Curriculum

The School Curriculum comprises seven Key Learning Areas (KLAs):

  • Religious Education: The Religious Education Syllabus is central to the learning life of students in the Catholic school. Content Strands include The Church and the Liturgical Year, Creation, Self and Others. Our students follow the Religious Education Curriculum of the Archdiocese of Sydney, with the accompanying student text books 'To Know Worship and Love'.
  • English: This involves developing the skills needed to read widely with understanding and enjoyment; to spell accurately; to write grammatically in a variety of forms; to understand the function of language; to listen and communicate effectively in a variety of situations; and to critically assess good literature. 
  • Mathematics: This involves learning the basics of number, space and measurement; developing calculating, reasoning, predicting and verifying skills; developing students' ability to think mathematically; and laying foundation for future study of Mathematics.
  • Science and Technology: This involves the skills of enquiry, investigating, designing and problem-solving; gaining knowledge and understanding about natural and modified environments and people's interaction with them; acquiring knowledge of design processes; and understanding the interaction of technology and society.
  • History and Geography: This involves developing investigation, communication and social skills; gaining knowledge and understanding about the history of Australia, its geography, social institutions and place in the world; developing a commitment to maintaining or improving the environment; exploring, comparing and appreciating religious and moral beliefs and values; learning about other cultures and languages.
  • Creative Arts: This involves developing technical competence and skills of designing and performing; and learning appreciation and self-expression in visual arts, music, drama and dance.
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education: This involves learning to develop an active healthy lifestyle; developing skills in interpersonal relationships and positive values, attitudes and beliefs; and participating in regular physical activity. (The Personal Development area is also addressed in the Religious Education Curriculum).
Information Communication and Technology General Capabilities are integrated in all Key Learning Areas.  

Often an integrated approach, incorporating several Key Learning Areas, is used. For example, a class may focus on a unit of work on Government. Integrated into this unit will be English outcomes (such as learning to develop arguments, writing a piece of persuasive writing), Human Society and Its Environment outcomes (such as developing a working knowledge of the Westminster Parliamentary process) and Religious Education (the development of conscience – choice and consequence). Nevertheless, attention will be paid to ensure that the components of each Key Learning Area included are addressed.

Implementation of the new Australian Curriculum continues to be implemented.