Student Engagement

Catholic school communities provide a holistic approach to student learning and engagement through the provision of a balanced and inclusive approach to both curriculum and pastoral care.

School planning is underpinned by strong faith community and school partnerships and programs that contribute to school student engagement in lifelong learning, the articulation of student educational aspirations and the provision of educational opportunities and attainment particularly for disadvantaged groups.


Retention and Participation Project (RAP)

The Retention and Participation Project supports the development of educational opportunities for students in the lowest achieving groups of students in Years 7-12 through targeted prevention and intervention programs in Catholic schools.

The key aspects integral to supporting schools to develop a framework for provision for students at risk across Years 7-12 within Catholic school communities include:

  • Ensuring that the 'starting point for all curriculum decisions will be the students themselves and their individual needs'

  • The provision of school structures and processes for the evaluation of curriculum planning for students at risk

  • High expectations for all students at risk; building on their strengths, and enhancing motivation

  • Recognition and accreditation of student achievement.

Engagement Programs for 16 and 17 Year Olds

The Engagement Program recognises the need for schools to establish practices, which support 16 and 17 year old students at educational risk to develop the understandings, skills and confidence to achieve to their individual potential.

The CEWA supports this and endeavours to work with schools to give individual assistance so they can run programs to re-engage these students.