How do schools in partnership with parents, prepare young people to thrive in an increasingly complex, globalised world? A world that is characterised by change, technological innovation and in great need of virtuous leaders who possess robust thinking, moral courage and vision. These ideas have inspired our passion to build a Christ-centred community that seeks to develop extraordinary learners with a passion to serve others. This is our purpose.
As a Christ-centred community, we seek to develop character that ultimately brings honour to God. Often linked with ideas such as strength and morality, the pursuit of good character is described as a lifelong process that is continually forged through hardship, perseverance and when we each confront areas of personal weakness. We wish to work with parents to ensure that this process is actively supported through establishing a community-wide language for character. Central to this language are our six College virtues - courage integrity, hope, justice, humility and ingenuity. Through explicitly teaching these good character qualities, we wish to equip young people with the foundational qualities that will see them thrive, serving God as leaders in their communities.
William Clarke College is a Christ-centred community that seeks to develop extraordinary learners with a passion to serve others.
Christ-Centred Community: Our foundation for a Christ-centred community is the love of others in the community. By creating a safe and supportive environment where students and staff can reflect on and discuss Christ’s teachings, we are able to engage those who are sceptical, encourage those who are seeking, and equip those who have the desire to shape their life around Christ. While our own relationship with God is uniquely personal, we believe that Christ is the key to unlocking wisdom that gives us all deep understanding for life.
Extraordinary Learner: We believe there is an Extraordinary Learner inside every one of us. Someone who doesn’t just recite answers, but who can apply and build on their knowledge in new and challenging ways. Extraordinary learners know how to think. They have the resilience to pursue feedback, they embrace hard work and they see their mistakes as pathways to deeper learning. In seeking to develop extraordinary learners who make progress, we recognise how instrumental student wellbeing is in the learning process. We adopt a robust wellbeing framework to support our students throughout their learning journey.
Passionate to Serve: With our foundation in Christ, we are a servant-hearted community that seeks to know and respond appropriately to the needs of others. We do not live in isolation. This compels us to be passionate about service that benefits the community and relationships. We reinforce a community culture that values wellbeing and meeting the needs of others at both a local and global level.
As we seek to develop extraordinary learners, we value the holistic development of the young people within our care. We know that there is an inextricable link between maximising a student’s progress and the pursuit of a holistic education.
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.
At the College, we actively foster a Professional Learning Community. Teaching staff meet regularly to share expertise and work collaboratively to improve teaching skills and learning outcomes for students. Teaching is only effective if students are learning. To this end, the College intentionally puts a strong emphasis on progress and ensuring teachers understand and are accountable for the impact they have in the classroom.
The College continues to partner with leading universities in research projects that have been strategically designed around supporting improvements in student learning outcomes.
The College places great importance on student wellbeing. The synergy between the spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional and physical aspects of wellbeing are 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, opportunities for building positive relationships are established and a sense of belonging is fostered.
Our Wellbeing Framework ultimately seeks to build character and resilience, enabling students to flourish.
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.
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.
William Clarke College prides itself on:
• Sports Centre featuring two international sized basketball courts, dance studio, weights room and cardio room
• extensive music facilities
• a designated drama space
• commercial grade kitchens
• multi-purpose courts
• a large library with dedicated learning areas
• two significant sized halls
• a purpose-built area known as ‘The Space’ which provides music students with a dedicated place to perform
• 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.