Education has the power to transform lives. It supports young people to realise their potential by providing skills they need to participate in the economy and in society, and contributing to every aspect of their wellbeing. Learning is a partnership with parents, carers and others in the community, all of whom have a role to play in nurturing the love of learning needed for success at school and in life. ”
(The Alice Springs (Mparntwe) Declaration 2019)
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 directions of the Cairns Catholic Education community
- Current 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 to be active, informed citizens 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, Cairns Catholic Education assents to the Alice Springs (Mparntwe) Education Declaration (2019) which sets out the national vision for education and the commitment of Australian Governments to improving educational outcomes.
The Australian Curriculum is taught from P – 10 and provides Cairns Catholic Education with an opportunity to ensure students are provided with a curriculum that 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, 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
Learning & Teaching Links
Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA)
Queensland College of Teachers (QCT)
Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA)