Year 7 Entry @ Canterbury College

Year 7 is a major student intake year here at Canterbury, so an extra two classes are typically available to cater for additional enrolment demand.
And here is why Year 7 could be the perfect entry year level for your child with us…

Leading Queensland Year 7 Curriculum

Our Year 7 curriculum is one of Queensland’s best for the large number and wide variety of subjects on offer, and our great teachers who really want their students to succeed.

The six core subjects are complemented by three language choices, and a stimulating menu of eight academically challenging rotational subject options.








Health and Physical Education

Religious and Values Education

French or
Mandarin or

Business, Economics and Entrepreneurship

Digital Solutions

Food and Hospitality


Industrial Technology

Music or Music Extension

Visual Art

Enormous Co-Curricular Range

TAS Sport

The Associated Schools’ private school Saturday morning sporting competition and Term carnivals cover:

Athletics, Basketball, Cricket, Cross Country, Football (Soccer), Hockey, Netball, Rugby, Swimming, Tennis, Touch Football and Volleyball.

Other sports that Year 7s can participate in include:

Rugby 7s, AFL Football and Gym Fitness.

Canterbury Taipans Sporting Clubs

  • Athletics
  • Netball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis.

Performing Arts Ensembles

Chamber Music, Choirs, Band Music, Strings, Rock School, Brekkie Buskers, Dance Groups – Show Team, Canterbury Dance Troupe, Hip Hop Squad and Hip Hop Varsity; plus the Canterbury Players and Theatre Sports Drama Groups.

Our Studio Tuition Program also offers lessons with specialist trained staff in orchestral and band instruments, voice, guitar, piano, acting, drama and dance.

‘Thought Sports’ Clubs & Activities

Sumo Robot League, Creative Gadgetry, First Lego League, Debating, Public Speaking, Entrepreneurship – Young Business Leaders Program, Australian Space Design Competition, Horizon Hydrogen Grand Prix (H2GP), Chess, eSports – Rocket League, League Of Legends, Just Dance and Mario Kart; Canterbury Kitchen Gardening Club, Art Club, Science Club, Taipans Gaming and the Taipan Tutors Homework Club.

Our huge co-curricular program is wide enough to offer something for every student, as we firmly believe: ‘busy engaged students are happy students’.

1:1 Technology

Year 7 students are provided with a College laptop with all software pre-installed, including a keyboard, stylus, carry bag and screen protector, covered by the Single Resource Charge.

This compulsory IT Dept supported service means no learning interruption during a breakage or malfunction, and a secure digital network, where students and staff use the same device.

All class work and homework assignments can be completed on this laptop using the keyboard, along with the stylus for any handwriting required.

A ‘Bring Your Own Device’ approach is not permitted.

Year 7 Outdoor Education Camp

The Year 7 Camp is held over three days at the Emu Gully Adventure Education Group’s dedicated site at Helidon in the Lockyer Valley.

This camp focuses on developing self-sufficiency, resilience, communication, teamwork, mateship and character – integrity, respect, gratitude and effort.

Students prepare their own meals and sleep independently in their own tents, and work cooperatively within House groups to navigate physically and mentally demanding scenarios and obstacle courses by cooperating successfully with teammates.

It is engineered to challenge and reward students with all levels of experience and confidence in the outdoors, and sits at the heart of our wellbeing focus growing personal skills that can be used in everyday and school life.

Wellbeing, Leadership, Service & Character

Canterbury recognises the importance of Year 7 as the foundational year for a student’s Secondary School journey.

Our school-day starting ‘vertical’ Form classes unite students across smaller Years 7-12 mixed groups, instead of within the same year level, creating ‘big and little brother and sister’ bonds.

Morning Form provides a supportive and informative housekeeping environment, championed by enthusiastic pastoral care staff, who help students build confidence through strong positive relationships with their peers and teachers.

Canterbury’s Year 7 pastoral care curriculum is backed up by a Wellbeing Blueprint, leadership courses, the industry-leading The Resilience Project, our RaVE: Religious and Values Education Program, House Spirit events, and the Year 7 Outdoor Education Camp.

In conjunction with professionally facilitated workshops like the UPP: Unlimited Personal Potential incursion, they all set the tone for self-awareness, personal growth and the development of young people with integrity, respect, gratitude and effort.

Year 7 Wellbeing classes include these topics: goal-setting, personal strengths, healthy friendships, online safety, building empathy, sleep, exercise, mindfulness, device addiction, and even email etiquette.

The Resilience Project

This leading nationwide organisation delivers emotionally engaging programs and provides evidence-based, practical wellbeing strategies to build resilience.

Their mission is to teach positive mental health strategies to help people become happier and more resilient.

This is based on research which clearly shows the more positive emotions you experience, the more resilient you will be.

For that reason they focus on three key pillars proven to cultivate positive emotion: Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness (GEM).

The Resilience Project also has a strong focus on Connection, Purpose, Kindness, Emotional Literacy and Physical Health.

