Learning and Teaching

​​​Teaching for T​​hinking

We are ahead of the curve in our teaching practices, teaching Critical Thinking, based on long-term collaboration with the University of Queensland.

In other words, we teach our students to think! This may sound like an obvious teaching practice but, in fact, we have researched and practised teaching for thinking for several years with the University of Queensland and know that girls tend to be more proficient in learning facts off-by-heart, but under-practised in critical thinking – the “why?" at the heart of information.  Our students are taught to dig deeper, to look at sources critically, to ask the “why" and to imagine the “what if", to argue points of view, to find greater meaning, to collaborate with others, and to use information with deep thought and investigation.  

That is why we have been recognised by Brisbane Catholic Education and the University of Queensland as ahead of the curve in our teaching practises.  Our students complete their education with us better equipped for tertiary study or the workplace, more prepared to navigate the global superhighway of information, ready for active citizenship and leadership.

Learning and Teaching 

Through our authoritative, whole-of-College pedagogical framework, based on the Brisbane Catholic Education's Model of Pedagogy, we strive to provide effective teaching and learning experiences that are data informed, challenging and inclusive of all learners and their individual learning goals.

Our high expectations and continued pursuit of contemporary best practice encourage excellence in the extension and refinement of knowledge and its meaningful use.

All learning and teaching take place in the context of a growth mindset, the development of positive attitudes and perceptions, and Habits of Mind and Spirit.

As a BCE College, San Sisto's Learning and Teaching policy is based upon Brisbane Catholic Education's Learning and Teaching Framework: 

The College's school-wide pedagogical framework develops from Brisbane Catholic Education's Model of Pedagogy:

Learning and Teaching New Web Graphic 2.png

All teachers are required to adopt our school-wide Pedagogical Framework. A particular emphasis is placed on Habits of Mind and Spirit.​​  San Sisto College is committed to its school-wide pedagogy.  All staff are required to adopt the language of the Model of Pedagogy, which brings the language of learning into alignment with the rest of BCE, especially easing the transition for students from BCE primary schools into Year 7.​

​​​© Brisbane Catholic Education, San Sisto College (2024).