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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.

Community Service:

“We cannot live for ourselves alone. Our lives are connected by a thousand individual threads, and along these sympathetic fibres, our actions run as causes and return to us as results.” Author, Herman Melville.

Perth Modern School has a strong commitment to offering our students opportunities to participate in community service activities. The Community Service 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:

  • providing assistance at refreshment stations for the annual Asthma Foundation’s Bike Hike and the Activ Foundation’s City to Surf Fun Run;
  • Local Government environmental sustainability and rehabilitation projects,
  • assisting as volunteer helpers at the Perth Royal Show.

In 2012, Perth Modern School students won the Australian Blood Service Schools award for donating the most blood in the State.


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 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 Club, Art Club, Science Investigators’ Club and Film Club.


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.

Parent and Student link to Connect - Out of School Content: 

Connect is a place where teachers set up extra information for students to access from home. It may contain extra questions and activities, or simply extra background reading. It also contains course outlines for most subjects. Students have been accessing Connect since the start of 2016 and now the site has been extended to include our parents.

The site contains all the Year 11 and 12 course outlines, daily student news, a current copy of the school calendar and other information of interest to parents and students. 


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