The mission, and privilege, of the Catholic school to build a community, where authentic relationships based on love provide the means and the support for all students to flourish and grow into the fullness of life.
(Archbishop Denis Hart, Catholic Education Melbourne Strategic Plan 2015–2019, p. 1)
St Pius X prides itself on being a community school ensuring all things are possible, for everyone to shine! The motto for daily life is ‘Together we can do great things’ and this is lived in every aspect of school life, engaging children, families and the wider community. Our invitational philosophy and open door policy allows for opportunities for our Catholic Identity to be celebrated with many strong community partnerships.
St Pius X Parish is a extraordinary place to be!
Fr Wayne Edwards celebrates 10 years as Parish Priest of St Pius X Heidelberg West.
The St Pius X Parish School community is very proud and appreciative of the hard work and dedicated care and support of Fr. Wayne for all in our community.
SIMPLE INVITATIONS is all that is needed:
Following is an example of the acceptance of a simple invitation which grew into a powerful community prayer response to celebrate diversity and harmony.
Prayer Flag Making
Belinda Nechwatal a local 3081 resident ran a prayer flag making workshop for the Malahang Festival with our Prep/1/2 class. This experience gave the children an opportunity to express their dreams and hopes for their local community through prayer expressions of respect, peace, inclusion and friendship. Belinda’s response sums up the excitement and authenticity and how a simple idea grew into something special and all encompassing.
Banyule Council made a great video about our flag making project at the Malahang Festival – Belinda talks about the St Pius X students involvement at 3:26 minute mark.
Following on from the festival, to begin the year of Mercy, a side door to St Pius X Church, in the school playground, became the door of Mercy for children to place acknowledgements of the acts of kindness shown to them throughout the school day. These acts continue to form part of our daily prayer.
Horizons of Hope
Vision and Context
Learning brings hope. In a Catholic school that hope is based on the experience of God’s love and care for all. Catholic educators see learning as a journey of endless possibilities, where students are energised to seek meaning and explore questions about the world around them.
In partnership with parents and the broader Church, Catholic schools contribute to a life-foundation for students that is centred in Jesus Christ and grounded in truth, beauty and love. At the very heart of each Catholic school is a desire for the full flourishing of each student, across religious, physical, cognitive, emotional and social domains.
Here we support students to grow in virtue and to embrace a view of themselves and the world that leads to peace, justice, and the prospering of the whole of creation. It is a journey that is enlightened by faith, animated by love and leading to hope.
Assessment in a Catholic School
Assessment is the ongoing process of gathering, analysing, and interpreting data about learners’ progress and achievement to improve learning (Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority 2015) and to support growth along a learning continuum. Deeply embedded in the learning and teaching cycle, the assessment process provides reliable and valid evidence of a student’s learning (Partnerships for 21st Century Learning undated) and informs adjustments to teaching strategies that influence the nature, amount and rate of learning.
Curriculum in a Catholic School
According to the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (2015), the school curriculum is a statement of the purpose of schooling. It defines what it is that all students have the opportunity to learn as a result of their schooling, set out as a series of learning progressions. The curriculum is the common set of knowledge and skills that are required by all students for lifelong learning, social development, and active and informed citizenship.
Pedagogy in a Catholic School
Pedagogy is often described as the art and science of how students will be taught and supported to learn. The Greek roots of the word pedagogy – to lead a child – brings to mind the image of Greek pedagogues walking alongside their charges (Smith 2012). The origins of the word indicate that it is the relationship between a young learner and their teacher, as well as the relationship between learning and teaching that is critical (Loughran 2010, p. 36).
Recognition of the relational component allows for Pedagogy to be reconceptualised as a collaborative partnership between all in the learning community. Reverence for the sacred dignity of each learner provides a foundation for pedagogy in a Catholic school, with individuals sharing responsibility for their work, making substantive, negotiated decisions, and working interdependently. There is teamwork, and learning from and contributing to the learning of others.
Year in Review 2017
If you missed out, here’s a link to the 2016 year in review on youtube.