But CBC sport teacher Adrian Correia has implemented a new system at the school, whereby selection to the football team depends on their overall performance and behaviour in class.
This approach has seen Mr Correia awarded the WA Football Commission 2014 Most Outstanding Secondary School AFL School Ambassador Award.
He said he worked on using football as a tool to get the students on the right path in their schooling.
‘The boys understand that education and their development as gentlemen is the number one priority at CBC and if they want to represent the college they need to be giving their best in all areas,’ he said.
‘We obviously give the boys a number of opportunities to get this right and most of the boys do, but for the minority who struggle in the school environment this provides an extra incentive.
‘It sends a good message for everyone at the College that to be a part of a team you need to be demonstrating commitment both on and off the field.
‘I feel very humbled to win because there were some outstanding people nominated who have implemented some pretty impressive initiatives in their respective schools and all of them would have been worthy winners.’