The development of the Australian Curriculum is guided by the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians, adopted by the council of state and territory ministers in December 2008. The Melbourne Declaration emphasises the importance of knowledge, understanding and skills of learning areas, general capabilities and cross-curriculum priorities as the basis for a curriculum designed to support 21st century learning. Young Australians are therefore placed at the centre of the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals (2009).
These goals are:
All young Australians become:
St Peter’s key messages about learners and learning and teachers and teaching are informed by our Christian Catholic traditions and the Brisbane Catholic Education Learning Framework.
Education in Catholic schools focuses on the development of the human person created whole in the image and likeness of God within an evangelising mission that brings faith, life and culture into harmony. (Catholic Schools on the Threshold of the Third Millennium, 1997, 9 & 11)
These key messages are supported by the acknowledgement in the Australian Curriculum that increasingly, in a world where knowledge itself is constantly growing and evolving, students need to develop a set of skills, behaviours and dispositions, or general capabilities that apply across discipline content and equip them to be lifelong learners able to operate with confidence in a complex, information-rich, globalised world.
The Australian Curriculum includes a focus on seven general capabilities (literacy, numeracy, information and communication technology competence, critical and creative thinking, ethical behaviour, personal and social competence and intercultural understanding) and three cross-curriculum priorities (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures, Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia and Sustainability).
At St Peter’s School, we began implementing the Australian Curriculum during 2011 with a focus on English and Science. This process continues this year and focus also extends to include implementation of the new Mathematics and History curriculum.
Curriculum is planned cooperatively within and across Year levels to promote continuity. Planning involves Classroom Teachers, Learning Support Teacher, Teacher Librarian, APRE and Curriculum Support Teacher. Planning sessions occur each term.
St Peter’s School promotes learning experiences that are:
Students participate in English Skills lessons to enable them to develop their literacy skills. Their ability to comprehend and compose, use textual features and identify the purpose and structure of a variety of texts is assessed through the completion of Module activities.
Students participate in Mathematics Skills lessons to enable them to increase their numeracy skills. Their ability to work mathematically in a variety of strands and using a variety of methods is assessed.
Specialist teachers coordinate and facilitate the demonstration of learning outcomes in the following areas:
The Arts: Music, Visual Arts, Drama
Languages Other Than English (Indonesian)
Health and Physical Education