The Catholic Education Office Melbourne (CEOM)'s Secondary Services Unit provides educational support and leadership for secondary schools and their communities, parish priests and canonical administrators. The Unit works in collaboration, partnership and subsidiarity with schools. Strategic advice is a key component of secondary support to parish priests, principals, teachers and parents.
Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) and the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) delivery in Victorian Catholic schools is characterised by:
In 2013, 55 students with accompanying teachers attended World Youth Day (WYD) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The whole group appreciated being part of a celebration of the Faith with 3.7 million people from around the world and were delighted to be in the presence of Pope Francis, whose ability to connect with all members of the Church was a highlight of the celebrations.
Catholic students from the Archdiocese of Melbourne celebrate World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro
The Masters in Education Policy (International) at the University of Melbourne focuses on Post Compulsory courses for schools. Eight secondary teachers were sponsored in 2013.
The 2013 Visual Arts Exhibition was held at the Catholic Leadership Centre for the first time. The new venue proved to be an excellent forum as 79 schools, both primary and secondary, were represented in the more than 300 works of art that were exhibited. More than 600 visitors attended the exhibition in the week it was open to the public.
Daniel ButtacavoliCurriculum CoordinatorEmmanuel College, Point Cook
The work of the teachers at Emmanuel College is driven by the College motto, taken from John’s Gospel, to live ‘life to the full’. We use it to guide us in our mission to develop our students as a whole individual – academically, socially and spiritually. We are continuously challenged to create and deliver learning opportunities that connect students to their experiences of the world.
To achieve this goal in 2013, the College began transforming its junior school curriculum. We did this through a staged roll-out of Project Based Learning (PBL) as the key mode of teaching and learning across Years 7, 8 and 9. Using PBL, we can challenge our students with real world issues and problems that really engage them because the topic matter is relevant and meaningful to their lives.
I represented the College at PBL conferences in New Orleans, Detroit and Dallas to learn more about PBL best practice and innovation – and observed how other schools in Sydney, California and Texas were delivering the program.
These opportunities provided fantastic learning experiences that I could share with the College staff to benefit our learning and teaching approaches, and at a personal level I was very excited about the potential for PBL to benefit the students in my classroom.
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