The senior secondary campus of The Friends’ School (Years 11 and 12) is called Clemes and is named after the School’s founding Principal, Samuel Clemes (1887-1900). With around 300 students, Clemes is located on the Argyle Street site.
The School’s philosophy aims to develop the whole person and for students to show a willingness to contribute to something greater than the individual. Opportunities for involvement fall into the categories of Action, Creativity and Service. We offer a diverse range of co-curricular activities including sports, student-led committees, social functions and service opportunities which can be used to qualify for the Clemes Certificate. Our hope is that our students will leave Clemes with a broad understanding of and empathy for the Quaker testimonies of Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality and Stewardship.
The Pastoral Care program centres around Tutor Groups which support students with all aspects of their development. The tutor provides oversight in the learning partnership between the School, students and families. Students also experience a structured program of assemblies featuring guest speakers on topics relevant to young adults and Gatherings provide an opportunity for regular reflection using Quaker practices.
In order to help navigate the transition into young adulthood, Clemes offers a range of support options for students. This includes the study skills program, wellbeing offerings such as yoga, personal fitness and adventure education courses as well as dedicated services for pathway planning, counselling and access to an onsite educational psychologist. Clemes provides many opportunities for student leadership with a student council hosting a range of initiatives which reinforce the sense of community, promote student wellbeing and raise funds and awareness for charities.