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.

Assessment Years 10-12

It is essential that students present for and/or complete all assessment tasks/examinations. Where a task has not been completed on time the following special procedures will be implemented in all courses in all subjects.

Due to illness/misadventure

Where there is no valid reason for non completion of an assessment task/examination, a zero will be recorded for that task. Where there is no valid reason for late submission of a task, a late penalty of 20% of the total mark awarded per school day will be applied and a zero will be recorded for that task after five school days.

The following will be required in order to decide whether or not a student has a valid reason for non completion of a task:

a) PRIOR NOTIFICATION of absence from the task from a parent/guardian. Other than in exceptional cases (eg. accident on the way to school) the school/teacher must be contacted BEFORE the task takes place, in person, by phone or letter.

b) A WRITTEN STATEMENT from the student's parent/guardian, acknowledging the non completion of a task and explaining the absence, must be provided where illness or mis-adventure is involved.

NOTE: A parental statement must be received at school on the first day back after the missed task, irrespective of whether the student has a lesson in the subject of the missed task on that day. This documentation is to be handed to the relevant Head Teacher (or a teacher within the appropriate Faculty) in the case of assessment tasks or the examination coordinator in the case of examinations.

Due to leave other than illness/misadventure

Leave, for reasons other than illness/misadventure, authorised by the Principal is a valid reason for non completion of an assessment task/examination. Please see the Attendance/Punctuality section of the Information for Students and Parents Booklet for more information.

Refer to the Junior Assessment Handbooks, issued to Year 9 and Year 10 students, for Stage 5 assessment requirements, and the Senior Assessment and Curriculum Handbooks, issued to Year 11 and Year 12 students, for preliminary and HSC assessment requirements. The Homework Policy in this booklet provides additional information.

Late arrival on the day of an assessment task (in class and hand in tasks)

School records must show that a student attended a full day of school on the day of an assessment task, as per that student’s regular timetable, including Home Room. This is to ensure that no student is advantaged by using school time to work on an assessment task. Failure to attend all classes will result in a zero being given for the task.

Assessment Years 7-9

It is essential that students present for and/or complete all assessment tasks/examinations. Where a task has not been completed on time the following special procedures will be implemented in all courses in all subjects.

Due to illness/misadventure

Where there is no valid reason for non-completion of an assessment task/examination, a zero will be recorded for that task. Where there is no valid reason for late submission of a task, a zero will be recorded for that task.

The following will be required in order to decide whether or not a student has a valid reason for non completion of a task:

a) PRIOR NOTIFICATION of absence from the task. Other than in exceptional cases (e.g. accident on the way to school), the school/teacher must be contacted BEFORE the task takes place, in person, by phone or letter.

b) A WRITTEN STATEMENT from the student's parent/guardian explaining the absence and A DOCTOR'S CERTIFICATE must be provided where illness is involved. Other official documentation will be required in the case of misadventure.

NOTE: A parental statement and a Doctor's Certificate must be received at school on the first day back after the missed task, irrespective of whether the student has a lesson in the subject of the missed task on that day. This documentation is to be handed to the relevant Head Teacher (or a teacher within the appropriate Faculty) in the case of assessment tasks or the examination co-ordinator in the case of examinations.

Due to leave other than illness/misadventure

Leave, for reasons other than illness/misadventure, authorised by the Principal is a valid reason for non-completion of an assessment task/examination. Please see the Attendance/Punctuality section of the Information for Students and Parents Booklet for more information.

Late arrival on the day of an assessment task (in class and hand in tasks)

School records must show that a student attended a full day of school on the day of an assessment task, as per that student’s regular timetable, including Home Room. This is to ensure that no student is advantaged by using school time to work on an assessment task. Failure to attend all classes will result in a zero being given for the task.

Computing Courses

Information and Software Technology (IST) is offered as a course in Years 9 and 10, and is one of the most popular electives. In IST students learn skills which will be beneficial to their work across all of their subjects. Whilst developing these skills students will produce music clips, graphics, websites, databases and videos. They learn about computer networks, artificial intelligence, robotics and how to code using a number of programming languages.

The School also offers two senior courses in computing:

• Software Design and Development (development of programs and games, Apps, Emerging Technologies) and

• Information Processes and Technology (Project Management, Multimedia, Databases and Information Systems)

Students are invited to sit for the Digital Technologies competition (Years 7 -10) and apply for the National Computer Science School (Years 10 -11) to further their programming skills with students from across the nation, both of which are held annually.

