Catering for Diversity

One of the strengths of Catholic Education in Western Australia is the diversity of students. It reflects the diversity of life in Western Australia and the curriculum embraces this. It takes into account each student’s strengths, learning needs, their cultural and language background, disability, learning disabilities and difficulties, as well as individual student attitudes and abilities.

The focus on diverse student backgrounds is developed to promote justice, particularly to those who are culturally, physically, intellectually, financially or spiritually disadvantaged (as far as resources make this possible) and to demonstrate the church's commitment to the dignity of the individual, particularly through the distinctive educational contribution Catholic school communities offer (Mandate paragraph, Mandate Letter 2008).

From a human rights perspective it is based on a social justice paradigm of equal educational opportunity for all children within the classroom setting. 

Cultural Immersion

Catholic Education in Western Australia is committed to providing education for all students which is inclusive in its positive attitude to people of all languages and cultures, the uniqueness and dignity of each person, linguistic and cultural diversity, and access, equity and participation for all.

In embracing the diversity of the earth and all its people, schools provide cultural immersion programs that are based on a philosophy of experiential learning that provides opportunities for shaping a peaceful and cohesive society now and in the future.

Both national and International programs involving young people aim to provide a platform of discovery for the development of Catholic faith, voice and skills on global issues of social justice and human rights and its connection to the Australian context.

English as a Second Language

English as a Second Language (ESL) programs are offered at a number of Catholic schools for students who have completed an intensive language course. The Intensive English Centre (Aranmore Catholic College, Leederville) offers an intensive English program for school children aged 12-18 years of age who are eligible for the New Arrivals Program.

The program provides students with the English they need for everyday life as well as the English they need in order to enter into the secondary school system in Australia. The program also offers assistance in English needed for further study.

English as an Additional Language Dialect (EALD) as a Western Australian Certificate Course is offered by a number of secondary colleges in Western Australia.

Gifted & Talented Education

Western Australian Catholic schools celebrate the diversity and achievements of all students and encourage students to discover and perform at their potential in every domain.

Exceptionally able students are supported through an inclusive whole school approach that recognises learner needs and provides depth and complexity through stimulating, flexible, differentiated learning environments.

To address the specific needs of gifted students, schools need to promote the principles of personalised learning and a curriculum for the gifted that is characterised by flexibility, quality not quantity, creativity and daily challenge. The 'Processes and Procedures for the Identification and Support of Gifted and Talented Students in Catholic Schools in Western Australia' (please download the Appendix chart here) acts as a resource for principals and school communities to explore and expand their provision of gifted and talented education.

The paper assists schools with definitions, identification and delivery of appropriate programs for gifted and talented children and young people. 

Download the flyer for Gifted and Talented Education in Catholic Schools here.

Learning Disability & Difficulty

Western Australian Catholic schools embrace diversity and seek to foster the dignity and self-esteem of each young person. Students with educational needs are catered for through an inclusive whole-school approach that identifies learner needs and provides evidence-based, flexible intervention for students with academic, behavioural or social and emotional needs.

Learning Support personnel are available in most larger Catholic Primary and Secondary schools and may be responsible for:

  • Co-ordinating appropriate identification, intervention and monitoring of students experiencing difficulty with learning

  • Supporting classroom teachers to develop implement and monitor learning or behaviour plans for individuals and groups of students with educational needs

  • Collaborating with parents and external community support agencies.

More information is available about students with disability or learning difficulties.