Senior Education

An Adult Learning Environment

St Clare's Catholic High School are excited to announce that we are now taking enrolments for Year 11.

We believe that senior high school education at St Clare’s improves students’ transition from school to further education and work.

At St Clare’s, we help our students to be prepared for life after school by providing a dedicated and purposeful senior learning environment.

Our teachers and staff undertake professional learning to support ongoing quality senior education including collaboration and training opportunities, accreditation programs, Religious Education in-services, collaboration with other Diocesan schools, career advisory days, child protection training, work health and safety workshops and full first-aid training. Our staff support students with their development into independent young adults by working in collaboration and by knowing, valuing and supporting one another.

Students can select a senior education pathway that is more flexible, has greater relevance for their chosen career path and assists with the development of essential employability skills. Our Year 11 Subject Preference Handbook is provided to assist with course of study choices.

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Senior Education at St Clare's Catholic High School Hassall Grove

Frequently Asked Questions

Within a Catholic faith environment, St Clare’s Year 11 students, will continue their education and formation of being responsible global citizens, how to think creatively and critically, how to communicate and work collaboratively. All of this is underpinned by leading educational research, highly qualified staff and practice using today’s technologies.

Our frequently asked questions below will help you learn more about Year 11 at St Clare’s.

What you need to know for Year 11

St Clare’s Catholic High School (St Clare’s) is offering Year 11 in 2019 to provide a continuity of schooling and pathway options in Year 11 and 12 in the greater Blacktown and Mount Druitt areas. This decision was the result of careful consideration of how best to meet the needs of the local community.

St Clare’s welcomes all applications for enrolment from students who will complete Year 10.

Year 12 enrolment applications are being accepted. Contact us for enquiries.

Year 11 enrolments are now being accepted. Learn more about how to enrol your child.

Students who are currently enrolled at St Clare’s will have automatic entry into Year 11.

St Clare’s welcomes new enrolment applicants for Year 11.

Students who are not currently enrolled will need to complete an enrolment application form which is available to download from our 'How to Enrol' page. Alternatively the enrolment form can be collected from the school office or can be mailed on request by contacting the school on 9830 2400 weekdays (7:30 - 3:30pm) or by sending us an email.

New families will be contacted once the application is received to arrange an enrolment interview with the principal.

Our priority is to ensure we can accommodate all our community’s enrolment needs.

Foremost, St Clare’s is committed to ensuring that each St Clare’s Year 10 student is supported in choosing their learning pathway and destination in the next year.

Please refer to our enrolment policy for further information including enrolment priorities where spaces are limited.

Students who are currently enrolled at St Clare’s Catholic High School are granted automatic placement into Year 11. 

Families applying for enrolment into Year 11 will be advised in writing following an interview with the school.

We invite families to attend our Year 11 information sessions which will provide opportunities to learn more about Year 11 at St Clare’s.

We also welcome any enrolment inquiries. You can contact the school by phone on 9830 2400 weekdays (7:30 - 3:30pm) or send us an email.

Existing families who decide to withdraw their child’s Year 11 automatic enrolment for next year are required to inform the school of their decision in writing, preferably before 30 June this year.

There are three levels of annual fees, billed in instalments during Terms 1, 2 and 3. These include Annual Diocesan Tuition Fees and the Diocesan Building Levy (both set by Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta (CEDP) and school-based fees.  

No student who meets the enrolment criteria will be refused enrolment or disadvantaged because of a family’s financial circumstance and genuine inability to pay fees.

Families experiencing financial difficulty or hardship are invited to speak confidentially with the school principal Mr Shane Morris about fee relief, extended payment plans and/or a financial scholarship.

Learn more about our school fees

Existing private and public transport routes for St Clare’s students will continue. Click here for an example of our bus timetable.

No, however, as a Catholic school we have a strong religious dimension, and people of other faiths who wish to enrol must be able to support and fully participate in the religious activities of the school. Please also refer to our enrolment policy for further information including enrolment priorities where spaces are limited.

St Clare’s is committed to ensuring a comprehensive range of courses are offered, and that they meet the needs and interests of students. We offer multiple learning pathways for students including HSC, a wide range of vocational education courses including performing arts as well as early entry into university courses.

An initial list of courses offered by the school is usually published in Week 2 Term 2. The Subject Preference Handbook details these courses and this information will be distributed on the Year 11 Subject Selection evening. The Handbook will also provide details about course expectations, accessibility requirements and options so each student can discern their pattern of study. After this evening students will be asked to submit preferences for their desired pattern of study after consultation with parents and teachers.

Senior students will be provided with many leadership opportunities both at school and within their community, and will have increased exposure to diocesan and community projects. They will be co-responsible and co-stewards for preserving and maintaining the student culture at St Clare’s and contribution to the ongoing parish/school partnership.

Students will also participate in a leadership camp, Year 11 retreat and community engagement activities to strengthen their skills, knowledge and ability to transition to further study or employment. They will also be provided with opportunities to attend performances, expos and cultural events in the community and creative and performing arts sector and participate in a variety of extra-curricular programs.

The senior learning space is a new contemporary and state of the art learning facility that serves the needs of our HSC class. We worked very closely with current students, teachers, Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta (CEDP) and an architectural company to design a space that is both functional and fluid to engage both students and teachers in the delivery of purposeful and agile learning.

A major refurbishment including the purchasing of new furniture, electronic displays and establishment of ‘inquiry hubs’ ensures we deliver a fresh, engaging and student centred learning space fit for our seniors. As part of the plans have also incorporated an exclusive senior common room and functional cafe where students can gather to socialise, plan and study before, during and after school.

HSC subjects and courses may be provided as face-to-face, online and blended learning and/or a mixed mode of employment/study options. This will be determined by the needs of each student, resourcing and NSW Educational Standards Authority (NESA) requirements. The requirements for each course will be detailed in the Subject Information Handbook.

Students will also require the use of their own personal laptop at school to supplement their learning. Both Windows or Mac operating systems are acceptable.

Sport will not be offered to senior students within their school timetable, as preliminary/HSC courses need to meet the required timetable hours as prescribed by HSC registration.

Senior students will however have the opportunity to participate in some CEDP Gala Days within the Parramatta Diocese Secondary Schools Sports Council (PDSSSC) competition. Students who represent the State or Australia will be supported in meeting their obligations to their chosen sport and the demands of their senior studies.

The only changes to the school uniform for Year 11 students is the addition of a tie for senior girls and a new tie for senior boys.

As we move forward a longer term decision will be required, although it is not expected to impact current families who have already commenced at St Clare’s.

Details of the current uniform are contained in our parent handbook.
  • Being part of a supportive yet challenging learning environment will help students thrive in today's world
  • Our optimal student to staff ratio will create more personalised learning opportunities for each student
  • Modern, state of the art learning facility for senior students
  • Seamless education with our highly experienced and passionate staff
  • Opportunities to have a formation retreat experience
  • Increased engagement with the community and parish
  • Leadership opportunities to build self confidence and make a difference in their local community
  • Wide variety of subject choices and pathways
  • Immersion opportunities both overseas and locally for interested students
  • CAPTIVATE creative arts program and opportunities for interested students
  • Involvement in a variety of social justice initiatives
  • Other extra curricular opportunities such as debating, public speaking, Duke of Edinburgh Award program and youth ambassadors for our community
  • A diverse range of extra-curricular activities and competitions including sports, music, arts and technology
  • Familiarity with the school, teachers and individualised learning approach