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.

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Attentive to the Learners’ Disposition
The learning experience is rich with opportunities for every learner to use their imagination and develop a creative mindset. Considered risk taking is informed by a rich pool of current thinking and research, but we also allow our natural curiosity to guide us. Everyone has high expectations at St Christopher’s for their own learning and we all strive to become exceptional, resilient learners. We believe that great learning will lead to a higher level of wellbeing.

Rigorous and Challenging
Appropriate and timely data analysis and feedback guide teaching decisions. Learning and thinking is thoughtfully and intentionally designed so that experiences are worthy of our learners’ time. Through a focus on real things we encourage deeper connections between the learner and what they are experiencing as well as what it takes to become a creative, reflective learner. We encourage student voice by focusing on choice, ownership and responsibility.

Forged in Relationships
Quality relationships that are characterised by respect for the dignity of all, are the foundation of our learning community. True collaboration, or creating something together, is a key feature of learning at St Christopher’s. We improve our understanding, thinking and practice in the company of our peers. Relationships are important to everything we do.