Our Philosophy

“By learning you will teach, by teaching you will learn.”  Latin Proverb

Professor John Hattie’s research shows that the greatest impact on student achievement is teacher practice.  Students are more likely to achieve when teachers set high expectations, provide timely, quality feedback and empower student’s to take responsibility for their own learning. 

Our teaching and learning programmes aim to clearly set high expectations and engage pupils in formulating and analyzing their performance against, specific learning criteria.  We support students in identifying their next learning steps and report these on a regular basis to our parents through Student lead conferences.

We recognize that it takes a community to develop a whole child and feedback and support are regularly sought to develop, implement and refine teaching and learning programmes.  The Catholic ethos of our school community determines how we act and interact.

Our teaching and learning programmes are based on self-review data including community feedback and achievement data and aim to teach according to student needs.  Priority is given to Religious Education, Literacy and Numeracy. 

In creating a community of learning, teachers are also encouraged and supported in their own ongoing learning journey.  This helps them to refine their practice and better meet the needs of students.

National Standards

The National Standards are set for Reading, Writing and Mathematics and outline the achievement expectations all students are required to meet for Years 1 – 8.  
To make a decision about whether a student is performing at the National Standard the teacher is required to use a wide range of information to make an overall teacher judgement, not just the scores from one test.  
For more information on the National Standards expectations for your child click here or make a time to see your child's teacher.
St Brendan School is committed to acting consistently with these beliefs:
•All students can learn and achieve to their full potential.
•The primary purpose of assessment is to guide teaching and learning. 
•For optimum learning to occur students need to believe that they are valued and supported.
We intend to report student achievement in a manner that is consistent with our beliefs and current practice.
Yours sincerely,
Libby Hainsworth
Principal