Learning Approach

Learning Approach

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 Patrick’s College, everything we do is grounded in our Pillars of Learning. Our aim is to nurture the qualities of motivation, persistence and independence in our students and to deepen our understanding of Jesus and his message. In doing so we value the dignity and worth of every student and we hope to assist in the formation of young adults ready to make our world a better one. 

In order to cultivate these qualities in our students, the teaching at the College is also grounded in three  Pillars – Clarity, Passion and Personalisation. We aim to communicate with clarity, engage the students with passion for our subject and provide a personalised, differentiated approach to teaching and learning. 

At St Patrick’s College, we recognise and celebrate the diversity of our learners. We have a well-resourced Learning Support program, with highly qualified and caring staff who work closely with the classroom teachers to cater for the specific needs of your child. 

The College is now in its seventh year of running the Newman Program. The Newman Program is a whole school initiative which caters for gifted learners and students with high academic potential and achievement.

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