Our school’s pedagogy reflects the overarching principles and approach to learning outlined in the Sydney Catholic Schools’ Statement on Authentic Learning. By connecting to the real world of students’ lives, authentic learning enables students to become lifelong learners who contribute to society and the wider world as active and discerning citizens. Authentic learning is central to our work as Catholic educators because it promotes the continual growth and wellbeing of the whole person — spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, socially and physically.

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Belmore is a highly multicultural community and there is a strong focus on developing skills in Literacy and Numeracy. To assist teachers with catering for individual learning needs, curriculum differentiation has become an area of focus through the use of learning intentions and success criteria. There is also a strong emphasis on regular screening, testing and tracking of progress.

Information Communications Technology has a high profile at St Joseph’s with each class having a range of devices. We also allow some classes to bring their own devices to school to enhance their learning during different parts of the year.

Students will be challenged and supported in their personal learning journey, in an environment where high but realistic expectations are communicated and maintained.