St Aloysius College Literacy Statement
  • Literacy is the key to success for every student
  • Literacy acknowledges the crucial role of language
  • Literacy embraces changes in communication modes
  • Literacy is the responsibility of all teachers
  • Literacy can and should be taught explicitly
  • Literacy benefits from opportunities to practise, refine and celebrate language
Literacy is the key to success for every student
  • Literacy involves reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • Students are expected to critically analyse, respond to and produce texts of their own
  • They learn social conventions
  • They build on early literacy experiences
  • They prepare for academic study, jobs and lifelong learning
Literacy acknowledges the crucial role of language
  • Language can be seen as a system
  • Literacy reflects social conventions
  • Students learn to make language choices according to purpose, audience and context
  • Students learn appropriate register for formal and informal, written and spoken situations
  • Professional development opportunities are provided for teachers to deepen their knowledge about language as a system
Literacy embraces changes in communication modes
  • New technologies
  • Visual literacy
  • Information literacy
  • Multi-media literacy
  • Professional development opportunities are provided for teachers to develop understanding about new forms of communication
Literacy is the responsibility of all teachers
  • Literacy is part of all subjects R-12
  • Our whole school management strategy ensures a continuum of literacy teaching R-12
  • Teachers use a common terminology to describe literacy processes
  • Teachers help students refine and build on their literacy skills
  • Professional development opportunities are provided for teachers to develop skills in teaching literacy
Literacy can and should be taught explicitly
  • Our literacy curriculum plan recognises the continuum of literacy development and provides structures for learning
  • It includes all areas of the curriculum
  • It recognizes the unique discourse of particular subjects
  • It supports individual special needs
  • It supports local and international students with ESL needs
  • It includes appropriate assessment
Literacy benefits from opportunities to practise, refine and celebrate language
  • Publishing student work
  • Debating
  • Drama productions
  • Literacy Week
  • Children’s Book Week
  • Friends of the Library
  • Reading competitions
  • Visiting performers and authors
  • Premier’s Reading Challenge
  • Book Talks
  • Writing competitions
  • Young Journalist Award
  • LOTE Day
  • Languages on campus

This Literacy Statement was compiled by the Key Literacy Team in consultation with teaching staff.
Officially adopted by St Aloysius College on 4 November 2005