Learning at St Andrew's

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Learning in Action, the name of the St Andrew’s Teaching and Learning Framework, is the foundation for teacher practice and explains the way learning is designed at St Andrew’s. It is built on our research over a number of years into current best practice and provides the framework within which the Walker Learning Model (being implemented in our Primary School) is embedded.

Students learn skills and knowledge, and they grow in understanding, through the course work in each of their subjects, which are built on the Australian Curriculum and QCAA Syllabus requirements. Further information about the curriculum can be found on the Primary page and the Secondary page.

Learning is an exciting adventure of curiosity, challenge and discovery, designed and supported by teachers so that students can become active, independent thinkers and learners.

Welcome! The Learning in Action booklets, provided for families and students, have been created to be both informative and inspiring.

If you would like to know more about Learning at St Andrew's, please contact Mrs Jenny Grant, Head of Teaching and Learning on jgrant@saac.qld.edu.au.

Learning should be interesting, meaningful and relevant. It is fostered by developing imagination and skills in investigation and problem-solving. Students are encouraged to brainstorm ideas, explore, plan, trial, implement, question and evaluate, in readiness to explore and question again. Investigation of real contexts and problems, combined with imagination, form a powerful foundation for effective communication, choice and decision-making, learning from mistakes and solving problems. Learning is active - not passive! At St Andrew's, our learning program involves classroom activities, excursions and trips, and learning about the world through the virtual environment. Learning is student-centred.

Throughout this process, students learn to be responsible for their own learning, and so grow towards independence.

Learning at St Andrew's is built on a firm foundation: in developing the core skills of literacy and numeracy, critical thinking, collaboration and the development of ICT skills. In the Primary School students continue to have very purposeful literacy and numeracy lessons, in addition to the investigations and projects found within the Walker Learning Approach. Students are encouraged to read for enjoyment on a daily basis so that they can develop a rich vocabulary and learn to express themselves effectively in writing. Vocabulary development is a significant focus across the College, as this helps students to understand increasingly complex concepts.

Information about the Walker Learning Approach is available on the Primary School page.

Our Coding and Robotics Program which is being developed across the Primary and Secondary Schools is a response to students’ need to be equipped with 21st Century skills. At St Andrew’s we recognise that students’ understanding of and ability to code, will enable them to have control of and to manipulate the virtual world of the future. It is an additional essential literacy. More information about Coding and Robotics can be found on the Technology page.

Student learning should be personalised, to meet the needs of each student. Sometimes this will be through students having choice in their learning, by designing their own learning activities. At other times teachers will assist students to engage with the learning by building diagrams which help students to understand how to think, plan and structure their responses. At other times it will be through particular feedback from a teacher about how a student can improve a piece of work. Therefore, curriculum, instruction, mode of learning or assessment may be personalised for students. Learning is built on trusting and respectful relationships and strong communication between teachers and students.

Students need to develop a growth mindset if they are going to be effective learners. They need to have a positive attitude and an enquiring mind. They need to have the confidence to explore and experiment, and to see mistakes as opportunities to learn. Lastly, students need to develop perseverance and resilience in their learning.

The school has very purposefully built its culture on positive psychology. Find our more about Positive Psychology here.


  • students are engaged and inspired;
  • they are skilled and have the capacity to think in complex ways;
  • students are positive, confident and persevere in their learning;
  • AND they learn to learn through a personalised approach built on strong relationships

...then they will have the capacity to be life-long, independent learners. They will continue to learn, as they must in the 21st Century.”

Teachers are learners too:

At St Andrew's, there is a dynamic team of professionals. Teachers across Primary and Secondary are actively engaged in year group, faculty-based and individual professional development projects throughout the year, which focus on developing teaching practice. Teachers are involved in observing other teachers’ classes and in mentoring programs. They explore research about best teaching practice, and continue to develop their craft and skill in teaching.

Teachers have opportunities to attend professional development events at conferences and workshops.

St Andrew's is committed to a strong professional development program for teachers, so that they can be dynamic and effective practitioners.

If you would like to know more about Learning at St Andrew's, please contact Mrs Jenny Grant, Head of Teaching and Learning on jgrant@saac.qld.edu.au.

Staff Contacts

Jenny Grant
Head of Teaching & Learning