Learner Dispositions

Our learner dispositions were introduced in the 2017 school year, after consultation with students and staff and the choices made then, were confirmed in a parent survey last year. These dispositions are closely aligned to the Australian Curriculum’s General Capabilities, specifically the Personal and Social Capability and the Critical and Creative Thinking Capability. Collaboration equates with social management within the Personal and Social Capability, which also outlines aspects of Self-managing specifically. The dispositions of Reflective and Resilient are included in the description of Self awareness in the Personal and Social Capability and the element of Creativity is included in the Critical and Creative Thinking Capability.

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Each year, our students have the opportunity to focus closely on each of the dispositions and further develop their capability in each of these areas. As learning evolves, classes acknowledge where this disposition is applied in learning tasks, and in some cases, this disposition is intentionally built into learning. In addition, students reflect on the development of these dispositions over time, and our report cards make comment on each students’ development of aspects of each disposition.

Self-Managing
The disposition of Self-Managing remains a focus throughout the year. Our ability to manage our self, our belongings, to recognise behaviour and control emotions is continually an area that we develop into adulthood, and therefore, is worthy of consistent attention.

Creative
In addition, this term our focus is on the Creative disposition – “I apply my imagination and ideas to new situations”. “In the Australian Curriculum, students develop capability in critical and creative thinking as they learn to generate and evaluate knowledge, clarify concepts and ideas, seek possibilities, consider alternatives and solve problems. Critical and creative thinking involves students thinking broadly and deeply using skills, behaviours and dispositions such as reason, logic, resourcefulness, imagination and innovation in all learning areas at school and in their lives beyond school.” ACARA

Happy Birthday St Thomas’
The choice of the Creative disposition is appropriate this term as we focus on our school’s 90th Anniversary. In preparation for this term, teachers were challenged to plan for a unit of work that adopts an inquiry approach, and which encompasses both the Religious Education and Humanities and Social Sciences curriculum areas, to answer the questions:

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As the plans are currently enacted across all of our year levels, the inquiry will take on different perspectives of the history of St Thomas’, including the development of the community of St Thomas’ and an investigation of those who contributed to the building of our community as students develop an understanding of the sense of belonging that has been created over time. The change in physical environment and a number of aspects of learning and teaching will also be investigated. By participating in learning through inquiry, students will engage in thinking in the higher orders (creating, investigating, comparing, contrasting, evaluating, valuing, selecting) in the investigation and the creation of a display for your viewing and enjoyment.

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The product of our students’ learning based on these studies will be showcased on Sunday 8th September following the 90th Anniversary Celebration Mass. The wider school community is warmly invited to view the product of our students’ inquiry and investigations into the history of our school on that day.