St Patrick’s is committed to equipping students with the skills and knowledge to thrive in an ever-changing and challenging society.

To this end, we recognise that access to technology, both at home and at school, is essential. We are aware that our students live in a world where information can be accessed and shared quickly over the internet and other wireless technologies, and where they can use that technology to communicate and to create new knowledge.

Our “bring your own device” (BYOD) program in Years 5 and 6 aims to provide the students with ready access to technology.

The focus of the BYOD project is not the device itself; it is the pedagogy that aims to develop the competencies for living in society in the 21st century. Those competencies include computational thinking, critical thinking, communication, collaboration, creativity and digital citizenship. One-to-one access to devices enables learning to be targeted to the interests, abilities and goals of each student.

More traditional methods of teaching and learning, which do not involve the use of devices, also have a critical role to play. These traditional methods continue to be used in the classroom.