Educational Philosophy

​​​​​​​​Our school values every child as a learner.  Learners learn in different ways, in different setting and at different rates.  Learning is most effective when it involves active partnerships with parents and carers, peers, teachers, school and community members.

At St Bernardine's, we are committed to learning and teaching with all its associated interactions, while remaining child-centred and based on Christian values.  This is achieved within a faith-driven learning environment in which we are committed to developing persistent and collaborative learners who display a growth mindset. Our learning environment is based on the charism of St. Bernardine and the Franciscan tradition in which we value God's creation and service to the community through the daily living of Gospel values. We value every child as a learner and understand that all children learn in different ways and at different rates.  Learning is most effective when it involves active partnerships with parents and carers, peers, teachers, school and community members. The St Bernardine's community understands that learning is about progressing from “what I know, to where I need to go next" and that learners will experience success as a result of challenge, feedback and goal-setting. We believe we must be respectful of the rights, feelings and beliefs of others and it is our responsibility to assist everyone in our community to be the best that they can be.

School Curriculum

At St Bernardine's we provide an innovative, high quality and progressive curriculum. We use all subject areas of the Australian Curriculum. The Australian Curriculum sets out the core knowledge, understanding, skills and general capabilities important for all Australian students. The Australian Curriculum describes the learning entitlement of students as a foundation for their future learning, growth and active participation in the Australian community. It makes clear what all young Australians should learn as they progress through schooling. It is the foundation for high quality teaching to meet the needs of all Australian students.

The overall aim of the curriculum is designed to enable our children to become lifelong learners. Learning is a lifelong process. A lifelong learner is a knowledgeable person who is developing the skills to become a Reflective , Self Directed Learner, Community Contributor, Leader & Collaborator, Effective Communicator, Quality Producer, Designer & Creator and Active Investigator.

As a Brisbane Catholic Education School, Religious Education is core subject taught from Prep to Year 6. 

The Curriculum Areas of the Australian Curriculum are:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Humanities (including History, Geography, Civics and Economics)
  • Science
  • The Arts
  • Technology
  • Health & PE
  • Cultural Literacy (Years 5 & 6)


​​During each year, excursions to places of educational interest and alignment to the curriculum are undertaken. Parents will be advised when such visits are to occur and an excursion permission slip, medical information and excursion details will be emailed using Ed Smart Parent Slips.

School Camps

School Camps are an important learning and socialising experience and are part of the school curriculum for Year 5 & 6.

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