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Willoughby Girls High School

Willoughby Girls High School

A Leader in Girls Education

Telephone02 9958 4141


Learning across the curriculum

Cross curriculum content enriches and supports the learning areas and adds depth to student learning.

In NSW students study a range of learning across the curriculum content.

Cross curriculum priorities

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures 
  • Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia 
  • sustainability

General capabilities

  • critical and creative thinking 
  • ethical understanding 
  • information and communication technology capability 
  • intercultural understanding 
  • literacy 
  • numeracy 
  • personal and social capability

Other learning across the curriculum areas

  • civics and citizenship
  • difference and diversity
  • work and enterprise.

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Gifted and talented programs

The school's gifted and 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 to 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


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.