To realise our vision we will develop: respect for God, self and others; a Catholic community which teaches, challenges and transforms; an inclusive, accepting and nurturing environment that promotes reconciliation and social justice; skills for life long learning that prepare and inspire our children for the future; and resilience, creativity, individuality and a sense of purpose in our children.
St Joachim's School is a Christ centred Catholic community of faith which develops our children to their full potential for the greater glory of God.
At St Joachim's we believe that the essential focus of our school is the overall development of each child according to the needs and potential of the individual. We strive to provide a curriculum that will enable the child to grow in the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values. At St Joachim's we believe that learning and teaching is: Inclusive; Supportive; Collaborative; Respectful; and Purposeful and Meaningful.
Within St Joachim's the Jesus Story, encompassing the Josephite Charism, is visually evident through our values, culture and practices.
The school community shares a deep understanding of a contemporary, re-contextualised, Catholic world view.
There exists a consistent, school-wide approach in analysing and discussing collected data on literacy and numeracy to inform planning, target teaching and improve student outcomes.
The school works to maintain a learning environment that is safe, respectful, tolerant, inclusive and is driven by a deep belief that every student is capable of successful learning.
The school has a coherent, sequenced plan for curriculum delivery which embeds evidence-based teaching practices, assessment and reporting procedures.
The school is building teacher capacity by working to develop a culture of continuous professional improvement and encouraging staff to take an active leadership role beyond the classroom.
The school applies its resources (personnel, financial and physical) in a targeted manner to meet the learning and well-being needs of all staff and students through flexible structures and processes.
Parents and families are recognised as integral members of the school community and are partners in their children's education.
By the end of 2018, we will have begun re-establishing, throughout the school, strong contemporary and inclusive re-contextualising symbols, artworks and sacred spaces so that we clearly display our Catholic Identity.
By the end of 2018, our community will begin to develop an understanding of the meaning and reasoning behind a contemporary, re-contextualised Catholic world view so that we can plan for continuing work on Catholic Identity within our school over the next three years.
By the end of Term Three, we will revisit and establish procedures to ensure inclusive and supportive practices are consistent across the school so that we continue to meet the expectations of our Vision for Learning and Teaching.
By the end of Term Three, we will have established a team to lead the professional development of numeracy so that the staff will be prepared for our 2019 school goal on the improvement of numeracy across the school.
By the end of Semester One, each classroom teacher will have worked with the teacher librarian to develop a continuum for the teaching of the ICT competencies so that clear expectations will be established as to which ICT skills will be taught across the year levels.
By the end of 2018, 85% of students in Years 3 and 4, 80% in Year 5 and 90% in Year 6 will reach the Brisbane Catholic Education benchmark in the writing monitoring tool with a school wide, consistent approach on the expected and effective practices in writing, with an emphasis on spelling.
By the end of Semester One, teachers will be given the opportunity to organise and drive 'lunchtime clubs' so that students can engage with activities encompassing their own areas of interest.
By the end of 2018, teachers will have actively engaged in and incorporated into their programming skills promoting student and teacher well-being.