Integrated Curriculum

“The Catholic School is a sacred landscape where faith, culture and life are in dialogue. It is where learners are empowered to shape and enrich their world with meaning, purpose and hope, derived from their encounter with life and the teachings of Jesus”.


Catholic Education Office Melbourne

St Mary’s approach to Learning and Teaching:

  • is underpinned by the expectation that all students will succeed and ensures the best progress of all learners across the range of development (intellectual,spiritual, social, physical, emotional).
  • builds capacity for lifelong learning which is relevant and purposeful.
  • ensures a personalised response to the learning needs of each student.
  • engages learners in creating new knowledge and understanding by thinking and working creatively, exploring and experimenting, planning and reflecting, and communicating and collaborating.

Learning and Teaching Framework

Our Inquiry Approach embraces the philosophy of ‘lifelong learning’. It is a process of learning that draws on a range of tools and strategies to develop thinking skills, collaboration, independence and ownership of learning.


AusVELS is the Curriculum for Victorian government and Catholic Schools which outlines what is essential for all students to learn. This document acknowledges that the needs and interests of students will vary, and that schools and teachers will plan from the curriculum in ways that respond to those needs and interests.  Also addressed are the changing ways in which young people will learn and the challenges that will continue to shape their learning in the future.