The early years of learning are among the most significant learning years, where children develop a love of learning and a positive view of themselves as learners. In the early years, learning occurs through purposeful play, investigating, exploring and presenting their ideas gathered from a range of sensory experiences.
The primary school programs are based on the eight Key Learning Areas, with particular emphasis on literacy and numeracy. The broad liberal education of the middle and senior school years and the provision of appropriate pathways toward tertiary study or the workplace in the senior school form the basis of the curriculum. The St John’s Anglican College curriculum is based on the National Goals for Schooling in the 21st Century.
St John’s curriculum is appropriate to a modern, technological and culturally diverse society and is underpinned by clear expectations about the learning outcomes and standards to be achieved. In order to facilitate the achievement of the best educational outcomes for young people, flexible organisational structures which address the needs diverse learning needs from Pre School to Year 12, will be used where possible.
In our approach to teaching, there is a focus on learner-centred pedagogy. Our teaching staff also implement the Dimensions of Learning (DoL) Framework. This framework affirms and extends on the work that effective educators already do. DoL uses what researchers and theorists know about how students learn to improve learning outcomes as well as providing an effective tool to align assessment, pedagogy and curriculum planning. The framework prepares students to problem solve and to think creatively.
Fundamental to this vision is the understanding that values education within a sustaining and life-giving Christian community significantly underpins the daily work of the school and the development of the curriculum. In an era of rapid and complex societal change and pervasive media and peer influence, the College cares for and nurtures self-esteem, encourages self-reflection and models compassion, respect, and tolerance as a foundation on which children may build their lives.
Preparedness to initiate and lead, to be a team player and an individual, are the key skills which prepare young men and women for active participation and leadership in society. Young people need to experience the value of belonging in a supportive community, to learn to value what the community values, to know how to participate in the community and most important of all to know how to recreate and sustain communities of support in their adult lives.
The College provides leadership development opportunities through the camping program, service, pastoral and cross-campus programs.