Cross Roads

 

The Crossroads program is a mandatory program conducted in Year 11 and is designed to extend the learning experiences of students by acknowledging the changes in maturity and responsibilities of senior secondary students. The planned activities develop and enhance the knowledge and understanding, skills, values and attitudes of students so that they are more capable of making informed decisions about their lifestyles and the responsibilities they have in society.

Content areas covered include:

  • Managing Your Life - self esteem, goal setting
  • Managing Your Relationships - sexuality, contraception
  • Managing Risks in Life - HIV/AIDS
  • Managing Risks in Life - Drug Education.

In 2014, Willoughby Girls High School Crossroads Program was recognised as exemplary by the Department of Education and Communities and has been used as a model for other schools' crossroads programs.

Debating and Public Speaking

Opportunities are offered to students to represent the school in a variety of Debating and Public Speaking Competitions. After school coaching sessions led by external coaches are available for interested students. In addition to the Department of Education and Communities competitions for Years 7-12, there are in school competitions for Years 7 and 8, as well as external competitions, such as the Macquarie Debating Cup, and Speech Competitions organised by Legacy. Opportunities for students to partake in these programs are advertised in the school's English classes, the Daily Messages and Newsletters.

Drama

Drama electives are offered in Years 9-12. Excursions to live productions and opportunities to participate in drama camps and Theatresports competitions are made available. Interested Years 7 and 8 students, who are willing to devote time and energy to rehearsal, will be eligible for membership of the Junior Drama Ensemble, formed in Term 1 each year. It is envisaged the ensemble will compete in Eisteddfod’s and perform in Dance and Drama nights. In the process of devising and rehearsing pieces for performance, students will be developing their performance skills. This will benefit those keen to study Drama in later years and/or audition for the School’s major performing arts production, which is held every two years. Notifications of auditions will be in Daily Message Sheet and Newsletters.

Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme is one of the most popular extra curricular activities offered at Willoughby Girls High School. Students commence their Bronze Awards in Year 9 and usually complete their Silver Award at the end of Year 10 or 11. Students must complete four sections in order to gain an award including a Service, a Skill, a Physical Recreation and an Expedition. Expedition camps are organised each year in the Wollemi National Park. Any student aged 14 years or over is able to access the program. A meeting of interested students is held at the commencement of each year and advertised in the daily messages. 

English

English is the only compulsory subject in Years 7 to 12. In addition to the core curriculum, the English Faculty offers many extracurricular activities. These include the National English Competition, a theatre excursion program, short film festival, debating and public speaking, entry into local and state young writers’ awards (e.g. The Sydney Morning Herald Young Writers’ Award, the Stanton and Mosman Young Writers’ Awards) and National Literacy Awards. More information about these opportunities can be found in the Daily Messages, Newsletters and through English classes.

English language enrichment classes are available, outside of the normal timetable, for any students requiring additional assistance.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

ESL composite classes operate within the English Department and are taught by English teachers supported by specialist ESL teachers.
Specialist ESL teachers work with teachers and students in their regular classes to ensure ESL students’ language skills are developed. The ESL teachers are available to provide advice to parents/carers regarding language and cultural matters.

English language enrichment classes are available, outside of the normal timetable, for any students requiring additional assistance.

Excursions

Excursions are organised in most subject areas to supplement the classroom curriculum and engage students in learning in real world contexts. Most excursions take place during school time, except in Year 12 where these occur outside the normal school day so that regular instruction is not interrupted. Special notes giving full details of any school excursion or variation to routine are distributed well in advance. Payments for excursions must be in to the school office (either online payment or via the locked box)  no later than the date specified on the excursion note. NO LATE PAYMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Full school uniform must be worn on all excursions (unless otherwise stipulated). Students who do not comply with the conditions of participating in an excursion will not be permitted to attend.

All excursions are a compulsory component of the curriculum and all students are expected to attend. In cases where financial assistance is required, parents or students are asked to notify the organising teacher, or Year Adviser, the school office or the Principal so that assistance can be provided. The school appreciates that this is a delicate matter and all requests are treated with discretion. 

Festival of Creative Arts

Held during term three each year to celebrate the work produced by Music, Visual Arts and Photographic & Digital Media students, this event comprises of an exhibition and HSC music performance evening.

