As part of Sydney Catholic Schools, we employ highly qualified and competent teachers who are accredited by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA). To continuously improve our practice, teachers also work towards the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, from proficient teacher to lead teacher level.
The delivery of quality curriculum, pedagogy (teaching methods) and assessment is ensured by our system of schools through the provision of contemporary NESA accredited professional learning in a range of modes. Our Centres of Excellence offer online learning and external face-to-face courses, and timely, collaborative and relevant in-situ learning take place within the context of each classroom. Sydney Catholic Schools’ teachers are strongly committed to their ongoing learning, with many having completed, or are currently undertaking, postgraduate studies in areas related to curriculum, student wellbeing, special education, theology, pastoral care and leadership.
At St Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School Hurstville, our teachers are committed to delivering a rigorous curriculum and personalised learning to meet the needs and interests of each student.
To ensure they are effective in their role, teachers engage in a rich, personalised curriculum of their own and stay current by utilising online learning modules. Teachers are asked to read and discuss current research, create collaborative learning resources, watch each other in the practice of teaching and evaluate and reflect on their learning.
As a result, our learning environment is designed to ensure collaboration between staff in order to shape a community of practice where professional knowledge sharing, behaviour modelling and mentoring can occur in a range of ways.