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Teaching and learning

The Kawana Waters State College community has a strong focus on ensuring the best learning experiences, opportunities are available to all students from Prep to Year 12, and that these assist in preparing them for future success.

Australian Curriculum documents outline the required skills, knowledge and understanding students are required to achieve at each year level from Prep to Year 9. The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) informs the Year 10-12 curriculum. From 2019, students in senior schooling will undertake a new Senior Assessment and Tertiary Entrance (SATE) system, which combines school-based assessment with external assessment. Upon their completion, qualifying students will still receive their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE), as well as an Australian Tertiary Entrance Rank (ATAR).


We acknowledge and understand that students learn, understand and demonstrate skills, knowledge and understanding at their own pace. In order to embrace this, we have adopted a research-based framework to ensure we have an unrelenting focus on student centred teaching and learning. This research based framework, High Reliability Schools (Marzano 2014) aligns with the State Schools Strategy – Every Student Succeeding 2017-2021. A high reliability school is one that is safe and collaborative, has effective teaching in every classroom, and offers a guaranteed and viable curriculum with a standards referenced approach. 

At Kawana Waters State College, we regularly review curriculum and our classroom practice to ensure quality learning, collective capacity and enjoyment and celebration through

o    Student Ownership of Student Learning – students constantly receive feedback of their work and guidance to continually strive for higher achievement in a safe collaborative environment

o    Teacher Ownership of Teacher Learning – teachers constantly reflect on their own practice and set and review personal goals within their own teaching style

o    Shared Approach to Pedagogy – teachers use the pedagogical framework, Marzano’s Art and Science of Teaching (2017) to reflect on and discuss their practice with others, receiving and providing feedback from their teaching colleagues

o    Goodwill – student and staff achievements are regularly acknowledged and celebrated.

College leadership teams use Marzano’s High Reliability Schools Framework to reflect on and review their strategic direction and to maintain an unrelenting focus on teaching and learning, and ultimately improve learning for all members of our College community, something of which we are very proud.