The additional activities available to Canterbury students include Debating and Public Speaking,  Chess, eSports, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award and Clubs and Societies.

Our Chess teams practice weekly throughout the year and enter various competitions such as those hosted by Gardiner Chess. Students from as young as Prep have the opportunity to hone their chess skills in the Chess Mates and Chess Club programs.

Canterbury students compete in the Brisbane Primary Schools Debating Competition and Queensland Debating Union (QDU) competition. Debates are held regularly throughout the year in venues across the Greater Brisbane region.

Canterbury students also have the opportunity to compete in Public Speaking and Mooting competitions throughout the year.


Electronic sports (eSports) is a growing, multibillion-dollar video gaming industry worldwide. Our keen eSports teams practice weekly throughout the year. Our students enter various competitions such as those hosted by Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and University of Queensland (UQ).

eSports students

The Dark Side Canterbury Astronomy Club meets every Monday afternoon during Term-Time from 3:30pm – 5:00pm in the College’s Secondary Library.

ALL students from Years 5 – 12 are most welcome.

This club is a fusion of Astronomy and Star Wars themes, with our aim being to have some fun and learn about the universe along the way.

These meetings will involve entertaining videos, news and astronomy topics ranging from the mind-blowing to the bizarre – supernovas, black holes, dark matter, relativity, Schrodinger’s Cat, asteroid impacts and more.

As well as more normal things like Jupiter and quarks.

Then we will have follow-up activities such as: Virtual Reality space travel, website research, model-making, quiz games with chocolate prizes, Jedi Knight training, and even lightsaber battles!

There will be events for the whole family too: star-gazing nights with telescopes on the oval, Star Wars movie marathons, Brisbane Planetarium visits and family entertainment nights throughout the year.

And, as everyone knows, The Dark Side has cookies.

For more information, please visit our dedicated website – Canterbury Astronomy Club – The Dark Side.

Our Junior School Lunchtime Clubs include:

  • Yoga
  • Running
  • Gardening – Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden
  • Mindful Colouring
  • Art
  • Crosswords and Puzzles
  • Writing.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is a youth development program comprised of three levels, each progressively more challenging:

Bronze – For those over 14 years old.

Silver – For those over 15 years old.

Gold – For those over 16 years old.

For more information about the Canterbury Duke of Edinburgh program, please email Mr Chris Nield, Director of Student Development, on