​​​Chess is a recreational activity that can be easily learned and enjoyed by anyone.  It is a fascinating game that, when played in a social context, can be enjoyed by children of different ages, races and gender. 

Playing chess helps to develop problem solving skills in that the children need to predict what might happen if they make a particular move. This decision making helps them accept the consequences of their actions and, if a bad move is made, they need to consider the best way to respond.

Memory, concentration and patience are skills that are practised when playing chess. 

Chess has been running at St Francis College for over a decade. Students look forward to entering the competitions that are held in the Library and enjoy competing for a trophy. A perpetual trophy displaying winners' names is often admired by students.