Life at ‘Lewo’
‘Lewo’ is the affectionate name passed down through generations of Christian Brothers’ High School boys. It personifies the bond all students feel to the vibrant, diverse and caring community within the school.
The ‘Lewo’ campus includes the Primary and Secondary Schools, outdoor areas, art and science buildings, our chapel, library and the assembly hall, where indoor sports, musical activities and full-school assemblies take place.
Justice and Peace
CBHS aims to provide each boy with a sense of their place in the wider community. The Edmund Rice tradition inspires us to seek to offer hope to a world where the dignity of humanity and the beauty of creation is often devalued. The students and staff at Christian Brothers’ High School Lewisham are offered opportunities to play an integral role within the wider community addressing justice issues and assisting the disadvantaged.
CBHS integrates justice and peace literacy into our learning programs so that they may be empowering, rigorous and an authentic reflection of the EREA Touchstones
– Edmund Rice to Brother Edward Patrick O’Flaherty, Gibraltar, 1837.
Partnership & Immersion – Peru
In 2015 CBHS Lewisham formed a partnership with Fe y Alegria, a school supported by the Christian Brothers in Lima, Peru. This initiative was fostered as part of Edmund Rice Education Beyond Borders, (EREBB). EREBB is an International network of Catholic schools educating young people from many different faiths and cultures. In over 20 countries, EREBB endeavours to promote global solidarity and offer a transformational education for justice and liberation.
This partnership means that both students and teachers are able to take part in a range of cross-cultural experiences throughout their time at CBHS Lewisham.
At CBHS, we pride ourselves on knowing and caring for every boy within the school. From personal development camps to career facilities and resources; leadership programs for older boys; Home Room Pastoral Care and the services of dedicated School Counsellors available to students, staff and parents – we create an inclusive environment where every student feels valued.
CBHS understands that consistent and ongoing relationships provide security and promote trust, and that’s why each boy retains the same home-room teacher from Year 7 to Year 12. These teachers form a corner-stone of the pastoral care program and are instrumental in recognising the developmental needs of each boy. A recent review of CBHS’s pastoral care program concluded that this approach is best-practice and enables early detection and management of issues as they arise.
CBHS is privileged to have two full-time, school-based Counsellors. These services are highly valued in our school community and play an integral role in providing support to individuals or groups of students in need.
The School Counsellors work very closely with the Pastoral Coordinators and are dedicated to promoting and supporting student wellbeing and student achievement from Years 5-12. These services are not limited to, but include:
- managing areas of concern;
- assisting students in improving relational skills
- encouraging students to live well balanced lives;
- helping students engage with learning
- information about support from other agencies;
- gathering information on the reasons for learning difficulties and liaising with the CBHS Diverse Learning Team; and
- helping students by offering guidance and support, sharing ideas, and encouraging them to be more empowered.
- listen carefully to the students;
- help them clarify their options; and
- encourage them to make their own decisions.
When each student enrols, they will be placed into their house and will remain a member of this house for the whole time they are at the school.
Each of the eight houses constitutes the primary group for sporting and cultural activities as well as providing a student focus for pastoral care and student welfare programs. Each house was named after a significant person in the history of the school and has its own colours, crest, motto, totem and prayer.
Explore the CBHS houses below –
Ask any current or old boy, and they’ll tell you that Life at Lewo is so much more than classes. With a broad range of co-curricular activities on offer, boys have the opportunity to develop their talents and develop inter-personal skills outside the classroom.
CBHS supports each boy to excel, and co-curricular activities require team work, respect, dedication and focus – all of which are valuable life-skills.
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CBHS encourages our students to see themselves as part of a vibrant, diverse and caring community. We regularly invite our school community of parents, grandparents, neighbours and supporters to events in the school.
Facilitating events to engage the school community
The school’s alumni association, the ‘Old Boys’ Association
The school holds events open to the public