As part of Sydney Catholic Schools, we employ highly qualified and competent teachers who are accredited by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA). To continuously improve our practice, teachers also work towards the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, from proficient teacher to lead teacher level.
The delivery of quality curriculum, pedagogy (teaching methods) and assessment is ensured by our system of schools through the provision of contemporary NESA accredited professional learning in a range of modes. Our Centres of Excellence offer online learning and external face-to-face courses, and timely, collaborative and relevant in-situ learning take place within the context of each classroom. Sydney Catholic Schools’ teachers are strongly committed to their ongoing learning, with many having completed, or are currently undertaking, postgraduate studies in areas related to curriculum, student wellbeing, special education, theology, pastoral care and leadership.
Staff professional learning is highly valued at John the Baptist Catholic Primary School Bonnyrigg Heights. Teachers engage in a multitude of opportunities to enhance their effectiveness as teachers, ensure contemporary practice and impact on student improvement. Instructional coaching, whole school staff days, subject in-services, meetings, workshops, conferences and professional learning programs contribute to staff professional learning. The school’s research-based instructional coaching model has been further developed to support the professional learning of teachers within the classroom.
Continual learning is our core business and in order for teachers to be highly effective, they engage in collaboration, analysis, research and reflective practice. These undertakings occur within school hours, after school, weekends, inside and outside of classrooms. Evidence-based research directs John the Baptist in selecting the most effective and appropriate teacher development opportunities.