The delivery of curriculum at the College aims to promote the dispositions, behaviours, knowledge and skills required by students to be successful in the complex and changing landscape of the 21st Century.
The whole school curriculum is based upon the Australian Curriculum Core Learning Areas of English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences (History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship, Business and Economics), Language Education, Health and Physical Education, Information and Communication Technology and The Arts. In addition to these Learning Areas the Christian Studies Curriculum of Lutheran Education Australia is included in the College’s teaching and learning programs.
At the College students are provided with opportunities to develop capabilities over time and across learning areas. Teachers recognise that each student’s pace of development may be influenced by factors such as their prior experience, sense of self in the world and cognitive capacity.
Small class sizes and strong pastoral care provide a safe environment for all students to learn and a highly dedicated team work together to contribute toward positive outcomes for students through a carefully planned and flexible curriculum which caters for individual learning needs.
We recognise that learning does not and cannot stop at the classroom walls. Educational experiences, including camps, trips and excursions are recognised as essential to the Eastside Lutheran College curriculum.
Outdoor learning and nature pedagogy are embedded in the curriculum for students from Kindergarten to Year 12. As a College, we believe that learning outdoors provides unparalleled opportunities to develop self-reliance, interdependence and leadership, the development of an adventurous spirit, managing personal risks, safe journeys in nature, health and well-being, and is conducive to developing deeper human-nature relationships.
Through an integrated, cross-curricular, student-centred, inquiry and problem-based approach. The College aims to provide:
- personalised learning opportunities based on students; strengths and interests while building competency in core disciplines.
- utilize and integrate community resources and the natural world.
- promote understanding and respect for Indigenous culture.
- provide students with the freedom to actively explore their world, learn to care for the environment and for others and increasing sustainability literacy.
- equip students with social and relationship skills, intelligences, and attitudes to succeed at school and throughout their lives.
- encourage creativity, and innovation.
- employ 21st century digital technologies.
We do this through:
- the provision of a rich cultural environment.
- access to a wide variety outdoor experience.
- flexible learning in spaces and time.
- flexible groupings enabling cross age, ability, and interest networking.
- effective pedagogies based on a thorough understanding of how people learn grounded in the principles of:
- quality relationships,
- respect for individual differences,
- active participation in relevant and authentic learning tasks,
- the development of autonomy and independence