Programmes

Peter Carnley Anglican Community School offers a range of Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses as part of its broad suite of offerings to Senior School students.  This year, the School has offered the following Certificate II and Certificate III options:

  • Business Certificate II and III
  • Information Digital Media and Technology (Certificate II)
  • Outdoor Recreation (Certificate II)
  • Visual Arts (Certificate II)
  • Building and Construction (Certificate II) (Pre Apprenticeship)

A brief outline of each of these courses is offered below.  For more detailed information, students and parents should contact Ms Jude Stringer, Head of Senior School.

Business Certificate II and III

These qualifications are designed to reflect the role of employees who perform a range of tasks in the business industry sector and may involve some multi-tasking. The courses are suitable for those considering a career in business administration.  Students will learn skills that can be used in a wide range of occupations and will enhance their employment opportunities.

Information Digital Media and Technology Certificate II

These qualifications provide the foundation skills and knowledge to use information and communications technology (ICT) in any industry.  They also provide basic digital literacy skills to support a wide range of varying industry occupations.

Outdoor Recreation Certificate II

This qualification provides the skills and knowledge for an individual to be competent in performing core skills in outdoor recreation environments and assisting with the conduct of a range of outdoor activities.

Work may be undertaken as part of a team and would be performed under supervision.  Work would be undertaken in field locations such as camps or at indoor recreation centres or facilities, in differing environments such as water-based, dry land and mountainous terrains, using a wide range of equipment.

Visual Arts Certificate II

These are highly practical courses that cover painting, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking and drawing.  They lead to qualifications which allow learners to develop the basic creative and technical skills that underpin visual arts and craft practice.  Students will develop a portfolio of work that may assist with entry into higher education courses in Visual Arts.

Building and Construction Certificate II (Pre Apprenticeship)

The Trades pathway offers students entry into a range of different construction trades highly suited to today's construction industry.  In Year 11, students train in core areas of trades and undertake compulsory work experience placement.  In Year 12, students will add to their skills base by completing specific trade training to industry standards (work ready) as well as additional, compulsory work experience.

A range of Co Curricular initiatives aimed at improving skills, training and learning are provided for Peter Carnley Anglican Community School students. 

Co Curricular studies complement the content taught in the classroom. Students can select from a range of enjoyable Co Curricular options such as: Woodwork for Fun, Yogalaties, Fitness for Girls, Drawing Class, Tournament of Minds, Wearable Art, Bake-Off and Italian Support. In addition, classes such as Homework Club, ICT support and Maths/Science Support enable students to enhance their understanding of the curriculum in a relaxed and supportive environment. 

The range of Co Curricular courses on offer each semester varies according to student demand and fresh new courses are introduced to help keep the Co Curricular programme vital and relevant to the needs of students. 

Duke-1.png?mtime=20180119141933#asset:340Peter Carnley Anglican Community School is a Registered Award Unit of The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award, an internationally recognised programme for young people which has operated in Western Australia since 1962.

The Award enables students to take full advantage of the diverse opportunities offered by Peter Carnley Anglican Community School.  The Award is designed to be an individual challenge based on the unique interests of each participant in the areas of Physical Recreation, Skill, Service and an Adventurous Journey.

The Award experience is different for everyone, but some things can be guaranteed.  Students who undertake the Award will:

  • be challenged.
  • step outside their comfort zone.
  • have adventures and learn about new passions.
  • help others.
  • build confidence, resilience, and employable skills.
  • discover that they are capable of things they didn't dream were possible.

The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award can be used towards a students' achievement, and will appear on their WACE Certificate if they complete the Bronze Award or above.

For more information, please visit the official web page for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award, or click to download a brochure.

The Italian Programme at Peter Carnley Anglican Community School offers our students the opportunity to learn a foreign language, discover more about the world, its people and cultures, and the chance to discover a propensity for languages that can set them up for life.

Classes are interactive and focus on a range of communicative tasks which take students from Pre Primary right through to Year 12.  Our students can choose to continue to study Italian in Years 11 and 12, with the expectation of becoming competent speakers.

Vibrant and authentic experiences raise the students’ interest in the Italian language and Italy’s rich historical and artistic patrimony each year.  Diverse and stimulating topics are explored through a variety of activities such as dancing and singing, reading comprehensions and role play, word sleuths, card games, craft and interactive ICT games.  They translate a variety of texts on a given topic, experimenting with bilingual dictionaries and online translators.

Vocabulary knowledge is consolidated through classroom practice, Language Perfect, games and cultural activities, in a supportive learning environment.  Students gain confidence in actively using the language in action-related situations and taking part in cultural simulation, such as acting out a Carnival parade in their Carnival masks in the classroom.

Our students are also heavily involved in Language Perfect, an online language programme which supports independent learning both in and out of School.  The annual Language Perfect World Championship is an event which students from Years 3 - 12 look forward to.

Students deepen their intercultural understanding through learning languages.  They make observations about similarities and differences between Italy and Australia and consequently develop a deeper understanding of their own culture as well as their own identity.  Intercultural understanding is developed through discussing and reflecting on customs and language features, such as how Italian people celebrate important events in comparison to Australian traditions and the reciprocal influence of English and Italian languages.

Students enjoy exploring diverse topics and themes through a variety of student-centred activities that stimulate imagination and help them achieve confidence. 

Learning Italian is fun!  Imparare l’ italiano é divertente!

Signora Padova e Piccirillo

Music continues to permeate through many aspects of school life at Peter Carnley Anglican Community School. Students are involved in music at their own level of development: it stretches the gifted and talented but also aids the development of the student coping with learning difficulties.  It is all-inclusive, student-focused, and there is a place for everyone.

