‘The Oratory’ was the name of the original school established by St John Bosco, and it was through the Oratory that the principles of Salesian education were first developed.
The Oratory Program provides an opportunity for Year 7 and 8 students with highly developed learning skills to pursue these values through a challenging curriculum designed to facilitate deep learning. Participants are expected to be strong ‘all-rounders’ in their approach to education. In addition to a solid foundation in literacy and numeracy,
Oratory students must also have a demonstrated ability to communicate and collaborate with others in highly effective ways. They have a passion for learning and are willing to embrace challenges and uncertainty as opportunities for growth.
By bringing together students with strengths in critical and creative thinking, who are curious and resilient learners capable of dealing with complex problems, the Oratory Program provides opportunities to explore the curriculum in greater depth and complexity. Students are expected to progress through the curriculum at a quicker pace than in mainstream classes, allowing for a greater focus on understanding how knowledge is developed and how we test and prove ideas and hypotheses.
Students are provided with further opportunities to develop metacognitive skills, to reflect on their own thinking and learning, and to develop the capacity to identify fallacies in their own approach to learning.
The Oratory Enrichment Program offers opportunities to:
Participation in the Oratory Program is by invitation, based on the following criteria: