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Curriculum News (Issue 1 2016)

Written on the 11 February 2016

Testing - The Australian Curriculum has been developed to enable all young Australians to develop the personal qualities and skills required for them to function as active individuals and citizens in the 21st century. This development is guided by a commitment by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) to the '2008 Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians'.

The goals of the Declaration are:
Goal 1: Australian schooling promotes equity and excellence
Goal 2: All young Australians become:

  • successful learners
  • confident and creative individuals
  • active and informed citizens

The Melbourne Declaration emphasises the importance of knowledge, skills and understandings as students engage in learning in the 21st century. The general capabilities and cross-curriculum priorities which underpin this include a strong emphasis on literacy and numeracy skills as a cornerstone for learning. The Australian Curriculum describes a learning entitlement for all students and includes core knowledge, understandings, skills, capabilities and priorities.

Further Information and Resources for Parents/Caregivers
In these early weeks of the new school year, as we establish partnerships with parents/caregivers, you may find the new resources on the Australian Curriculum website useful. They include brochures giving an overview of the curriculum as well as brochures which describe the learning at bands of year levels. There is also a FAQ section. They are available on the Australian Curriculum website or follow the link:
http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/resources-and-support/parent-information/introduction

I invite parents/caregivers to peruse these documents. Should you have any questions about the Australian Curriculum or teaching and learning matters regarding your children, please contact the relevant Senior School or Middle School teaching staff for assistance.

Gail Morgan
Assistant Principal Curriculum

Karen Bailey
Director of Teaching and Learning at the Senior School

Natasha Williams
Director of Teaching and Learning at the Middle School

 

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