Learning Design Framework


St Mary’s Cathedral College offers a holistic curriculum based on the teachings of the Gospel, which aims at creating 21st century learners who will become critical thinkers. The curriculum at the College is designed to empower the individual to become an autonomous, lifelong learner and an active global citizen. Learning at our Catholic community is purposeful, authentic and challenging. The staff of St Mary’s Cathedral College is committed to academic excellence, achieved through quality pedagogy, which is attuned to the demands of a rapidly changing educational context, and which recognises and supports the diverse learning of students.

At St Mary’s Cathedral College we believe that quality teaching and learning is underpinned by the following principles:

1. Authentic Learning

Learning experiences are designed to be purposeful and authentic for students, ensuring that they gain the critical thinking and creative skills needed to succeed in the 21st century. A variety of teaching and learning approaches are used to provide real-life experiences, which include a focus on developing students’ literacy and numeracy skills, fundamental to lifelong communication.

2. Engagement of Students

Creative teaching and learning programs that incorporate academic, pastoral and spiritual aspects are essential to fostering student engagement. We strive to differentiate the curriculum to cater for individual learning styles. Technology is used in a relevant and meaningful manner to facilitate the learning requirements of the students.

3. Excellence and Setting High Expectations

Boys learn best when they are appropriately challenged, and respond to teachers who have high expectations of their abilities in all areas of school life. Academic excellence is encouraged and celebrated.

4. Gospel Values

Gospel values provide the foundation for learning, which encourages students to be both self-reflective and agents for social change. Respect and integrity are crucial to the formation of the students in guiding them to reach their fullest moral potential, and exercise ethical judgement and social responsibility.

5. Providing Student Feedback

Quality learning and teaching is based on timely and regular feedback and evaluation. Teachers offer detailed and constructive feedback to students on their learning; students provide evaluations to assist teachers in developing the best possible learning environment.

6. Knowing our Students

Knowing students as individuals and understanding what motivates them to learn is vital. We recognise that students are unique and the staff are committed to providing a holistic learning experience. Teachers use a variety of data to cater for the individual learning needs of students.

7. Providing Effective Pastoral Care

Acknowledging students’ diverse needs—spiritual, academic, social, physical—is imperative to ensure all students feel safe and cared for at school. By providing an inclusive, welcoming environment we foster the development of the individual and equip students with the strength to build resilience.

8. Relationships

Positive, mutually respectful relationships create a genuine sense of community and are the foundations of the Catholic tradition. Such relationships provide a base for developing students of character who are both self-confident and aware of the needs of others.

Respect and trust between both teachers and students in the College community provides a foundation for an authentic teaching and learning environment. Each student’s uniqueness is recognised and fostered to establish positive individualised lifelong learning experiences.