Parent Handbook

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The Parent Handbook is provided to all parents enrolling children at St Clare's Catholic High School. Parents requiring a copy of the handbook should:

  • enquire at the office, or
  • print a full version to read at your convenience. Press the ‘PDF’ button at the top of the page.

The information below will cover procedures and policies you and your child will need.

If you have any further questions in relation to school times, dates, policies or other general enquiries, please feel free to contact St Clare's Catholic High School by email or phone on 9830 2400 weekdays (7:30 - 3:30pm).

 

About Us

School Details


175 Buckwell Drive
Hassall Grove  2761
Locked Bag 1412  Plumpton  2761  
p 9830 2400
f 9835 2539
e clarehassallgrove@parra.catholic.edu.au
Principal: Mr Shane Morris

Parish Details


Good Shepherd Parish
132 Hyatts Road  Plumpton  2761
p 9832 4461
f 9625 3974
Parish Priest: Fr Gerard O'Dempsey ofmcap

 

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Role Name
Principal Shane Morris
Assistant Principal Anthony Hulme
Religious Education Coordinator  Stephanie Cassar
Leader of Wellbeing & Learning Therese Nielsen
Leader of Diversity and Learning Catherine Ruff
Business Manager David Wakeling
Counsellor Lauren Luthra
Leader of Year 7 Amanda Watton
Leader of Year 8 Melissa Calleja
Leader of Year 9 Nadine McArdle
Leader of Year 10 Deborah Baker
TAS Leader of Learning Bhupinder Chhabra
Internal Activities Coordinator Brenton Geribo
Leader of Learning PDHPE Sport/PDSSC Amanda Watton
ENGLISH Leader of Learning Dominic Marshall
HSIE Leader of Learning (Acting) Dale Ahern
SCIENCE Leader of Learning David Rowswell
MATHEMATICS Leader of Learning Ciara Duffy
CREATIVE ARTS Leader of Learning Jason Smolen
CAREERS Coord/Librarian/ENG Heather Wood
LEADER OF eLEARNING & Administration Daniel Mufale

Vision

The Character and Strength of Clare

The St Clare's community is permeated with Gospel values lived and celebrated throughout the school year.

Professional Learning

A competent team of staff has professional learning at its core. The team provides quality teaching and learning, through a diverse use of teaching strategies, which serves the St Clare's community.

Teaching/Learning

The learning environment at St Clare's fosters, values and enhances student achievement and a strong work ethic.

Pastoral Wellbeing of the Clare Community

St Clare's continues to provide a supportive and welcoming environment for the holistic wellbeing of staff, students and families.

Systems Administration

St Clare's continues to strive to be a well-organised and efficient school of staff, students and parents.

Mission

To provide excellence in education:

  • through quality teaching and learning
  • by providing a safe and creative learning environment
  • by challenging students to strive for academic excellence
  • by being a place where faith and values are enriched and shared within the Catholic tradition.

Key Values

  • Respect
  • Compassion
  • Service
  • Leadership
  • Reconciliation
  • Quest for knowledge and skills.

General Information

There is an excellent canteen at St Clare's. There is a wide variety of healthy foodstuffs to be made available. Please see the latest Canteen Menu.

Students are asked to:

  • be courteous, at all times, to canteen staff and teachers
  • line up as directed by the teacher on duty
  • leave the canteen area when they have made their purchases.
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.

At St Clare's Catholic High School we value parents and the contributions they can make throughout their child’s education. An invitation is always extended to parents for our various functions during the school year, such as Clare Day, Mass, parent/teacher interviews, information nights, subject selection evening, showcase, working bees, and special events. Parents have a voice through the Parent and Friends Association and are also encouraged to volunteer as canteen helpers.

Clare Connection’ is our fortnightly newsletter and teachers can communicate with parents through the student diary or with phone calls.

Our SMS system also keeps parents up-to-date with student absences and lateness. 

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. 

Each student at St Clare's Catholic High School has an association with a house, the patrons of which were selected for the characteristics they possess – generosity, humility, bravery, respect.

All siblings of a family are allocated to the same house.

Each house is further separated into six homeclasses which all have students from each of the Years 7–10.

The house system has only recently been reintroduced to St Clare's but has since been found to improve interaction between the junior and senior students of the school. A sense of pride and house spirit is warmly fostered.

School (sport) house patrons


MacKillop

MacKillop — Black

Mary McKillop was born in 1842. She was dedicated to the education of the children of the poor. Mary died in 1909. She was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1995, and was canonised in 2010.

Chisholm

Chisholm — Gold

Caroline Chisholm (1808–1877) was a humanitarian who worked closely with female immigrant’s in Australia. Caroline convinced the Governor of Sydney for a building to house migrant women. She also set up the first employment office and introduced work contracts for these women.

