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.

At Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School, we believe:

  • through learning, we come to know and love Christ
  • optimum learning occurs when the learner understands the learning process and knows about themselves as a learner
  • learning occurs at different rates and in different ways
  • technology supports authentic learning
  • all can learn
  • learning should have relevance to life in contemporary society
  • learning is to help the children to become fully human, free, responsible and informed
  • the learner is interactive in the process and organisation of learning
  • that effective learning will engage the whole person
  • responsibility for learning is owned and shared by the community
  • best learning occurs in relationships based on trust, support, respect, encouragement, shared commitment and value for learning
  • learning is effective when the learning space is conducive to the variety of learning styles and personalities
  • learning is driven by the needs of the learner
  • the learner takes responsibility for their own learning
  • learning should be fun, positive and celebrated by the community
  • the learner should always be the focus of the educational process.