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 Learning Areas


In teaching and learning, the focus is on the learner: what the learner knows (content), what the learner can do with this knowledge (competence) and what the learner can be like (confidence).

Teachers plan programs consistent with the Learning Area Curriculum, General Capabilities and Cross Curricular Priorities, as outlined by Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA). This is guided by the Brisbane Archdiocesan Vision, the Brisbane Catholic Education Learning and Teaching Framework, Model of Pedagogy, and our  own school’s Vision for Learning and Teaching. A Primary Learning Leader assists classroom teachers with the development of school programs.

To support classroom teachers, a number of specialist teachers provide students with expertise in given areas. These areas include Health and Physical Education, Language Other Than English (LOTE – Italian), Library skills and Music. In addition, St Columba’s has a number of Support Teachers - Inclusive Education (ST-IE) who provide support for students who have diverse educational needs.

Teachers at St Columba’s are progressive in their attitudes towards educational change and are constantly updating through professional development to enhance teaching and learning. The curriculum development process is, therefore, one of continual review and refinement. However, ‘the basics’ remain a fundamental component of education at St Columba’s.


The Learning Areas are:

  • Religious Education (BCE)
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Health and Physical Education
  • The Arts
  • Digital and Design Technologies and
  • Cultural Literacy and Languages

The General Capabilities are:

  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Personal and social competence
  • Ethical behaviour
  • Intercultural understanding.

The Cross Curricular Priorities are:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures
  • Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia
  • Sustainability