Philosophy of Teaching and Learning

The aim of St Columba Anglican School is to be the most outstanding school on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales. It is the product of the vision of a community - to build a School with access to all who want their children to achieve the highest standard of education and behaviour. 

Introduction to SCAS Staff Role Descriptions

To achieve this aim St Columba explicitly and actively supports excellent teaching practices. There is a sense of "magic" in classes at this school. We believe that it is possible through an effective use of educational research, guidance and high expectations to ensure that this "magic" continues to exist in every classroom and every lesson.

The outcomes of the philosophy of the St Columba teaching and learning are engaged learners, excellent learning and career opportunities, and a solid foundation for lifelong learning. Research tells us that the teacher is one of the greatest enhancers of a student's success. Some research puts the impact of the teacher as the "silver bullet" that can overcome social and cultural disadvantage. As a result, St Columba has explicit expectations of its teachers and how they will enhance the learning process.

Teaching and Learning at SCAS requires teachers employed at the school to:

  • Always be aware that enhancing learning is the explicit reason for their presence in the school
  • Be constantly aware that what teachers do matters
  • Be passionate, approachable and engaging people
  • Become learners of their own teaching - learn when to experiment; learn to monitor, seek and give feedback; and know how to try alternative learning strategies
  • Effectively include students and their peers in the act of learning
  • Intervene in calculated and meaningful ways to alter/adapt the direction of learning in order to attain desired goals
  • Provide students with a range of learning strategies, including direction and re-direction and maximising the power of feedback from the student
  • Help parents know how to "speak the language of schooling" so that they can provide assistance to their children in terms of developing the child's learning and love of learning, and in creating high and positive shared expectations for learning

Our expectation of our students is that they will:

  • Respect the right of other students to learn and teachers to teach
  • Respect the school's teaching and learning philosophy, policies and processes
  • Actively and positively participate in the myriad educational opportunities (curricular and co-curricular) provided by the school
  • Engage positively with their peers and staff in the learning process

The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.
~Epictetus