Learning at St Patrick's

Our students and their varied needs drive all that we do at the College, and as such our focus is on learning through innovation that builds:

  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking
  • Collaboration
  • Communication

Student-centred learning

In the fast paced world our students inhabit, this approach best prepares them to make valuable contributions in their workplaces, communities and the larger global society. Students are challenged to take responsibility for their own learning, developing effective thinking skills and problem-solving strategies.

Teaching strategies such as ‘flipped learning’, are employed in our learning spaces to encourage a deeper engagement with subject material. Reversing the traditional approach towards instruction and homework allows students to spend class time in active discussions and creative projects related to their course material. We are moving towards an inquiry based learning model, one that poses questions to our students and is a more active way of learning.

The learning environment

A gender-rich environment allows for diverse opinions and experiences to be expressed, and for young people to become comfortable and confident when expressing their views to a wide array of different people.

Learning spaces and tools matched to student needs

Our College boasts a well-resourced and spacious campus offering students a variety of learning spaces to cater for their specific learning needs. These needs are constantly being reassessed and upgrades to the College remain ongoing as students require different facilities to support new types of learning. Recently an industry standard hospitality and kitchen space was completed, and planning is in place for new learning spaces shaped around the inquiry learning model.

The College embraces the latest technology to aid in learning and to ensure that students develop the skills to effectively use these tools. Students use iPads and laptops among other tools and the whole school community utilises wikis, blogs, online learning environments and other web based tools. We recognise that the most important technology skills we can offer our students are those that arm them with the ability to adapt to change, to learn new skills quickly and efficiently, and to take responsibility for their own use of technology.

Exemplifying excellence

At St Patrick’s Marist, we have high expectations of our students as we strongly believe every student is capable of achieving great things. Our personalised learning focuses on helping each student achieve their best. Rather than being solely measured by marks, excellence is measured through student engagement; deep understanding, effective teacher feedback and informed pedagogy.

We celebrate the achievements of our students in a variety of ways and recognise that success is based on the individual. All of our students find success throughout their years at the College, and as educators we believe we have a vital role in helping young people recognise their own self-worth and identifying their individual successes.

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