Our school’s pedagogy reflects the overarching principles and approach to learning outlined in the Sydney Catholic Schools’ Statement on Authentic Learning. By connecting to the real world of students’ lives, authentic learning enables students to become lifelong learners who contribute to society and the wider world as active and discerning citizens. Authentic learning is central to our work as Catholic educators because it promotes the continual growth and wellbeing of the whole person; spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, socially and physically.
In the classroom
Each class has a set of rules with rewards and consequences which aim to ensure the individual rights and responsibilities of all its members.
Classroom rules are established with each class at the beginning of the school year and are reviewed regularly throughout the year. Classroom rules are written in a positive manner and are to be clearly displayed in the classroom. Teachers at St Francis Xavier’s Catholic Primary School Arncliffe also use restorative justice practices in their classroom management.
If a student disturbs the learning environment they are given a warning which reminds them of the class rules. Depending on the extent of disruption and misbehaviour, further disruption may result in:
- a ‘time out’ period in the classroom (relevant to the student’s age)
- the student is moved away from the rest of the class to work on a task independently
- ‘time out’ in another classroom
- being sent to the principal or assistant principal to reflect on behaviour (parents may be informed at the discretion of the executive team)
- in severe cases students may be denied privileges, such as out of school experiences, sporting events, excursions
- seeking advice from learning support team.