Approaches to Teaching
We provide secure learning environments in which the individual student is valued and respected, ensuring that the relationships students establish with each other and with teachers, which are of central importance to development and learning, will flourish. This is supported through strong, communicative relationships between teacher, student and parent, where parents are informed, involved and welcomed as partners with a clear role to play in supporting the school and their own children. Our teachers, both collectively and individually, play a key role in the creation of educational environments that encourage students to take responsibility, to the greatest possible extent, for their own learning. To create these environments, our teachers provide resources and support for each student to become involved in inquiry, using the tools and strategies that best fit the student’s development and ways of learning. Our teachers are familiar with and responsive to the needs and interests of individual students, and are aware of the cultural and social contexts in which they live and learn. Teachers facilitate connections between the student’s prior knowledge and the knowledge available through new experiences. Teachers facilitate student learning by creating opportunities for, and supporting, student inquiries, by asking carefully thought-out, open-ended questions, and by encouraging students to ask questions of each other as well as of the teacher. Everyone, staff and students, is encouraged to identify problems and seek solutions in the pursuit of continuous improvement towards common goals. Within this setting, each classroom operates as a microcosm of the larger institution. The classroom itself, is a lively place, characterized by collaborative and purposeful activity, where students are empowered to do their best, for themselves, and to contribute to the learning and well-being of others. They are supportive of each other and will come to establish their personal set of beliefs and values. The school community encourages reflection, and values thoughtful consideration of issues, problems and success. Our classrooms are balanced in the sense that our teachers balance the pursuit of understanding and the construction of meaning with the acquisition of knowledge, skills and attitudes. Our teachers use a range of teaching and assessment strategies and resources to meet the needs of each student. Students are actively engaged in planning and assessing their own learning. Peek into our classrooms and you will find dynamic learning environments, with students moving from group work to individual work in response to their needs and the needs of their inquiries. Our classrooms provide a place for thinking, where expectations are high, within an environment focused on holistic learning.