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.
For more information please contact our Enrolments Officer on 8882 2400.Apply Now
The primary years offers every school a vital opportunity to build in each child confidence and skills as a learner.
The College’s Primary School view our students’ formative years as a critical time to develop a firm foundation in Literacy and Numeracy. William Clarke Primary students commence their school journey in a Christ-centred environment that fosters curiosity and enables individuals to better understand themselves and how they learn.
The Primary School is unique, benefitting from an additional team of staff who teach in classrooms until midday each day. Our teachers often lead student learning in small groups so that ultimately each child is known and can make great progress. The use of small group instruction allows our teachers to; provide targeted teaching, enhance student engagement, promptly identify gaps in knowledge, foster meaningful one on one relationships and closely monitor and track each student’s progress, allowing our students to be well-positioned to experience success.
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.
Our Reconciliation Strategy
William Clarke College is at the beginning of an important journey, endeavouring to make significant contributions to reconciliation within the College community, locally and nationally.
In 2021, the College will launch two significant initiatives. The first will be the release of the College’s Reconciliation Strategy, a document that outlines the College’s commitment and contributions to reconciliation over the next three years. This document has been drafted by the College’s Reconciliation Strategy Group, a team of both teaching and non-teaching staff with a passion in this area. Our desire is that through the Reconciliation Strategy priorities, the College will embed practices that further support members of the College community who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, engage meaningfully and respectfully with members of the local Aboriginal community, and make contributions to the national journey towards reconciliation.
The Darug Culture and Language Program is another exciting new initiative. The program has been developed in partnership with members of the Darug community. Through its delivery, Year 8 students will engage in learning that progresses their knowledge of the culture, history and language of the Darug people, develops their respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, cultures and histories more widely, and encourages them to grow in their skills of empathy as they hear stories and accounts of life for the Darug community post contact.
To represent these initiatives and others that may stem from the Reconciliation Strategy in the future, the College recently commissioned an artwork. This work was completed by renowned Darug artist, Leanne Watson. The artwork tells a story of the Darug people, the College, and Marella - the mission that was established on the grounds where Bernie Mullane Sporting Complex is now situated, a short drive from the College. The waratahs are symbolic of healing as the College partners with the Darug community on a journey towards reconciliation. The College looks forward to using the artwork to authentically represent our commitment to partnering with the Darug community.
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
Hours of operation (from 2019):
- Morning Session
- 7:00am to 8:45am
- 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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
College Shop Availability 2020-2021 and appointment bookings
We would like to notify parents that the last day of trading for our College Shop for 2020 will be Friday 27th November. The College Shop will reopen on Wednesday 6th January 2021.
If you require new uniform items for your child/ren we encourage you to make an appointment to visit the shop prior to the end of year break as January can be a very busy period and wait times can be lengthy.
Due to COVID restrictions, we are asking all parents to make appointments.
How to Book an Appointment
An online appointment system is now available through this link. Appointments will be:
- 10-minute increments for small purchases and exchanges
- 45-minute increments for uniform fittings
Please book each child separately if you have more than one child requiring new uniforms. They can be consecutive bookings. Your appointment/s will be confirmed by email and you can reschedule if you find you need to. The booking system will be open throughout the end of year break for appointments after 6 January.
Current students from Years 5-12 are still able to come to the College Shop in their break times during the school day. Parents are able to make purchases over the phone prior to their child collecting the items from the College Shop.
If you have any questions about the use of the system, please email Durelle Zucker email@example.com or call 8882 2401.
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.
The College’s Alumni Programs and Events are managed by our dedicated Alumni Team.
The Alumni Team have recently undertaken an Alumni Engagement Survey (2020) and are currently reviewing the results and planning future initiatives, programs and events as a result of the insights shared. Our goal is to strengthen and enhance the relationship between the College and our Alumni.
To review a snapshot of our Alumni Engagement Survey results, click here.
We look forward to updating our Alumni on our progress in the coming months.
Please reconnect if we don’t have your most recent contact details and keep us updated us if your details change in the future. You can also change your details by visiting our Alumni Portal by accessing the link below. We are planning to update and relaunch this site during 2021.
For more information on our Alumni community please email email@example.com
To find out more on the Alumni Collection Notice click here.Alumni Network Portal