LEARNING AND TEACHING WITHIN THE SCHOOL COMMUNITY
Learning and teaching will embrace the spirit of St Columban’s College as expressed through the school’s vision and mission statement and engage the aspirations of the residential community in which the school is situated.
The school will follow the Brisbane Catholic Education Learning Framework, Queensland statutory authority documents and the ACARA Australian Curriculum.
St Columban’s promotes the good news of the Gospel, the formation and development of the individual, and enhances the good of society. It is our strategic intent to improve learning outcomes for all students. The work of learning is promoted, facilitated and affected by teachers, supported by a network of ancillary staff members, in partnership with parents and an extensive community and parish network. Operating from a Connected Learning Model where all activities organised by the College contribute to supporting students in their journey of lifelong learning
St Columban’s Learning Frameworks make explicit the core purposes of the College as a Catholic College in educating and equipping students with distinctive qualities that enable them to contribute to our ever-changing global context in a meaningful and positive way.
Learning opportunities in the classroom, through the cultural and sporting programs, during work placement and in the strong relationships of pastoral care are all guided by these Learning Frameworks in an intentional effort to grow and form young people.
At St Columban’s College, we:
Form persons of spirit who actively explore our personal relationship with God, celebrate our uniqueness and live a life of moral integrity
Educate persons of tradition who recognise the importance of honouring and learning from the past, live authentically in the present and engage transformatively with the future
Build persons of community who live in quality relationships amongst all members of the school, parish and wider community, make individual contributions, honour diversity and live in a just and inclusive manner
Utilise Literacy for Life strategies in all aspects of the College community life to enhance a student’s chances of being a literate and informed citizen
Provide a supportive College environment where all students are able to develop in a socially responsible, equitable and respectful manner
Enhance a student’s employability skills through their development as life-long learners who demonstrate self management, interpersonal skills, initiative and resilience
Provide structured learning opportunities that enable all students to actively acquire knowledge and demonstrate that knowledge in a clear, skilful, accurate and articulate manner
Foster student engagement in creative and critical thinking tasks which extend their knowledge and equip them with learning that has value beyond school
Promote collaborative and empathetic learning where students work and think interdependently, value and support one another’s individual differences and experience positive, constructive and respectful feedback from their teachers and peers
Develop reflective, self directed learners who are confident, responsible, reliable, persistent and independent
Provide learning environments that are student centred, flexible, adaptable, supportive and inspirational and which effectively integrate innovative pedagogical practices, including technology
Promote and support the acquisition of professional learning by staff, which extends their knowledge and skills in teaching, learning and subject specific material
Recognise staff professionalism which is characterised by continuous collaborative learning (through professional conversations and connected learning teams), reflection, passion and personal growth
Affirm the essential nature of building partnerships of excellence with students, parents, the wider community and the local parish.
Cocurricular programs are broad and mandatory for students, who earn cocurricular points for participation. The Partnership of Excellence underpins the expectations of students, parents/carers and the College.