The challenge of schooling in the global knowledge economy of 21st century is to equip students with the knowledge, skills and behaviours to prosper in our modern and ever-changing world.  In the setting of a Catholic School the challenge is also to instil in children the skills and confidence to use their talents gifted to them by God, to make a difference in their world.

With the Victorian  Curriculum and Assessment(VCAA ) as a basis, St Benedict’s has developed a broad, effective curriculum using innovative and challenging approaches where students are stimulated to become independent thinkers who are able to listen critically and justify their own opinion with confidence.

At St. Benedict’s our curriculum planning, delivery, assessment and reporting is guided by our belief that children learn best when:

  • Each individual is treated as unique and worthy of love and understanding.

  • Each individual is given equitable access to education.

  • Respect and trust is valued.

  • Students and staff are encouraged to strive for excellence.

  • Self-esteem and self-confidence are nurtured.

  • There is a focus on individual needs.

  • There is a sense of community among students, staff and families.

  • The learning is safe and secure for all.

“Personalisation is about connecting learning to children’s lives and the ways they learn best. Children are taught to think about how they learn and what makes a good learner.” (Performance beyond expectation Hargreaves and Harris, 2011)

We are an Inquiry Based school that aims to engage our students in the contemporary world by:

  • assisting our students to develop a deep understandings of themselves, others and their world

  • building relationships within and beyond the school community

  • encouraging our students to contribute to their community

  • cultivating globally aware citizens with a focus on social justice.

At St Benedict’s we aim to immerse the children in a variety of challenging and enjoyable learning situations in the learning domains of:

  • English

  • Mathematics

  • Science

  • History

  • Geography

  • Health and Physical Education

  • Civics and Citizenship

  • Visual and Digital Technologies

  • The Arts

Specialist Programs

The specialist programs we provide are Visual Arts, Digital Technologies, Music and Drama, Physical Education and Italian. These programs further enable our students to explore and express themselves, and their learning, creatively.

Our students experience a range of learning opportunities which include:

  • whole school and class liturgies/Masses
  • Sacramental programs
  • Wellbeing "Circle Times" and class meetings
  • authentic opportunities for student voice, such as through Whole School Assemblies
  • Mathletics and Study Ladder Learning Pods
  • an interactive Reading program
  • an Art Show or Whole School Performance (alternate years)
  • specialised sport activities for Years Five and Six
  • cross Country and Athletics Interschool representations
  • School Sports Day
  • school camp for Years Five and Six
  • a Student Representative Council (SRC) that involves all year levels
  • a Year Six Leadership program
  • Prep and Year Six Buddy program
  • School Choir
  • tennis coaching before school
  • extra curricular clubs such as Quiet Club, Choir and Computer Club
  • Extend provide an Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) program that operates from the Parish Hall.

We believe that assessment of our students informs and transforms our planning and implementation of our curriculum based on the Victorian Curriculum:

Assessment for, as and of learning, the ongoing processes of gathering, analysing and reflecting on evidence, will be used to make informed and consistent judgements to improve student learning; more specifically:

Assessment for learning occurs when teachers use inferences about student progress to inform their teaching.

Assessment as learning occurs when students reflect on and monitor their progress to inform their future learning goals.

Assessment of learning occurs when teachers use evidence of student learning to make judgements on student achievement against goals and standards.

St Benedict’s is part of the Literacy and Numeracy Assessment Project (LAP) run by Catholic Education Melbourne and Melbourne University. This project focuses on improving Reading Comprehension and Numeracy skills by using data to place students on Reading and Mathematics continuums. These continuums identify future teaching and targeted strategies.