Student Voice and Social Justice
We provide opportunities for students to have a say about things that affect them, to make decisions about their learning and to improve their wellbeing, sense of self and connection to learning.
Students from Years 1-6 nominate to represent their class on the school's Student Representative Council (SRC). They meet regularly, with a teacher leader engaging in conversations and actions that support whole school projects and initiatives.
At St Catherine’s school our students and families support many local and global social justice initiatives. We work in partnership with Holy Trinity Parish in initiatives led by organisations such as Caritas and St Vincent De Paul. Our Year 6 Leaders and Class Student Representative Council Leaders work in collaboration to raise awareness and develop actions to make a difference to the disadvantaged and marginalised in our society.
We look to empower our students and the greater community to be connected to our world through experiential learning and positive action ‘to cultivate and take care’ (Gen 2:15) of that which God has gifted to us and without which we cannot exist. Pope Francis*(2015) explains that all Christian communities have an important role to play in ecological education. It is my hope that our St Catherine’s Community will provide an education in responsible simplicity of life, in grateful contemplation of God’s world, and in concern for the needs of the poor and the protection of the environment.
Education is not only an end in itself, it is also a key instrument for bringing about the changes in knowledge, values, behaviours and lifestyles required to achieve sustainability and stability within and among countries, democracy, human security and peace (UNESCO, 2002)
*Pope Francis. (2015). Laudato Si. Strathfield, NSW: St. Paul’s.
Social and Emotional Learning
Our curriculum and class programs teach students essential skills which enable them to understand themselves and others, and manage their relationships, lives, work and learning more effectively. We believe that students need to learn to recognise and regulate emotions, develop empathy for others and understand relationships. By building positive relationships, working effectively in teams and developing leadership skills, and handle challenging situations constructively we are suppoting students in their role in families, community and the workforce.