While we live in a frenetic world with a preoccupation for all things new, St Philomena School consciously chooses to educate according to the tried and true methods of the past 2,500 years.
A classical education is one that:
- treats the classical languages as organising principles of education.
- relies on a relatively small number of accepted literary masterworks to teach excellence in speaking, writing and acting.
- educates the whole person: spirit, emotion and will, as well as mind.
- recognises that memory, analysis and expression are important facets of learning at all levels, and so considers grammar, logic and rhetoric (the classical Trivium) as the foundation for a true education.
- is based on the principle multum, non multa (much, not many—quality rather than quantity). Attention is focused on the rudiments of knowledge, while peripheral areas of modern education are either homogenously incorporated into the curriculum, or ignored altogether.
- where possible, teaches subjects not as discrete disciplines, but in relation to each other and in the context of broader intellectual concerns.
- encourages lateral thinking; Maths and Sciences are integrated with the humanities through biography, history and ethics.
- is essentially conservative in that it seeks to pass on the wisdom of the greats that have gone before us, rather than recklessly trusting the educational fads of the day.
St Philomena’s remains a unique school in all Queensland for offering the classical approach.