Highly dedicated teachers and a wide range of resources and facilities prepare the way for the very best in teaching and learning at Saint Kentigern. With programmes tailored to the specific learning styles and needs of boys, our mission is to inspire each of our students to strive for excellence in all areas of endeavour. We recognise that boys, in particular, require a structured learning environment where goals are clearly identified and the purpose of learning is made explicit.
Our integrated curriculum engages boys at every level in purposeful learning pursuits; capturing their interest in authentic contexts to give learning tasks real meaning. A strong foundation of literacy and numeracy is at the core of this curriculum.
We recognise the importance of preparing our boys for an ever-changing world; giving them the knowledge to adopt and then adapt skills as new technological challenges unfold. Our students and their teachers make use of modern technologies to support teaching and learning.
Every child has the gift of an inquiring mind. To build on this natural curiosity, the School utilises a guided inquiry approach to teaching that develops each student’s ability to become a self-directed learner. The boys are taught to formulate questions with depth and clarity, to gather information with open minds and share their findings in creative ways. The inquiry process gives ownership of learning to the students themselves, developing their research and critical thinking skills. It allows them to pursue their own interests and make meaningful connections with what they are learning. Students are guided by a Learner Profile which identifies the key characteristics of successful life- long learners: inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open minded, caring, risk takers, balanced and reflective.
Learners who are trained to think and communicate in this way will be well equipped to handle any subsequent learning environments. Inquiry learning is a life-long learning tool that extends well beyond the classroom.