performances, eisteddfods and local competitions. Canterbury Dance is dedicated to establishing an echelon of achievement, and creating a reputation which is one of pride and quality. The program is supported by 100 students across six different groups which support different levels of achievement in Senior, Middle and Junior Schools. These include Junior Steppers, Jdance, Kindy Dance, 7–12 Dance Ensemble, All Boys Dance Crew and the Canterbury Dance Company.
Dance students perform at various College and community events, including Musicals, Fairs, the Annual Evening of Excellence, Starry Starry Night, various competitions and eisteddfods, and their work culminates in the Dance Evening of Excellence. Students build their confidence in performance, become more experienced in choreography, improve their concentration, self-control and self-esteem, and expand their real-life understanding of live theatre and the dedication required to be part of a successful ensemble.
Canterbury College’s Drama program caters for students of all abilities and includes the following groups:
Youth Theatre (Years 10–12)
Middle School Theatre (Years 7–9)
Junior School Players (Years 4–6)
Theatre Sports (selected students from Years 9–12).
Our growing creative programs include Visual Art for Senior students in Years 10-12 and Art for students in Years 7-9. Extra-curricular groups are offered for students who have a passion for creative expression in Visual Art. The Arts Academy – Visual Art program is available to gifted and talented students, providing opportunities to work with local professional artists using a variety of media. The Canterbury College Art Studio club is provided for Middle School students in Years 7-9 who would like artistic extension. Students in the Visual Art department have the opportunity to develop their skills in a wide variety of media, take part in excursions to galleries and contribute to local exhibitions. Facilities for these students are continuing to grow, with new art rooms fully installed in 2012 and further growth of the program and its facilities planned for 2013 and beyond.
Discover More About Canterbury
To learn more about the advantage of an education with Canterbury College and to arrange a tour of our state of the art multi-million dollar campus, please contact our Enrolments Officer on 07 32990888 or drop in for a visit at Old Logan Village Road, Waterford.
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