Teaching and Learning
Contemporary learning opportunities are provided for St Brigid's College's men and women. These opportunities are dynamic and equip students to meet the demands of the contemporary global environment. Diversity is celebrated. Teaching and learning programmes are centred upon the promotion of the growth of the individual; through facilitating opportunities allowing students to be creative and critical thinkers, life-long learners, problem solvers, effective communicators and risk takers; who are collaborative in their approach to life. Students are encouraged to be responsible for their learning and to personally seek high standards. Students strive for individual excellence. We remind our St Brigid's students that:
"The noblest search is the search for excellence." Lyndon B. Johnson
An inclusive and differentiated curriculum has been developed whereby individual differences are celebrated. The Learning Differences Team support students across the three sub-schools to maximize their capabilities, performance and appreciation of their learning journey.
"Religious Education is the first learning area in a Catholic school curriculum. This is so because, although a classroom activity, Religious Education is a form of Ministry of the Word. Unlike the other Learning Areas, it is an activity of evangelisation in its own right." (CEOWA)
All students are challenged to become Responsible Christian Learners, individuals of Christian values, capable of being open minded, just and caring. All students in the College study Religious Education, our first learning area or are regularly engaged in 'God talk' in the early years of education (though often will occur right through to the senior years), which is developed in accordance with the Religious Education promulgated by the diocesan Bishop. Service learning opportunities are available to students through the College's Mercy In Action programme, enabling staff and students to enact our Mercy Ethos. As our first learning area, students develop the knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith, in partnership with their family and parish.
The Western Australian Curriculum provides for essential scaffolding for the development of independent learners, and guides teaching and learning. This mandated curriculum underpins all learning areas, including English (Language and Literature), Mathematics, Science and Humanities and Social Sciences (Individuals and Societies), the Arts, Technology and Health and Physical Education. The Early Years Learning Framework guides our Pre-Kindergarten to Year Two experiences, where there is a "specific emphasis on play-based learning and [the recognition of] the importance of communication and language and social and emotional development, in partnership with families." (Being, Belonging and Becoming, p.5). The curriculum experiences of students in Pre-Kindergarten to Year Six, are enhanced by the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. Years Seven to Ten is complimented by the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme, which enables students to become principled in their interactions and decision making, and willing to give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experiences. Students in Years Eleven and Twelve are encouraged to select pathways which will allow them to achieve the Western Australian Certificate of Education and to be fully equipped to achieve success in tertiary studies; either at university, TAFE or the workplace.
St Brigid's students are technologically aware and use computer laboratories, robotics equipment and Smart Board technology. Technology is integrated into the daily learning schedule of our students, in order to stimulate their ingenuity skills and creative thinking abilities, through the integration of iPads, from Year One in the Junior School and Laptops in the Middle and Senior Schools. Furthermore, all students from across the sub-schools access to specialist facilities which include Art Rooms, Technology Rooms - Textiles and Foods, a Mathematics Lounge, Dance Room, Gymnasium - Pool and Science laboratories. All facilities enhance the learning opportunities which are provided on a daily basis.
At St Brigid's College, learning is not limited to school hours and is enhanced by a wide variety of co-curricular opportunities to enrich our students. Programmes include RAD Readers, RoboClub, Mathematics Club, the Book Club, Dance Troupes and Music Ensembles, Altiora, Optiminds, Da Vinci Decathlon, Debating and educational tours.
We wish for our students, whether they are three or eighteen years, to be creative thinkers, to question, to explore alternatives and importantly to seek those who will inspire them. St Brigid's College seeks to inspire and to be inspired by our young people. Our College seeks to develop learner who strive for success, work for success and achieve success – qualities of a true life-long learner.
"Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do." Pele