We aim to provide a learning environment that:
Recognises and nurtures individual differences.
Recognises, acknowledges and celebrates achievements.
Encourages individuality and resilience.
Provides students with experiences that encourage a sense of belonging and significance.
Develops positive relationships, which are built on trust and mutual respect.
Inquiry Based Learning
When we seek to make sense of the world around us, we wonder, we plan, we analyse, we create, we reflect. At its very heart, inquiry is all about thinking – thinking in order to make meaning. (Kath Murdoch)
Inquiry based learning is, by its own design, an approach that encourages greater ownership for the learner. At St Patrick’s we want our students to be lifelong, independent learners with skills that will equip them for the future.
Planning for and reflecting on thinking processes within inquiry assists our students not only to understand their world, but also to understand themselves as thinkers and learners.
Inquiry based learning allows for the integration of the various learning areas and capabilities addressed within the Victorian Curriculum. As our students move through the process of inquiry they can utilise a number of ways to investigate and express their growing understanding, integrating skills and content from multiple disciplines or learning areas.
Our curriculum is organized to provide a comprehensive and sequential program covering in depth and breadth the learning areas and capabilities addressed within the Victorian Curriculum.
We provide a teaching and learning program which is challenging, provides academic rigor and is appropriate to the developmental needs of the students.
Our teaching teams have developed appropriate integrated units that explore big understandings.