Our teachers know their students and work with them to help them realise their potential as learners. Our focus on authentic learning and authentic assessment ensures that we challenge our students to grow in their learning and achieve their personal best.

Throughout our community of Sydney Catholic schools, we have shown high performance of our students in measures such as NAPLAN and the HSC.

St Clare’s College inspires students to become global citizens, collaborative and lifelong learners. As well as, critical and creative thinkers. Our aim is to provide an inclusive education that will set our students on their path to success. As a community, we celebrate the success of every student in all areas of their learning pathway.

St Clare's College Waverley

As a school, St Clare’s College Waverley experienced considerable success in their competitiveness. We performed above state average in 90% of courses and ranked 86th in NSW.

Top 10 courses above state average:

  1. English Studies Examination – 21.54% above state average
  2. Standard English – 11.41% above state average
  3. Legal Studies – 11.12% above state average
  4. Hospitality Examination – 10.8% above state average
  5. Mathematics Standard 1 Examination – 10.59% above state average
  6. Biology – 10.35% above state average
  7. CAFS – 10.12% above state average
  8. Mathematics Standard 2 – 10.04% above state average
  9. Business Studies – 9.64% above state average
  10. Food Technology – 9.12% above state average

These courses reflect the strengths in the competitive performance of students at St Clare’s. Standard English has consistently been well above the state average reflecting the team teaching and differentiated pedagogy focus. In 2020, St Clare’s was 6th in NSW in Standard English (SMH). Legal Studies and Hospitality (Examination) reflect the explicit emphasis on targeted feedback coupled with enthusiastic young teachers. The Biology result is a significant improvement and reflects an upward trend in both % above state average and learning gain. This is the result of the adoption of a backward mapping approach to skill development and authentic learning and assessment. The Community and Family Studies result was the best in a number of years for this course. This is due to the teacher-led continual cycle of feedback and continual refinement of classroom practice.

As a college, we have adopted a number of universal strategies that have ensured the continuation of consistent results above state average. These include:

  • An emphasis on team teaching and teacher capacity building
  • Backward mapping of skill progression within KLA’s
  • Mentoring and strategic interview processes in subject selection to ensure best fit for students
  • The Year 11 Senior Studies Program run by the college that emphasises academic language and organisation for senior success
  • Reflective practice on behalf of HoDs and teachers. This includes data meetings between CLT members and HoDs, HoDs and teachers and whole school professional learning
  • The cultivation of a culture of high expectations for staff and students
  • Explicit emphasis on a whole school approach to Literacy – Connected Literacy

We celebrate student achievement throughout the year at our Academic Assemblies as well as the end-of-year presentation evening.

St Clare’s College –  Academic Awards

Academic Excellence – First in Course
First in Course is awarded to the student/s that achieve first place in each subject over the course of the entire year within either a year group cohort or course. Awarded annually at the presentation evening.

Dux
The Dux award is awarded to the student in Year 7-11 who has achieved the most First in Course awards. If there is a tie, a count back occurs to ascertain the final winner. The countback is based on rank position in each course. Awarded annually at the presentation evening. In Year 12 the College Dux is the student with the highest ATAR. This is awarded annually at the HSC High Achievers Assembly.

Academic Application
Academic Application awards are given to a student in each class that has shown a commitment and dedication to her studies. This award is given at the discretion of the classroom teacher and accounts for both formal assessments as well as ongoing formative assessment.  Awarded at the end of Semester 1 and Semester 2.

Academic Growth
Academic Growth Awards are given to a student in each class that has shown significant growth in a subject area. This award is given at the discretion of the classroom teacher and represents a student’s ongoing efforts to improve in their studies. Teachers are able to justify growth through ongoing classroom data as well as summative results in assessment tasks.  Awarded at the end of Semester 1.