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.
Christ the King Catholic Primary School Bass Hill offers a curriculum that is child-centred and has a strong emphasis on literacy and numeracy skills. We aim to develop in students the skills of independent and cooperative learning and critical thinking. We are committed to the implementation of innovative and contemporary teaching practices that endeavour to meet the needs of students through differentiation and integration of the curriculum.
ICT (Information and Communication Technology) is integrated across all Key Learning Areas, with students having access to chromebooks, electronic whiteboards, iPads, robotics, coding equipment, 3D printers and drones.
Data Wall conversations and case meetings occur for each student once a term. Each student’s academic and social emotional wellbeing is discussed and interventions designed. Every student is known and there is a shared responsibility of all staff to assist each student in reaching their full potential. The appropriate and timely data analysis and feedback guide teaching decisions at an individual, class and whole school level. The tracking of student achievement is communicated with parents.
CTK has utilised the research of Dr. Lyn Sharratt and her 14 Parameters to increase all student outcomes. Students are able to articulate their learning through reflective practices which include the use of the following questions.
What are you learning?
How are you doing?
How do you know?
How can you improve?
Where do you go for help?
Christ the King Catholic Primary has been recognised for our ongoing and systematic approach to the collection and analysis of data to improve student outcomes. Our school has demonstrated steady and consistent growth in student achievement.