School Wide Pedagogy

Our School Wide Pedagogy has been developed by our staff comprising pedagogical principles designed to enhance the quality of classroom teaching and learning. At Yidarra we aim to:

Cultivate Lifelong Learners.  Lifelong learning is achieved when people have developed the intrinsic motivation and skills to learn. We believe that it is important that we teach our students strategies so they can learn for the rest of their lives. We want to motivate and inspire our students so they value and enjoy learning and can adapt and thrive in an ever-changing world.  Jesus is the best model of a lifelong learner.  His relationship with God gave him the skills to rise up to challenges and to share his skills with others.

In our classes you will expect to see:

  • Explicit teaching of real-life literacy and numeracy skills
  • Open-ended tasks
  • Creative design activities
  • Students engaging with technology
  • Students challenging themselves, striving to achieve and learning from their mistakes
  • A variety of teaching, learning and assessment opportunities (quiet time, group interaction, collaborative and cooperative learning, inquiry based learning)

potentialUnleash Potential.  We believe that all students can learn and experience growth and success at school. We believe that students learn best when learning is tailored to their needs and interests. We believe it is essential to create an environment and provide opportunities that foster the development of higher thinking skills. We believe that classrooms should be structured to accommodate all learning styles and all learning abilities. We believe intrinsically motivated students think more critically and deeply and are well positioned to unleash their full potential.

In our classes you will expect to see:

  • students and teachers motivated about learning
  • students engaged in open ended tasks and problem solving
  • differentiated learning activities catering for various abilities
  • students reflecting
  • celebrations of success

Work Together -We believe that Yidarra can reach its potential when staff, students and parents work together cooperatively. Cooperative teaching and learning develops caring and committed relationships for staff and students. Cooperative teamwork towards a common goal promotes greater productivity and higher achievement. In a cooperative learning environment students are actively and meaningfully involved, enabling the development of essential social skills. Cooperative learning provides the scaffold for positive interdependence, individual accountability, positive interaction, appropriate use of social skills and improved self-esteem.

In our classes you will expect to see:

  • Explicit social skills instruction
  • Groups of students working together to achieve a common goal
  • Positive interdependence – students realise that group success is needed to be achieved by all members of the group.
  •  Individual accountability – each individual student is assessed and accountable.
  •  Face-to-face positive interaction – individuals promote each other’s success by assisting, supporting, encouraging and praising each other.
  • Group processing – group members evaluate how well they are achieving their goals and maintaining effective working relationships.


Develop The Whole Child- We strive to create an environment in our school and our classes where students feel safe, secure, respected and valued so they can learn and contribute to improve the communities in which they belong. We believe that a student’s self-esteem is an essential precondition to student learning. We want our students to believe in themselves and believe they can make a difference. We believe that social and emotional learning is an integral component of self-development. Jesus is our model of a socially and emotionally developed person. By nurturing each student’s spiritual, intellectual, social, physical, emotional and creative development we empower them to reach their full potential as Jesus demonstrated in his life.

In our classes you will expect to see:

  • Students praying and learning about their faith
  • Engaged students who are enjoying learning
  • Explicit and proactive teaching of social and emotional skills
  • A flexible classroom that responds to the immediate needs of the students
  • Teachers guiding students to work together to create a positive classroom environment
  • Equity in opportunities e.g. speaking at assemblies, adjusted curriculum, participation
  • Students engaged in learning activities that develop Gardner’s Mulitple Intelligences: Logical, Linguistic, Spatial, Musical, Bodily- Kinaesthetic, Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, Naturalistic and Existential-Spiritual.