Our school’s pedagogy reflects the overarching principles and approach to learning outlined in the Sydney Catholic Schools’ Statement on Authentic Learning. By connecting to the real world of students’ lives, authentic learning enables students to become lifelong learners who contribute to society and the wider world as active and discerning citizens. Authentic learning is central to our work as Catholic educators because it promotes the continual growth and wellbeing of the whole person; spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, socially and physically.
At St Paul of the Cross Catholic Primary School Dulwich Hill, we foster a positive approach to learning that builds on each student’s strengths and encourages them to achieve personal success.
Based on the work of Lyn Sharratt and her Fourteen Parameters for Learning, teachers have a shared belief and understanding of learning and a shared responsibility and accountability for student achievement. Teachers have high expectations that all students can achieve success given the right time and support. Ongoing use of data and effective feedback guides teaching decisions. Student voice is encouraged through the use of learning intentions, success criteria and the setting of personal goals.