‘The making of men’ at one of the best schools in Brisbane

Anglican Church Grammar School or “Churchie” has long been regarded as one of the best schools in Brisbane. Committed to its mission, ‘the making of men’, this leading Brisbane boys boarding school seeks to nurture and inspire boys to become men of character who will lead and serve in communities across the world for the common good.

Established in 1912, Churchie is located on a spacious 22-hectare campus in East Brisbane. Just minutes from the CBD, Churchie offers a world-class education for boys in Reception to Year 12. The main entry years are Reception (Prep) and Years 3, 5 and 7.  A thriving boarding program for Years 7 to 12 has been a central part of the school since its formation. Boarding is also a core factor in its regarded status as one of the best schools in Brisbane.


The ‘making of men’ at one of the best schools in Brisbane

Establishing a strong foundation

Churchie’s Preparatory School, for students in Reception to Year 6, offers an excellent foundation for learning. It all takes place within a caring, structured and exciting environment supported by state-of-the-art facilities and resources.

Boys in the Prep School complete the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme. This globally recognised learning framework places the student at the centre of learning. It’s a pedagogy that will assist in preparing them for their place in the global community. The inquiry-based curriculum provides boys with an intellectually challenging learning experience. Students emerge as articulate, confident and independent learners who increasingly take responsibility for their learning. As a world-leading curriculum, the IB is only offered by the best schools in Brisbane.

a Primary Student at Churchie Playing in the Playground

A primary student at Churchie playing in the playground. Credit: Supplied


Developing men of character

For more than 100 years, Churchie has focused on its mission, the making of men. This happens through the expression of the school’s four tenets of academic excellence, personal growth, spiritual awareness and service. Boys in Churchie’s Senior School, from Years 7 to 12, are encouraged to apply themselves across these four tenets to develop intellectually, physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually.

This leading Brisbane private school offers a broad range of curricular and co-curricular opportunities. All activities allow boys to explore and expand their interests and abilities.  Through nurturing pastoral care structures, guided by expert staff, Churchie boys are supported in their development across all four tenets of the school to support them in becoming accomplished young men of good character, strong intellect and generous spirit.


Academic excellence at Churchie

As part of Churchie’s commitment to a broad liberal education, Years 7 to 9 students are required to study one subject in the arts. To prepare students to be confident global citizens, students also undertake a language until the end of Year 9 and may choose to continue their international language study into their senior years.

In Years 11 and 12, students chose between the Queensland Certificate of Education and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme for their academic pathways. Additionally, a Vocational Education and Training (VET) pathway is available.

All students are supported by a study skills program. Churchie’s Research Centre developed this program to become confident, resilient and lifelong learners.


Churchie Students in the Classroom

Churchie students in the classroom. Credit: Supplied

Personal growth for students

Churchie fosters personal growth and development in the life of every student through weekly pastoral learning classes, a wealth of co-curricular activities and the outdoor education program.

As a member of the Greater Public Schools’ Association of Queensland (GPS), Churchie offers boys a broad range of sports and activities. A wide range of performing arts and cultural activities and a flourishing Tri-Service Cadets program (Army, Navy and Air Force) are also available.

By participating in these programs, boys develop emotional intelligence, learn interdependence and teamwork, and build resilience and responsibility.


Spiritual awareness for the growth of good men

Spirituality is a tenet of school life. It seeks to develop empathy and respect for others while exploring faith and self-awareness. True to the school’s Anglican traditions and values, students are encouraged to have an openness and tolerance of the faith and beliefs of others.


Groups of Students Sitting on Grass at Churchie One of the Best Schools in Brisbane

Groups of Churchie students sitting on the grass. Credit: Supplied


Service programs central to the ‘making of men’

To be one of the best schools in Brisbane, a strong service program is vital. Churchie has a strong commitment to service, and students are encouraged to participate in a wide array of service initiatives. These are experiences such as international service tours, fundraising for various not-for-profit organisations, peer tutoring, assisting in special school programs and volunteering in activities such as the Sony Foundation’s Children’s Holiday Camp, hosted at the Brisbane campus.

Boarding at the heart of this leading Brisbane private school

Since Churchie’s formation, providing a high-quality education to boys from Australia’s rural, regional and expatriate communities has been at the heart of the school. Churchie boarders receive the highest level of care from a dedicated core team of specialist staff who live on campus with their families, including the director of boarding and a housemaster, assistant housemaster, housemother and resident master for each house.

Students are further supported by a network of teachers, nurses, catering staff, and academic and counselling staff. The school-wide team is united in their commitment to the best care for the school’s boarders.

Year 7 boarders also have a purposefully designed residence. This allows them to settle into boarding life with their peers and form strong bonds that will develop into lifelong friendships. Each boy is assigned a Year 12 buddy to help them, especially during the crucial first few weeks of boarding.


Discover more about Churchie

To learn more about a Churchie education for your son, visit churchie.com.au. Or, contact the friendly Churchie Admissions team on 07 3896 2200 or .

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By Angela Sutherland
After spending many years hustling stories on busy editorial desks around the world, Angela is now mum of two little ones and owner/editor at Kids on the Coast / Kids in the City. She is an atrocious cook and loves cutting shapes to 90s dance music. Angela is the editor of Kids on the Coast - a free family magazine whats on guide for Kids: things to do, school holiday fun and free activities for kids... Fun attractions, family food & travel, kids health & wellbeing, kids parties venues, parenting, pregnancy & babies, guide for parents. Servicing Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and beyond, Kids on the Coast is an online guide for parents with kids things to do with kids, schools and education and lifestyle news located on Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast & Brisbane, QLD.

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