As you may be aware, our school develops a goal each year that aims to increase the learning outcomes for all students. In previous years, we have had separate goals for Literacy, Numeracy and Religious Education. As we move towards a more integrated, inquiry based curriculum, we have combined our Literacy and Numeracy goal (our Learning Goal) and have have a separate Religious Education (Formation) goal.
In 2020, our Learning Goal is “For all students to be self regulated learners who are meaningfully challenged and formed through inquiry”. We have chosen this goal as we believe our students will benefit from being challenged to take control of their learning, develop a growth mindset and use feedback from their teachers and peers to improve their own learning. Students will work with their teachers to evaluate their work and set goals for themselves. In recent years, the New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA) have released new curriculum that are based on inquiry and these encourage students to engage with their learning by allowing students some level of self direction. Throughout the year, the staff will engage in professional learning that supports this goal and will focus on feedback, goal setting and inquiry based learning. We will share more of this learning as the year progresses.
As I come to the end of my first full week, I would like to thank everyone for the warm welcome I have received here at St Bernadette’s. I have spoken to many parents and families and they have been very friendly and supportive. I can see that the staff here go out of their way to support and encourage each and every student and I am eager to be a part of your child’s learning journey too. I would like to extend a special thank you to Lisa and all the staff who have helped me settle in here so quickly. There is a lovely sense of community here and I am excited and privileged to be a part of it.