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).

At Clairvaux we teach according to the Victorian Curriculum. The Victorian Curriculum (http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/Pages/index.aspx) outlines what is essential for all Australian students to learn during their time at school from Prep to Year 10. They provide a set of common standards which schools use to plan student learning programs, assess student progress and report to parents. Our program development is guided by the Archdiocesan Vision and our school’s Vision for Learning and Teaching. 

We use an Inquiry approach for our integrated curriculum which empowers students to research meaningful concepts and ideas so as to develop understandings and learning skills for life.

The curriculum provides the basis for in depth learning and encourages students to be engaged and successfully manage their own learning. It focuses on developing knowledge, skills and behaviours, including physical, cognitive and social capacities. Inquiry Learning creates an environment that leads to understanding. Students are taught skills and attitudes that allow them to seek resolutions to questions and issues while at the same time constructing new knowledge.

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), ICT, Visual Arts and Performing Arts.

Teachers at Clairvaux 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 Clairvaux.