As part of Sydney Catholic Schools, we employ highly qualified and competent teachers who are accredited by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA). To continuously improve our practice, teachers also work towards the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, from proficient teacher to lead teacher level.
The delivery of quality curriculum, pedagogy (teaching methods) and assessment is ensured by our system of schools through the provision of contemporary NESA accredited professional learning in a range of modes. Our Centres of Excellence offer online learning and external face-to-face courses, and timely, collaborative and relevant in-situ learning take place within the context of each classroom. Sydney Catholic Schools’ teachers are strongly committed to their ongoing learning, with many having completed, or are currently undertaking, postgraduate studies in areas related to curriculum, student wellbeing, special education, theology, pastoral care and leadership.
We have a culture of staff professional learning at St Patrick’s College Sutherland. We do this in a number of ways to ensure we continue to provide the best curriculum, rich co-curricular opportunities and learning experiences to bring out the best in our students.
Our diverse teaching and learning team works with students, parents and staff to identify learning goals in Term One, which are revisited in Term Four to ensure goals have been achieved.
All staff have the opportunity to identify learning needs throughout the year and engage in professional development.
Strategies and practices are shared across the faculties in our staff meetings. Staff engage in regular pedagogy meetings, where there is a focus on learning and assessment, teaching practice and cross-faculty sharing opportunities.
Each year staff gather together to reflect on the College’s HSC results and share ideas on continuous improvement.