CALVARY ACADEMIC


DISCERNING LEARNERS WHO USE OPPORTUNITY WISELY NEVER MISS OUT

A well-structured co-curricular program is an integral part of developing proficiencies in teamwork, communication, emotional intelligence and self-awareness. 

Proficiencies in teamwork, communication, emotional intelligence and self-awareness are increasingly valuable personal attributes. For, in the technology-centric future where computers handle the routine, human enterprise will involve working collaboratively with a variety of specialists to solve complex problems through creative effort. Individuals who have grit, possess practical life skills, are capable in the use of technology, and are confident in social interactions will be those best equipped to pursue the opportunities that emerge.

At Calvary our students can choose to participate in a wide range of co-curricular pursuits that improve social skills, stimulate creativity, enhance notions of team work, contribute to wellness, all of which have been shown to enrich the learning experience and boost academic performance. Co-curricular activities offered arise from all areas of College life, including arts and creativity, science and technology, sport, and public speaking. 

Motivation and a sense of purpose are built and sustained when learning is applied to real world contexts. This is often best achieved through the co-curricular program where students explore their passions and develop their interests and mastery in fields as varied as 

  • Visual and Performing Arts (Music, Dance and Drama, Visual Art, Film and Media production)

  • Sporting teams and individual pursuits of personal excellence in Health and Fitness 

  • Raising their awareness of Global issues through clubs and societies and their commitment to making a difference in the world, contributing to the welfare of others

  • Learning extension programs such as STEM and Creative Industries

  • Study clubs and course coaching from their teachers and peers

  • Leisure (Book Club, Chess, Board games, Craft Club, Creative Writing)

Through purposeful activities your child is encouraged to engage in a cause greater than self.


Curiosity is a doorway to powerful learning. Awakening and sustaining a habit of curiosity in students supports and sustains the inquiry focused model of learning at the heart of the Calvary learning journey. Unleashing Potential for students in inviting them to be active participants in Exceptional Learning is made possible through educators who design learning using shared understandings of the teaching and leadership practices that offer for each child opportunity to learn effectively. Our objective is to set students on a journey to become exceptional lifelong learners.

  • What does Exceptional Learning look like? 

  • How do we design and ensure such learning for each student? 

  • What would it mean for every child to emerge from Year 12 an equipped, exceptional lifelong learner?

At Calvary we often say, “Mastery of curriculum content matters BUT development of learning skills matters more.”

We design learning with a sharp focus on the progress each student makes in developing foundational learning skills. 

  • These are fundamental to efficiency in any work place. 

  • They are essential habits of thinking an operating in agile and flexible ways

  • They include attention to the development of character and dispositional traits such as the grit identified as vital to success in life.

  • As students mature, they become a naturalised way of operating.

Our learning skills framework ensures individual attention is paid to the development of a suite of an increasingly sophisticated skills base which becomes intuitive. Lifelong learners eventually become unaware of the processes and strategies they draw on as they engage with new learning as well as the challenges and joys inevitable to living rich and influential lives.

Matthew Lipman "...arouse and guide curiosity. We need more stories and less facts...we need more dialogue and less transmission of knowledge, for it is through dialogue that we learn most; and we need more challenge and less instruction, since it is from challenge that one grows in body, mind and spirit."  (Thinking in Education,2003



 
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