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Learning & Teaching

We use the Australian Curriculum as the basis for all our learning and because we believe in learning and teaching from a Christian worldview, we use Transformation By Design (which is based on Understanding by Design research), to help teachers paint “the big picture” for our students.

Using an Inquiry model of learning across all the Key Learning Areas of English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, the Arts, Technologies, Health and Physical Education and Languages, together with Christian Education, our primary students are part of a learning community, exploring Biblical Perspective and Enduring Understandings.

Our Primary Head of Learning and Teaching, Mr Paul Connelly, leads our team of dedicated teachers to keep developing their craft and provide excellence in learning opportunities and activities that are targeted to student’s individual strengths and challenges.

 

Curriculum (PYP)

To achieve an international education we work together as teachers and students to embrace and develop in each other the qualities in the student profile. As a community of learners, we welcome the future challenges of the 21st Century by developing in each of our students the capacity and ability to be:

Inquirers Their natural curiosity has been nurtured. They have acquired the skills necessary to conduct purposeful, constructive research. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.
Thinkers They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to make sound decisions and to solve complex problems.
Communicators They receive and express ideas and information confidently in more than one language, including the language of mathematical symbols.
Risk-takers They approach unfamiliar situations without anxiety and have the confidence and independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are courageous and articulate in defending those things in which they believe.
Knowledgeable They have spent time in our schools exploring themes which have global relevance and importance. In so doing, they have acquired a critical mass of significant knowledge.
Principled They have sound grasp of the principles of moral reasoning. They have integrity, honesty and a sense of fairness and justice.
Caring They show sensitivity towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a sense of personal commitment to action and service.
Open-minded They respect the views, values and traditions of other individuals and cultures and are accustomed to seeking and considering a range of points of views.
Balanced They understand the importance of physical and mental balance and personal well-being.
Reflective They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and analyse their personal strengths and weaknesses in a constructive manner.

Students develop the attributes and dispositions of this profile through engagement in structured inquiry, which brings together five essential elements of curriculum: concepts, knowledge, skills, attitudes and actions.  The inquiry provides the aims for the curriculum and focuses our attention on the fact that student learning is what schools are about.  We want our students to leave school with a passion to question and with the knowledge to learn where and how information can be found.

For more information you can download the following;

The IB Mission & Primary School Mission

Program of Inquiry