Clayfield College is one of Australia's leading schools, providing a tradition of quality education. The College has a proud history of offering a Christian learning environment where students are encouraged, nurtured, and inspired to achieve personal excellence. Clayfield College welcomes students from all over Australia and the world, catering for girls from Pre-Prep to Year 12 and boys from Pre-Prep to Year 6. The College is also a Boarding School for girls, caring for students from Years 5 - 12 on a daily, casual, weekly, or term basis.
The College is located in the beautiful inner-northern Brisbane suburb of Clayfield, only six and a half kilometers from the central business district and served well by public transport. The Citytrain network is situated close by, and we are centrally located to buses, both Brisbane City Council and private bus lines. The College is only five kilometers from the Domestic and International airports and the Gateway arterial road that links the Gold and Sunshine Coasts.
Our aim at Clayfield College is to challenge our students academically through inquiry and engagement while nurturing an intellectual curiosity of the world around them. We offer a stimulating academic curriculum and comprehensive co-curricular opportunities to pursue their interest in sport, the arts, and service leadership.
The College has a strong academic focus, where our students are encouraged to set and achieve personal academic goals. We offer a broad range of activities that foster essential inquiry skills, such as problem-solving, creative thinking, flexibility, and tenacity through our extension learning programs. Our relatively small class sizes also ensure that more attention is given to each student. But, more importantly, learning is for life, not just for school. Our Pastoral Care Program focuses on a holistic approach that encourages our students to develop commitment, self-discipline, self-motivation, and a sense of social responsibility. We encourage our students to be happy, laugh often, work hard, and give back to the community.
Clayfield College was officially founded on the 9th of February 1931, with just nine students and five teachers. In the subsequent years, Clayfield College has continued to grow and succeed through our principals' dedication and hard work: Miss Nancy Ashburn, Miss Ida Kennedy OAM, Mrs. Carolyn Hauff AM, Mr. Brian Savins, and Ms. Melissa Powell. Our current Principal, Mrs. Kathy Bishop, continues to strengthen our future endeavors and strategic focus.
Clayfield College offers a stimulating curriculum that incorporates innovative learning experiences and an understanding and acceptance of individual skills and talents. We aim to provide every child with an outstanding teaching and learning environment by supporting our learners' diversity with contemporary teaching styles. Our Teaching and Learning Programs inspire our students to achieve their academic potential through a range of learning experiences that engage, excite, and challenge them.
In Pre-Prep, the students' learning program is developed around the Working with the Early Years' Learning Framework and The Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guidelines. These documents form the foundation of pedagogy and inform teaching decisions. To assist children with their identity development, all students wear a uniform to ensure they feel a part of the school. Children can also make choices and decisions about their learning and their involvement and participation in the program. The program is influenced by constructivist theory and the Reggio Emilio approach, and a teacher and teacher-aide support the children.
Students in Prep-Year 6 follow the Australian Curriculum, which outlines curriculum content and the learning expected at points in the students' schooling through the specification of achievement standards. We implement the Australian Curriculum available capabilities literacy, numeracy, information and communication technology competence, critical and creative thinking, ethical understanding, personal and social competence and intercultural understanding, and the three cross-curriculum priorities: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures, Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia and Sustainability. These have been embedded, where relevant and appropriate, in each learning area.
The Primary School curriculum is student-centered rather than subject-centered. We recognize that students learn differently, and strategies and programs implemented in classrooms reflect that reality. While the amount of curriculum time for each subject is nominally allocated, teachers are encouraged to integrate subjects where possible, without losing the integrity or academic rigor of any subject. Literacy and numeracy development are primary concerns of the Curriculum and taught across all learning areas in Prep-Year 6. An inquiry-based approach is encouraged in subjects. Primary School teachers embrace several age-relevant pedagogies in their teaching, including inquiry, collaboration, active and experiential learning, differentiation (recognition of learning styles), choice, and authentic and reflective assessment, while embracing a Positive Growth Mindset.
Clayfield College offers a rigorous academic environment, where learning is a continuum from Pre-Prep to Year 12. Working with the Australian Curriculum, all students from Years 7 to 9 study the core areas of English, Mathematics, Science, and Humanities. Other subjects, which are core in Years 7 and 8, become electives in Year 9. The range of elective subjects offered is broad. It encompasses the Arts (Drama, Music and Visual Art), Languages (Chinese, Japanese and Spanish), Contemporary Business, Technology (Interactive Multimedia Technology and Food Technology), and Health and Physical education.
The Senior School curriculum is structured to meet the needs of students aiming for Tertiary Entrance as well as those wishing to pursue other post-school pathways. Pathways are also available for Special Needs and Gifted and Talented students. The College Library (the Nancy Ashburn Learning Resource Centre) remains open until 6:00 pm Mondays to Thursdays to provide students with a space and resources for homework and study.