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An innovative, stimulating and rewarding education awaits your child at John Curtin College of the Arts.

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Our students achieve their academic goals through their love of the arts.

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We provide children from across the State with Gifted and Talented Arts Programs and all students study a comprehensive range of academic subjects alongside their specialist course.

At John Curtin, your child will participate in classes with like-minded peers who share their passion and desire to excel under the guidance of expert teachers.

Students & Programs

Our students’ learning occurs within a caring, supportive environment. Our dedicated and professional specialist teachers provide an academically balanced educational program with a focus on gifted and talented learning.

An innovative, stimulating and rewarding education in a supportive learning environment awaits your child at John Curtin College of the Arts.

Our gifted arts students use their love and passion for the Arts to help them achieve their academic goals and become confident, tolerant and creative community members and leaders.


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Dear Parent
Your child can join the brightest and most creative children in Western Australia!
Children with exceptional academic ability and creative talent thrive in Gifted and Talented Secondary Selective Entrance Programs. These elite Academic, Arts and Languages Programs provide a challenging curriculum designed to bring out the very best in your child.

If your child is in Year 5 in 2014, you can apply for entry to Year 7 in 2016 now. Limited places may also be available for children entering Years 9, 10 and 11 in 2016. Find out more and apply online today.

Parent information sessions
Would you like to learn more about Gifted and Talented Programs? Come along to one of our parent information sessions and speak directly with the people who run the selection and testing process.

Please note that every session has the same content – sessions are not school specific.

Melville Senior High School Thursday 20 November
RSVP: Linda Congiusta
T: 9330 0300
Applecross Senior High School Monday 24 November
RSVP: Robyn Brown
T: 9314 9370
Mount Lawley Senior High School Tuesday 25 November
No RSVP required
Kelmscott Senior High School Wednesday 3 December
RSVP: Grant Armstrong
T: 9495 7478
Duncraig Senior High School Thursday 11 December
RSVP: Wendy Hartman
T: 6241 5016
Rossmoyne Senior High School Thursday 5 February
RSVP: Wendy Kilan
T: 9259 2100


Do you know anyone with a gifted child? Forward them this information so they’ll be the first to know the latest news and opportunities about Gifted and Talented Programs.

If you experience any problems with submitting your online application, please email the Gifted and Talented Selection Unit or telephone
9264 4307.

Essential information for you and your child
Key dates and timelines
How to apply

Do you have a question about Gifted and Talented Programs? Email us today.

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Next year will be an exciting time for John Curtin College of the Arts as we welcome our first intake of Year 7 students.  A great deal of planning has already taken place in preparation for the 2015 intake. We are determined to make the transition from primary school as smooth as possible for all students. We know that this can be an anxious time for children and we want our incoming students to feel comfortable with the exciting challenges and new experiences that the college will offer.


To coincide with the introduction of the new Australian Curriculum, our Year 7 students will benefit from specialist teaching and facilities that will provide the very best learning environment. The college is currently having extensive upgrades and new buildings constructed in preparation for 2015.


Year 7 curriculum for John Curtin students is being fine tuned. This has been a collaborative process with primary teachers and our own specialist staff who have been working in our local primary schools. The teaching and learning programs at John Curtin have been well researched and developed to provide a seamless transition from primary to secondary school.


The Year 7 Transition Steering Committee is working on extending the safe and caring school environment at John Curtin to our incoming Year 7 students. This includes pastoral care, dedicated lunch and recess areas, recreation equipment and facilities, canteen and catering requirements, parent communication, student orientation and much more.


Facts and information


John Curtin is a safe and caring school

John Curtin is a very friendly school. Students become part of a close knit community of like minded peers where students from all years care and support each other. The wellbeing of all students is supported by teachers and by a highly effective and resourced Student Services Team, which includes Managers, Year Coordinators, a Psychologist, a Nurse and a Chaplain. We have a zero tolerance for bullying and harassment.


We will know who your child is

One misconception when coming to a secondary school is that it is impersonal and that no one single teacher knows your child. At John Curtin your child’s teachers will know who they are and our Student Services Team make it their business to know your child. This is the most reliable point of contact for you to discuss your child’s academic, social, emotional or physical welfare issues.


