Professional Learning Community

Professional Learning Community and PLC Edifice

The Seven Characteristics of our Professional Learning Community (PLC)

Our Foundations.

Our Professional Learning Community (PLC) is built on our Catholic Mission, the requirements of the NSW Educational Standards Authority (NESA), and our own moral obligation to improve each and every day; not because we have to but because we can.

Our Mission and Vision.

Mission: Enabling students to achieve the fullness of life

School Vision: Our students consistently focus on Christ’s way of life, engaging in contemporary learning with open hearts and noble aspirations.

The staff of St Joseph’s believe that Christ is at the center of all we do as we strive to make Him the center of all we are. Our staff believes that students can learn at high levels as we strive to achieve growth for ALL students in their learning and faith. We have high expectations of all community members and we place the focus on learning as much as on teaching. At St Joseph’s we believe people improvement is the key to school improvement.
that Christ is at the center of all we do as we strive to make Him the center of all we are. Our staff believes that students can learn at high levels as we strive to achieve growth for ALL students in their learning and faith. We have high expectations of all community members and we place the focus on learning as much as on teaching. At St Joseph’s we believe people improvement is the key to school improvement.

Collaborative Teamwork


Our teachers work together in Professional Learning Teams (PLT’s) creating a school culture where collective inquiry, reflective practice, and continuous professional learning are used to design and implement effective instructional practices.

Teacher Capacity

Our teachers are committed to a professional culture where the instructional practice is continually improving as teachers collaborate to initiate and assess effective practice. The coaching aspect of the LOP role cannot be overstated

Leadership Capacity

The Principal as the leader continues to develop the leadership practices of setting directions, building relationships, developing people, re-culturing the school and managing the teaching and learning program.

Professional Learning

PLCs value job-embedded professional learning supported by external opportunities for lateral and vertical learning. Teachers develop instructional practices on the job through “learning by doing” in the classroom with processes established to reflect, share and collaborate. These processes include Peer to Peer feedback, Instructional Walks, Coaching/mentoring, collaborative teams, Cycles of Improvement, videos of best practice.

Our Protective Roof

A Cycle of Reflective Action is used at the Professional Learning Team Meetings – The five “R’s” – Reflect Review Data Refocus Revise Renew

Each Professional Learning Team engages in this cycle when reflecting on the past week, fortnight, month or term depending on which team it may be. The cycle of reflection ensures that all available information is considered before it is deemed whether necessary changes are made and SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT IS CONTINUOUS.