Quality teaching and learning is at the heart of everything we do at St. Charles Borromeo Primary School. The classrooms are alive with learning. The students are engaged, focused and happy in a safe and productive learning environment. We teach each individual child from their point of need and make authentic links to the global community. It is our vision to see the children by Grade 5/6 being able to select tools that best represent their thinking and learning. To achieve this our children are exposed to a variety of technology and higher order thinking curriculum.
Primary learning includes whole-class, group and individual activities designed to develop an inquiring mind and teach basic learning skills needed for schooling and later life.
We are dedicated to developing children with a healthy mind, body and spirit who develop a love of lifelong learning within a Catholic Faith setting
Our approach in the classroom is to provide each child with the opportunity to reach their potential in a supported and inspiring contemporary learning setting. Our contemporary learning spaces are of the highest quality, having recently been constructed. Literacy and Numeracy are high priority learning areas, knowing that the skills and concepts developed during classroom programs strengthen learning across the whole curriculum. For extra support, we have a Wellbeing Leader, Literacy Leader and a reading Recovery teacher as well as a Math’s Leader.
Our children are able to express themselves through our energetic art, music, sport, language lessons (Italian) and Social Emotional Learning. Our learning environment is staffed by very caring and supportive staff who value the partnerships they have with parents in their child’s learning.
Learning at St Charles Borromeo Primary School is made visible at all times. By being a Visible Learning School we are deliberate in our decisions about putting our time and efforts into the things that really make a difference to student achievement – students must know what they are doing, where they are going and how they are going to get there.
Visible Learning includes 5 aspects: the visible learner, knowing thy impact, inspired and passionate teaching, effective feedback, visible learning school.
Learning Intentions and Success criteria are visible. Students must know what they are learning, what they need to know, understand and do at the end of the lesson. (Learning Intention) Students also need to know how to recognise their success, how to know they have achieved the learning intention. (Success Criteria)
Feedback is essential in a Visible Learning School. Feedback is evidence about where am I going, how am I going and where is the next step? The purpose of feedback is to close the gap between where you
Learning Powers: Another aspect of visible learning is to ensure that all learners establish key attitudes to learning that stretch beyond the traditional classroom model and empower students to be lifelong, engaged learners. Through the explicit teaching of the Learning Powers our hope is that they become; Risk Takers, Reflective, Collaborative, Resilient, and Innovative Learners.
Our current curriculum is based on the Victorian Curriculum, the guiding document for all Victorian schools. The learning areas include;
● The Arts:
● Health and Physical Education
● The Humanities:
Civics and Citizenship
Economics & Business
Design and Technologies
● Religious Education
● Critical and Creative Thinking
● Personal and Social
The capabilities can be referred to as the 21st Century skills which requires young people to be creative, innovative, enterprising and adaptable, with the motivation, confidence and skills to use critical and creative thinking purposefully. They need to understand themselves and others, manage their relationships, lives, work and learning effectively. Through the capabilities students examine what they ought to do, how they ought to live, what kind of society we should have and what kind of person one should be. Through the capabilities students also learn to value their own cultures, languages and beliefs, and those of others. Students learn about diverse cultures in ways that recognise commonalities and differences, create connections with others and cultivate mutual respect.