The exhibition showcases HSC Visual Arts students’ bodies of work, artwork produced by Years 7 to 11 Visual Arts students and Years 9 and 10 Photographic and Digital Media students. Parents and friends are invited to the opening night, which is formally opened by an invited guest speaker. In conjunction with the exhibition, Year 10 students participate in a portrait Prize and Year 9 students participate in a Landscape Prize.

The music performance evening showcases the work of HSC Music 1, Music 2 and Music Extension students. It is held on a different night in the Multipurpose Hall. Parents and friends are also invited to this evening.

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

History

The History Program for junior History involves a variety of enjoyable activities and learning experiences. In Year 7, students study the Ancient and Medieval worlds, building literacy and source work skills in their History Portfolio and developing their research abilities. These students also enjoy a rollick through medieval times on Medieval Day when, apart from other activities, they dress up in middle ages garb and enjoy a feast reminiscent of the times. In Year 9 students study the Movement of Peoples including slaves and convicts, as well as the examination of the World Wars. In Year 10 students explore Rights and Freedoms in Australia as well the Cold War and Tiananmen Square event. In the senior years students have the opportunity to further their studies in History through undertaking Modern, Ancient or Extension History. They can also select to study a sociological and cultural studies course called Society and Culture. The History faculty offers the potential for senior History students to participate in a historical studies excursion to Europe, specifically Pompeii and the battlefields of World War 1.

Homework Policy

LEARNING BEYOND THE CLASSROOM

Beyond the classroom learning is a valuable part of schooling. It allows for practising, extending and consolidating work undertaken in class. Beyond the classroom learning provides training for students in planning and organising time and develops a range of skills in identifying and using information sources. Additionally, it establishes habits of study, concentration and self discipline. These qualities are essential for students to become independent and self directed learners.

At Willoughby Girls High School each subject area has different expectations of what work students should complete at home. Work done at home links directly to what students are learning in classes and in many cases, this involves pre-reading or viewing of material in preparation for class, finishing off work not completed in class, ongoing assignment work, preparation for tests, examinations and in class assessments.

Students need to practise skills regularly. In all subjects students benefit from revising and reviewing work covered in class each day. Students should also engage in at least 30 minutes reading for pleasure every night. This is a suitable bed time or before sleeping activity and students should read a book or ensure their electronic devices are on the night setting.

The amount and complexity of school work undertaken at home will progressively increase as students move from Year 7 through to Year 12. However, it is important that home study is balanced with other commitments such as family time, a hobby, creative or performing art, part-time employment, time spent with friends, physical exercise and rest.

All students are encouraged to plan well ahead for assignments, projects and assessment tasks, all of which are listed on the school’s calendar. Planning ahead and regularly spending time working on long term tasks will avoid overload and stress at times when several tasks are due at the same time.

Languages

All students in Year 8 study a language other than English, chosen from Chinese, French or Japanese. In Years 9-12 students may elect to study French, Japanese and/or Chinese for Background Speakers. Chinese for Beginners is also offered to students for study in Years 9 and 10. Students in Years 9 and 10 Japanese will take part in a video conferencing program with a junior high school in Nagoya, Japan. All Languages students also have the opportunity to extend their language skills by entering the ACER Languages Competition. All three languages are offered to students in senior years and can be studied at various levels, each of which has entry requirements. Extension courses are also available in senior school.

Learning and Support Program

The School has a learning and support team which assists with the identification, collection and analysis of data and development of learning plans for students with additional learning needs. There is also a learning and support teacher who works with teachers of students requiring additional assistance, particularly in Years 7 and 8. Students are assessed on their entry into Year 7 and/or identified by teachers or parents. Those with learning needs are assisted within their classes through their personalised learning plans.

Literacy Program

The Literacy Program involves all teachers in the school incorporating literacy strategies, for effective, reading, writing, speaking and representing into their programs.

A wide reading program is completed by all Year 7 – 10 students through English classes. The aim of the program is to encourage reading for pleasure, build a reading habit and to introduce students to more challenging fiction. Reading competency is paramount to their successful academic achievement in all subjects through to the HSC and beyond. Reading for pleasure is the most effective way of improving reading competency.

Contact the Head Teacher English or Principal for information about the literacy program.

Major Performing Arts Production

The School produces major performing arts productions, every second year. The Music and English Departments produce and direct the productions. Recent productions have included Into the Woods, Annie, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Auditions are usually held for the principal roles in Term 4 prior to the year of performance. Rehearsals are held after school and during term holidays. All students are invited to audition for roles. Information is provided in the Daily Messages and Newsletters.

Mathematics

The Mathematics Department offers a wide variety of ways of extending student mathematical skills, largely through competitions. The Maths Challenge Stage of the Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians is a 3 week take home competition made up of six problems.  Participation in this examination is by invitation only and takes place in early May in Term 2. The Australian Mathematics Competition (Years 7-12) is a 75 minute examination at school (25 multiple choice questions and five whole number answers) conducted in August, Term 3. We also offer the ICAS Mathematics Competition in August.

It is vitally important that parents and students are aware of the junior Mathematics course pathways that lead on to various Mathematics senior courses. It is important that students perform well in Years 7 and 8 if they wish to better position themselves in terms of higher level of study in the senior school.
In Year 7, organisation of Mathematics classes is the same in Mathematics as it is for the rest of the school.
In Year 8 Mathematics classes are graded according to the Year 7 assessment results.
In Year 9 all Mathematics classes are graded according to their Year 8 assessment results and can be split into 3 separate Pathways: 5.3 (Advanced), 5.2 (Intermediate), 5.1 (Standard).
In Year 10, Mathematics classes remain graded and it is usual for classes to remain constant from Year 9 to Year 10, but some students have their courses changed for various reasons.  Mathematics in Year 11 is not compulsory, so the options are Extension 1 Mathematics (chosen usually only by 5.3 Pathway students), Mathematics (chosen usually by the top 50% of 5.2 Pathway students) and General Mathematics.

Merit Award Scheme

Willoughby Girls High School values learning and encourages each girl to strive to achieve her best. Individual progress and outstanding achievement is recognised and rewarded through the attainment of Bronze, Silver and Gold Merit Awards.

Level 1 Bronze

Bronze Awards are issued by teachers throughout the semester to support our 'commitment to learning' goals, as seen below:

  • completes homework/assignments
  • completes tasks in class
  • is well prepared and organised
  • listens attentively and follows directions

Level 2 Silver

These certificates are awarded after a student has accumulated five or more Bronze Awards in one semester. Students who achieve four Bronze Awards in each semester are eligible for a Silver Award. Silver Awards are awarded each half year during the Silver Merit Award Assembly. The assembly is followed by morning tea for recipients and their guests.

Level 3 Gold

These certificates are awarded at the Presentation Day Ceremony. Students who receive one Silver in each semester are eligible for a Gold Award. These certificates are awarded for outstanding effort in a range of endeavours throughout the year.

Outstanding Commitment to Learning

Students who are identified in Semester Reports as demonstrating consistently positive attitudes and active commitment to learning, will receive a gold sticker on their reports. Students who receive two gold stickers in a year receive a special award at the Presentation Day Ceremony.

Music

The School offers elective Music in Years 9-12 and extracurricular opportunities are provided for interested and skilled students. The Music Committee, a subcommittee of the school's Parents & Citizens Association, supports a program of bands and ensembles employing professional conductors. The Music faculty also offers opportunities for students to develop their performance skills by joining various ensembles run by the music teachers. Students can be in more than one program. Music camps, tours and school and public performances are part of the extracurricular program in Music. Music students and Ensembles members perform for a wide range of local and international audiences including Hong Kong in 2014, northern NSW in 2015 and California in 2016.

Peer Support

The Peer Support Program is based on the principle that at every level and in every age group in society, people absorb information and values from each other.  Peer Support and positive peer influence are introduced into the school community by training Year 9 students during Term 4 to act as group leaders in Year 10 to incoming Year 7 students.

The Peer Support Program helps children live with more direction.  It gives Year 10 students opportunities for self development and provides Year 7 students with a supportive environment in which to develop their own individuality. The Head Teacher Wellbeing and Peer Support Coordinator are the contacts for this program.

Peer Tutoring

A peer tutor reading program has been conducted for several years. A small group of Year 11 students are trained to work with Year 7 students, who have additional learning needs, during the daily home room period, assisting with the understanding of an authentic text. The program is coordinated by the Learning and Support teacher.

The program provides an opportunity for the senior students to develop a supportive relationship with a younger student. The Year 7 students also benefit from the program through gains in reading ability particularly in comprehension and vocabulary, because their learning is supported by a senior member of the school community. 

