Our pedagogical principles developed from the College vision as a community of learning and our beliefs about quality learning and teaching.​


Understanding that our students are learners who are created in the image and likeness of God and our curriculum is built on the foundations of a Catholic theology, we believe that quality learning, teaching and assessment occurs when we:

  • Develop units of study with inquiry-based learning pedagogy where our students discover how to learn through the use of BIG questions and the TELSTAR model of inquiry, therefore engaging students in the learning process.
  • Develop units of study that are data informed, and value and build upon student's prior learning and ways of learning, therefore responding to our learners.
  • Develop units of study that respond to Catholic theology and philosophy in all learning areas without diminishing the integrity of each subject.
  • Establish and maintain right relationships with students, parents/ caregivers, community with a focus on creating positive and safe classroom environments, explicitly providing time within the teaching sequence to develop relationships.
  • Pursue intellectual rigour with a focus on higher order thinking and questioning (three-storey intellect thinking) leading students to be creative, critical and self-directed learners.
  • Provide learning experiences that develop a sense of responsibility within our students for their own learning by establishing clear learning intentions: the development of the curriculum with clear and visible success criteria and the invitation to reflect through a range of strategies including the use of feedback.
  • Provide learning experiences that are aligned to the curriculum intent and assessment and that incorporate the use of ICTs in meaningful and appropriate ways to promote success in learning.
  • Provide authentic assessment that allows each learner to demonstrate what they know and can do and where there is consistency of teacher judgment through a shared understanding of standards.​

College vision for Learning and Teaching

At St Michael's College, we aspire to develop each individual's potential to become a self-directed and responsible learner of the twenty-first century. Through encouragement to strive for excellence and provision of contemporary programs, we promote lifelong learning that nurtures the spiritual, emotional, intellectual and physical growth of all.

As Catholic educators we have a tradition and vision based on Christian values and beliefs. These values and beliefs are foundational to our action and engagement in learning and teaching with our students, parents and colleagues. We believe that learning and teaching is inextricably linked with living life to the full as a community of faith, learning and care. ​

Through our vision we believe quality learning is about educating learners:

  • to become motivated, creative and confident, active and informed learners empowered by the Spirit through service to others to shape and enrich our world
  • who are created in the image and likeness of God where the whole person is developed spiritually, socially, emotionally, morally, and cognitively
  • explicitly within a Catholic view of the curriculum to be literate, numerate, critical and creative, ethical, socially and personally capable, interculturally and ICT capable.
  • who are diverse and therefore learners are offered multiple pathways to achieve their potential by enabling them to access the curriculum.

Through our vision we ​believe quality teaching is:

  • a ministry in which teachers work with students through right/meaningful/spiritual and interpersonal relationships to maximise learning and achievement
  • intentionally develop curriculum on the foundation of a Catholic theology and philosophy of curriculum thereby creating conditions for the outcomes of learning to contribute to justice
  • offering learning experiences to develop depp and relevant knowledge and skills in our students within the context of the required curriculum
  • building equity and excellence for all and fosters students' own commitment to learning and achievement
  • working collaboratively with parents/care givers, students and colleagues to enhance the whole person.

Learning and Teaching Framework

Our Learning and Teaching framework helps our teachers provide a more consistent learning experience for all students. It will improve student outcomes by providing an overall umbrella for student learning based on eight pedagogical principles. The principles give us a meta language to discuss language and teaching between staff, students and parents. The learning experiences we devise using the framework will observably link to the goals of the Melbourne Declaration, which aims to enable students to become active, creative and informed citizens. 

In order to prepare students to meet the demands of the 21st century, they are entitled to learning experiences rooted in inquiry-based learning and the learning framework seeks to make this endeavour a reality. The focus, which the framework provides, will assist teachers to feel greater satisfaction in their mission to facilitate student learning. The Framework is supported by a toolkit that assists teachers to develop practice that aligns with the framework. 

Our Pedagogical Principles ​​