Learning and Teaching

An education at St Clare’s Catholic High School offers an engaging learning experience within a nurturing Year 7-10 environment.

Much more than a basic formal curriculum, St Clare’s Catholic High School offers a range of learning experiences that ensure all students are engaged, challenged and stimulated.

Our school strives to provide a rich and diverse curriculum to engage students in their learning. In their final year we prepare them, not only for their ROSA (Record of School Achievement), but also for their future senior studies and vocational choices.

We follow the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) curriculum. And students learn about the Catholic faith and teachings through the Parramatta Diocesan Religious Education program, ‘Sharing Our Story’.

 

General Information

Extracurricular

At St Clare's Catholic High School we value the whole person and encourage extracurricular activities to develop areas of the student’s interests that can be met through other avenues.

Some areas that we cater for are:

  • Debating
  • Public speaking
  • Homework club
  • Art club
  • School concert band
  • School vocal group
  • Liturgy band
  • CEO Captivate dancers.

The staff is open to suggestions for different and interesting activities and will accommodate these suggestions if practicable.

Library

St Clare's library is a centre of learning, reflecting the life mission of Jesus Christ, to serve the educational needs of the young men and women who attend the school.

We provide materials and services for the library users through a multimedia collection, based on desired outcomes of the curriculum, for the use in both teaching and learning situations and for recreational purposes.

Our collection has been developed with consideration for the interests, ability level and individual needs of all users, with particular emphasis on students with special needs, gifted and talented and ESL students.

Today students face an information-rich future in which change will be one of the few constants of their life experience. Their ability to adapt and fulfil their individual potentials will require them to be lifelong learners and independent decision makers.

St Clare's library service endeavours to develop among its individual users a love of learning, the skills of learning, and a belief in the importance of self-direction in learning.

Religious Education

Religious Education is central to the total school program. Religious Education is education in faith or catechesis which involves the awakening, nourishing and developing of a person’s life of faith. Therefore the aim is giving the students a satisfactory religious education in timetabled classes, and establishing within the school a specifically Christian climate which will form the basic framework for the total education of the individual student and the continuing formation of the staff members in the knowledge, love and likeness of Jesus Christ.

The Religious Education teacher, in a special way, is given the challenge of ensuring that the message of Christ in its fullness is passed on, and shared with students.

General aims

The Religious Education program aims to help students to:

  • grow in awareness of their relationship with their loving God
  • deepen their relationship to God in their social contacts with the church community
  • be open to the gift of faith as an invitation by which God is revealed in Jesus, in the church and liturgy, in scripture, in creation and in the events of daily life, and be able to respond with love and worship in personal and communal prayer
  • respond in a truly Christ-like way to the issues which confront them in their daily lives, be they religious, moral, social, political or economic
  • mature as Catholic young men and women with Jesus Christ, Mary, St Ignatius, St Francis, St Agnes and St Clare as models
  • become more open to God’s will and spirit and so ensure that their faith and commitment really make a difference in their lives
  • accept the challenge of their faith convictions by willingly leading a life of service to others, where their faith and commitment really make a difference in their lives.

Prayer

The Religious Education program is an attempt to help students become persons of prayer:

  • Each day is commenced and concluded with prayer.
  • The Religious Education program exposes students in a variety of prayer forms in the hope that each student will discover meaningful forms of personal prayer.
  • Prayer services are held for Lent, Easter, Pentecost, Advent, Christmas, Education Day, camps, retreats, etc.
  • Opportunities are provided for students to participate in the celebration of the Eucharist and Reconciliation.
  • Time is allocated for staff to pray together.

The clergy

Father Gerard O'Dempsey, ofmcap, from our local parish Good Shepherd, supports the school through masses for both class and whole school.Father is invited to be part of school retreats, professional development days and other special events.

Sport

The sport program at St Clare's Catholic High School is designed to give all students the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes that will empower them to adopt a healthy approach to their lives.

