Our school is a community of collaborative learners, where teachers facilitate opportunities for students to interact with knowledge and skills and where students and teachers work together to deepen their application of new knowledge and understanding.
Our school has adopted Robert Marzano’s Art and Science of Teaching as our instructional framework and our practices are further influenced by the work of Richard and Rebecca DuFour, John Hattie, and Sir Ken Robinson. This instructional framework promotes positive learning environments, explicit instruction, and effective feedback. Our lessons are designed to assist students interact with knowledge, develop their understanding, test their ideas about what they have learned, and further their thinking skills.
The Adventist educational worldview articulates the unique and immeasurable value of every individual as a child of God. This viewpoint informs every part of school life. It is the lens through which we approach teaching, learning and ongoing school reform.
Our teachers form part of a professional learning community (PLC) where we share a common language and understanding of teaching and learning. This provides a clear pathway for consistent, quality practices that support each phase of student development.
Once a term, one of our teachers joins a committee of representatives from every school in the South East Queensland Adventist Schools system to collaborate on student learning. Twice every year, all of our teachers meet for professional development with the staff from the seven schools to share resources and rigorous teaching and learning practices. This allows us to remain abreast of curriculum content, resourcing and pedagogy, and be prepared for future changes or rollout phases of the Australian curriculum.
We intentionally include a broad scope to address the diverse range of students and their learning needs. The key general capabilities that we give priority to are:
- Information and communication technology capability
- Critical and creative thinking
- Personal and social capability
- Ethical understanding, and
- Intercultural understanding
These general capabilities are achieved on a learning continua via core learning areas delivered by year level teachers. Co-curricular instruction is also given by specialist teachers and meets the specific knowledge, skills, behaviours and dispositions that are expected at particular junctures in each student’s schooling.