‘Nurturing Young Men for Infinite Possibilities’
As a result of two years targeted work on literacy; observation and analysis of student work suggested that the structure, length and, to a lesser extent, construction of student writing has improved.
However, there remained a concern over the depth of knowledge and understanding exhibited by students in written responses. Boys generally don’t like writing. This concern has become the crux of our identified area of need for the purpose of the INSPIRE project. Having identified this as an area of need, we have structured the project in response to the question:
How can we improve and enhance the depth of our students’ thinking, knowledge and understanding, particularly in their written responses?
The introduction of Cultures of Thinking into the College’s approach to pedagogy has been instrumental in facilitating our focus on student agency and engagement in the project. Thinking routines facilitate student thinking and understanding, which lies at the heart of our inquiry focus for the project.
The Inspire pedagogy pictured is being undertaken by teachers of HSIE, English and Religious Education in an integrated fashion utilising an agile learning space. Lessons begin with a learning question which leads to a collaborative effort to address it and students then respond with a written piece of work.
In this process students are explicitly taught necessary content, investigate collaboratively the learning question and through their response they connect with a wider community. This is being undertaken with the support of the University of Auckland and the Australian Catholic University as well as the Catholic Schools Office.
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Thank you for your interest in St Paul’s Catholic College, Manly. As specialists in the education of young men, we understand the importance of finding the right school for your son.
St Paul’s is a safe and inclusive community that offers an authentic, professional Catholic education, delivered with care and compassion. Our teaching staff are committed to knowing and understanding the learning needs of every student and ensuring that he experiences success. We have high expectations of our young men backed up by strong support and the clear and consistent boundaries that provide them with structure and room to grow.
Our students’ successes are wide ranging and built on a foundation of mutual respect, and self-discipline. We are proud to celebrate the success of all our students, from the field of academia to business, cultural and sporting life, recognising and nurturing their individual gifts and passions.
As a Catholic faith community, we work to build relationships that are life-giving, based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. The Gospel values of love, compassion and justice and forgiveness underpin our student efforts to shape young men who will live lives of meaning and purpose. Men who will not only find happiness and success in life, but strive to bring happiness and success to others.
Thank you for considering St Paul’s for your son’s secondary school education. We look forward to meeting you, and to forging a strong and supportive partnership between school and home that will help your son to realise his full potential.
Mr Michael Reid
(as voted by site visitors)
St Paul's Catholic College - Manly NSW