Deep learning, that extends beyond the boundaries of subject specific content, calls for strong engagement with 21st century skills of collaboration, communication, critical thinking, creativity and citizenship to engage learners. These skills prepare learners to be collaborative problem solvers who strive to contribute to the common good in today’s world (Horizons of Hope Pedagogy Statement, Catholic Education Melbourne 2016).
At the core of learning and teaching at Our Lady of Sion is the learner. A responsive curriculum and pedagogy that evolves with the learning of our students drives reflective practice. Learning is a relational endeavour. We value and foster an interdependent relationship between the teacher and the learner, which is based on respect, collaboration and the desire for growth.
Of my education, all I ask is that you help me to live my dream (Richard Gerver, 2015).
Our teachers are committed to high-calibre collaboration, with the learner at the centre. Professional learning programs for staff are responsive to the needs of our students; and our technology-rich world, with all its complexities and uncertainties, requires staff to be agile and reflective in their pedagogy. Teachers are encouraged to explore current research to ensure that their practices are innovative and enhance the skills of learning how to learn.
Our Lady of Sion College offers a challenging, diverse and rigorous curriculum, characterised by a focus on academic excellence and the explicit teaching of critical and creative thinking, literacy and numeracy.
Our learning and teaching programs are also enriched by opportunities for students to engage on a local, national and international stage with a rich array of local experiences, immersion opportunities, and cultural and language study trips to China, France or New Caledonia, Italy, and the United States.
Inspired by Mary as a role model for young women, through her courage, reliability and fidelity to God, our Notre Dame Centre is a place where all pathways are treated equally and our students are appreciated for their individual gifts and talents. The adult learning environment encourages students to take a greater responsibility for their learning and inspires further involvement in the College.
Notre Dame students are seen as leaders and positive role models within the College, and therefore are expected to demonstrate qualities that reflect College expectations. They are empowered to acknowledge the presence of God in their daily lives and to feel a sense of ownership and pride in the Notre Dame Centre. It is during these final school years that students are encouraged to see and understand that they are a part of the fabric of the College, connected to the history but also helping to create the future for those who follow in their footsteps.