We believe that children and young people need to be taught that active participation leads to a greater sense of personal fulfilment in adulthood. A richly satisfying school experience depends not only on academic endeavour and achievement but also on an involvement in a varied and stimulating co-curricular programme offered at all levels.
The School utilises fine sporting facilities, including playing fields and tennis, netball and basketball courts. Sporting activities are a feature of the curriculum from Kindergarten through to Year 12. The Primary School competes regularly against other schools. Inter-house swimming and athletics carnivals are held in both Primary and High Schools and High School students also have the opportunity to participate in inter-school sport.
All Carmel School students are exposed to an enriching spectrum of drama, music and art throughout their educational lives. From Kindergarten to Year 12 students are encouraged to develop creative skills, critical appreciation and knowledge of technologies in the Arts and are offered many opportunities to develop their understanding and their talents.
Where possible, art throughout the School is integrated with the Jewish calendar and curriculum appropriate to the age level. Students are involved in creating artworks with Jewish themes- from Purim scenes and Rosh Hashanah cards to posters and sculptures commemorating the Holocaust. Work is always displayed around the School and exhibitions are held regularly.
Specialist music teaching is a feature of Carmel School life. In addition to regular music lessons, students have the option of becoming involved in school choirs, bands and orchestras. Individual music tuition by visiting tutors during school hours is also available in Primary and High Schools.
Carmel students enjoy frequent theatre visits and drama workshops. Dramatic performance skills are nurtured from the earliest years, with students participating in assemblies, class plays and whole-school productions on a regular basis. Carmel School Drama Department even produced its own feature-length movie in 2001.
The many other co-curricular activities available cater for a wide variety of interests. Interschool debating, chess, Mock Trials and Public Speaking quests are regular features of Carmel School life and competition is vigorous and fierce. Teams from both the Primary and High School have distinguished themselves in a variety of Western Australian and Australian quests and competitions over many years. Our students are articulate, eloquent and highly confident communicators whose regular successes have been widely acknowledged statewide.
Keen interest in all activities and high achievement abounds. Creative writing competitions, art and craft exhibitions and competitions, interschool quizzes, cartooning, science and mathematics quests, provide endless opportunities for stimulation and challenge. Excursions and day camps are regular and popular features of the Primary School timetable. Senior students organise an annual Senior Dance. The Student Representative Council, the Tefillah Committee, Peer Support Leadership Group and House Captains provide excellent forums for student leadership and initiative.
The Outdoor Education/Lifeskills Unit is a special feature of Carmel School. Camps are held for students in Years 9 to 12 in which students engage in challenging outdoor activities as well as problem-solving and team-building activities, day and night caving explorations, first-aid instruction and other exciting activities.