School of Connect

Inspiring students to explore, innovate and thrive

These years require a different approach. Students at this stage of development are primed to make connections. Connections with each other as well as connections of concepts, knowledge and skills across different subject areas.

Stage: Three, Four (Years 5-8) | Inquiry Pedagogy: Rigorous Learning Focused Projects





The School of Connect delivers opportunities for these connections to be made by the students. Santa Sophia responds by offering a challenging and creative education program, with a carefully planned timetable that:

  • offers greater individualisation through choice
  • raises opportunity for academic challenge
  • provides opportunities for students to link with the wider community and learn outside the classroom
  • increases opportunity for designing and self-managing their own learning
  • encourages leadership opportunities through their interests.
Rigorous Learning Focused Projects is the pedagogical approach in the School of Connect. The goal of the projects is not the end product, but the acquiring of knowledge and skills across different subject areas and the development of the ‘workplace’ learner capabilities for each student.

This curriculum uses the foundation of skills taught in the School of Curiosity and builds a mastery of crucial academic skills. The emphasis is on project-and-problem-based learning and its interdisciplinary nature.


Learner Capabilities

Santa Sophia has identified the following core capabilities for all students across all stages, giving them the greatest chance of future success. These are reported on and assessed at all stages.

Stage Four

Demonstrates an understanding of the Catholic perspective of the different themes that are present in the projects. Demonstrates knowledge of the Catholic values and applies them to uphold the dignity of the human person..

  • Displays self-discipline and resilience, engages in reflective practices and understands themself as a learner.
  • Shows an awareness of the feelings, needs and interests of others, contributes to positive relationships, appreciates diverse perspectives and resolves conflict appropriately.

Follows class rules and applies basic social protocols when using ICT to communicate with their audience. Capably searches, evaluates, selects and generates information from a range of digital sources, with adherence to copyright restrictions.

Presentation skills
  • Speaks with accuracy and confidence throughout presentations.
  • Maintains eye contact.
  • Clearly and concisely articulates their understanding of the content in an engaging manner.
  • Contributes positively to group tasks.
  • Participates in the planning and discussions of group projects.
  • Meets group expectations in relation to quality and quantity of work.
Critical and creative thinking
  • Critically analyses and connects complex issues and abstract ideas
  • Gives reasons to support their thinking.
  • Generates creative ideas, possibilities and solutions in a variety of contexts.




We empower our students to manage their own learning