“For a mind to be free, it must be open to knowledge and learning.”
At Loreto Kirribilli, we believe in education that suits the needs of the student. We are not academically selective. We encourage extension at every level of ability. A Gifted & Talented program is offered together with specialist support for those with learning difficulties.
Loreto Kirribilli strives to provide for the changing needs of our students. For education to be relevant in any age, it must try to provide the best possible equipment and surroundings, then build upon this through encouraging students to be independent, critical and creative thinkers.
In modern society, with its rapid change and scientific and technological advance, the most important issues to be raised are not in fact technological – they are issues of values, and the translation of these values into action. A recognition of our responsibilities is a necessary part of education. Our society is a pluralist one, with conflicting attitudes to religion, morality human rights and associated areas. Hence our education needs to involve the development of our ability to evaluate critically, and to make decisions based on informed judgement and Christian principles, decisions reflecting a faithful use of the freedom given to us by God.
Loreto Kirribilli, through its climate, teacher-student relations and curriculum, aims to meet the spiritual, intellectual, psychological and social needs of each student, developing more fully the ability of each individual to think objectively and responsibly, to value the search for truth, and to appreciate the dignity and value of the human person.
Loreto Kirribilli is proud of the fact that our learning is, as Mary Ward suggested, congruous with the times. We educate the whole person in specialised learning spaces and use contemporary technological resources.
What informs teaching and learning at Loreto Kirribilli?
We believe that our students should be positive agents of change, engaging with the bigger picture. Our mission is to empower young women to discover their gifts and realise the difference they can make in the world. As such, the foundation for our approach to teaching and learning can be found in our values of verity, felicity, freedom of spirit, sincerity and justice.
We also believe that what we do has to be supported by educational research to ensure best practice. At Loreto Kirribilli, we realise that building the capacity of our teachers has a positive impact on student learning – our teachers model learning. Positive relationships with students are important for student motivation, engagement and trust, so our teachers prioritise relationship building as a necessary for learning. Part of that relationship building is listening to student voice, and making sure they feel confident in taking ownership of their learning.
Loreto Kirribilli Learning Lens
The Loreto Kirribilli Learning Lens has been developed for a number of purposes:
- To support our students in their growth as learners
- To communicate that which we value in teaching and learning
- To provide a common language around quality teaching and learning
- To support our teachers in reflecting on their own practice and that of their colleagues
- To support new teaching staff
- To inform the community about teaching and learning at Loreto Kirribilli
Loreto Kirribilli is part of a bigger picture in education, and as such, we are guided by the state and federal governments in forming our educational approach.
The Heart of the Lens
At Loreto Kirribilli, the capacity to read, view, interpret, write and articulate ideas is at the centre of student learning, as is the ability to work with numbers, not just within a school based context, but for life. Mastering these skills builds students’ sense of self-efficacy, and supports their wellbeing. We adopted the Positive Education model in 2013, because we want our students to thrive.
Creativity, Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration (4Cs)
In our constantly changing world, we want to ensure our students are equipped with the skills to flourish. These particular skills are the link between content and dispositions, and allow us to make connections around the wheel of the lens.
On the outer wheel of the Lens are the learning dispositions which we value for our students. We want our students to be resilient, passionate learners for life. Our purpose is for them to make a positive change in the world through being empathetic, focused and curious.
Just as we change as people, so does education. Our Learning Lens is a living document, which will respond to the needs of the times, and our students.