Our school’s pedagogy reflects the overarching principles and approach to learning outlined in the Sydney Catholic Schools’ Statement on Authentic Learning. By connecting to the real world of students’ lives, authentic learning enables students to become lifelong learners who contribute to society and the wider world as active and discerning citizens. Authentic learning is central to our work as Catholic educators because it promotes the continual growth and wellbeing of the whole person — spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, socially and physically.

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Our school wide pedagogy encompasses all that we do in our teaching and learning at St Ambrose:

“As we learn we think big, question why and act justly”

At St Ambrose Catholic Primary School Concord West we believe that ‘questioning why‘ encourages learners to be actively engaged in purposeful learning in order to create meaning and to make sense of their world.

At St Ambrose we believe that ‘acting justly‘ inspires an active response to our faith by nurturing positive relationships, reaching out and responding with faith and love in our world.

In order to act out of our shared beliefs we:

  • celebrate our faith
  • collaborate
  • empower each other
  • think creatively
  • think critically
  • respond to God’s call
  • encourage global citizenship
  • inquire
  • Explore

A targeted approach to learning that balances both explicit teaching and inquiry based learning is fundamental to achievement of student outcomes at St Ambrose. We clearly understand the need to balance explicit teaching with inquiry based learning – helping students to develop with the body of knowledge that they need to know as well as inciting a passion for learning and the development of critical and creative thinking skills.