Our Approach

What does the learning at Santa Sophia look like?

Learning at Santa Sophia is aimed at educating the whole child and helping students attain true wisdom, from Preschool to Year 12. Based on leading educational research and the best of today’s technologies, we will prepare students for the workplace of the future by teaching them how to think critically and creatively, how to communicate effectively and how to work collaboratively.”

Santa Sophia provides an alternative to traditional schooling and progresses young people through a developmental and student-centred approach to learning with a focus on how to think critically and creatively, how to communicate effectively and how to work collaboratively.

Your child’s learning journey

Santa Sophia Catholic College is a preschool to post-school which is made up of four school transitions:

Students, within a Catholic faith environment, will learn how to be responsible global citizens, how to think creatively and critically, how to communicate and work collaboratively.

This forms the educational framework for The 'Santa Sophia Way'

Each of the four school transitions will have the aspects of the learning core, individualised and catered for the developmental stage of the children in the relevant school transition. Each school transition will have a unique model of inquiry, to cater for the needs of the children in that school.

Let’s work together

Santa Sophia Catholic College acknowledges that parents and caregivers are the primary educators of their child. It is the mission of the College to form strong partnerships with all parents and caregivers to work together in helping all students grow and be the best version of themselves.

Initiatives to form partnerships with families to support their academic growth

  • Why wait for half-yearly and yearly reports to know how your child is achieving in school?
  • Parents/Caregivers in secondary school will have access to their child’s digital portfolio to monitor their child’s achievements and ‘next steps to improve’ in all subjects. Students digital portfolios are updated daily and therefore parents/caregivers have access to real-time twenty-four-seven reporting.
  • Parents/Caregivers in primary school will be sent weekly samples of their child’s work in a variety of subjects via the Seesaw App.
  • Parent Education Network events with expert speakers
  • Santa Sophia Connect Facebook LIVE events with parents which focus on a variety of topics (Digital technology, wellbeing and anxiety, Helping your child with literacy and numeracy at home)
  • Regular snapshots of the great learning at Santa Sophia on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Our teaching is up-to-date

Our children’s adult lives will be very different from our own. Technology is changing everything including the way they will work. To prepare them for whatever that future holds, our schools have had to change and will need to keep changing.

Students at Santa Sophia make use of technology as a learning and reflection tool. Students in primary use the See-Saw App as a platform to upload their work and reflect on their learning. Students in the secondary school create a digital portfolio where they upload their work from their different subjects and reflect on their learning. Parents have access to their child’s See Saw account and digital portfolios so that their child’s progress in class is always made available to them.

Learning today is so much more than facts and figures. Information will be coming at them from everywhere so they need to learn to make sense of it all and the world around them. We’re focused on developing strengths that students need now and in the future - communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and so much more.

We believe at Santa Sophia Catholic College that God has blessed everyone with particular gifts and talents. One way to encourage student interests is through the Year 7 Personal Interest Projects. In this program, students would elect an area of interest that they are passionate about and work on a project for the term with special mentoring from a teacher who has expertise in that area. Students would have the opportunity to complete four projects in Year 7.

The learning at Santa Sophia connects to real world problems to show how the skills we learn at school are relevant for life. We’ll work closely with your child as she or he learns to take responsibility for learning too. It’s a great start to a lifelong learning journey. And our teachers are lifelong learners too!

We'll make this work for you and your child

  • Santa Sophia Catholic College acknowledges that every child is different and therefore there are a number of initiatives which aim to give all children of different interests and talents, the best path to be successful in life. Here are some initiatives:
    • Industry skills program: From Stage 4 onwards, all students will attain at least two nationally recognised qualifications as part of the Self-Directed Learning (SDL) program, including:
    • Certificate I Access to Vocational Pathways
  • Certificate II Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways
  • Pathways and Partnerships Program: In year 10, the Industry Skills Program provides students with a variety of flexible and personalised pathways into a potential career.
    Students may elect to undertake an Industry Internship in order to gain valuable skills for work in a particular industry or they may also elect to undertake the early commencement of a Stage 6 Vocational Education and Training (VET) course, which counts towards their ATAR at the end of Year 12.
  • The diversity learning program at Santa Sophia is to ensure that all student’s learning needs are met. All work in class is differentiated according to surface, deep and transfer learning and there are also initiatives such as:
    • Personalised plans for students who need support
    • Gifted and talented program which consists of enrichment programs and accelerated courses
    • Reading Recovery is a short-term intervention program for first graders experiencing difficulty with early reading and writing. Specially trained teachers work individually with students in daily 30-minute lessons lasting 12 to 20 weeks. The program effectively supplements classroom learning and works towards students developing grade-level expectations and an ability to work independently in the classroom.
    • Extending Mathematical Understanding (EMU) for students who have been identified as having gaps in their mathematical understanding. The EMU program offers intensive numeracy learning opportunities focussed around ‘hands-on’ mathematical activities. The program duration is normally 20 hours.

Our school is a community of learners, thinkers and achievers. This is a safe place for each child to belong, make friends and be cared for. We value teamwork between schools and families, expert staff, state-of-the-art technology, well-designed facilities and a can-do attitude help us to meet your child’s needs better.

Come and see!

We’d love a chance to show you how learning works for young people at Santa Sophia Catholic College. Our dedicated teachers plan the learning in detail to help each child do his or her best. Come and see learning in action today!