Representative sport

A wide range of sporting opportunities are provided to students at St Clare's Catholic High. As a member of the Parramatta Diocesan Secondary Schools’ Sporting Competition (PDSSSC), St Clare's Catholic High School competes in a number of sports such as:

  • Basketball
  • Touch football
  • Baseball
  • Netball
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
  • Soccer
  • Cricket
  • Athletics
  • Cross-country
  • Swimming.

Membership to this sporting body ensures our students have access to diocesan, state and national representation.

St Clare's Catholic High School also regularly enters other sports competitions such as tennis, netball, touch football, rugby union and soccer.

Annual carnivals are held for athletics, swimming and cross-country to provide an opportunity for students to represent St Clare's Catholic High at diocesan carnivals.

Recreational sport

Our sporting program also includes non-competitive recreational sport. It enables our students to hone their skills and develop healthy practices in a relaxed environment.

Activities include:

  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Touch football
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Ten pin bowling
  • Indoor soccer
  • Indoor Cricket
  • Gym.
Support Programs

At St Clare's Catholic High School we are challenged by the Catholic Education Office Vision Statement to ‘be inviting, inclusive and just’.

Our school values the unique nature of each individual student. We welcome and celebrate diversity in culture, language background and talents in our student community. We strive to develop each individual according to their potential and to prepare students with diverse learning needs for full, active and meaningful participation in society.

The school operates within an inclusive framework whereby students’ diverse learning needs are primarily catered for within the mainstream classroom with the specialist support of the learning support team.

Programs, policies and practices have been developed to cater for the needs of students with disabilities, such as a cognitive delay, language disorder, specific learning difficulties, mental health issues, literacy difficulties, and for those who have a language background other than English.

Our teaching theory states that students learn best when they are experiencing success through engaged learning with appropriate tasks leading to responsibility for their learning.

Therefore the learning support team will:

  • recognise the critical role of the classroom teacher in identifying the diverse needs of students and adjust their teaching programs for the range of students in their classes

  • assist LOL (Leaders of Learning), to work with their staff and members of the learning support team, with adjusting classroom tasks, assignments and assessment tasks to cater for the range of students within their classes

  • provide support and opportunities for professional development for all staff, to further their skills in teaching and supporting the full range of students

  • identify and access students with diverse learning support needs and provide support according to their needs and within the constraints of supplied funding

  • provide a yearly individual plan (educational, transition, behaviour or health) and evaluation for all funded special education students and regularly meet and liaise with parents

  • provide individual, small group and class support where possible to ensure support is catering to students’ needs

  • liaise with school staff and outside agencies to support the needs of students with learning difficulties

  • liaise with feeder schools to identify and track students with learning support needs

  • apply for and administer special provisions for eligible students in the ROSA

  • identify students with high literacy and numeracy support needs particularly upon transition to the school or after the NAPLAN assessment.

The learning support team will coordinate programs to assist students based on the funding criteria determined by the Catholic Education Office, Parramatta which flow from the Disability Standards for Education (2005) and entitles each student access to courses and programs offered by the school ‘on the same basis’ as a student without a disability. This will mean that appropriate ‘adjustments’ need to be made to the educational environment and to the curriculum which will facilitate ‘participation’ by students with special and diverse learning needs. This underpins the approach of the school in supporting students with learning difficulties and disabilities at St Clare's Catholic High. 

Subjects by Year Group

  • Religious Education
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Australian Geography, History, Civics and Citizenship
  • Technology (Mandatory)
  • Visual Arts
  • Music
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
  • Personalised Learning
  • Religious Education
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Australian Geography, History, Civics and Citizenship
  • Technology (Mandatory)
  • Visual Arts
  • Music
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
  • Language (Italian)
  • Religious Education
  • English
  • Australian Geography, History, Civics and Citizenship
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
  • Personalised Learning

Students also have two choices of 200 hour elective courses from:

  • Business Services (VET)
  • Commerce
  • Drama 
  • Food Technology
  • Graphics Technology
  • History Elective
  • Industrial Technology – Timber
  • Information and Software Technology
  • Information Technology (VET)
  • Italian
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Physical Activity and Sports Studies
  • Textiles Technology
  • Visual Arts