As part of Sydney Catholic Schools, we employ highly qualified and competent teachers who are accredited by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA). To continuously improve our practice, teachers also work towards the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, from proficient teacher to lead teacher level.
The delivery of quality curriculum, pedagogy (teaching methods) and assessment is ensured by our system of schools through the provision of contemporary NESA accredited professional learning in a range of modes. Our Centres of Excellence offer online learning and external face-to-face courses, and timely, collaborative and relevant in-situ learning take place within the context of each classroom. Sydney Catholic Schools’ teachers are strongly committed to their ongoing learning, with many having completed, or are currently undertaking, postgraduate studies in areas related to curriculum, student wellbeing, special education, theology, pastoral care and leadership.
Staff at St Finbar’s Catholic Primary School Sans Souci meet once a week for professional development as well as devoting a few days each year to specific topics.
Our focus in 2019 is on differentiation which includes identifying the specific needs of students and catering for their learning development within the classroom.
A specific focus on the Newman Selective Gifted Education Program has seen all staff become qualified to cater for the gifted and talented learner.
Another focus has been on the teaching of Mathematics which identifies and addresses the needs of all learners at whatever point they enter the learning continuum.
All staff are provided the opportunity to give and receive feedback on the teaching practice existing within the school to enhance it further.