The Teaching Staff
Our teachers are Catholic College's most important resource. The research evidence is very clear—the most important factor involved in improving student learning and outcomes is the teacher. At Catholic College, teachers pride themselves on being more than just teachers of a subject—they know each student they teach and work with them to achieve success.
Our teachers, whether higly experienced or early career, are committed to continuous improvement through ongoing professional learning. Each staff member is assigned to a team designed to support them with everyday teaching and learning
Learning no longer happens only within the walls of the classroom. Students come to school from an information rich environment filled with portable computers and other devices such as iPods and mobile phones. They are used to gathering information on the web, getting their email, accessing learning materials, getting directions, pinpointing the location of and communicating with friends. Students now expect constant access to information, no matter where they are.
eLearning at Catholic College has embraced the way that students work and learn in the twenty-first century and is moving towards a mobile anywhere-anytime model. Mobile learning works—and fixed computer labs are being replaced with wireless enabled laptops and portable devices that can be put into the hands of students at any location throughout the College. The College recognises that students devour engaging activities when they are delivered online or on mobile devices like the iPod or interactive whiteboards. Courses and resources are increasingly being digitised for the Learning Management System and are available at school, at home or for that matter anywhere in the world—all of this allows students to study at their own pace whenever and whereever they want.
The College has a long–standing reputation for cutting—edge, innovative uses of Information and Communication Technologies to support learning.
Mobile learning is a big growth area. Wireless enabled laptop computers and iPod Touch devices have been deployed strategically throughout the College. Unlike fixed labs, the mobile devices provide flexibility for use with individuals, small-to-larger groups or class sets. All devices connect to the College network and Internet via a high-speed wireless network.
Whilst the trend is towards mobile learning, the College also operates a number of strategically placed computer laboratories. The Computer labs are used for whole class instruction or specialised high-end applications such as graphics, and video/multimedia editing and production.
A modern, well-equipped library serves the learning needs of students. Within the library, students have access to an extensive collection of reference material in physical and electronic form. The library has been designed to support the College's philosophy for learning, providing opportunities for students to learn independently or in small, medium or class size groups.
Learning and access to resources, however, is not restricted to the physical walls of the library. The library is on the cutting edge in bringing resources to the students within the classroom and at home over the internet. An extensive collection of online databases, learning objects, audio-visual and multimedia resources is being built up and made available to support student learning anywhere-anyime.