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 NSW. 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. 

At St Columba, our philosophy of teaching and learning focuses on developing students to become engaged learners, to enjoy excellent education and career opportunities, and to possess a solid foundation for lifelong learning.

Naturally, teachers play a vital role in providing a caring, supportive and stimulating learning environment for our students. That’s why we require our teachers to:

  • Recognise that enhancing learning is the reason for their presence in the school
  • Be aware that the role they perform matters deeply to students and parents
  • Be passionate, approachable and engaging
  • Be constantly learning, including when to experiment, how to monitor, seek and give feedback, and how to implement alternative learning strategies
  • Include every student 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
  • Engage parents in shared expectations for learning

Our expectation of students at St Columba 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
  • Participate in the activities (curricular and co-curricular) provided by the school
  • Engage positively with their peers and staff in the learning process