Learning & Teaching

Celebrating our Achievements

Showcasing our Visible Learning 2020!

St Monica’s participated in a Visible Learning Project with Corwin Australia, which focuses on putting John Hattie’s Visible Learning research into practice. We have been recognised for our achievements in the Visible Learning Project by being showcased on the Corwin website as an example for schools on how to embed visible learning principles within a school, and how visible learning strategies have maximised student learning and outcomes for our students.

Being part of this project helped staff understand how we can support our students in being the best learners they can possibly be. Our staff embraced the research and worked together to implement strategies that lead to accelerated learning outcomes for all students. Our teachers have a range of strategies that they can select based on each phase of learning.

St Monica's Visible Learning

Success in the 2019 Matific Games Competition!

St Monica’s has maintained our brilliant results in the 2019 Matific Games!

The Matific Maths Games is an online maths competition aimed at improving students confidence and maths skills, as well as having fun with mathematics!  It includes schools from across Australia and New Zealand.

Exciting news – St Monica’s achieved brilliant results:

  • St Monica’s finished in 2nd place across Australia; and,
  • 4th place across Australia and New Zealand!

Congratulations to Reuben, Lucas, Jacy and Adrian who were in the Top 10 for their year levels at an Australian level, and the following classes who were also in the Top 10:

  • Junior C who finished in 3rd place across Australia and New Zealand;
  • Middle K who finished in 2nd place across Australia and New Zealand;
  • Senior AM who finished in 8th place across Australia and New Zealand; and, 
  • Senior A who finished in 6th place across Australia and New Zealand!

Full details on results can be found on the Matific Games website.

Well done to all our students who took part in achieving such fantastic results!

Success at the 2019 National History Challenge!

In 2019 St Monica’s students have once again performed brilliantly at the National History Challenge!

The National History Challenge is a research-based competition for Australian students from primary school to Year 12 that acknowledges quality research. The competition is managed by the History Teachers Association of Australia.

Student’s work was first judged at school level, followed by attendance at State interviews, where they were interviewed by Secondary school teachers.

The top three entries in the State are then judged against entries from all other states.  From this, State and National winners are selected.

Congratulations to Jessica and Mai who have been awarded a Victorian Young Historian Silver Certificate in the 2019 National History Challenge, for their projects regarding Australian Wartime History.

We congratulate them and all our entrants for their excellent research and presentation that went into their entries.

Special thanks to Ms Maggie Catterall for the wonderful work she does every year mentoring our students during the challenge and promoting a love and deeper understanding of history.

2018 Naplan recognition!

For the second time in three years, St Monica’s has been recognised by ACARA (The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority), for achieving significant ‘Above Average Gain’ between Year 3 and Year 5 in NAPLAN Reading assessments for 2018.

This recognition reflects the consistent focus and hard work that our students and staff apply in all learning areas, every day, over successive years. It is also a recognition of the constant support of our parents and families.

Identified high gain schools have demonstrated substantial improvement in reading and/or numeracy as follows:

  • An overall gain that exceeds the national average by more than one standard deviation; and,
  • An overall gain higher than schools with similar ICSEA levels, by more than one standard deviation; and,
  • An overall gain higher than that shown by students with the same NAPLAN starting score, also by more than one standard deviation.

Success in the 2018 Matific Games Competition!

St Monica’s achieved brilliant results in the 2018 Matific Games!

The Matific Maths Games is an online maths competition aimed at improving students confidence and maths skills, as well as having fun with mathematics!  It includes schools from across Australia and New Zealand.

Exciting news – St Monica’s achieved brilliant results:

  • St Monica’s finished in 1st place across Australia; and,
  • 5th place across Australia and New Zealand!

Congratulations to Reuben, Calvin and Adrian who were in the Top 10 for their year levels at a global level, and our Year 5 class who came in 8th place across Australia!

 

Full details on results can be found on the Matific Games website.

Well done to all our students who took part in achieving such fantastic results!

Success at the National History Challenge!

In 2017 St Monica’s students have once again performed brilliantly at the National History Challenge!

The National History Challenge is a research-based competition for Australian students from primary school to Year 12 that acknowledges quality research. The competition is managed by the History Teachers Association of Australia.

Student’s work was first judged at school level, followed by attendance at State interviews (held this year at Melbourne Boys Grammar), where they were interviewed by Secondary school teachers.

The top three entries in the State are then judged against entries from all other states.  From this, State and National winners are selected.

Congratulations to Will and Jialin who have been awarded the State Prize in the 2017 National History Challenge, for their projects regarding Australian Wartime Experiences.  Their research was based on the Australian Peacekeepers.

We are also very pleased that these nine students were awarded Certificates of Excellence for their research:

  • Monica,
  • Canaan,
  • Vicki,
  • Angelina,
  • Richard,
  • Chelsea,
  • Jaidyn,
  • Nareumon, and
  • Kimi.

We are so proud of all our students for the meticulous research and presentation that went into their entries.

Special thanks to Ms Maggie Catterall for the wonderful work she does every year helping our students develop a love and deeper understanding of history.