It’s not just what girls learn at school that’s important – it is also how they learn. In the stimulating and challenging environment at Catherine McAuley, staff are committed to helping students establish patterns of learning that will enable them to keep developing through their lives and careers.

The school aims to support students to become independent, life-long, autonomous learners. It does this by encouraging students to have some control over the learning process, through active participation and problem-solving, and to take some responsibility for planning and organising their learning. The school has developed a charter setting out how staff and students can foster this innovative approach.

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Staff are encouraged and supported in developing their teaching strategies, including their use of information communication technology. The whole school is wireless networked and students can access the school’s network, CMNet (intranet) and the internet. Students have access to wireless laptops for use in lessons and for individual study. Students can also access CMNet from home. The school has 1-1 student access to computers. Staff are also supported in providing a stimulating learning environment, through the use of group work, information and communication technology, and learning and teaching strategies to foster student motivation.

Students may elect to study the ‘Integrated Studies’ course in Year 8. This is a project based course where students take the initiative for their own learning under the guidance of their teacher. Students negotiate their projects based on their interests.

Catherine McAuley offers a wide variety of elective courses through Years 8 to 12. In Years 9 and 10 the school offers elective courses of 100 hours duration. This means that students are not locked into an elective course for two years. They can experience a broad variety of subjects or study subjects of interest in greater depth.