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Model for Teaching and Learning

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In 2016, Northside Christian College created a unique and strategic teaching and learning framework. The framework will assist the College community in the development of future teaching and learning programs and will support in the evaluation of existing programs and initiatives at the College.

The framework provides an opportunity for teaching staff to reflect on what we teach, why we teach it and how we can teach it in a way more closely aligned with the Mission and Vision of the College. The framework also provides a chance for the College to consider the knowledge, skills, work habits, and character traits we want to instil in our students and a chance to reference this with a wide range of 21st century skills.

Students will benefit from a carefully planned Christian education as staff develop curriculum and initiatives with reference to this framework. Furthermore, the framework enables all teachers, students and parents of our College to develop a very clear understanding about how we will deliver high quality teaching and learning practices at Northside Christian College.

The Teaching and Learning Framework is an important tool for our school community and closely aligns with the Vision, Mission, Philosophy and Objectives of the College.

The documented curriculum at the College reflects a commitment to meet the requirements of State and National Curriculum frameworks, including the Australian Curriculum and the Victorian Certificate of Education study designs.

Northside Christian College is strategically phasing in the Australian Curriculum. The Australian Curriculum sets the expectations for what all Australian students should be taught, regardless of where they live or their background. For Prep - Year 10, it means that students now have access to the same content, and their achievement can be judged against consistent national standards. The College has monitored the release of the National Curriculum by the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA). The College will continue to update curriculum across the College to ensure mandated syllabi have fulfilled the content requirements.

The Australian Curriculum includes seven General Capabilities. These General Capabilities traverse all specific disciplines and study areas and are regarded as the core skills and dispositions for 21st century students. The General Capabilities are:

  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Information and communication technology capability
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Personal and social capability
  • Ethical understanding
  • Intercultural understanding. 

The curriculum at Northside meets the Education Goals for Young Australians found in the Melbourne Declaration 2008, by providing schooling that promotes equity and excellence and encourages students to become:

  • Successful learners
  • Confident and creative individuals and
  • Active and informed citizens.


Model for Teaching and Learning


Our curriculum is deliberately planned to ensure that students gain enduring understanding. This is achieved by planning that begins with the end in mind, with a clear description of the evidence of learning, assessment, learning outcomes, and appropriate teaching and learning strategies. Teaching staff at Northside Christian College are documenting subjects using an Understanding By Design approach. Assessment is of learning, for learning, and as learning and is embedded in curriculum planning.

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-His good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Romans 12:2



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