The Information for Parents and Students booklet is provided to all new enrolments and contains useful information about the school’s:

  • administration and organisation, and
  • educational programs and opportunities.

To access any section of the booklet, click on the appropriate title below.

Class Organisation

Year 7-10 core classes are organised on an extension/parallel class model. In Year 7, students who wish to be considered for the extension class are assessed on a combination of literacy, numeracy and problem solving tests. Other classes in Year 7 are organised on a parallel model of mixed ability. In Years 8-10, English, Mathematics, Science, History and Geography classes are organised separately, allowing the most able students to be placed in the extension classes for any or all of these subjects. Other classes in Years 8-10 are organised on a parallel model of mixed ability. Students earn their place in the extension classes from year to year based on their overall results in assessments and examinations. There are no lower ability classes.

This model allows for gifted and talented students to be academically extended through their placement with students of similar ability..

Computer Access

Willoughby Girls High School is a BYOLD (Bring Your Own Learning Device) school. All students, therefore, should come to school every day equipped with a fully charged learning device for all of their lessons. Parents are asked to ensure their daughters have an approved learning device and that they bring it to school every day for classes. In addition, WGHS has over 400 computers, including 30 tablets for use in the library, dedicated for student use. Each computer has access to online resources and multimedia encyclopaedias. The School has two computer laboratories, banks of computers in the Library, Science, and Music areas. The school uses MS Office as the main software package. Students are able to use the computers in the Library at recess and lunchtimes and in the computer rooms at nominated lunchtimes. All students receive an individual account on the network that allows them access to a secure location to store their files.

At the beginning of each year every student’s account will be accredited with 50 credit points for printing; the equivalent of five dollars worth of printing. This amount is reflected in every student’s school contribution. Where the school contribution has not been paid, a five dollar charge applies for those students wishing a fifty page credit to print within the school. Additional credit may be added by the student to their student ID card in the library. Unused funds from previous years will not accumulate.

Students are able to look up their balance at any workstation within the school, giving students the ability to keep up to date and ensure their account is always in credit. It is the students’ responsibility to maintain a creditable balance to ensure they are able to print when needed for classroom activities, especially assessment tasks.

Evacuation and Lockdown Procedure for Students

On hearing the Evacuation Siren sound continuously for 30 seconds:

  • all staff will evacuate classes to the oval by the most direct route; and
  • students will assemble as instructed and home room teachers will mark rolls.

On hearing the school bell ring continuously for one minute, Lockdown procedure will be initiated:

  • all outside activities will cease immediately and students report to the nearest classroom; and
  • students will remain in classrooms with their teachers until the situation has been declared safe and the school bell rings as normal.

Extension Stream

Willoughby Girls High School conducts testing for the Year 7 extension stream in the year prior to actual enrolment. In the past, over 100 applicants have sat the test in a number of separate sessions. The first and major session is held on a Saturday in March. All feeder primary schools are notified of the test sessions, and the first test session is advertised in the local papers. The test is set and marked by the University of NSW Educational Testing Centre, and includes sections on literacy, numeracy and science.  Eligible students who do not gain entry in the first round are placed on a reserve list. Students also undertake several tests during the first three days of Year 7, providing an additional opportunity for students to be placed in the extension class. Students earn their place in extension classes from year to year.

Gifted and Talented Programs

The School's Gifted & Talented Program identifies students with special gifts and talents and provides a wide range of curriculum opportunities to stimulate and develop their individual gifts and talents, including extension classes 7-12.

The program is coordinated by a team of staff from all faculties, with interests and experience in designing and implementing programs for individuals and groups of students. Activities include:

  • Year 10 Portrait Prize
  • Music and Drama Camps
  • Australian Maths Challenge for Young Australians (May), Australian Maths Enrichment Stage for Young Australians (April to September) and Australian Mathematics Olympiad (August)
  • The Minister’s Young Designer Awards
  • Year 9 Landscape Prize
  • Year 10 Visual Arts and Year 10 Photographic and Digital Media Workshops
  • Music Tour
  • Mock Trial Competition
  • Year 11 Biology, Chemistry and Physics Olympiads
  • Year 7 and 8 Future Problem Solving group
  • Year 7 Problem Based Learning
  • Differentiated instruction in regular classes

Lockers

Lockers are allocated to students who apply at the beginning of the school year. Lockers must be secured with the padlock provided by the school. No money or valuables should be left in lockers. Locker times are: 8.50am, end of home room period, end of period 4 and 3.20 pm. The hire of a locker costs $30 over six years. The school reserves the right to open individual lockers when it is deemed necessary by the Principal.

Office

The school office is open at 8.30am and closes at 3.30pm each school day. Students can access the school office before school, recess and lunchtime. The school office is not open to students during lesson time. Parents and community can access the school office anytime between opening and closing.