At Holy Innocents’ Catholic Primary School Croydon authentic learning is learning which is relevant, purposeful and engaging. It is rigorous and empowering. It is learning that enables students to live lives of promise and meaning in a rapidly changing world. By connecting to the real world of students’ lives, authentic learning experiences enable them to become lifelong learners who contribute to society and the wider world as active and discerning citizens.
Authentic learning is at the very heart of the work of Holy Innocents’, reflecting Jesus’ own driving imperative that humanity “would have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10. At Holy Innocents’, we value authentic learning because it respects the dignity of learners and builds on their prior experience, personal interests and innate potential. It fosters critical thinking and the application of skills and knowledge in a variety of settings. It 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.
The school’s newly developed vision for learning KEY (Knowledge and Learning Empowers You) has been designed to invigorate and inspire students and teachers to engage in a contemporary Australian curriculum so that students are prepared to lead, live, learn and work in a future world. The matrix for KEY is here for you to view. It describes the key values of the vision, defines terms and describes what the key components of the vision look like in the everyday life of the school.