Learning & Teaching

At St. Mary’s we believe that education should be about developing the whole child. As empowered and intrinsically motivated individuals, students develop the critical skills and understandings that will allow them to be successful, active participants in an ever changing and increasingly global community.
 “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”  Alvin Toffler
As much as possible, we aim to provide learning experiences that
– allow for flexible learning pathways
– respond to diverse needs
– develop contemporary literacies
– foster communities of learning
– enable rich and timely assessments
Informed by the Victorian Curriculum and guided by the principles and knowledge of how we learn, we provide a developmental approach to teaching which maximises opportunities for success for every student. Creativity, co-operation, problem solving, self-direction, self-regulation, empathy and the capacity to manage change are embedded throughout the curriculum.
We do this by carefully planning engaging and authentic opportunities for learning which have a clear and authentic purpose and where the process for learning emulates the natural inquiry behaviours we all undertake every time we are motivated to learn something new.