The Music Tuition Programme continues to be a strength in the School with over 150 students developing their instrumental skills through weekly one-on-one or small group lessons.  Thank you to the ten skilled tutors for supporting the students through teaching the correct techniques, expanding repertoire, preparing for performances and developing musicianship.

Students have the opportunity to have one-on-one lessons with a music tutor on the following instruments: 

  • Piano
  • Flute
  • Clarinet
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • Saxophone
  • Guitar
  • Voice
  • Drums

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Students sign up for this at an extra cost to parents. 

The ensemble programme has expanded in recent years, and now includes: 

  • PCACS Concert band
  • Junior Band
  • Young Voices (Yr 3 Choir)
  • Peter Carnley Children’s Choir (Yr 4-6 Choir)
  • Jazz Choir (Senior Choir)
  • Beginner String Ensemble
  • Advanced String Ensemble
  • Rock Band 
  • Music Play (PP-2 Choir)  

Students who are enrolled in the Music Tuition Programme are expected to attend one of the ensembles relevant to their instrument or vocal lesson. 

The School also offers students the opportunity to hire a musical instrument.  The purpose of a hired instrument is to allow students, parents and tutors to ascertain the suitability of the instrument for the student as well as an opportunity for the student to test their enjoyment of learning that particular instrument without having to purchase one.

Classroom music is a compulsory subject at PCACS and is enjoyed by students from Pre Primary to Year 9.  The Junior School participate in weekly lessons under the direction of Ms Alicia Walter through moving, playing and listening experiences. Under the direction of Mr Charles Pinkham in the Senior School the Years 7 to 9 students have learned basic instrumental skills on guitar and keyboard as well as appreciating and developing an understanding of a wide range of genres and styles.  In Years 10, 11 and 12 Music is chosen as a Course of Study in which performance is a primary focus supported by the development of aural and theory training, and cultural and historical awareness.  

Music is an essential part of everything we do at PCACS in offering a holistic education to our students.  The enthusiasm, energy and skill that the students continue to bring to this learning area is inspiring and I look forward to seeing this continue to develop in the years to come.

Mr Charles Pinkham
Music Coordinator 


Physical and Health Education play an important role at Peter Carnley Anglican Community School. Educating students about the importance of leading a healthy, active and well-balanced lifestyle is at the forefront of our teaching and the focus of all the sporting opportunities on offer at the School.

Students from Kindergarten to Year 12 undertake two periods of Physical Education a week and students from Kindergarten to Year 10 also have a weekly Health Education lesson.  This aligns with the Western Australian Curriculum requirements.

The Health Education programme focuses on the topics of Wellness, Drug Education, Lifestyle Choices, Safety, and Growth and Development.  Students continue to learn these topics throughout their schooling with increasing complexity and information as they get older.

Students in Early Learning complete a Fundamental Movement Skills programme that aims to give students the necessary skills to undertake important physical movements.  They then graduate to more game play and modified sports in the junior years, preparing the students to use their skills in a wide variety of sports in Senior School.

Senior School Physical Education aims to develop the students’ physical, interpersonal, self-management, communication and decision making skills that they can apply to all activities and sports.  Some of the sports covered in Senior School include: Cricket, Softball, Netball, Basketball, AFL, Soccer, Volleyball, Softcrosse, Touch Rugby, European Handball, American Football, Table Tennis, Badminton, Floorball, and Athletics.

To support the Physical Education programmes and create healthy competition amongst the Houses, there are three Interhouse carnivals throughout the year including Swimming, Cross Country and Athletics.

PCACS prides itself on being a member of the Kwinana Schools Sports Association (KSSA) in Junior School and the Associated and Catholic Colleges (ACC) in the Senior School.  These organisations provide opportunities for students to be involved in Interschool carnivals throughout the year including Athletics, Swimming, Cross Country and Lightning Carnivals.

PCACS is also a member of the sub association of ACC called Rockingham-Kwinana Associated Schools (RKAS).  Students are selected to compete in an after school sports programme in Super 8s Cricket and Soccer (Years 7 and 8 boys), Basketball and Netball (Year 7 and 8 girls), Basketball and Soccer (Year 9 and 10 boys), and Netball and Soccer (Year 9 and 10 girls).  This is an exciting programme that is developing every year.

There is a small but growing number of opportunities for students to be involved in PCACS teams including AFL for girls and boys, Cricket and Hockey.  There are also a number of teams in the Rockingham Districts Netball Association and Rockingham Basketball and Recreation Association competitions. This competition is run by parents and has been a great success.

As the School continues to grow and develop, the sporting programmes, teams, carnivals and opportunities will expand and flourish.  We look forward with great anticipation to what the future holds for sport at PCACS.

Roh Weddikkara
Health and Physical Education Coordinator

Click HERE to access the School Sport Record Books
Click HERE to access Junior School Sport Records Books

Service Learning combines meaningful community service activities with formal learning in the classroom.  It includes instruction and reflection to enrich the entire experience, teach civic responsibility and strengthen communities.  It endeavours to have students involved in activities that support the community’s needs whilst developing the students as ethical citizens with strong character.

Service Learning is a new area of focus for the School.  We are currently planning a Kindergarten to Year 12 programme that will enrich the students’ experiences at School by providing opportunities to reach into our community to support those around us.  

We value the involvement of Community organisations that parents or members of our school community have connections with and encourage new partnerships moving forward.  If you would like to get involved with our Service Learning programme, please get in contact with our Service Learning Coordinator, Mrs Rebecca Weddikkara.

RebeccaW@pcacs.wa.edu.au