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Educational philosophy

At St Bernadette’s Primary, we believe that children are the hope of the future, and in valuing them and their future, we are working towards educating the children to think and respond effectively to the challenges of a rapidly changing world. As a Catholic school we have Christ at the centre of all that we do as we strive to live out Gospel values by showing respect to each other, using restorative practices and choice theory for student management, and nurturing a welcoming, inclusive environment for all members of the community.

Our school is focused on lifelong learning: that is, learning to know, learning to do, learning to live together, and learning to be.

We have a vision that the children will develop:

  • a love for lifelong learning

  • advanced technological applications, as well as high communication skills, team skills, and advanced writing and reading skills

  • skills of co-operation, compassion, empathy, and respect

  • imagination and creativity in a world of technology so that they do not become dehumanised.

The St Bernadette's approach to learning

At St Bernadette's, we:

  • promote educational and personal excellence in our students as they grow as whole persons, attending to their intellectual, spiritual, physical, aesthetical and emotional development

  • believe that quality education enriches and empowers the individual to move towards broader lifestyle choices, and enables them to use their God-given gifts for the good of the community

  • believe that children need to look to the future with hope, aware of God's loving guidance in their lives

  • base our educational practice on the sound educational research of the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) key learning areas

  • use flexible, innovative and creative teaching practices, which cater for students' differing learning styles and needs

  • view technology as an essential tool to assist learning in all areas

  • encourage a sense of responsibility and justice in the students promoting positive relationships between students

  • initiate outreach programs to encourage a sense of global responsibility for the less fortunate

  • believe learning is a continuous process and a lifelong journey.

Key learning areas

As with most aspects of learning in life, learning at school is not something that can easily be separated into different boxes.

Teachers are aware, for example, that when a child is working with a group on a science experiment, he or she might well be operating and working in a variety of ways – questioning and explaining, making, sharing and writing observations, drawing graphs, calculating results, consulting references and much more.

For this reason, teaching and learning is often integrated across several curriculum areas rather than taught as separate and discrete subjects. Class teachers ensure that their teaching program follows the guidelines set by the NSW Education Standards Authority, and covers all curriculum areas – religious education, and the six key learning areas mandated for primary schools and specified in the NSW Education Reform Act (1990).

These areas are:

  • English (Reading, Writing, Talking and Listening)
  • Mathematics
  • Science and Technology
  • Human Society and Its Environment
  • Creative Arts (Music, Visual Arts, Craft, Drama)
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
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