Kolbe

Kolbe — Blue

Maximilian Kolbe (1894–1941) was a Polish Franciscan friar who volunteered to die in place of a stranger in the Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz, in Poland.

Benedict

Benedict—Red

St Benedict (1526–1589) was born into slavery, gave away his possessions and joined the Franciscan friars where his family lived. Benedict never referred to possessions as ‘mine’ but always ‘ours’. He had gifts for prayer and the guidance of souls.

 

St Clare's is set amid the housing estate of Hassall Grove and serves the Good Shepherd Parish.

Our school boasts modern and up-to-date facilities including:

  • science labs
  • art and music rooms
  • food technology kitchens
  • textile room
  • industrial technology work rooms
  • computer labs
  • a gym
  • performing arts room
  • dark room
  • stage area and amphitheatre which lend themselves to Clare Day celebrations, showcase nights and other performances
  • school chapel where regular class Masses are held by Father Henry
  • a fully-equipped library with computers, audio visual equipment and room for class lessons, in addition to the latest literature
  • a canteen available five days a week for recess and lunch
  • lockers issued to each student.

Most classrooms are outfitted with interactive boards and projectors that can be connected to the many resources available through the library.

Water tanks sustain our grounds and the school is energy efficient, with a large solar electricity panel. Basketball/tennis courts and large areas for outdoor sports and a passive area, gives the school a pleasant environment while also catering for active teenagers.

How to enrol your child

Joining this community means that parents/carers and students are committed to:

  • the development of quality relationships with all members of the school community
  • the Catholic identity and evangelising mission of the school within the church
  • supporting the school in upholding school rules and policies
  • involvement by parents and caregivers, where possible, in the life of the school and in fundraising.

The Year 7 enrolment process commence in April each year, with a Parent Information Evening, which is advertised through the local parish churches, the local papers and this website.  Application forms are available at this meeting, on the website or from the school office during school hours. 

Applications for all years are taken throughout the year and, if necessary, held on a waiting list until a position becomes available.

Complete the Enrolment Agreement Form and bring it to the school with the following documents:

  • Proof of student's residential address (e.g. original copies of council rates notice, residential lease, electricity accounts, statutory declaration).
  • Birth certificate or identity documents.
  • Copies of any family law or other relevant court orders (if applicable).
  • Copies of current and previous school reports and NAPLAN report.

If your child is a permanent resident but not a citizen of Australia, you will need to provide:

  • Passport or travel documents for the student and his/her father and mother.

If your child is a temporary visa holder you will also need to provide:

  • Authority to enrol issued by the Temporary Visa Holders Program Unit. This is required for visitor and temporary visa holders.
  • Authority to enrol or evidence of permission to transfer issued by the International Student Centre (if holding an international full fee student visa).
  • Evidence of the visa the student has applied for (if the student holds a bridging visa).

If your child is of Catholic faith, you will need to ask your local parish priest to complete the Parish form and send it to the school.

All documents can be brought to the school between 7.30am - 3.30pm on school days.

To obtain a copy of our Enrolment form and Parish Agreement or if you require any help or further information, please contact our Enrolment Secretary on 9830 2400.

Learning & Teaching

St Clare's strives to provide a rich and diverse curriculum to engage students in their learning. We prepare them for both their ROSA (Record of School Achievement), and also their future senior studies and vocational choices.

We follow the NSW Educational Standards Authority (NESA) Curriculum, and the Parramatta Diocesan Religious Education program ‘Sharing Our Story’.

Students study the following programs:

Year 7

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

Year 8

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

Years 9 and 10

  • 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, selected 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.

At St Clare's Catholic High School we value the whole person and encourage extracurricular activities to develop areas of the student’s interests.

Some interest areas 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 about different and interesting activities, and will accommodate these suggestions, if practicable.

St Clare's library is a centre of learning. It reflects the life mission of Jesus Christ by how it serves the educational needs of the young men and women of St Clare's.

We have a large multimedia collection and have both educational and recreational resources. Our collection considers the interests, ability level and individual needs of all users. It has a particular emphasis on students with special needs, gifted and talented and ESL students.

Today, students face an information-rich future where change will be one of the few constants of life. In order to thrive, they will need to be lifelong learners and independent decision-makers.

St Clare's library service aims to inspire a love of learning, the skills of learning, and a belief in the importance of self-directed learning.

Religious Education is central to St Clare's. Religious Education is education in faith or catechesis, and involves the awakening, nourishing and developing of a person’s life of faith. Therefore, its aim is to give our students a thorough religious education through timetabled classes and establishing through a specifically Christian climate within our school. This forms the basic framework of each student's education 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 with God through their contact with the church community
  • be open to the gift of faith as an invitation, where God is revealed in Jesus, through the church and liturgy, in scripture, in creation, and in the 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 daily, 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
  • accept the challenge of their faith convictions by willingly leading a life of service to others. And where their faith and commitment make a difference in their lives.

