Primary school is a dynamic environment where we foster a sense of belonging, a love of learning, and a deeper relationship with God. With nurture and encouragement the key components of classroom culture, these Primary School years help students grow in confidence, interact in more depth with new knowledge and skills, learn from one other, and develop learning responsibility.
Literacy and numeracy is encountered in every context across the curriculum, forming a strong foundation for students' future schooling. At the same time, music, sport, technology and a range of extracurricular offerings give students an outlet for expression and provide opportunities to develop their individual interests and talents.
Early adolescence is a time of rapid physical, social, emotional and cognitive change for children. We target teaching and learning to each level of developing maturity. In Years 5 and 6, our students enjoy the security of a single classroom and one teacher for most of their core learning, while also exploring a limited number of additional classrooms and teachers for specialist subjects.
We emphasise values and prioritise social-emotional wellbeing to prepare students with vital skills, knowledge and attitudes for their secondary years.
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We help your child develop values based on the qualities displayed by Jesus. These values will contribute to shaping their characters as adults. Love, justice, compassion, forgiveness, service, humility, courage, hope and appreciation are taught explicitly during morning devotional time, scripture readings and at our weekly chapel service. They are also inherent in the way we instruct, guide and support students in their daily learning activities and social interactions. Students receive awards for positive conduct in the school community.
ENGLISH: The study of texts, grammar, reading, spelling, handwriting, writing and speaking
MATHEMATICS: The study of problem solving, estimation and calculation
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY: The study of scientific process, experimentation, and introduction to different technologies
HUMAN SOCIETY & ITS ENVIRONMENT: The study of history, geography and citizenship
CREATIVE ARTS: Exploring, expressing, communicating and performing through dance, drama, art and music
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT, HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION: Playing and learning new skills and sports, developing fine and gross motor skills, growing self-esteem and personal resilience, explicitly teaching anti-bullying
Additional support is provided for children assessed with significant remedial needs in literacy and numeracy. For children assessed with a disability, special needs teachers will work with parents, classroom teachers and experts to devise strategies that provide better access to learning and support. An Individual Learning Plan will guide the teaching in the classroom, and the student's progress will be monitored by the Learning Support Coordinator.
Personal excellence is a focus in every classroom, with assessments and activities used as a basis for extending those who show greater levels of interest and ability. A class for independent Year 3 and 4 learners called Gateway caters to students who show outstanding academic ability and a good work ethic. Additional opportunities that challenge and extend learning, interests and talents are also available through international competitions and assessments for schools (ICAS) and co-curricular activities such as music tuition, choir and art.
- Music tuition
- Sports carnivals
- CSSA interschool sports competition
Our classrooms are digitally equipped with age-appropriate technology, including interactive whiteboards and the used of iPads. This enhances the delivery of the curriculum, caters to a broad range of learning styles, and allows students to solve problems, work, and connect with each other and the world in 21st century ways. Regular access to technology in the computer laboratory for practise, play and research is a part of the weekly program.