Our goal at HNBC is to fostering a love of learning by combining contemporary education and Buddhist philosophies that promote wellbeing, a deep sense of self, confidence, innovation, critical thinking and a flourishing heart that has a profound reverence for life in all its forms. 

Hoa Nghiem Buddhist College’s Curriculum Framework provides teachers and parents with a guide in the sense of ‘What do we want students to learn?’ It also provides a view on effective pedagogical approaches ‘How best will they learn?’, and includes guidelines on effective and appropriate assessment ‘How will we know what they have learned?’

Our curriculum represents a combination of wide-ranging research and experience in both education and Buddhism.  

PEDAGOGICAL BELIEFS

THAT UNDERPIN HOA NGHIEM BUDDHIST COLLEGE CURRICULUM

   At Hoa Nghiem Buddhist College we strongly believe in the following principles of learning:

  • We believe in supporting student centred learning and amplifying student voice and agency.

  • We believe in multi-faceted collaboration to create a true participative learning community that fosters a love for learning and a deep respect for other people’s contributions.

  • We believe that language development enables us to construct and share our understanding of the world and should be fundamental to all learning. We offer a rich, relevant and holistic language program that values the promotion of mother tongue and multilingualism.

  • We believe in promoting sustainability for all living things through the Buddhist practice and the science of biomimicry.

  • We believe that through Buddhist practices we can strengthen personal wellbeing, promote a growth mindset and awaken a flourishing heart.

  • We believe that rigorous and consistent assessment procedures and timely feedback are essential in facilitating and monitoring growth and providing targeted teaching.

  • We believe in enabling deep engagement and a strong sense of purpose in our learning through a focus on real world connections and the practical application of life skills.

  • We believe in promoting innovation and preparing learners for an ever-evolving world through guided risk-taking, exploration and experiential learning.

  • We believe in facilitating critical thinkers who thrive when challenged; when given the opportunity, they inquire, construct and apply new knowledge.

  • We believe in fostering creativity and flexibility; where resilience, empathy and compassion is developed through the exploration of ideas.

  • We believe in embracing, facilitating and fostering inquiry based learners that venture into the real-world and solve problems beyond the walls of the classroom. 

  • We believe in facilitating deep learning challenges that are inspired by transdisciplinary thinking and learning.

  • We believe in recognizing and celebrating individual differences, supporting all learners to flourish and experience fulfillment through a differentiated teaching approach.

  • We believe in embracing and adapting to student needs, interests and culture by providing a flexible and responsive curriculum.

  • We believe in the power of questioning as a tool to identify, discuss, argue and express opinions and perspectives.

  • We believe in recognising and growing community and parent partnerships to support learning and engagement.

  • We believe in creating a culturally inclusive community that respectfully celebrates and embraces diversity.

Hoa Nghiem Buddhist College 2020