Contemporary education in a Catholic setting
At St Columba’s the curriculum expresses the educative vision and the values of our school community.
The curriculum is designed to ensure that all students gain the knowledge, skills and deep understandings required for success in 21st Century society.
To achieve this, the school teaches skills that enable our students to participate fully in their school and the local community today, and which will enable them to participate in future workplaces and contribute as members of their communities.
Skills of innovation, cooperation, problem solving, self-direction, self-regulation, the capacity to relate to others and the capacity to manage change are embedded throughout the curriculum.
Tell me and I forget, show me and I remember, involve me and I understand.
This adage sums up the essence of inquiry learning and is an important aspect of contemporary learning. Inquiry learning involves students deeply in their learning.
An inquiry based classroom is a place where students are encouraged to search for answers to questions, to use technologies that take them beyond the walls of the classroom, and to develop deep understandings of the ideas and concepts embedded within the curriculum.
Each term teachers plan and implement an ‘integrated inquiry unit’ centred around broad concepts or understandings that require students to develop higher level thinking and skills of inquiry. These units provide the context for teaching and learning at St Columba’s and each has a strong discipline-based focus.
At St Columba’s we realise that students require appropriate teaching and learning experiences that are directed toward their particular stages of development and which takes into account what they know and can already do.
The developmental curriculum uses a mix throughout the day of active hands-on play and project based work, alongside group times, personal reflection times, projects, small group skill instruction and other learning experiences.