Our school’s pedagogy reflects the overarching principles and approach to learning outlined in the Sydney Catholic Schools’ Statement on Authentic Learning. By connecting to the real world of students’ lives, authentic learning enables students to become lifelong learners who contribute to society and the wider world as active and discerning citizens. Authentic learning is central to our work as Catholic educators because it promotes the continual growth and wellbeing of the whole person — spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, socially and physically.

At St John Bosco College, learning is centred around our Salesian charism. We are committed to learning and growth in each student. Our aim is to bring each student through education to the fullness of life and to the discovery of their vocation to transform their world. 

To do so we cultivate the qualities of respect, understanding, affection and humour in our students, just as St John Bosco did. Teachers respect each student’s dignity and spiritual dimension. Teachers understand that learning is lifelong so mistakes and reasoned correction brings life. Teachers at St John Bosco build strong, positive relationships with students, so they know they are cared for and resilience is built. Our college is permeated with joy and hope, often expressed by good humour, recognising achievement and celebrating life.

The college has an established and coordinated approach to Diverse Learning. St John Bosco College is accredited for the Newman Selective Gifted Education Program which caters for gifted learners and students with high academic potential and achievement. The college also runs an extensive Learning Support program to cater for students requiring intellectual, social/emotional or physical support in their learning.