Inspiring hearts and minds

Celebrating a new vision for learning at St Joseph's Catholic Primary School Riverwood.

Celebrating a new vision for learning at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Riverwood.

After several years of involvement in the IDEAS project, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Riverwood launched their new vision for learning.

Called Inspiring Hearts, Opening Minds, the new vision for learning was launched during a beautiful liturgy to celebrate the Feast of St Mary of the Cross.

Assistant Principal, Lynda Busuttil said after the Mass, each class was allocated one of the key principles of the vision to explore and parents were invited to join in with class activities.

The focus of the activities was on being creative, collaborative or active learners. They included making claymation time lapse movies, working together to find smaller words and the mystery word using the letters of COLLABORATE. They also explored a range of hands-on Maths activities, completed Science experiments in small groups, made collages based on class novels, and drew a giant playground chalk mural.

…activities that focused on being creative, collaborative or active learners.

A small group of teachers also choreographed a song and taught it to the whole school as a ‘whole school flash mob’.

At the launch, the teachers and students surprised the parents with a performance of their ‘whole school flash mob’ which marked the beginning of morning tea.

Ms Busuttil said the launch was a wonderful day for the school community.

Opening Hearts, Inspiring Minds will guide the schools as it strives to empower student learning through the school-wide promotion of the pedagogical principles of being active, collaborative and creative learners.

“Work will now begin to ensure the principles of the new vision are embedded in all learning activities.”

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