Not only do our Year 7s experience this wonderful program, but their parents and carers can attend an adult-level virtual or in-person evening workshop during the year.

MyCC: My Canterbury College Portal & Academic Reporting

MyCC is Canterbury’s complete communications, events, teaching, learning and co-curricular web portal installed on your College-supplied device.

It gives you full access to all our academic and co-curricular offerings, including a full events calendar, news updates, important notices, student services, school policies, free learning resources, class timetables, staff directories and much more.

Most importantly, it allows you to directly track all academic progress, assignment submissions and exam assessment results – even weekly homework tasks!

Every student and parent/carer is given a MyCC login, and there is a ‘How To Use MyCC’ Information Video searchable on our website News section and YouTube channel.

To ensure academic growth, each student will have their progress continually reviewed by their teachers, along with curriculum and support staff.

This general information and your child’s exam, assignment, homework and in-class results are conveyed via term and semester Report Cards, Parent-Teacher Interviews and our MyCC continuous Student Reporting Portal which is available to parents and carers 24/7.

Specialist Classrooms Alongside Beautiful Facilities

Our Secondary our Senior School campus features specialist Science, Performing Arts, Sports and Library facilities, while the Year 7 classrooms are large and fully air-conditioned.

These buildings are set amongst 33 hectares of beautiful native bushland and colourful gardens, that surround sporting ovals, indoor and outdoor ball courts, shaded recreational spaces and our high-performance Aquatic, Tennis & Athletics Centre.

Motivated & Disciplined Classmates

This is an opportunity for your child to make lifelong friends from a young age, with other students holding good values, who are motivated, well-behaved and love coming to school.

This can only serve to boost or reinforce your own child’s emotional wellbeing, school life participation, maturity and academic motivation.

College Life

Foundation Day and Cursus Magnus College Relay Race | United Nations Day Multicultural Festival | Mother’s Day Breakfast | Father’s Day BBQ | Student Leaders Investiture Ceremony | Senior School Speech Night Awards | House Spirit Breakfasts | Clash Of Chants.


Entrepreneurship – Young Business Leaders Program Launch and Showcase Events | Australia’s Big Science Competition | Horizon Hydrogen Grand Prix (H2GP) | Interschool and Interhouse Maths Teams Challenges | Interschool Debating and Public Speaking | Year 7 Outdoor Education Camp | Year 7 Visual Art ‘Bad Hair Day’ Workshop | Year 7 Spanish & Flamenco Workshop | Year 7 Mandarin & Calligraphy Workshop | Interschool Sumo Robot League | Interschool First Lego League | Interschool Chess Tournaments.


Senior School Interhouse Swimming, Cross Country and Athletics Carnivals | TAS Interschool Swimming, Cross Country and Athletics Championships | QLD Interschool Basketball, Netball, Rugby and Volleyball Tournaments | Canterbury Taipans Swimming, Tennis and Athletics Club Meets | Logan 7s Rugby Tournament | Interhouse Football (Soccer), Touch Football and Dodgeball Cups | eSports Interschool FUSE Cup – Rocket League, League Of Legends, Just Dance and Mario Kart | Canterbury Sports Awards Presentation Evening.

Performing Arts

Canterbury Dance Spectacular | Secondary DanceLife Unite and Gold Coast Dance Eisteddfods | Interhouse Choir Competition | Biennial School Musical | Loud Lunch and Brekkie Buskers Term Music Concerts | Canterbury Spring and Winter Music Festivals | Interschool Battle Of The Rock Bands | Canterbury Players Drama Performance | Interschool Theatre Sports Nights | Various Interschool Eisteddfods and Music Festivals – BPAC: Brisbane Performing Arts Challenge, Gold Coast, Beenleigh and Redlands.

Values, Religion & Wellbeing

St John’s Cathedral City College Service | Ash Wednesday and Easter Chapel Services | ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day Chapel Services | Term End Chapel Services | House Chapel Services | Harmony Day | RU OK? Day | UPP: Unlimited Personal Potential Incursion.

Year 7 Orientation Days

Incoming Year 7 students have two Orientation Days during Term 4 of the year before they start with us:

  • To experience Canterbury’s real daily school life in action.
  • To get to know our key staff and their fellow students.
  • To explore our spacious campus and its many student facilities.
  • To start forming friendships that will last them throughout their Secondary/Senior School years.
  • To commence trial and training sessions for Trimester 1 Sport: Girls – Basketball, Football (Soccer) and Tennis, Boys – Cricket and Volleyball.

The orientation session is designed to ensure students are ready for learning from day one and are familiar with their Head of House, the student leaders in their House and their House peers.

There is an IT Bootcamp and the collection of texts, locker allocations and student photo IDs.

We also invite you to try Canterbury by coming along to one of our ‘Day In The Life’ Program days, where we match you with a Year 7 Buddy, and give you a matching timetable to theirs for the day.