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PARENT  INFORMATION
25 July - 22 September 2017 View More

Primary School

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 across the curriculum forms a strong foundation for future schooling. Music, sport, technology and a range of extracurricular activities give students opportunities to develop their individual interests and talents, and provides an outlet for expression. We emphasise values, prioritise social-emotional wellbeing, and develop classroom structures that meet specific needs. This approach equips students with vital skills, knowledge and attitudes for their high school years and helps them reach their full potential.

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We help your child develop values based on the qualities displayed by Jesus. These values shape their character as adults. Love, justice, compassion, forgiveness, service, humility, courage, hope and appreciation are taught explicitly during morning devotional time and 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.

ENCOUNTER: Stories from the Bible, understanding the nature of God and the principles of good living

ENGLISH: The study of grammar, reading, spelling, handwriting, writing, speaking and text types

MATHEMATICS: The study of number, data, measurement, problem solving, estimation and calculation, patterns and algebra, space and geometry

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY: The study of scientific process, experimentation, and introduction to different technologies

HUMAN SOCIETY & ITS ENVIRONMENT (HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY): The study of history, geography and citizenship

CREATIVE ARTS: Exploring, expressing, communicating and performing through dance, drama, visual art and music

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT, HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION: Playing and learning new skills and sports, developing fine and gross motor skills

Additional support is provided for children assessed with significant remedial needs and students with low English language acquisition (ESL). For children assessed with a disability, special needs teachers work with parents and classroom teachers to adapt learning experiences and provide strategies to support them in their learning.

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. Additional opportunities that challenge and extend learning, interests and talents are available through international competitions and assessments for schools (ICAS) and co-curricular activities such as music tuition, band, choir and art.

We understand that each student learns differently. Our teachers aim to cater for all learning styles and incorporate a wide variety of activities in their teaching, including student led tutorials, excursions, question and answer sessions, experiments, group work, creative expression and arts, multi-media, games, technology, and verbal discussions.

  • Music tuition – piano, guitar and violin
  • Sports carnivals
  • iFeast celebration
  • Class camps
  • Parent/teacher nights
  • School choir
  • Excursions

Our classrooms are digitally equipped with age-appropriate technology, including interactive Smart Projectors and a set of class iPads available for specific learning activities. 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 classroom and computer laboratory is a part of the weekly program.

Cyber safety for parents and children
Many children as young as Year 4 are competent users of technology; however, we encourage parents to be informed and help their children manage their time and remain safe while using technology.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) aims to give children and their parents and/or carers sound advice on how to best manage online risks so that their experiences are safe and positive. For tips on staying safe, view the Cyber Smart website and encouraging your child to check out the kids and teen sections.

Our classroom teachers are on the front line of pastoral care as they interact with students on a day to day basis. We have anti-bullying and discipline practices that are designed to build harmonious relationships and resolve issues of concern or conflict openly and respectfully.

Chaplains provide support to students, staff and school families regardless of their faith. They are active in coordinating programs for social wellbeing and emotional development, interacting with students in the playground and offering a friendly listening ear, mentoring students with behavioural or emotional needs, enhancing engagement with the broader community, and providing a range of opportunities for spiritual reflection. In times of loss and trauma, they provide additional support to individuals, families and the school community.

For more specific social-emotional needs that require specialist assistance or outside referral, please contact our school counsellor.

We value our partnership with parents and recognise that when school and parents have shared expectations, positive behaviour and change for the better is most likely to occur.

We recognise that young people face many challenges associated with the transition from dependence to independence. To prepare them for the challenges of high school and life beyond, we provide opportunities for involvement in leadership and decision-making. These include caring for younger students, organising and leading out in chapel services, helping design and implement academic, social, and sporting activities, and focusing on projects that help the community and the environment.

Specific programs at our school include:

  1. Peer Reading Program
    In this program, older children assist the Kindergarten students with reading lessons by reading with them each week.
  2. School Captains
    Every year a boy and a girl from Year 6 are elected as school captains. This position includes various responsibilities such as making speeches, thanking visitors, helping teachers with special projects, encouraging and mentoring younger students, helping with community programs, monitoring student behaviour, and giving a speech at the end-of-year presentation evening. The school captains also sit on the Student Representative Council (SRC).
  3. Student Representative Council (SRC)
    The Student Representative Council is a student forum that meets regularly to assist with the development of the school. The council encourages students to have a positive input into the running of the school. A staff advisor oversees the council and the committee is comprised of students from Years 1 to 6.
  4. Chapel Services
    Under the guidance of their teacher and with support from the chaplain, each class from Prep to Year 6 is given the opportunity to lead out in chapel services. Students perform a variety of leadership roles, including making announcements, saying prayer, introducing guest speakers, playing musical instruments and organising short skits. Older students also lead out by organising and implementing the annual Week of Spiritual Emphasis (WOSE) program.