BEYOND THE CLASSROOM
The school offers a variety of activities which allow students to develop particular talents, share common interests and gain wider experiences. The extensive co-curricular program at Perth Modern School aims to provide exciting activities that will stimulate an interest in school life as well as activities not previously experienced.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead
Perth Modern School has a strong commitment to offering our students opportunities to participate in community service activities. Known as ‘Youth Ambassadors’ the program enhances students’ personal development opportunities by:
- Developing a school-wide culture and ethos of service,
- Providing opportunities for students to exercise responsibility and develop leadership skills,
- Providing opportunities for students to learn through helping others.
Community Service activities that Perth Modern School students participate in include:ANZAC Day commemorations, Relay For Life, P&C Picnic, Foodbank Community Kitchen Bright Blue for Sick Kids, Starlight Foundation, Radio Lollipop, Transplant Australia, 40 Hour Famine, Leukaemia Foundation, Mufti Day, Red Cross Schools Challenge, Cat Haven, City to Surf, Clean Up Australia, Mobile Muster, YMCA Youth Parliament, Homeward Bound Project, Rio Tinto Earth Assist, Balga Salvation Army, Charity Day, HBF Run for a Reason, Pink Ribbon Day, Red Poppy/Remembrance Day, Daffodil Day, Bandana Day, R U OK? Day, Purple Bra Day PMH Foundation, Salvation Army Food Drive, Oaktree Foundation, Service Tour to Vietnam and Cambodia, Stellar Children’s Trust, Sustainability Club, Red Cross Starlight Foundation, MS Foundation, RSPCA , Subiaco Verge Revegetation Project, Subiaco Interact Club, Sporting activities involving mentoring, training and coaching, Kanyana Wildlife Centre, Subiaco Young Leaders, Volunteer Task Force and Youth Off The Streets
Perth Modern School students have a tradition of success in debating competitions and a large number of our teams compete each year in the Western Australian Debating League. In 2012, the Senior debating team won the State championships and our Junior team was runner-up. Teams are coached by dedicated and highly qualified Alumni and managed by enthusiastic teachers. Students are also encouraged to participate in other local and national debating and public speaking competitions.
Camps, Tours and Excursions:
Regular camps, tours and excursions are available for students to attend throughout the year. These include Year Camps, overseas music and language tours and local and national subject excursions such as the Art Camp and the Humanities and Social Science Canberra Tour. These activities result in academic, cultural and social benefits for our students and provide safe, fun, educational, worthwhile and memorable experiences.
A wide range of clubs forms an important part of the co-curricular life of the school. Involvement in these Clubs enables students to develop skills and interests in many varied fields and simultaneously contribute to the broad educational experience offered by Perth Modern School. Some Clubs enable small groups of students to follow particular interests under staff guidance, other Clubs focus on academic development and extension and some involve students in local, state and national competitions. Clubs at Perth Modern School include Chess, Art, Aeronautics, Badminton, Breakdance, Cheerleading, Chess, Coder Dojo, Coding for Girls (Years 7-9), Community Service (Youth Ambassadors), Design and Technology, Drama, Engineering, Food, Future Problem Solving, Gardening, Homework Club, Human Trajectories, Mathematics, Robotics, Space, Sustainability and Technology, Titration Stakes and Tournament of Minds.
*Clubs can vary from year to year
All students at Perth Modern School are encouraged to develop physical skills, co-ordination, strength and physical fitness so that they may gain a sense of enjoyment and satisfaction from individual and team sporting activities. The provision of opportunities for healthy competition and the fostering of co-operation, integrity and sportsmanship within these situations is an important part of life at Perth Modern School.
Year round inter-school and inter-house sporting programs stimulate students’ enthusiasm. Co-curricular sports include netball, soccer, football, swimming badminton and fencing.
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award:
The Duke of Edinburgh Awards encourages students aged 14 to 25 to undertake a series of activities over an extended period of time to achieve goals, commencing at the bronze level and finishing at the gold level. The program is entirely voluntary and is structured so that participants can design their own unique program centred around their interests and passions. There are four sections to the Award for students to build their own personal program around: physical recreation; skill; volunteering and adventurous journey. Training and co-ordination of activities is integrated within the life of the school and is closely supervised by members of our teaching staff.
Participation in academic competitions is strongly encouraged for Perth Modern School students as part of their options for academic extension. Competitions offer gifted students an opportunity for state and national competition to gauge their abilities and skills. Our students have had commendable success in:
- The Western Australian Young Writers’ competition
- The Australian Mathematics Olympiad
- The Australian National Chemistry Quiz
- The Rio Tinto Big Science Competition
- The National Future Problem Solving competition
- The National Geographic Geography competition
- The WA State Young Historian Award; the Mock Trials Competition
- Solar Car Challenge
- Perspectives Art competition
- University of New South Wales subject competitions
- Premiers' Anzac Tour.