Subject details

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. explain the essential elements of a good school
  2. identify the distinctive features of the culture of Catholic schools
  3. examine the Mandate for Catholic education in WA
  4. evaluate the ways in which Catholic schools publicly present themselves to the wider community.
  • Topics

    • Schools and choices in Australia
    • Are schools effective?
    • The culture of Catholic schools
    • Catholic language, Catholic education
    • The 'founding story' of Catholic education in WA
    • Catholic schools - their mandate
    • The Mandate & Mandate Letter
    • Catholic schools - their curriculum
    • The Catholic school community
    • Teaching: a job? a career? a vocation?
    • Spirituality & the world of kids today
    • Nurturing the spiritual and religious development of students
    • Review, reflection and consolidation
  • Study resources

    • Instructional Methods

      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Chat Rooms
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
      • Online assignment submission
      • Embedded Multimedia
    • Online Materials

      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Online Assessment
      • Resources and Links

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject introduces students to Catholic schools in 21st Century Australia, the richness of their traditions, their particular understanding of education and the features that make this group of schools 'distinctive'. The subject explores what makes a good school, what is distinctive about Catholic schools and what contributes to the strong sense of community that is experienced by those involved in Catholic schools. The importance of 'culture' as a way of both exploring and enriching the life of these schools is emphasised. 

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  • Learning Review (25%)
  • Learning Review (25%)
  • Report (50%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject.

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