Effective curriculum is derived from the interaction between the West
Australian Curriculum, the learning environment, the range of teaching
methods, the resources provided for learning, the nature of assessment
and the relational networks within the school community.
In addition, the curriculum of a Catholic school is concerned with
students’ integrated development as Christian persons.
The church speaks
of Catholic schools as aiming to foster the integration of faith and
life, and the integration of culture and faith. Catholic schools seek to
achieve this by seeking to create environments that enhance learning,
nurture young people and empower them to live the Catholic faith in the
spirit of Jesus Christ.
Early Childhood Education
Educationally, the early childhood phase of learning is currently
defined in Western Australian Catholic schools as covering ages 3-8.
This phase is critically important in children’s learning and
The learning environment and the curriculum and pedagogy offered must
be inclusive and developmentally appropriate for each student. [More]
Education for Early Adolescent Learners
The middle years generally refer to Years 6-9. Key elements of
education in the middle years include student engagement, effective
educational scope and sequence across transition years, high academic
standards and pastoral support networks.
Senior Secondary Education
Senior Secondary education refers to programs which are typically
designed for students in Years 11-12 (although they are frequently and
appropriately offered to students in Year 10). Successful completion of
these programs gives students credit towards secondary graduation and
the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE).
The various stages within each course enable students to select
programs which meet their needs. This includes students with special
learning needs who can achieve a WACE using preliminary stage units and
endorsed programs if necessary. Most Catholic Secondary schools offer a
wide range of secondary courses and teachers receive support from
consultants based at Catholic Education Western Australia.
Special Guidelines for Catholic Schools in Western Australia
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