Teaching & Learning

Justice and Peace

Justice and Peace themes are heavily embedded throughout our Year 5-12 curriculum at St. Patrick’s. As a result of our commitment to these themes, the College achieved United Nationals Global Peace School status in 2012.

Our curriculum is increasingly being driven by the new Australian Curriculum and is shaped by our own EREA Educating for Justice and Peace framework and the Global Emphases with which we work. The Australian Curriculum outlines a range of cross-curricular priorities and general capabilities that schools must embed in their curriculum to support and strengthen the ‘content’ prescribed by each subject area. These themes enable students to live successfully in the 21st century and ensure that students are better equipped to make sense of the world in which they live, readily able to make critical decisions to contribute to the world in a positive way. The general capabilities of the Australian Curriculum are: Literacy, Numeracy, ICT Capability, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability, Ethical Understanding, and Intercultural Understanding. The cross-curricular priorities are: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures, Asia and Australia’s Engagement with Asia, and Sustainability.

The Australian Curriculum themes are very similar to our EREA Educating for Justice and Peace framework and the Global Emphases. Embedding such themes regularly into the curriculum across Years 5-12 truly enables students to leave our College as ‘global citizens’. Consequently, St. Patrick’s College is committed to embedding the Australian Curriculum cross-curricular priorities and general capabilities in the areas particularly relevant to our Educating for Justice and Peace framework: Ethical understanding, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures, Asia and Australia’s Engagement with Asia, Intercultural Understanding and Sustainability.

The way our College enacts these themes and principles on a daily basis is demonstrated in our quarterly Just Us magazine. This magazine is a testament to the wonderful work of our staff and students in the areas of justice and peace themes, and is a sign of our continued commitment to maintaining our UN Global Peace School status.

Just Us Magazines

Explore recent issues of our Just Us magazine to see how our young men are enacting the principles of Justice and Peace on a daily basis:

http://www.stpatricks.qld.edu.au/news-and-events/just-us-magazine.html