We aspire to excellence in learning and success for all

Our 5 Habits of Excellence

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” - Aristotle

At Nazareth we value high expectations and success for all, and we strive to sustain a culture of excellence and continuous improvement in learning for all within Nazareth Catholic Community.  

The Nazareth 5 Habits of Excellence were introduced in 2012 by Dr Neil McGoran, past Principal and current Director of Catholic Education South Australia. Research was conducted to identify common traits in students who continuously demonstrate excellence and are successful in their endeavours. The results have forged our excellency framework. 

From Reception to Year 12, the 5 Habits are explicitly taught and practised. At the Secondary College, students who demonstrate their ability to uphold the Habits of Excellence throughout the year are awarded with a ‘Gold Nazareth Award’ on their end of Semester reports.

The 5 Habits of Excellence are outlined below:

1. Attendance

Successful schools begin by engaging students and ensuring they come to school regularly. According to The Parent Institute, a division of NIS, Inc, students who attend school regularly learn more and are more successful in school than students who do not.

2. Punctuality

Punctuality promotes learning and reduces disruption. It is respectful, reflects attitude and is an important trait required by employers.

3. Application

Generally a good application includes such things as being prepared for lessons, attending well, contributing to ideas, avoiding distracting behaviour and starting work quickly.

Research shows that student application is a predictor of student performance (Carbonaro, 2005; Lleras, 2008).

4. Completion of Work

At Nazareth there is no such thing as not doing the work!

Learning is valued and valuable. The completion of all set tasks is crucial in order for students to attain success across subject areas. With our work completion and academic support program in place, we ensure all set tasks are completed to a satisfactory standard.

5. Community Involvement

As part of our pursuit for excellence, we strongly encourage all students to have involvement in one or more extra-curricular activity or community event. 

Students who are involved in their community feel a sense of belonging and generally achieve better learning outcomes.