LEARNING AND TEACHING
Learning for Life
At LORDS we encourage students to be the best they can be to make a positive difference in the world. It is important all members of our community see themselves as learners and view learning as a lifelong endeavor, approaching this with a growth mindset. LORDS offers an inquiry-based approach to learning and teaching where students are guided to inquire, investigate, think and question using a supportive learning framework.
The LORDS Learner Profiles focus clearly on developing attributes students need for now and into their future. These profiles provide a blueprint for successful learning and incorporate the development of life skills for both career and personal success. The lifelong attributes embedded in each one contribute to the development of the whole person and are absorbed in teaching and learning strategies from K-12. These attributes include:
- Independent Learner (focus on personal competencies)
- Collaborative Learner (focus on social competencies)
- Community Contributor (at home, school, locally, nationally and globally)
- Social and Environmental Learners (taking ownership and responsibility)
- Critical and Creative Thinker (includes considering appropriate ethical behaviour and thinking with an opportunity for advocacy)
- Effective Communicator
- Quality Producer
Having a strong educational foundation allows students to succeed and follow their pathways at school and beyond. This includes:
- A clear and developmentally appropriate approach to the teaching of literacy and numeracy which meets and exceeds Australian Curriculum Standards
- Ensuring students know and understand the purpose of technology for their learning and life in an ever changing world.
LORDS offers subjects based on the Australian Curriculum. Core subjects include Mathematics, Science, English, SOSE (History and Geography), Christian Studies, Physical Education and Japanese (Japanese is compulsory from Prep to Year 8).
Students in the Junior School (Prep- Year 6) also have opportunities to experience specialised subjects in Physical Education, Music and Japanese.
An elective program is offered in the Middle Years (Year 7-9) in The Arts (Music, Drama and Visual Arts) and Technology Studies (Design Technology, Home Economics and Information Computer Technology) as well as the opportunity to extend Japanese language studies from Year 9 as an elective.
Senior School allows students in Years 10 – 12 to explore a variety of pathways for their future such as:
- ATAR and vocational pathways
- School-based traineeships
- Development of career plans
- Work experience opportunities
- Partnerships with TAFE and Universities
- Subject range across the Sciences, The Arts, Humanities, Hospitality and Technology.