The homework club is a program that is offered three afternoons per week in the library.  A group of Years 9-10 peer tutors assist the select group of 30 students (Years 7-8) with homework tasks, reading, time management and organisation. A teacher is also present during these sessions for assistance and supervision.  This program provides an opportunity for the Years 9-10 students to develop leadership skills, support their Duke of Edinburgh program and to participate in their school community. The program also provides support for the younger students in their transition into secondary school.

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) contributes significantly to the cognitive, social, emotional, physical and spiritual development of students. It provides opportunities for students to learn about, and practise ways of, adopting and maintaining a healthy, productive and active life. It also involves students learning through movement experiences that are both challenging and enjoyable, and improving their capacity to move with skill and confidence in a variety of contexts. It promotes the value of physical activity in their lives. PDHPE is mandatory for all students in Years 7-10.

Photographic and Digital Media

The Visual Arts faculty offers students the opportunity to study Photographic and Digital Media (PDM) in Years 9 and 10.

In PDM, students focus on traditional photographic techniques during Year 9 and then develop art making practices using digital components in Year 10. Students attend excursions to different exhibitions each year that relate to photographic and digital media to help them develop their photographic and digital practice.

Prefects

Prefects are the most senior student leaders in the school. It is expected that their conduct, attendance and application will be worthy examples for all to follow. The Prefect Team is lead by the School Captain. She is aided in this role by the Vice Captain and the Senior Prefect. The Principal guides, assists and monitors the team in the implementation of their activities.

Prefects are responsible for leading certain projects in the interests of school improvement and their own personal development. In addition, Prefects are required to assist with special events and communications and are responsible for organising Year 12 matters. Prefects are elected by their peers and staff during Term 3 and take up their office as of the beginning of Term 4.  

Reporting Student Progress

Reports are issued half yearly and yearly. These reports include a teacher comment, an indication of progress in relation to course outcomes and learning habits, and marks. Students who are not meeting course requirements may receive a warning letter. Students who do not significantly improve their performance will have this indicated on their report. As a result, a student may be ineligible to progress or to be awarded a course result, a School Certificate or a Higher School Certificate.

School To Work Program

The intention is to prepare students for the transition from school and other education pathways into the work place.  During the Year 10 Careers Program all students undertake Work Experience for 1 week and this forms part of their individual School to Work planning.  Students should seize upon this opportunity to experience a profession or vocation to which they aspire and discover whether their expectations match reality.  In preparation for Years 11 and 12, students participate in Taster Week to determine the most appropriate package of subjects to meet their university/TAFE/career aspirations.  At the culmination of the school year Year 10 students participate in the Simulated Interviews after the completion of the Yearly Examinations.  All students are interviewed by Northbridge Rotarians after preparing a resume, application letter and assembling a portfolio, and are assessed on interview skills and presentation.

Science

Science is a compulsory subject in Years 7 to 10. In the senior years, students have the opportunity to further their studies in Science through undertaking Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Senior Science. In addition to the core curriculum, students participate in several extracurricular activities that may include the ICAS Science Competition, Australian Chemistry Quiz 11-12 and the Olympiads in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. A ‘hands on’ reptiles experience allows Year 7 students to appreciate the delicate balance in natural communities. Excursions are held in each year, for example the Year 10 ‘Physics is Fun’ Luna Park excursion, the Year 12 ANSTO Physics excursion and the Year 11 Biology field trip. The Sustainability Garden Project was introduced in 2014, allowing the students to perform various investigations and grow their produce based on the results obtained from their Individual Research projects. The purpose of this project is to promote greater awareness of sustainability, increase understanding of our environment, and enhance studies in Biology across all year groups. The Blue Print Science Club engages the girls in discussions of genetics issues to pursue their science interest.

Social Science

The Social Science faculty provides the mandatory Geography course to students in Years 8, 9 and 10. Students will take regular field trips in Geography to enrich their experience of learning and these will include the local sites of Fern Tree Gully and the Chatswood CBD as well as the Palm Beach area during the annual Geography Camp. Students can choose to study Commerce as an elective in Years 9 and 10. Commerce increases financial literacy and challenges students with real world problems from the commercial, legal and political domains. In Years 11 and 12, the Social Science faculty offers a diversity of subjects including Business Studies, Economics, Legal Studies and Studies of Religion.

