High School 16/6/23: Choosing subjects and future thinking

The learning journey is an exciting and vibrant time for students, especially as they move into their senior years of schooling. Current students in Year 8 and 10 are about to embark on a busy period as they prepare to make subject choices for 2024. For some students, choosing subjects can be seen as a complex, stressful process while for others, it is an opportunity to choose a variety of practical, hands-on subjects! This week, students in Year 10 had a seminar on how to choose the subjects best suited to them: Right subject, Right level, best result! Next Term, Year 8 will have their chance to choose exciting subjects for year 9. One of the Carey attributes is to ‘make wise and courageous choices’ – this is an excellent time for them to grow as learners! 

For students moving into their senior years, they were introduced to the concept of the ATAR as a rank, calculated by the University Admissions Centre (UAC) which allows students to apply for entry into university after Year 12. There are many different choices for students after their HSC and now is the time to eagerly prepare for their future career path, whether it be University, TAFE, a gap year or full-time work. 

For year 10, the steps to choosing the right subjects for students are:

The Year 11 Subject Selection website is up and running, and can be found on the WCCS Family portal on the High School page. This is a good opportunity to sit down with family and find out more about the subjects offered. Students are then required, with parents, to attend the subject selection evening on Monday 26th June (week 10). From there, students are to choose their top 7 preferences and log them online via the email sent to parents. Once choices have been submitted, families will need to book an interview with senior executive where they will discuss the student’s subject choices.

Some helpful websites for students are:


Advice for students choosing HSC courses, including information on meeting HSC eligibility requirements, different types of HSC courses, understanding HSC pathways and more. 

UAC (University Admissions Centre)

The Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) processes applications for admission to most undergraduate courses at participating institutions (mainly located in NSW and the ACT). They calculate and provide the ATAR, and process applications for other schemes and scholarships. 

Students online

Instant access for NSW students to hear news about your HSC. Check your enrolment details, past exam papers, practice tests, HSC key dates and timetables.

Subject Compass by UAC

A HSC subject selection guide that can recommend subjects based on your interests, your skills, your personality or your career and study aspirations.

Whatever subjects’ students choose, it is important to continue to be lifelong learners and seek to transfer skills to all areas of life. Continue to be persistent when presented with challenges; listen and understand with empathy; thinking with clarity and precision and always remain open to continuous learning.


God Bless, 
Mrs Rebecca Clisdell
Dean of Students – years 11 and 12


‘And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.’

Colossians 3:17 

A Culinary Journey at the Lemon Tree Cafe

We’re thrilled to share that the students from the learning support unit have just finished week 2 of 3 of the Lemon Tree Cafe. Their culinary talents are on display as they meticulously cook, prepare, and serve a delectable assortment of dishes. From mouthwatering chicken pot pie to freshly baked scones and savory vegetable frittatas, the menu is a feast for the senses.

The Lemon Tree Cafe has become an integral part of WCCS culture, eagerly anticipated by all. As the event progresses, we witness the students’ dedication and passion in action. The atmosphere is abuzz with excitement, and the delicious aromas fill the air, creating an unforgettable experience for the students, their families, and WCCS staff.