Philosophy of Learning

The Philosophy of Learning is consistent with the Alice Springs (Mparntwe) Declaration.

In building a culture where learning is valued, four basic assumptions have guided the development of the curriculum:

  • people learn at different rates and by different means
  • all people enjoy learning
  • risk taking, decision-making, creativity, imagination and the development of deep understandings are critical to the learning process
  • learning occurs best where strong respectful relationships are formed

Further to this, learning is based on rich experiences across all dimensions of life and includes experiences at home, in the community, in the natural environment and at school. Pacific aims to support parents as they assist young people to grow to take meaningful and fulfilling roles within the workplace, family, church and local, national and global communities. There is the increasing enhancement of a sense of co-agency where positive futures can be shaped in partnership with others.


Through the provision of a supportive, nurturing environment, the pursuit of personal excellence is promoted and valued by the Pacific Community. One of the fundamental aims of curriculum at Pacific is to instill a desire for learning and to equip students with dispositions and skills to engage in life long learning across all dimensions of life. Learning is one of the defining characteristics of all members of the Pacific Community.

Four Pillars under pin Pacific’s learning journey. They are:

Learning To Be      Confident in themselves as interdependent, intellectual, moral, ethical, creative and spiritual beings.
Learning Together Learning, working and living with people with increasing co-agency.
Learning To Learn Possessing dispositions and skills of an effective life long learner.
Learning To Know and Do Becoming a highly skilled, knowledgeable person, who makes high quality contributions to community.


To see the Four Pillars of Learning click here.