This pyramid represents the framework to guide and assist us in our teaching and learning planning, programming, pedagogical choices, assessment and delivery.
Both the Habits of Mind and our Dispositions of the Heart are critical means by which we seek to develop, nurture and encourage in each other our desired Learner and Teacher Attributes. These three key dimensions form the foundation of our teaching and learning framework leading us to educate for greater wisdom through an emphasis across the entire curriculum on the life-long importance of the Enduring Pursuits.
Learner and Teacher Attributes
- Interculturally aware
We want students and teachers to experience Loreto as a place of joy, beauty, kindness, goodness, peace, love and laughter; a place of welcome and belonging; a place of giving and sharing; a place of nourishment and challenge; a place that enriches, offers broad experiences, develops potential and engenders a passion for learning When young women leave this College, we want them to be discerning and to value reflection, silence and beauty. We want this so that they can confidently transcend society’s stereotypes and respond to the demands of their world with courage and authenticity.
Habits of Mind
- Communicating with clarity and precision
- Managing impulsivity
- Gathering data through all senses
- Listening with understanding and empathy
- Creating, imagining, innovating
- Thinking flexibly
- Respond with wonderment and awe
- Taking responsible risks
- Striving for greater accuracy and precision Finding humor
- Questioning and problem posing
- Thinking interdependently
- Applying past knowledge to new situations
- Remaining open to continuous learning
Professor Olatunde S. Costa defined the Habits of Mind as the dispositions skilfully and mindfully displayed by characteristically intelligent people when confronted with problems the solutions to which are not immediately apparent. The Habits of Mind are not thinking tools; rather they are dispositions that incline one to adopt thinking tools and strategies.
Care, compassion and Justice
Verity, trust and respect
Felicity, optimism and joy
Integrity Sincerity and forgiveness
Freedom, faith and love
God’s presence amongst us makes each moment and each experience holy. At Loreto we seek to embrace each moment and to do so with grateful hearts. To see holiness, God’s presence, in the ordinary and the extraordinary is to be utterly present and open to the awe and wonder of life and creation. The holy disposition promotes a love of self, a love of others and a love of all things: it gives rise to Felicity and promotes inner Freedom; it demands that we act with Sincerity and that we strive for Verity; and it compels us to seek Justice in all its forms. These are the five imperatives of a Loreto education. They guide us and define us.
Dispositions of the Heart
- Right Relationships
- Service and Empowerment
We celebrate the mystery that exists in the miracle of life, creation and all things and thus seek to better understand our correctedness.
For the love of our world and its future, we seek to pursue right relationships with, and the wellness of all beings, all things, and all creation.
In so doing, we seek to use our God given talents in the pursuit of excellence and in the loving and responsible service and empowerment of all.
We want students and teachers to experience Loreto as a place of joy, beauty, kindness, goodness, peace, love and laughter; a place of welcome and belonging; a place of giving and sharing; a place of nourishment and challenge; a place where the achievements of all are encouraged and celebrated without envy; a place that enriches, offers broad experiences, develops potential and engenders a passion for learning.
When young women leave this College, we want them to be discerning and to value reflection, silence and beauty. We want this so that they can confidently transcend society’s stereotypes and respond to the demands of their world with courage and authenticity.