School Improvement Agenda

​St Benedict's strives to provide an outstanding education experience for all families. In doing so, the school engages in perpetual cycles of school improvement that is informed annually by student results and the iden​tified professional learning needs of staff. In 2021, 4 key priority areas have been identified as areas key to becoming an outstanding performing school: 

2021 Literacy​​​ Improvement Agenda: ​

All learners in P-6 are explicitly taught and develop the foundational skills required to become a confident and capable reader and writer: 

  • Minimum of 1.5 hours per day, responsive literacy instruction in P-6. Daily connected reading, writing, listening and speaking learning experiences. 
  • 12 – 15 mins per day of additional phonemic and phonological awareness teaching using the Heggerty Curriculum in P-3. 
  • P- 6 teachers plan and implement explicit phonic and spelling instruction using the whole school spelling scope and sequence. 
  • P-6 create engaging learning environments that are print-, vocabulary-, talk- and experience-rich. 

2021 Numeracy I​mprovement Agenda: ​​

All learners in P-6 are explicitly taught and develop the mathematical language required to be able to confidently reason and talk about their learning in Mathematics: 

  • Minimum of 1 hour per day, responsive numeracy instruction in P-6. 
  • Daily 10 – 15 min number talks/ problem-solving sessions in P-6 that prioritise talk about learning and articulation of mathematical reasoning. 
  • Explicit teaching of the mathematical language to enable students in P-6 to demonstrate and talk about their learning. 
  • P-6 create engaging learning environments that are language-, talk- and experience-rich; and develop the mathematical mindset of students. 

2021 Religious Education Im​provement Agenda: ​

Deepen teacher's knowledge and understanding of scriptural texts in order to design differentiated learning experiences that engage students and enable them to demonstrate an understanding of content: 

  • Year levels working together, using a variety of biblical tools (including Bible Commentaries) to develop 'teacher readiness' to understand and teach scripture. 
  • Teachers accessing the BCE RE portal. 
  • Teachers trialling the differentiation of assessment tasks and using Marzano's taxonomy to develop assessment. 
  • Teachers experimenting with different pedagogical strategies to support student learning. ​

2021 Student Wellbeing ​​Improvement Agenda: 

Tier One PB4L supports embedded in all classes, across the whole school and with our parent community; to promote consistency in supporting the behavioural and social/emotional needs of all students: 

  • Explicit teaching of expected behaviours as outlined by our school behaviour matrix, in short term cycles, both responsively and in context. 
  • Explicit teaching and implementation of student emotional regulation techniques. 
  • Regular wellbeing check-ins with students embedded into daily classroom practice (Connect before Content). 
  • Agreed upon un-productive and non-preferred behaviours and consistent approach on how to respond to them (Clarity around minor, repetitive minor and major behaviours).