Teaching and Learning
As we seek to develop extraordinary learners, we value the holistic development of our students. We know that there is an inextricable link between maximising a student’s progress and the pursuit of a holistic education, and we are passionate about making learning a journey that is intrinsically rewarding. In creating this culture, students are more likely to thrive as a natural response to their interests and passions. We also strive to develop sophisticated learners who are able to think critically and creatively and apply their knowledge meaningfully in different contexts.
Every child is unique and learns in different ways. By encouraging each child to investigate and explore their own areas of interest, we provide a dynamic and engaging curriculum that enables our students to be active participants in their unique learning journey.
Preparatory School offers a school readiness program that seeks to build on the learning experiences our children have had and encourage them to learn in a more formal environment. Children are encouraged to investigate, explore, observe and respond to new experiences and situations.
The College offers either a 3-day (Monday to Wednesday) or 2-day (Thursday & Friday) program to Preparatory families, and each class has a maximum of 25 children.
The closing date for applications for Preparatory is 31 May in the year preceding entry.
For more information please contact our Enrolments Officer on 8882 2400.Apply Now
With two qualified teachers collaboratively delivering lessons in each class in the early years of primary until midday each day, building firm foundations in literacy and numeracy is a deliberate and core focus.
These formative years provide students with the opportunity to build confidence and skills as a learner. Students will commence their journey in understanding themselves, how they learn and the learning process.
Deep understanding is achieved through quality teaching, the establishment of meaningful relationships, exposure to a broad curriculum and a rich array of co-curricular activities.
With two qualified teachers collaboratively delivering lessons in each class in the early years until midday each day, building firm foundations in literacy and numeracy is a deliberate and core focus.
This unique style of teaching seeks to have a significant and positive impact on increasing individual student engagement and provides greater opportunities for varied learning experiences and interactions in these early years.
You can view our NAPLAN results for Years 3 and 5 on the My School website.Apply Now
Secondary School begins to prepare students for success beyond the successes they have experienced during their time at the College.
We intentionally shift the focus forward, developing problem-solving skills, creative thinking, digital literacy and other enterprise skills that will prepare students for a dynamic and changing workforce.
Believing that maturing students should take ownership of their learning and make informed choices, senior students are trusted and empowered to make wise decisions. In the classroom, the work of teachers is focused on developing a rich understanding of course content, examining the relevance of what is learnt and applying this to a range of situations.
Through varied programs and opportunities both in and outside the classroom, we aim to equip students with the leadership skills, emotional maturity and resilience needed to thrive in today’s world.
You can view our NAPLAN results for Years 7 and 9 on the My School website.Apply Now
The College places great importance on student wellbeing. The synergy between the spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional and physical aspects of wellbeing is intentionally explored within our framework to assist students to thrive within a safe environment.
We recognise that wellbeing underpins how well students progress in their learning journey and how deeply they feel connected with other members of the community.
Our strengths-based approach to student wellbeing is Christ-focused and forms the foundation on which all else is built. We care for each individual because each individual is made and loved by God.
Through proactively engaging and connecting students in a range of programs within year groups and across the College, we establish opportunities for building positive relationships and fostering a sense of belonging.
Our Wellbeing Framework ultimately seeks to build character and resilience, equipping and empowering students to be free to live the life God has planned for them.
“If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed." (John 8:36)
As a Christ-centred community, the life of Jesus Christ provides the foundation from which the College draws its purpose and hope. In valuing Christ our Wisdom, the College seeks to honour Christ in every facet of College life, yet welcomes people of all faiths.
Nurturing each student in exploring their Christian faith is the responsibility of all College staff. We welcome the opportunity to discuss, question and build our students' understanding of Christian beliefs and practices, regardless of their experience or understanding of Christianity.
As a comprehensive College, we value the holistic development of students. We strongly believe that through participation in co-curricular opportunities, students achieve a more balanced approach to their schooling.
We encourage every student to become involved or try something new, and we are well known for our dynamic co-curricular program. Designed to stretch student success beyond the classroom, our program helps to build leadership and teamwork skills and develop a sense of community and belonging in students.
Creative and Performing Arts
Self-confidence flourishes in students who participate in our creative and performing arts programs. Whether it is joining one of our many bands, choirs or ensembles, starring (on or off stage) in one of our productions, or having artwork displayed in our Showcase events, students have many opportunities to explore and develop their creative talent. In past years, some of our senior students have been selected to exhibit work at ARTEXPRESS or perform at ENCORE and OnSTAGE – major events showcasing outstanding work completed for the Higher School Certificate.
