Learning & Teaching

Introduction

At St Monica’s we are all about Learning and Teaching.  It is our passion.  

Everyone in our community is seen as a learner and a teacher. Through the curriculum framework provided by the Victorian Curriculum we craft learning sequences and explorations that are designed to meet the individual needs of our students in the context of our Local and Global communities.

As the world changes, so do the needs of the children in our community. Our Learning and Teaching practices evolve and expand constantly in order to maintain relevance and effectiveness. Current pedagogical research is used to determine the most effective methods and strategies to support learning.

We plan for engagement in learning, and structure our Professional Learning and projects to ensure this for our children.  Our current research focus is ‘Visible Learning’; based on the work of Professor John Hattie. This research targets what is most effective in improving student outcomes. So, not only do we have busy, smiling, happy children; we have happy, confident, empowered students who know what they are doing and why, and have a good idea of their next goal and how they can achieve it. 

These programs are underpinned by robust data analysis – we utilise both quantitative and qualitative data (for example formal and informal assessments, observations) to measure and ensure each student is making steady progress.  Consequently, our Learning and Teaching programs are tailored to individual needs, ensuring that each child is supported and can feel successful in their learning.

 

Being a small school, our teachers develop a close and trusting relationship with each child and their family, which in turn provides an environment where students develop confidence in their learning.