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 Vincent’s College Ashfield, we believe in a holistic approach to education and understand that the role of a school goes far beyond developing the students’ academic ability. Our goal is to inspire students to strive for personal success by providing a broad curriculum and innovative, individualised teaching methodologies.
Our College is a nurturing learning environment that embraces future-focused learning and strives for academic excellence by catering to a wide range of students’ talents and needs. The College aims to develop people of character who can use the knowledge, skills and values they have learned to make a valuable contribution to the communities in which they live.
Student voice is an educational approach where teachers provide structures and processes that enable students to be independent, active learners who contribute to decisions regarding their learning and school life. Students at St Vincent’s College are given opportunities to provide feedback on their curriculum and learning, engaging in reflective dialogue with both teachers and peers, in contemporary and flexible learning environments.
At St Vincent’s College, we believe personalised learning is student-centred, catering for diverse learning needs, interests and aspirations. As a learning community, we develop differentiated learning programs that challenge and engage all students. Appropriate and timely data analysis and feedback guide teaching decisions and support students to develop learning goals. We provide flexible learning spaces to cater for a variety of learning styles and experiences, valuing cultural and diverse needs.
Creativity involves students using their imagination, taking risks, synthesising, creating original ideas, questioning and finding solutions to problems. At St Vincent’s College, we foster a growth mindset and encourage all students to be active problem-solvers and apply knowledge and skills creatively in a range of situations.
At St Vincent’s College, we believe learning occurs through active and collaborative engagement with others. True collaboration, or creating something together, is a key feature of learning at St Vincent’s. We improve our understanding and thinking, practising in the company of our peers. Our learning spaces also support our collaborative learning style.