Inquiry based learning

Any parent knows that kids LOVE asking questions! Sometimes it seems that’s all they do. Questions are how children learn and make sense of the world, and inquiry based learning uses that natural curiosity as the basis for students’ learning experience.

We use the inquiry based learning model to encourage our students to ask rich, purposeful questions, to discuss their method of thinking with others, and to follow their curiosity to develop their own learning paths.

How inquiry based learning is taught?

Our class teachers use an inquiry framework to teach Science, Health, History, Geography and Civics and Citizenship. Students are supported in inquiry based learning by our Teacher Librarian who teaches specific skills, such as:

  • Research,
  • Questioning and predicting
  • Planning and conducting fair tests
  • Processing and analysing data and information
  • Evaluating and communicating findings

We encourage families to become involved in their child’s learning by asking them about the inquiry learning they’re doing at school. Often we find the whole family gets involved and that’s when the best learning happens!


Empowering our students

At St Joseph's School, and Preschool, our students are at the centre of everything we do. We encourage curiosity & a love of learning. We help them develop the skills to overcome challenges and strengthen leadership qualities. We value student voice and assist them to discover their full potential. We support their education by allowing them to discover the very best of who they are in becoming life long, visible learners.


Learning at St Joseph's

With a strong history of academic success, St Joseph's School, and Preschool strives to create a learning environment where our students feel supported, encouraged, challenged, engaged and inspired. We use inquiry based learning to promote curiosity and critical thinking skills empowering our students to become lifelong learners. Our goal is to help our students flourish and become valued members of the community.

A Growth Mindset

We have developed a Growth Mindset culture where we focus on changing our words to change our mindset; “ I can’t do this” becomes “I can’t do this yet.”

In a fixed students believe their basic abilities, their intelligence, their talents, are just fixed traits. They have a certain amount and that’s that.

With a growth mindset students understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort and persistence.

At St Joseph's School, we are encouraging all learners to have a Growth Mindset.


We believe that challenge and struggle are necessary parts of the learning journey. Great break though and growth come after students tackle The Learning Pit 

Learning Pit is used at St Joseph’s to promote challenge, dialogue and a growth mindset.

Here’s what we think about learning

Let’s work together

Every child’s learning journey begins at home. We’ll work with you to make sure that your child is on track at school too. This means getting to know your child well, especially what gets him or her excited about learning.

Like you, we understand that great teachers make a real difference in a child’s life. That’s why we’ll make sure that your child’s teachers are skilled up and supported by an effective Principal with a passion for learning and caring.


Our teaching is up-to-date

Our children’s adult lives will be very different from our own. Technology is changing everything including the way they will work. To prepare them for whatever that future holds, our school has had to change and will need to keep changing.

Learning today is so much more than facts and figures. Information will be coming at them from everywhere so they need to learn to make sense of it all and the world around them. We’re focused on developing strengths that students need now and in the future - communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and so much more.

  • We’ll work with your child to find out what interests him or her and show them ways to learn more.
  • We’ll use real world problems to show how the skills we learn at school are relevant for life.
  • We’ll work closely with your child as she or he learns to take responsibility for learning too.

It’s a great start to a lifelong learning journey. And our teachers are lifelong learners too.