Special Religious Education

Willoughby Girls High School provides opportunities for students to engage with special religious education. Using a seminar presentation format Special Religious Education operates for two periods each term and is available to all students whose parents/carers have indicated that their daughter is permitted to attend. Students whose parents choose for them not to attend are supervised in private study during these seminars. During period 6 Thursdays, Islamic, Protestant and Catholic community members also conduct community religious classes which are not part of the formal Special Religious Education arrangements.

Sport

Sport is an essential part of Willoughby Girls High School’s holistic curriculum. It provides opportunities for physical and social development, while also encouraging sportspersonship and healthy attitudes to leisure pursuits and recreation. Research has shown that regular participation in physical activity during childhood and adolescence improves students’ learning, builds their understanding of teamwork and improves their general fitness and skill levels.

The School follows a traditional sport program for students in Years 9, 10 and 11 where students participate in a range of recreational and team sports on Wednesday afternoon, supervised by school teaching staff. Often, instructors are available to take many of the recreation sports. During winter, students may join school Grade teams, which compete against five other public high schools in the North Shore zone. In Years 7 and 8 students experience an integrated sports program conducted by specialist Physical Education teachers during PDHPE classes in the mainstream timetable. This program focuses largely on skill development and team skills through team sports. There is some exposure to individual sports.

The School also provides opportunities for all students and staff to participate in traditional sporting carnivals at a school level. These include swimming, cross country and athletics carnivals. Further representative opportunities at Zone, Regional and Combined High Schools (CHS) levels are available for students who excel in these areas. Opportunities to participate in state wide CHS knockout competitions are also available to students. Gala days are organised for Year 7, under the auspices of the North Shore Sports Zone, to provide further skill development and team experience in a competitive format against schools which belong to the zone.

Grade sports include Open Basketball, Open Volleyball, Open Touch Football, Senior and Junior Soccer and Senior and Junior Netball.

Recreational sports can include Ten Pin Bowling, Fitness First, Zumba, Badminton, Yoga, Personal Training, Cheerleading, Bushwalking, Taekwondo, Hip hop Dance and Lawn Bowls.
These sports may change depending on coach/instructor availability.

Student Representative Council

The Student Representative Council (SRC) is a student run group, which acts in the best interests of all students at WGHS. Each year in December, six or seven students from each year are elected by their peers to represent them. Year 7 representatives are elected early in Term 1. The executive of the SRC consists of the President, the Treasurer and the Secretary. The SRC organises events, such as a mufti day to raise funds to provide improved amenities for all students. Each year group is responsible for fund raising for a worthy charity. The SRC liaises between the students and staff, particularly the Principal. The School SRC is also represented at the District level, an experience which the students find rewarding. 

Study Skills Day

An intensive study skills day for Year 12 students takes place early in Term 1 in preparation for the HSC. Sessions include Time Management, Essay Writing and Effective Oral Presentation. The day also features a question and answer panel discussion with students from the previous year’s HSC group. 

Technology and Applied Studies

The Technological and Applied Studies Department offers students at Willoughby Girls High School an opportunity to study Technology in Years 7 and 8. In Years 9 and 10 they may then elect to study Design and Technology, Food Technology and Textiles Technology. In the senior school (Years 11 and 12) students may select Design and Technology, Food Technology, Textiles and Design, Hospitality-Kitchen Operations VET and Community and Family Studies.

Any exemplary projects developed by students in this area are displayed on Open Night. The TAS Faculty also holds a fashion parade in Term 3, which is an exciting event in which all students of TAS are invited to participate.

Students are often invited to enter their work in district and state school competitions, such as the Minister’s Young Designer Award for Year 7 and 8 students, the Australian Wool Fashion Awards and the Design Tech exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum. HSC Design and Technology and Textiles and Design students may be invited to display their Major Design Projects each year in a state wide exhibition of exemplar productions.

Visual Arts

Students can study Visual Arts from Years 7 to 12 at Willoughby Girls High School. All students in Years 7 and 8 must study Visual Arts as part of the curriculum and from Years 9 to 12 they may choose the course as one of their electives. The Visual Arts faculty provide students with many opportunities to extend their art experiences through activities such as; the Festival of Creative Art Exhibition, entering student competitions and exhibitions, attending excursions to art galleries and exhibitions space, participating in art workshops and making art during lunch breaks.

Students studying the Visual Arts courses attend excursions to; the Arts Gallery of NSW to view the Archibald, Wynn and Sulman Prizes and the permanent collection, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Sculpture by the Sea and the National Trust’s S H Irving Gallery.