Students today are immersed in a globalising world that is marked by rapid scientific and technological growth. As technology advances,
we are challenged to collaborate with schools and lead new pedagogical models for learning and teaching,
incorporating new technologies in the classroom and providing new learning spaces to meet the needs of students.
Theme 2: Quality Teaching for all Learners, Catholic Education Melbourne Strategic Plan 2015–2019
Saran KimYear 12 Student, Mater Christi College, Belgrave
Two teams within the Curriculum & Secondary
Services Unit work collaboratively to provide services to schools in the areas
study – Content Language Integrated Learning (CLIL)
In 2015, the Catholic Education Commission of
Victoria Ltd (CECV) partnered with the University of Melbourne’s Graduate
School of Education to offer a Credentialed Study, the Graduate Certificate in
Language Education – Content Language Integrated Learning (CLIL).
Emerging research suggests CLIL is a highly effective approach to languages
learning, focusing on learning the content of another learning area an
additional language, thus teaching both the (other) subject and through an
additional language. The program takes place across seven days and involves
major assessments. Credentialed study opportunities in CLIL have been designed
to support schools in addressing key issues around Languages time allocation
and program quality.
Primary Languages Programs
In the second half of 2015, 35 primary school Languages
teachers participated in a four-day professional learning program on using key
strategies to develop reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in our
second language learners. The course focused on the effective use of target
language by teacher and students to enable progression in Languages.
In 2015, 42 science partnerships were developed for
Archdiocesan schools, with students and teachers collaborating with scientists
in universities, zoos, and marine research vessels. These partnerships enabled
students to learn about science in the ‘real world’.
Forty teachers from primary and secondary schools
participated in a science action research project with Monash University to
build their capacity in leading improvement in teaching and learning within
Pathways and Transition Team
In 2015 the CECV Pathways and Transition Team supported
Catholic schools in their commitment to maximising every student’s ability to
complete Year 12 or its equivalent by providing schools with assistance to
enable them to offer an appropriate range of study options for students through
the following activities:
Providing Multiple Student
The Team provided funding assistance to access Vocational
Education and Training (VET) programs as part of their senior secondary
certificate (the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or the Victorian Certificate
of Applied Learning (VCAL)), and managed the distribution of VET Band
Funding and VCAL Coordination Funding to Victorian Catholic secondary schools.
The CECV Pathways and Transition Team worked
collaboratively to develop strategic partnership arrangements to enhance senior
secondary provision, including the Registered Training Organisations (RTOs).
Communication and Networking
The Team provided relevant information and updates
to support key personnel responsible for the coordination of Pathways and
Transition, including the distribution of Supporting Pathways and Transition in Catholic Schools 2016 in booklet and electronic form to all secondary schools, and the
production of the CECV Pathways and Transition
eBulletin twice a term.
The Pathways and Transitions Team advocated for
Victorian Catholic secondary schools on matters related to Pathways and
Transition, and assisted with the coordination of input into sector, state and
federal policies and initiatives.
Professional learning programs
Professional Learning program
to Primary Science (CAPS)
Professional Learning Program
Learning & teaching in Catholic schools
Science (STaL) project:
Emerging pedagogical leaders
Secondary Science Network
Renewal project (incorporating Postgraduate Certificate in Curriculum
Leadership, University of Melbourne)
Starting Science: Primary
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