Learning & Teaching

The capacity to navigate the current landscape – to learn together, to work from evidence, to animate and support learners, and to lead in faith and transformation – presents us with great opportunities and exhilarating challenges. Catholic educators are called to meet these opportunities and challenges with courage and with faith, hope and love for their students.

The Horizons of Hope, the education framework for the Archdiocese of Melbourne supports all schools to engage in dialogue about the distinctive nature of learning and teaching, leading learning, and enhancing Catholic identity in Catholic schools. (Catholic Education, Melbourne - Horizons of Hope 2016)

The vision for Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Melbourne is to ensure that all members of a Catholic school community are learners who:

  • honour the sacred dignity of each person, believing that everyone can experience success and be supported to see their lives as being shaped by the God who is at work in all of creation
  • search for truth, continuously critiquing, questioning, inquiring, imagining and re-imagining themselves and their world in an ongoing engagement with Catholic beliefs and practices
  • embrace difference and diversity as the context for dialogue, engagement and a deeper understanding of self, others and God
  • build a culture of learning together through collaboration, partnerships and life-giving relationships which enable all to flourish
  • engage with the deep questions of life, constantly opening up spaces of meaning which engage Catholic faith with what matters most in the minds and hearts of the students
  • honour equitable access and opportunity for all, with a particular commitment to those most in needcommit to achieving the highest standards possible based on reflective practice, using data, research and evidence to ensure progress and growth in learning
  • make a difference in the world, inspired by the Gospel and led by the Holy Spirit to grow in virtue and act for justice and the common good.



We believe that children learn best under the following conditions:

  • When they want to know something
  • When they feel safe
  • When they feel confident because they have experienced success
  • When they are skilled to engage in the task
  • When the task is interesting, makes sense and has a purpose
  • When they are challenged
  • When they can observe others and learn by modelling them
  • When they can build on prior knowledge and experiences
  • When they have room to move, to try new ideas, to make mistakes and to reflect on their learning
  • When they are active and involved, making discoveries, solving problems, explaining to others what they are doing
  • When they engage in direct hands on experiential learning
  • When given opportunities to practice a new skill
  • When they can learn at their own rate and in their own preferred learning style
  • When their parents and teachers expect and support them to succeed

We believe that contemporary learning and teaching practice:

  • Embodies the traditions and values of the mission of the Catholic school and is centred on relationships within the learning community
  • Is underpinned by the expectation that all students will succeed and ensures the best progress of all learners
  • Reflects what is valued and important by specifying the essential knowledge, skills and behaviours in a core curriculum accessible to all students
  • Extends students to higher levels of knowledge, understanding and functioning
  • Enables students to develop deep understandings about the world and how it works and to operate effectively in that world
Sacred Heart Primary School
4 Newcastle Street
Newport VIC 3015

Tel: (03) 9391 6262
Fax: (03)9391 7041