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.
Mater Dei Catholic Primary School Blakehurst has a vision for learning that builds on current successes, moving our students into the future with high expectations as independent and empowered learners.
The willow tree is a symbol of balance, learning, growth and harmony.
At Mater Dei, the willows represent strength, standing firm, and responding to the greatest of challenges.
Like the willows, we BRANCH OUT through active learning, towards bright futures, with our curious minds.
Active Learners ‘Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance’ Proverbs 1:5
At Mater Dei, students are engaged and empowered to deepen their knowledge, by collaborating in purposeful and meaningful tasks.
Bright Future ‘I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.’John 10:10
At Mater Dei we Inspire students to be self-directed and innovative learners who strive to achieve their best, reflect on their learning and pursue their own interests now and into the future.
Curious Minds “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7
At Mater Dei we ignite the students’ curiosity and inspire them to be open-minded and critical citizens who make meaningful connections and engage with the world around them.