Your child will receive help for learning difficulties

All of our teachers are highly qualified and trained in teaching gifted and talented students. They will cater for students who need extra help in all subjects. In addition, we have a specialist team who assist students with diagnosed learning differences.


Year 7 students will have different teachers for each subject

One of the main reasons for moving Year 7 students to high school is so they can access specialised facilities to compliment the delivery of the new Australian Curriculum.  At John Curtin, students will use science laboratories and have highly trained specialist teachers across all learning areas.


Year 7 students will access a range of new and exciting subjects

All students study core academic subjects, health and physical education, Italian and other subjects including design and technology, home economics, computing and visual arts. The range of subjects offered will vary depending on whether your child is a gifted and talented, soccer excellence or local student. Gifted and talented students will also do an arts enrichment subject that is different to their specialist area.


Parents are welcome to talk to teachers about their child’s progress

Yes, parents are always welcome to make appointments with their child’s teachers. A list of contact details is on our website. Contact can be made by phone or email.


Our Academic Excellence Program will be available to our top Year 7 students

John Curtin maintains high level academic provision for all students. All students are tested for academic potential on entry and the results of the tests assist us in placing students in the most appropriate learning programs. The students who score particularly well may be offered a placement in our Academic Excellence Program. It is a fact that more than 50% of our students rank in the nation’s top 20% of students for literacy and numeracy.


You can assist your child with the transition from Year 7

Parents are a very important part of the transition process. There are a number of things that you can do to help:


  • Have a practice run on public transport.
  • Attend some shows at one of the theatres.(Details at: www.jc.wa.edu.au )
  • Attend the exhibitions.
  • Research the college website.
  • Attend the information evening. (Details)
  • Discuss feelings of anxiety and uncertainty with your child. Be supportive.
  • Support your child’s learning in preparation for high school. Ask you child’s primary teachers for extra work or consider a tutor to strengthen literacy and numeracy.
  • Develop a regular homework and study timetable.
  • Ensure that you have a designated area that is well set up for your child to complete school work and study. (Involve them in the planning)


How can I become more involved at the college?

We would like to encourage you to stay involved with your child’s school. At John Curtin you can:

  • volunteer for the canteen;
  • become a member of the Arts Parents Support Group;
  • join the P&C; and/or
  • nominate for the college board when there are vacancies.


Term 4, 2014
The uniform shop will be open on Mondays and Fridays from 8.00am to 11.00am for current students requiring new uniforms.
From week commencing 3 November the uniform shop will also be open on Wednesday afternoons from 12.30pm – 3.30pm (and until 5pm by appointment only).
All New students are asked to make an appointment with the uniform shop for a fitting. Appointments are available from the beginning of term 4 to 17 December. Please contact Gail at the uniform shop on 9270 4657 or email johncurtincollege@uc.nellgray.com.au during Term 4 opening times.
Orientation Days Year 7
Thursday 27 November and Friday 28 November – the uniform shop will open from 8.00am to 12.00pm for current students and new country students and from 2.30pm – 5.00pm by appointment only. Appointments for these days are initially available for new country students only (*see below).
Orientation Days Year 8
Monday 8 December and Tuesday 9 December – the uniform shop will open from 8.00am to 12.00pm for current students and new country students and from 2.30pm – 5.00pm by appointment only. Appointments for these days are initially available for new country students only (*see below).
*Country families wishing to purchase uniforms on their child’s orientation day, should make an appointment by Friday 21 November, after which remaining appointment times will be opened up to Perth families.
Orientation day for Years 9, 10 & 11
Monday 1 December the uniform shop will open from 8.00am to 11am for current students and from 8.00am to 1.00pm for new students by prior appointment only.
Back to school 2015
Prior to the commencement of the school year, the shop is open as follows:
Friday 23 Jan 9.00am – 3.00pm
Tuesday 27 Jan 9.00am – 5.00pm
Friday 30 Jan 9.00am – 5.00pm
The first week of term 1, 2015, the shop will open as follows:
Monday 2 Feb 8.00am – 11.00am
Tuesday 3 Feb 12.30pm – 3.30pm
Wednesday 4 Feb 12.30pm – 3.30pm
Friday 6 Feb 8.00am – 11.00am
If you require any further information, please contact Gail by phone, 9270 4657 or email



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