Learning Communities

The way our school is organised into Learning Communities helps us to achieve improved student learning outcomes through the promotion of positive student-teacher-parent relationships.


What is a Learning Community (LC)?
Learning Communities are semi-autonomous ‘mini-schools’ that are self-directing and self-governing. They are responsible for the monitoring of academic progress and behaviour of students, communication with parents and provision of pastoral care.
Our students are divided into 4 groups, each group being taught by a team of about 15 teachers in each LC. The teaching team in each LC is cross-disciplinary. This arrangement ensures middle school students are generally taught by the teachers within their LC, making it easy for LC students and parents to communicate with their teachers, as the majority are located in the one staffroom. It also improves learning and teaching for our middle school students, as the teams of teachers work together in developing curriculum to meet the needs of their students. Due to the elective nature of the senior curriculum, senior school students are taught by teachers from across the 4 Learning Communities, but they still enjoy many other benefits the Learning Communities bring.
All family members are placed in the one Learning Community, so parents will develop relationships with a smaller group of teachers. Generally, families remain in the same LC during their time at Bribie Island State High School.
Each Learning Community is jointly led by a small team of Heads of Learning Community (HLC’s). The role of the HLC includes:
  • The monitoring of behaviour and progress of students within their LC
  • Ensuring gifted and talented students are academically challenged
  • The early identification of students at risk, and the implementation of support structures to assist these students
  • The implementation of the School Code of Behaviour
  • Analysing reporting data and addressing any issues.
What Do Learning Communities Offer?
  • Pastoral care.
  • Collegial student management.
  • Reduction in the number of relationships.
  • Direct parent – teacher contact.
  • Cross curricular planning.
  • Greater staff, parent and student interaction.
What Do Learning Communities Achieve?
  • Improved student learning through the promotion of positive student-teacher relationships.
  • The Learning Community structure encourages and supports communication and collaboration among teachers, improving teaching and learning.
  • Improved student behaviour through early identification and a positive support structure.
  • With direct phone lines into the Learning Communities, speedy contact between the school and home allows any issues to be swiftly addressed and resolved.
  • A more settled and orderly environment.
  • A deeper sense of belonging for all involved in the school community, and a pride in our school.
  • Positive recognition within the school community.


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