Welcome To St Patrick's Primary School Ballarat

Stop Slider Play Slider

Interdisciplinary Learning

‘From the very beginning of education, the child should experience the joy of discovery.’

– Alfred North Whitehead

At St Patrick's School, we are dedicated to providing an enriching educational experience that goes beyond traditional subject boundaries. Our commitment to interdisciplinary learning is deeply rooted in the belief that students flourish when they can make connections across different areas of knowledge. Through the integration of various disciplines, students develop a holistic understanding of complex concepts and are better equipped to tackle real-world challenges.

Concept-Based Learning Experiences

Central to our approach is concept-based learning, where students delve into overarching principles and ideas that transcend specific topics or subjects. By focusing on concepts, students not only acquire knowledge but also learn how to apply it in different contexts. Whether they're exploring the concept of sustainability, global citizenship, or systems thinking, our students engage in meaningful inquiries that encourage critical thinking and creativity.

The 'New Pedagogies for Deep Learning' Framework

Aligned with our commitment to interdisciplinary learning is the adoption of the 'New Pedagogies for Deep Learning' framework. This innovative approach emphasises the development of a 6 research-based global competencies for successful learning: character, collaboration, communication, critical thinking, citizenship and creativity – skills essential for success in the 21st century. Through project-based learning, inquiry-based tasks, and authentic assessments, students at St. Patrick's School actively participate in their own learning journey, gaining deeper insights and a genuine passion for knowledge.

Our Vision for Student Success

At St Patrick's School, we believe that interdisciplinary learning, underpinned by concept-based experiences and the 'New Pedagogies for Deep Learning' framework, prepares students not only for academic success but also for lifelong learning and meaningful contributions to society. By fostering a culture of curiosity, exploration, and collaboration, we empower our students to become critical thinkers, empathetic leaders, and agents of positive change in an ever-evolving world.