As the only school founded by the Dominican Friars in Australia, Blackfriars Priory School remains faithful to the search for Truth (Veritas) as lived and taught over the last 800 years by the Order of Preachers (Dominicans), and exemplified by Saint Dominic, our Founder, and Saint Albert the Great, our Patron. The Blackfriars curriculum across all school years is based on the Australian Curriculum and Specialises in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and Entrepreneurship. Our curriculum engages students across ELC to Year 12 addressing the learning needs of girls in the ELC and boys throughout their schooling. To complement our rigorous academic studies students are extended and challenged further through diverse and enriching programs outside the classrooms.
Blackfriars has established a multitude of holistic personal development opportunities embedded in the curriculum including outdoor challenges to Kangaroo Island and Kuitpo Forest, father son camps, mentor days, student exchanges, retreats, elective programs and international study tours. A thriving teaching and learning environment is built on meaningful and purposeful relationships with each student. Through observation and assessment, our teachers identify each student’s natural areas of interest and excellence before developing an individual learning plan. Each plan then incorporates kinaesthetic (or “hands-on”) and visual learning experiences that appeal to the different learning needs of each student and concurrently develop their confidence in achieving personally-determined goals. These are skills that enable a well-rounded education, enduring friendships, happy memories and the confidence to participate fully in life. These are the skills of a Blackfriars’ student.
As a focus of the Australian Curriculum, Environmental Sustainability is incorporated throughout the curriculum at Blackfriars Priory School. At Blackfriars we aim to develop our students with the values and motivation to increase their knowledge on sustainability issues and take action.
Recently, Blackfriars students turned a rocky garden bed into a flourishing piece of land sprouting edible indigenous plants as part of an ongoing school-wide conversion to ecological sustainability.
The “sacred garden” includes vegetables, fruit trees and indigenous plants. The Indigenous Focus Group were responsible for selecting the indigenous plants and trees to be included. Meanwhile Year 12 students played an integral part in the design and construction of the project as part of the Religious Education curriculum. The garden has given students a hands-on education in environmental care and permaculture. Students have been able to learn that we are all connected now and forever to God’s creation.
Students from the Early Learning Centre through to Year 12, have been involved in planting the garden beds, harvesting and eating the produce.
Further plans are in place to install more student garden areas in the Primary School, which will include organic recycling and a worm farm. Around the school, Blackfriars has an extensive recycling program including paper, plastics and toner cartridges, while large underground rain water tanks supply irrigation to the back oval and gardens.