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.
Learning at St Francis Xavier Catholic Primary School Ashbury reflects rigour and creativity through a positive learning environment and mindset. Goal setting is encouraged, with students using learning intentions and success criteria to shape their learning, to assist them in meeting their individual needs. We strongly encourage, and work towards academic and personal growth, for all students.
Teachers use data to inform their teaching and are involved in mentoring conversations with our Literacy and Numeracy coach to improve their practice.
We know that our 21st century learners need to be problem solvers, cooperative and collaborative workers, and logical thinkers who are resilient and build strong relationships with their teachers.
Quality relationships are characterised by a respect for the dignity of all, and are the foundation of our learning community. True collaboration prepares students for future challenges.
Rich learning opportunities are designed using current pedagogy and research, appropriate and timely data analysis and feedback to guide teaching decisions. Students are challenged to develop an informed, creative and reflective approach to solve real-world problems. We encourage student voice by focusing on choice, ownership and responsibility.