For Students

Students at Fr John Therry enjoy rich and diverse learning experiences with our focus being on creating learning environments that are unique and allow for different learning styles. We have been involved in a number of research projects that have enhanced student outcomes and implemented a range of new initiatives across the school. Our learning spaces allow for modern teaching and we are continually upgrading and developing our resources and facilities to best support contemporary learning.

Early Years

The school has been part of the Early Years Project which focuses on educating children in the early years of primary school (Kinder to Year 2) by providing engaging and inspiring learning experiences which acknowledge each child, their families and the life experiences they bring.

The early years are an opportune time where primary educators take an active role in the young learner's construction and acquisition of learning and understanding. This is a time when school communities are able to carefully nurture and guide the child's intellectual, emotional, physical, social and spiritual potential.

Vision for Learning

Staff, students and parents have been engaging in the IDEAS process through our partnership with the University of Southern Queensland. This project has allowed the school to look at our past so as to look towards our future. The main focus of the project is to develop a common pedagogy and create a school wide vision for learning that is owned by all stakeholders. Our school wide vision was launched last year.  

Our vision for learning is to 'Empower Every Student' through providing a teaching and learning framework that is relational, diverse, contemporary and adaptive.

Stage Learning

The NSW Board of Studies Curriculum is developed in stages rather than yearly grade levels. With exception to Early Stage One (Kindergarten), each stage consists of 2 years of curriculum outcomes that students work towards over a two year cycle.

At Fr John Therry all students work collaboratively as a stage. The aim of this approach is to provide a consistent teaching program with a collaborative teaching model to benefit all students. Students in stages 1, 2 and 3 work in flexible groupings for literacy and numeracy as well as in other Key Learning Areas.

This model allows greater scope to meet student's identified needs and learning styles, and to cater for this appropriately within their learning environment. The approach is consistent with modern pedagogy, teaching practice and builds greater independence and preparation for high school in the senior grades.

Student Wellbeing

At Fr John Therry Catholic Primary School we endeavour to promote a healthy supportive and secure environment for all children. We believe that Pastoral Care should foster growth of the individual to reach their full potential. It should reflect the Catholic ethos of individuals caring for and respecting each other. Student welfare is a shared responsibility between home, school and the community. The school has implemented programs to encourage positive social behaviours and problem solving skills.

These programs include:

  • Buddy program for students in Kindergarten and Grade 5 & 6
  • Access to Student Welfare Services
  • Anti-Bullying initiatives
  • Student awards
  • Positive reward systems
  • Leadership program
  • Seasons for Growth
  • Kids Matter
  • Circle Solutions
  • Positive Behaviour for Learning initiatives

Student Leadership

As important members of the school community, students are valued for the contributions they can make to the school. Student voice is an important aspect of school life and students are encouraged to be part of a number of programs that enable them to show leadership.

Student leadership is encouraged and supported through the following:

  • Faith, Justice and Trust Captains
  • School Sports Captains
  • Mini Vinnies Leaders
  • Library Monitors
  • Buddy Program

eLearning

Information Communication Technology is integrated across all key learning areas as is used to facilitate learning across the curriculum. eLearning combines the use of electronic resources with a contemporary approach to learning. The development of eLearning is a stated priority of the Sydney Catholic school system.

Technology is used to enhance learning outcomes across all stages of the curriculum using the iLE@RN framework. This framework has been developed by SCS Sydney to support eLearning in all Sydney Catholic Schools.

CloudShare is the new virtual learning environment for Sydney Catholic Schools, powered by Google Apps for Education. CloudShare provides tools such as Google Mail (Gmail), calendar, contacts, and a range of Google Apps for teaching & learning. All students at Fr John Therry have their own CloudShare account giving them access to an extensive range of resources and applications.

Our school network consists of a range of devices in all areas of the school including mobile pc notebook and Chrome book trolleys that are accessible to all classrooms through our wireless network. We also have an extensive range of iPads in all classrooms and Apple devices and computers. All classrooms have interactive whiteboards and audio visual equipment.

Kathleen Neil Resource Centre

The Kathleen Neil Resource Centre is located on the Jane Street Campus and houses our Library and Studio. This area has been recently developed to provide a 21st Century learning space that combines a modern Library and studio area that students can use as a performance space, television and recording studio. This area is equipped with lighting, stage area, green screens, audio visual, video editing and recording facilities. The Resource Centre is also used for staff professional development, parent workshops and meetings.