LEARNING AND TEACHING

St Brigid’s College provides young men and women with dynamic, contemporary learning opportunities to equip student to meet the demands of the global environment.

“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.”

Pele

 

Contemporary learning opportunities are provided for St Brigid’s College’s young men and women. These opportunities are dynamic and equip students to meet the demands of the contemporary global environment. Diversity is celebrated. Teaching and learning programmes are centred upon the promotion of the growth of the individual; through facilitating opportunities allowing students to be creative and critical thinkers, life-long learners, problem solvers, effective communicators and risk takers; who are collaborative in their approach to life. Students are encouraged to be responsible for their learning and to personally seek high standards. Students strive for individual excellence. We remind our St Brigid’s students that:

An inclusive and differentiated curriculum has been developed whereby individual differences are celebrated. The Learning Differences Team support students across the three sub-schools to maximize their capabilities, performance and appreciation of their learning journey, providing both enrichment and extension.

All students are challenged to develop strong Christian values, capable of being open minded, just and caring. All students in the College study Religious Education, our first learning area or are regularly engaged in ‘God talk’ in the early years of education, which is developed in accordance with the Religious Education promulgated by the Diocesan Bishop. Service learning opportunities are available to students through the College’s Mercy In Action programme, enabling staff and students to enact our Mercy Ethos. As our first learning area, students develop the knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith, in partnership with their family and parish.

The Western Australian Curriculum is central to teaching and learning. The mandated Western Australian Curriculum underpins all learning areas, including English (Language and Literature), Mathematics, Science and Humanities and Social Sciences (Individuals and Societies), the Arts, Technology and Health and Physical Education. The Early Years Learning Framework guides our Pre-Kindergarten to Year 2 experiences, where there is a “specific emphasis on play-based learning and [the recognition of] the importance of communication and language and social and emotional development, in partnership with families.” (Being, Belonging and Becoming, p.5). The experiences of students in Pre-Kindergarten to Year 6, are enhanced by the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. Years 7 to 10 is complemented by the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme, which enables students to become principled in their interactions and decision making, and willing to give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experiences. Students in Years 11 and 12 are encouraged to select pathways which will allow them to attain the Western Australian Certificate of Education and to be fully equipped to achieve success in tertiary studies; either at university, TAFE or the workplace.

Technology is integrated into the daily learning schedule of our students, in order to stimulate their ingenuity skills and creative thinking abilities, through the integration of iPads, from Year 1 in the Junior School and Laptops in the Middle and Senior Schools. Furthermore, all students from across the sub-schools have access to specialist facilities.

At St Brigid’s College, learning is not limited to school hours and is enhanced by a wide variety of co-curricular opportunities to enrich our students. Programmes include RAD Readers, RoboClub, Mathematics Club, Dance Troupes and Music Ensembles, Optiminds, Da Vinci Decathlon and Debating.

We wish for our students, whether they are three or eighteen years, to be creative thinkers, to question, to explore alternatives and importantly to seek those who will inspire them. St Brigid’s College seeks to inspire and to be inspired by our young people.