Blessed with a rich history of sporting success, the College is strong across many sporting domains. There are considerable opportunities to be part of a sporting team or to represent the College individually. We participate in overseas rugby and netball tours and offer non-competitive opportunities for students across the whole College. Enjoyment is paramount and the Staff versus Student Games are a long-standing tradition at the College.
The College’s outdoor education program is designed to create outdoor learning opportunities for students to develop skills in areas such as teamwork, leadership and problem solving. We seek to support young people to disconnect from their devices, experience the simplicity and beauty of nature and, by sitting silently, discover more about themselves and who God created them to be. The College also strongly supports students participating in The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, as it empowers students to explore their potential and achieve success through participation. As such, a camp within the Secondary School is partly used as an introduction to the Award and serves as an accessible entry point for College students who would like to experience the Award.
Clubs and Activities
The clubs and activities program is designed to extend the individual capabilities and talents of each student. Sporting enthusiasts, music lovers, craft enthusiasts, game devotees and budding scientists have plenty of activities to choose from, while honing their skills and having fun participating. New friendships are formed and thrive through the shared endeavour of co-curricular involvement. For others, it is the challenge and excitement of competition or performance. For some students, it is quite simply the inherent joyfulness of running, playing, dancing, serving, speaking or creating.
Before and After
Before and After School Care
Our College-owned and operated Before and After School Care (BAASC) provides a high quality after-hours service to College families from Preparatory to Year 6. Our well-renowned centre provides a welcoming space where children are safely cared for in a vibrant and social setting.BAASC Handbook 2020 BAASC Application Form Standard Collection Notice
Hours of operation (from 2019):
- Morning Session
- 7:00am to 8:30am
- Afternoon Sessions
- 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Bookings can be made on a permanent or casual basis. For more information or to make a booking please contact Mrs Sandra Scoular on 0409 308 835 (answering service available after hours) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For a BAASC Employment Application Form - see Employment Opportunities.
William Clarke College also offers a Vacation Care program throughout the year for students from Preparatory to Year 6. This service is available for students at the College and also the wider community. The Vacation Care program operates from 7:00am to 5:30pm each day.
For more information or to make a booking please contact Mrs Sandra Scoular on 0409 308 835 (answering service available after hours) or email email@example.com
Students who participate in the Vacation Care program will be required to purchase a Vacation Care polo shirt to wear on excursions. This is for identification and safety purposes. The polo shirt can be purchased at the College Shop. For inquiries please contact Mrs Durelle Zucker on 8882 2401 or firstname.lastname@example.orgBAASC Handbook 2020 BAASC Application Form Standard Collection Notice
The College operates a shop for the convenience of parents and students to purchase items of uniform and stationery, purchase tickets, pay for and collect student and personal print jobs and to collect lost property. Christian Development textbooks and limited supplies of second-hand textbooks are available and guidance is given for the ordering of new textbooks.
Opening and Contact Details
The College Shop is open from 8:15am to 4:00pm Monday to Friday during Term time. Students in Years 5-12 may visit the Shop before school, at Recess, Lunch or after school.
Please call us to discuss your purchase and collection arrangements as we are very happy to assist where we can.
For our College families requiring the The College Shop during December and January, please see hours of operation here on Connect.
Phone: (02) 8882 2401
Fax: (02) 9629 5533
Email: Mrs Durelle Zucker email@example.com
William Clarke College is a collaborative and professional learning community that is committed to developing extraordinary learners characterised by a passion to serve others.
The College has a unique and vibrant staff culture, with a strong focus on character, innovation and lifelong learning. Each of these focus areas is in response to Christ our Wisdom, which compels us as a Christ-centred community to pursue exceptional outcomes in all we do.
Applicants for teaching positions must provide evidence of teacher accreditation from the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).
William Clarke College is a child safe workplace. In keeping with the College’s Culture of Safety, all applications for employment shall be subject to child protection screening.
Current Job Vacancies
There are currently no vacancies
All applications and enquiries regarding employment with the College should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Every former student of William Clarke College is a valued member of our Alumni community.
If you have not registered with our Online Alumni Network please click below to take you to the section of the website especially designed for Alumni. This section is your virtual home as a graduate of William Clarke College and your connection to the College today. From here you can:
- search for and contact any member registered within our Alumni Network view, post or seek assistance on any particular issue on the bulletin board
- register for 10 and 20 year reunions
- view our calendar of events
- inform others of your activities via a biography facility
- update your personal information
- encourage others to join
For more information on the Network or an upcoming event please email email@example.com
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