St Teresa's Catholic College, Noosaville QLD
The aim of the College's Learning Enrichment Programs is to encourage all students to develop their interests and talents to the fullest. We have a broad range of activities including, Immersion Programs, Rostrum, Lions Youth of the Year, Debating, Tournament of Minds, Chess Club, Instrumental Music, Vocal Group, Concert Band, Drama Troupe, Dance Troupe, String Ensemble, a broad range of sporting opportunities and more. Involvement in these activities assists students to enrich the learning undertaken in their programs of study.
For further information about the Learning Enrichment Programs please visit our College website.
The ACCESS program is a wellbeing program delivered on a Wednesday Block 3 & 4, which actively supports the Vision statement of the College by encouraging and educating students about how to be authentic members of our Christian community. At the heart of the program is the Catholic teaching of Gospel values, to foster positive relationships and build happy, healthy and confident students who are holistically educated, academically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually, and who are empowered to be their best self as they make their way through God's plan for them.
The program aims to achieve the following:
To make Jesus Christ known and loved.
Actively support and promote the integration of Catholic Christian values, in an holistic pastoral care program.
Promote the unique facets of STCC culture within a Catholic context.
Develop shared understandings of how the informal/ hidden curriculum reflects who and what we are in the image of Jesus Christ, and to actively support the liturgical and prayer life of the College.
Promote a school where each student develops the confidence to actively seek to “Dare the Dream".
Foster positive relationships between students, teachers, families and the school community.
Build students who are healthy, happy, confident, resilient and empowered with skills to deal with any challenging situations in their life.
In contemporary society, being an adolescent can sometimes seem like an exceptionally difficult proposition; the complexities of identity, learning success, belonging and future can seem less tangible and certain for our young people. Further, we know that success in learning is a critical factor in promoting student achievement and that literacy skills form the basis of success in all learning. In our Catholic College, we place the emphasis on three key areas in promoting growth and achievement - Ministry, Learning and Wellbeing. The Learning Matters program integrates these focal areas into a holistic and engaging program for students to draw a connection to their faith, learning, identity and growth in a guided manner.
A range of contemporary educational research, perhaps best summarised by John Hattie (2012), has demonstrated that students who can clearly articulate answers to the questions ‘How are you going in your learning?’, ‘Where are you going in your learning?’ and ‘What will you do next?’ experience greater success at school and beyond. Each student is guided by the philosophy that we all achieve and learn, that we are all focused on growing our capacities (personal and learning), that we belong to House in our St Teresa’s Catholic College community and that we utilise clear and consistent strategies and tools to achieve our goals.
The communication we receive from the College helps us feel we are in partnership in the raising of our children. Within a few weeks of our son commencing Year 7, we were given the opportunity to meet face-to-face with his House Group Leader to make sure he was settling in and feeling happy. Work has already begun on his Individual Career Pathway Plan, as the teachers help him work on his passions.
Our other son is College Captain and has been well supported during his time at St Teresa’s. The students are supported to dream big, aspire to greatness and are not pigeonholed into only a few learning areas.
The Frey family
Our children are not only receiving a great academic education, they are nurtured and cared for as individuals. St Teresa’s offers an environment in which my children are comfortably able to learn, and to develop socially and emotionally. We have been particularly impressed by the support we have received from the College staff. The shared Catholic moral values and respect already show in our children’s behaviour and thoughts. We couldn’t be happier.
The Morrissey family
St Teresa’s continually seeks to provide a learning and spiritual environment for all students to become who they want to be. To have students challenged, loved and supported by a teaching cohort that is second to none is all you can ask for.
We love the sense of community that has been present since our first interview. Our eldest daughter recently graduated from the University of Qld with first class honours in Business Management. The scaffolding and learning she received at St Teresa’s helped push her to be everything she wanted to be. We know this is the right place for our other children for their learning and spiritual growth. I can’t think of a better place for our kids to find who they are and have fun making it happen.
The Williams family
The College was established by Brisbane Catholic Education in 2004, progressing from its embryonic stages in demountable accommodation on the ovals at St Thomas More Primary School, Sunshine Beach to its present location on Sea Eagle Drive in Noosaville.
The personal spiritual experiences of St Teresa, who believed that God is love and that real prayer is nothing other than the expression of a relationship of friends, is lived out in the daily life of the College. So too are the traits of the second of the dual charisms of the College, that of St Marcellin Champagant, founder of the Marist Brothers. In these two saints of the Church we have role models that challenge us to be contemplative, mystical and prophetical people whom trust in God and his providence to allow us to do the best we can in all that we do.
The College holds a strong commitment to contemporary learning and teaching frameworks, models and strategies. Engaging the students in a love of learning is an explicit priority. As parents and teachers, we want the best outcomes for our children and students, as we undertake learning that is rigorous, relevant and based on trusting relationships.
I look forward to working with our current families and new families into the future as we join to grow young people of faith who develop minds open to learning, ever ready to contribute to a better world, one based on the Joy of the Gospel.
I encourage each of us to: ‘Dare the Dream.’
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