21st century education integrates technologies, engaging students in ways not previously possible, creating new learning and teaching possibilities, enhancing achievement and extending interactions with local and global communities.”
(Contemporary Learning, Learning in an Online World MCEETYA 2005)
Learning and Teaching – is the core activity of our schools. Quality learning and teaching in Catholic schools is informed by:
- The educational vision, mission, policies and strategic priorities of the Diocese of Cairns
- Contemporary educational research and practices
- The needs and the aspirations of students, their families and the local community
- The knowledge and skills of teachers and support staff
- The requirements of Government educational policies and directions
Schools in the Diocese of Cairns are committed to preparing young people for tomorrow’s world by providing an education which is congruent with the values of the gospels and the teachings of the Catholic Church. To realise such a system of education we hold firmly a vision for the kinds of adults our young people need to become and this is clearly articulated in our Diocesan Learning Framework.
As a recognised Australian educational provider, Catholic Education Services – Diocese of Cairns (CES) assents to the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians (2008), as promulgated by the Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs.
Our schools have used the Queensland Curriculum and Reporting Framework, introduced in 2008, to transition from past syllabi to the Australian Curriculum.
The move to the Australian Curriculum provided Cairns Catholic Education with an opportunity to review and reflect on curriculum offerings and pedagogical practices to ensure students are provided with curriculum which is ‘rich, relevant and real’.
With the Diocesan Learning Framework as the foundation document, our schools continue to develop school-based curriculum plans designed to meet the needs of their particular community whilst taking into account and being informed by the Australian Curriculum.
In proposing minimum curriculum requirements for Learning Areas within Catholic schools, it is critical to note that every curriculum area has a religious and a social emotional dimension; a capacity to assist students to examine the world of human culture and the world of religion, providing knowledge and skills through an active process, and fostering attitudes and values that are life-giving and that assist young people to search for meaning and truth.
…school should be able to offer young people the means to acquire the knowledge they need to find a place in a society, which is strongly characterised by technical and scientific skill. But, at the same time, it should be a place, above all, to impart a solid Christian formation.”
The Catholic School on the Threshold of the Third Millennium