The following principles underpin the curriculum structures of the College.
a) Continuity through Years P - 12 will be promoted via:
b) Selection of curriculum experiences will be:
c) Curriculum is integrated, balanced and connected to:
d) The context of learning will be informed by real life and life like situations and also theoretical constructs which, together, form a dynamic and balanced learning program.
The Curriculum is based around the Learning Areas managed by the Australian Curriculum Assessment Reporting Authority (ACARA) and Queensland Studies Authority (QSA) together with Religious Education which is overseen by Brisbane Catholic Education. These are:
The process of assessment involves our teachers in:
Staff use a variety of assessment techniques and sources to gather evidence about students’ demonstration of learning. These include:
Reporting is an essential component of the learning process at St Augustine’s. It provides information to students, parents and teachers which allows for the celebration of learning achievements as well as goal setting and planning for learning to continue to improve. Reporting occurs in a variety of ways including progress charts, verbal feedback, results from formal assessment items as indicated on criteria sheets, parent information sessions, student progress discussions and interviews, student folios and written reports, learning area summary statements and learning statements. A reporting program specific to each level is outlined in each developmental level handbook.
Assignments for the Senior Years students are timetabled and placed on an assessment calendar which is sent home at the beginning of each term and also available on the college website. Students in MY receive theirs from teachers in class in a timely manner and with appropriate criteria sheets. This is also then placed on the College website. Students are also given assignment guidelines, and within class time, teachers discuss their expectations and the scope of the respective tasks. There is an expectation that all assessment is completed.
Students’ full growth as persons, as appropriate at various ages and stages of development, is an important part of the curriculum and the wider life of the College.
Currently, this is structured around the Brisbane Catholic Education resource, Living Life to the Full” (2005). This resource and associated teacher professional development sees age appropriate activities embedded in various Learning Areas on an ongoing basis.
The College also makes use of suitable visiting individuals and groups to enhance students’ learning in this area.
The use of ICLT’s by teachers and students of St Augustine’s College supports and enhances the achievement of education goals across the P-12 curriculum. ICLT’s are recognised as a tool for learning and not an end in themselves. Mastery of any tool requires the development of skills. At St Augustine’s College, ICT skills are developed in the context of curriculum related to learning situations and not in isolation. The introduction of the Macbook program has seen a rollout of laptops from Year 7 onwards.
Computer access is continually increasing and being updated in line with current grants and college vision. All computers are linked to the network. Internet access is available via the Brisbane Catholic Education network. Direct access to the web is controlled. As part of students’ training in responsible internet use, students and parents are asked to discuss and accept certain acceptable use parameters.
Homework set by teachers is regarded as a worthwhile activity. It will vary extensively in purpose, approach and content according to students’ age levels.
The completion of homework has several purposes:
The following guidelines are provided for parents and teachers:
Homework is set according to the learning structures and needs of individual students and groups. Specific requirements will be outlined in each development level handbook. At different levels there will be varied expectations as to the amount and format of set homework. Students who choose not to complete homework at all, partially or to an inferior standard, will be required to attend Task Completion during lunch break to complete that homework.
Suggestions for ways in which parents can help with homework:
St Augustine’s offers extra support for students who may find aspects of homework challenging. Students can attend homework help sessions on certain afternoons in the Bloxsidge Centre where teachers will be available to assist students. The exact times are notified throughout the year.
(However, students are encouraged to approach the individual classroom teacher if there is a concern or difficulty with homework as it arises).