Take a moment to think back to when you were at school. Were you an “A” student who always did well at school? Were you a “C” student who got 100% for effort while other students got more for less time invested? Or were you the kind of student at school who didn’t really pay attention to the grades?
Just like when you were at school all schools in New South Wales still use the A to E Common Grading Scale. This grading scale is useful because it measures a student’s ability against the learning outcomes and it helps to prepare a student for their final examinations in the High School Certificate.
However, as you know, life is not that simple.
Our jobs and relationships are not graded on an A-E scale. Grades don’t tell us how to respond to job opportunities and setbacks. Grades don’t tell us how to have great relationships. Most importantly – grades do not define who we are as a person.
When we came up with the ACC Learner Profile we wanted to have a document that talked about the kind of attributes that we wanted to encourage at our college.
We would love you to read through these attritubes and you will see what we think is important and what we try to celebrate in our learning program:
They grow in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ and the truth of the Bible. They understand the historical reality and evidence supporting Scripture. They are courageous and articulate in communicating the Gospel. They have a personal relationship with Christ and strive to be more like Him.
They ask questions and are eager for knowledge. Their natural curiosity is encouraged and nurtured. They seek answers, research thoroughly, create alternatives, challenge assumptions, think deeply and test theories. They reflect on their learning experiences, processing the information in meaningful ways and take positive action as a result.
Each student is uniquely crafted in the image of God, who created them for good works. As such, they have a well-grounded sense of who they are and how they fit into the world. This instils confidence and boldness.
They exercise creativity in a broad range of contexts from problem solving to critical thinking. This creative ability will enable them to adapt to changes in society and to also differentiate themselves from their peers.
They become good oral and written communicators. They are attentive listeners and articulate their ideas and thoughts honestly, confidently and logically.
They display an optimistic outlook and pleasant disposition. This optimism is based on the hope of salvation due to the finished work of Jesus Christ on the Cross. Students see new possibilities in both success and failure.
They show empathy and care toward others.
They act in a self-disciplined manner, recognising their gifts, abilities and shortcomings. They think before acting and understand that self discipline models a Christ-centred life.
They have the capacity and desire to try new things, learning from their successes and failures. They enjoy the rich learning that comes from taking risks.
They believe that relationships and society thrive when individuals choose to live and speak the truth as modelled by Christ.