Prayer

The Religious Education program aims to help students become persons of prayer. We do this by:

  • commencing and concluding each day with prayer
  • exposing students to a variety of prayer forms to help students discover meaningful forms of personal prayer
  • holding prayer services during Lent, Easter, Pentecost, Advent, Christmas, Education Day, camps, and retreats
  • providing opportunities for students to participate in the celebration of the Eucharist and Reconciliation.
  • allocating time for staff to pray together.

The clergy

Father Gerard O'Dempsey, OFM Cap, from our local Good Shepherd Parish, supports the school through celebrating class and whole school Masses. And is regularly invited to be part of school retreats, professional development days and other special events.

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 life.

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 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:

  • ice skating
  • swimming
  • table tennis
  • touch football
  • volleyball
  • basketball
  • ten pin bowling
  • indoor soccer
  • indoor Cricket
  • gym.

At St Clare's Catholic High School we are challenged, by the Parramatta 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. We strive to develop each individual according to his or her potential, and to prepare students with diverse learning needs for full, active and meaningful participation in society.

The school operates within an inclusive framework. This means that students with 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 diverse needs of students with disabilities. The needs of students with a cognitive delay, language disorder, specific learning difficulties, mental health issues, literacy difficulties, and for those who have a language background other than English, are important and catered for.

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 in the ROSA, for eligible students

  • identify students with high literacy and numeracy support needs, particularly on 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. This flows 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 School. 

Policies

St Clare's Catholic High has a number of school-based policies and procedures that govern various aspects of our school life. These provide the framework within which we operate.

The Catholic Education Office, Parramatta Diocese also provides advice and recommendations on educational and administrative policies and priorities, and monitors policy implementation.

Our school policies and Parramatta Diocesan policies can be found on the school website.

If you have any questions in relation to policies or other general enquiries please contact the school by email or phone 98302400 weekdays between 7:30am and 3:30pm.

School Profile

Francis of Assisi is very much a saint for all ages, a saint for all people. His life was marked by faith and joy, service towards others, prayer, peace, and the love of the earth and all created things. 

He preached the Gospel message of a loving God who gives extravagantly, and who invites each of us to participate fully in life in all its diversity and richness.

St Clare is the patron of Clare Catholic High School.

Clare was born in Assisi, Italy, in 1193. As a child she loved to learn. She studied Latin, music and needlework. She loved listening to stories and she was very concerned for the poor. She was always giving things away to them.

As a young, rich person, Clare chose not to marry into wealth as her family expected, but instead she ran away to join Francis of Assisi in serving God through poverty, peace and prayer.

Clare was the founder of the Second Order of St Francis, the Order of St Clare which is known as the Poor Clares. She was a person of great courage and strength of character. She was obedient to Francis and even though she was the superior, she served her sisters with loving care and humility. She was truly a remarkable woman and her influence is still strong today. Just like Francis, news of her wisdom spread, and prayer and advice were sought from her by rich and poor.

By the time of her death in 1253, there were 150 monasteries associated with Clare in existence. She was canonised in 1255.

In 1993, after collaboration between the Capuchin Fathers based at Plumpton, and the Catholic Education Office, meetings began concerning the construction of a new Catholic systemic high school at Hassall Grove. The new school was to be situated firmly in the Good Shepherd Parish.

The school’s layout has deliberately incorporated a Franciscan theme through aspects of the village of Assisi in Italy. The wide, white stone pillars encompassing the extensive colonnades, the Town Square and the long walkway or ‘Street,’ all have this intended Italian aspect. This Franciscan influence was also paired with a strong Aboriginal connection with respect to the significance of the site in the local Aboriginal history. The first and only land grants given to Aboriginal people by Governor Macquarie were to Colebee and Nurragingy, nearby. And the Native Institute and the original Blacktown are close by the Bells Creek, a sacred burial site. 

The first Year 7 students commenced classes in 1994, and the school experienced its first graduating class of Year 10 in 1997.

In 1997, it was decided to restructure the Catholic schools in the Greater Mt Druitt area and form Christ Catholic College, with St Agnes at Rooty Hill, Loyola at Mt Druitt, and St Clare’s at Hassall Grove. This came about in 1999, but after five years a further restructure was made and now the three schools together, form the Christ Catholic Community of Schools.

Since 2005, renewed vision and a clearly defined three-year strategic management plan has set the direction and challenge for St Clare's, as it strives to create a culture of academic excellence in a caring, safe and Christian environment.

Crest

Our crest consists of a red cross which represents hope and life for Christians, and reminds us that our actions and observations are based on love, from the heart.

stClareCrest

The four leaves allude to nature and creation, one for each academic year. They recall St Clare, ‘the first plant’ of St Francis and the crook of the Good Shepherd Parish. The sun and moon remind us of St Clare, 'a Light for the Way,’ along with Christ, ‘the Light of the World’.  The Christian perspective along with the Aboriginal Dreaming stories of the Sun Woman and Male Moon as creative forces, present a rich partnership with the community. The black background highlights the Christian paradox of light from darkness, hope for the hopeless, and life from death.

Motto

The motto ‘Praise God by Your Life’ entreats us to strive for wholeness. We meet God in all aspects of our life and show our closeness by the way we live our life. It is in the ordinary everyday living of our life that we demonstrate God’s love and glory.

 

Uniform & Grooming

As a student attending St Clare's Catholic High School your daughter/son is an ambassador for the school.

The school believes in certain values associated with the wearing of the uniform. Much time and thought has been devoted to its place in the life of the students. In addition to its contribution to neatness, dress sense, identity with the group, good order and discipline, it should be a bond between parents and the school in a common endeavour to present teenagers with one acceptable standard.

 

Summer Uniform (Terms 1 and 4)
Boys Girls
  • School trousers (grey)
  • Open-necked white shirt with school crest
  • Grey socks
  • School hat (optional)
  • School skirt (to be worn to the knee)
  • Open-necked white blouse with school crest
  • School ankle socks (with tri-colour band)
  • School hat (optional)
Winter Uniform
  • School trousers (grey)
  • Open-necked white shirt with school crest
  • Grey socks
  • School tie
  • Black school blazer with school crest on breast pocket
  • School skirt (to be worn to the knee)
  • Open-necked white blouse with school crest
  • Black tights or black pantyhose (no knee-highs)
  • Black school blazer with school crest on breast pocket

In winter the school’s regulation red jumper may only be used in conjunction with the school blazer, i.e. it may not replace the school blazer.



Sports Uniform
Summer
  • Black elasticised waist shorts with school initials
  • White leather/vinyl sport shoes with solid upper (i.e. no punch holes). NB: This is an occupational health and safety requirement for practical subjects
  • White polo shirt with school crest
  • White school sports socks with tri-colour band
Winter
  • White polo shirt with school crest
  • White school sports socks with tri-colour band
  • School tracksuit (jacket and pants). NB: Tracksuit jacket may only be worn on Thursday (sports day)
  • White leather/vinyl sport shoes with solid upper (i.e. no punch holes). NB: This is an occupational health and safety requirement for practical subjects
General Regulations
  • Polished black, low-heeled, leather shoes with laces. NB: This is an occupational health and safety requirement for practical subjects
  • Official black school bag with school colours

 

Grooming

Boys Girls

Hair

  • Hair must be above the shirt collar and a minimal amount of ‘product’ used to conservatively style
  • Dyed, coloured, rinsed or bleached hair are all unacceptable
  • Number 3 (hair-trimmer) is the minimum acceptable length
  • Undercuts, steps, stripes or other patterns shaved into hairstyles are not acceptable
  • Students are expected to be neat and well-groomed at all times.
  • Hairstyles must be appropriate for the wearing of the school uniform. Students who are unsure about what is acceptable should consult with their house coordinator before going to the hairdresser
  • The suitability of any hairstyle is at the discretion of the Principal or Assistant Principal.

Hair

  • Dyed, coloured, rinsed or bleached hair are all unacceptable
  • Number 3 (hair-trimmer) is the minimum acceptable length
  • Hair longer than shoulder length must be tied back at all times with a red, white, gold or black elastics or ribbons
  • Undercuts, steps, stripes or other patterns shaved into hairstyles are not acceptable
  • Students are expected to be neat and well-groomed at all times
  • Hairstyles must be appropriate for the wearing of the school uniform. Students who are unsure about what is acceptable should consult with their house coordinator before going to the hairdresser
  • The suitability of any hairstyle is at the discretion of the Principal or Assistant Principal.

Jewellery

  • Students are encouraged to wear a watch
  • A single fine neck chain may be worn provided it is out of sight and has a crucifix or medical information attached
  • Any piercing is not acceptable
  • Other jewellery, body piercings, chains, leather thonging and bracelets are not permitted
  • Any other excessive jewellery may be confiscated

Jewellery

  • Students are encouraged to wear a watch
  • A single fine neck chain may be worn provided it is out of sight and has a crucifix or medical information attached
  • One pair of studs/sleepers may be worn in the ear lobes
  • Any other piercing is not acceptable
  • Other jewellery, body piercings, chains, bracelets and ankle bracelets are not permitted
  • Any other excessive jewellery may be confiscated

Facial Hair

  • Boys are to be completely clean-shaven

Make-up

  • Students who are obviously wearing make-up will be asked to remove it
  • Students will be asked to remove coloured nail polish
  • Acrylic nails are not permitted