St Bernard's Catholic Primary School Berowra Heights NSW
WHY HAVE FLEXIBLE LEARNING SPACES?
At St Bernard’s we are very fortunate to be surrounded by large classrooms and large outdoor space for learning and enjoyment. Our classrooms are equipped with a variety of furniture with diverse seating arrangements and learning spaces. It is empowering for students to understand themselves as learners and have control and responsibility over where they learn. In a flexible environment students build independent learning behaviours and develop a strong understanding of themselves as learners. At our school students are given the opportunity to take advantage of both indoor and outdoor learning environments and the space enables students to work in a variety of ways and areas. We use the space and vary our instruction and learning activities based on the needs of our students and the content being covered. Students can move around, work at tables, on the floor, in small groups, on stools as well as standing. The learning spaces are utilised in a variety of ways, both student and teacher led. We are working with all students in an ongoing capacity to help them build their skills in independence and understanding of themselves as learners and how they learn best. We are here to instruct, encourage, engage and inspire your children in a teaching and learning environment that is dynamic and meets the individual needs of your children while giving them the skills to be independent, inquisitive and skilled lifelong learners.
21st Century Learning Spaces in a beautiful bushland setting. School tours available on request 9456 2104 Enrolling now.
St Bernard’s is clearly focused on quality teaching and learning. The school provides a well-balanced, comprehensive and engaging curriculum, which gives all children the opportunity to become life-long learners. Our classrooms have recently been refurbished and equipped with a range of technology to meet the needs of contemporary learners. Students are also provided with the opportunity to participate in Choir, Chess, Band, Maths Olympiad, Tournament of the Minds, Science Challenge, Public Speaking and Representative Sports.
St Bernard's announced by ACARA for high learning gains
Congratulations to SBBH who have received recognition from the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) for the high gains achieved by students in our NAPLAN reading and numeracy scores between 2016 and 2018. SBBH students have demonstrated increases in their reading and numeracy scores that are greater than both the national average gain and the gain by students from other similar schools.
These improved outcomes are a result of the following significant strategic initiatives undertaken by the school to improve literacy and numeracy results:
1.Staff are analysing critical student data to inform teaching practices, curriculum planning and Professional Development.
2.Staff have been involved in collaboratively planning authentic and engaging learning using a range of strategies including the Cultures of Thinking framework, leveraging digital and positively utilising our wonderful learning spaces.
2.Regular student review meetings that enable children to access point of need teaching
3.Wellbeing programs that encourage students to have a growth mindset in their learning
As the principal I am deeply proud of the the dedication of staff and the committment of students to being a learning community.
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