William Clarke College is highly regarded for its strong Christian foundation, the quality of its pastoral care and the strength of relationships between students, teachers and parents.
Our aim is to provide students with a high quality Christian education and many opportunities to excel in study, sport, music and drama. A William Clarke College education involves academic study and a rich variety of co-curricular activities.
All programmes at William Clarke College are designed to challenge each student to fully develop their learning and leadership skills so they are equipped to make a Christian difference in our world as graduates.
In Junior School (Years K-4) William Clarke College has a unique collaborative teaching model where two qualified teachers co-teach classes until lunch every day, maximising individual student engagement and establishing a strong foundation in literacy and numeracy. That's a teacher student ratio of 1:10 in Years K-2 and 1:12 in Years 3-4. A diverse range of subjects and specialist teachers in Music, PE/Sport, Library and Japanese are also available.
William Clarke College aims to establish a shared understanding of teaching and learning across all teaching staff to ensure the curriculum is integrated and coherent, as students make their journey from Junior School through to the Middle and Senior years.
College teaching staff also focus on teaching for understanding and engage students in critical thinking and 21st century problem solving skills that are expected in society today.
William Clarke College prides itself on:
• extensive music facilities
• a designated drama space
• commercial grade kitchens
• multi-purpose courts
• a large library with dedicated learning areas for
K–4 and 5–12
• two significant sized halls
• a purpose-built area known as ‘The Space’ which provides music students with a dedicated place to perform
• the Junior School teaching spaces, which provide for the unique Collaborative Teaching Model
• Cafe Clarke –the College’s very own Café
• An Accredited Before and After School Care (BAASC) Centre for children of the College in Years K–6.
• Indoor Sports Centre – due for completion 2014
The structure of William Clarke College's Pastoral Care programme is a distinctive feature of the College. Students benefit from being known well by staff and other year groups. Pastoral Care is also instrumental in developing self-esteem and confidence levels.
K-4: Class based pastoral care and Christian devotion daily.
5-12: Tutor groups are arranged vertically in Years 5-8
and 9-12 groupings, so all students feel connected and known within their year and by older and younger students.
Years 5-12 also engage in a pastoral care programme and daily devotion.
Much learning takes place outside the classroom and students at William Clarke College have the opportunity to grow from:
- Friendships and a greater understanding of themselves developed at year group camps
- Improved physical fitness and team skills via participation in various sports programmes and carnivals
- Music, drama, dance, games and public speaking opportunities
- College charity events