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.

Our Lady of Mt Carmel Catholic Primary School WaterlooAt Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Primary School Waterloo our student-centred approach to learning is grounded in contemporary and evidenced-based research in education. The Australian Professional Standards for Teachers and the NSW Syllabus provide high expectations for both teaching and learning.

The learning environment promotes self-motivation, persistence, independence and interdependence. Teachers emphasise quality of learning through high expectations. Students set goals and are encouraged to take responsibility for their learning.

The learning environment is respectful and productive. Positive relationships are developed to support and encourage student success. Student effort is valued and recognised.

Student needs, interests and diversity are reflected in the learning experiences and program content. A wide range of teaching strategies and learning experiences are used to differentiate learning and promote different ways of learning and thinking. Teaching strategies and learning experiences offer flexibility to respond to student needs. Assessment is integral to teaching and learning. Teachers analyse student learning in a rigorous way to make effective teaching decisions.

Students are challenged and experience opportunities to develop deep understanding, reflect on values and attitudes and build and apply skills. Interactive learning approaches are used to encourage critical thinking, creativity, reflection and problem solving.