Learning Principles

Inquiry is at the heart of a Dominican Education. We believe the best learning environments empower students to ask challenging questions, undertake sustained investigations, respect different views, and reflect on their learning. We educate our students to engage with our complex and uncertain world, confident to speak and act for justice.

As we lead our students towards an intelligent use of liberty, we encourage them to be discerning, scholarly and optimistic.

The following principles guide our practice from P-12. They are aligned with the College Mission and Strategy that both honours our past and shapes our future. The principles are dynamic and interrelated and therefore are not placed in a particular order.

Growth mindset

Learners have the capacity to grow and improve in an environment that focuses on learning goals, personal best, and mastery rather than comparative performance only. We encourage students to be persistent, to feel safe in making mistakes and trying again, and to set their own explicit learning goals in collaboration with their teachers.

Personalised learning

Learners have diverse needs and backgrounds. In order to build deep understanding, learners need to connect prior knowledge and experiences with new knowledge in an environment where they are known and respected.

Complexity and challenge

Learners need developmentally appropriate complexity and challenge to achieve personal excellence.

Feedback and reflection

Learners need regular, constructive and timely feedback. They also need opportunities to reflect so that they can plan and monitor their own learning, and improve their performance.

Collaboration and inquiry

Learners thrive in a collaborative culture of inquiry that promotes dialogue, debate, problem-solving and divergent thinking.