As a Catholic faith community, St Catherine's is committed to providing a high quality, supportive and inclusive learning environment that empowers the diverse range of students in our community.
We recognise that every person is created in the image and likeness of God, and is in some respect like all others, like some others and like no other one. We are challenged by the Church to reach out to all our brothers and sisters in love, acknowledging their diversity, immediate needs and specific situations (Deus Caritas Est,
On Christian Love ).
Student diversity develops through a range of physical, intellectual, social and emotional factors affecting the child and their family including:
The Queensland Catholic Education Commission policy on inclusive practices informs us of our responsibility to recognise and respect the rights and needs of every child. This is achieved by providing equitable access to the curriculum, offering maximum learning opportunities and working towards meeting the educational and social needs of all students.
Guided by St Catherine's School Covenant, our community aspires to provide successful outcomes in spiritual, intellectual, social and emotional growth for all students as life long learners across all years of primary schooling. This policy provides a framework to review existing practices and plan for improvements in response to the needs and aspirations of the community.
St Catherine's School strives to be a Supportive School Community with a collective responsibility to develop and nurture the unique qualities and abilities of the individual. A supportive school community emerges from the interaction of a shared set of beliefs, attitudes and actions. It is a place of learning for all in which everything that happens contributes to the intellectual, social and emotional growth of all its learners.
Values and beliefs that align with a
Supportive School Community include: