Our school’s pedagogy reflects the overarching principles and approach to learning outlined in the Sydney Catholic Schools’ Statement on Authentic Learning. By connecting to the real world of students’ lives, authentic learning enables students to become lifelong learners who contribute to society and the wider world as active and discerning citizens. Authentic learning is central to our work as Catholic educators because it promotes the continual growth and wellbeing of the whole person; spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, socially and physically.
Our mantra is that, ‘learning is our passport to the future’. Students and teachers are called to engage, connect and grow in knowledge, skills, values and attitudes. We have been influenced by a range of twentieth and twenty-first century educators in building a school culture that focuses upon student growth.
Our school-wide pedagogy (or way of learning) is explored by asking five key questions that are directed to students:
- What are you learning?
- How are you doing?
- How do you know?
- How can you improve?
- Where do you go to for help?
Staff evaluate their teaching through similar provocative questions:
- What am I teaching?
- Why am I teaching it?
- How will I teach it?
- How will I know when all students have learned it?
- What next?
COVID‑19 response to Remote Learning
Our Continuity Learning Plan is designed to to help ensure that processes within our school system can continue during this challenging times. While we are engaged with remote learning, the school has a clear plan to ensure that all aspects of teaching and learning are addressed in this new mode of presentation.