Curriculum

School Curriculum

Curriculum in a Catholic School consists of all the arrangements made by the school for the promotion of student learning and personal development.

These arrangements and interactions emphasise education as a process which promotes the harmonious and balanced development of each child that is integrated within a Christian philosophy of life, centred on Jesus Christ.

The NSW Board of Studies, has mandated that all children K-6 be exposed to a balanced curriculum that incorporates the following:

  • English
  • Human Society & Its Environment
  • Mathematics
  • Creative Arts
  • Science and Technology
  • Personal Development, Health & Physical Education

The Religious Education Syllabus as set down by the Catholic Education Office, together with the six Key Learning Areas, form the basis of your child's education from Kindergarten to Year 6. More information on what is covered in each grade will be given out at the “Parent Information Night” which is held early in Term 1 of each year.

Library

ALL children must have a library bag for carrying books. If school library bags are lost, they may be purchased from the Uniform Shop at a cost of $10.00 if you are unable to make your own library bags. All Kindergarten students are issued with a library bag on enrolment. These bags are durable and will last a long time.

You are asked to ensure that library books are kept in a safe place at home. Since we must replace lost or damaged books from school funds, parents will be charged for books lost or damaged beyond repair.

Homework

Curriculum related activities will be included as homework tasks. In addition, each child is expected to spend some time reading each evening. Although parents are encouraged to be involved in this home learning, children should be able to complete other school homework activities unassisted. Where assistance is necessary, teachers will provide parents with information on how they might best assist in a manner appropriate to today's curriculum.

Where the Home Reading Program is in operation children take home books to read during the week. Parents are usually expected to sign the Reading Log before it is returned and a new book collected.

When a child experiences difficulty completing homework, parents are asked to write a note to the class teacher.

Suggested daily guidelines are:

  • Kinders: 15 minutes
  • Year 1-2: 30 minutes
  • Year 3-4: 45 minutes
  • Year 5-6: 60 minutes

Excursions and In-School Activities

Excursions are a valuable tool in the teaching and learning process and are designed to enhance the learning opportunities within specific areas of the curriculum. It is therefore expected that all children attend excursions. When an excursion is organised, parents will be notified of the nature and purpose of the excursion and will be required to sign a Permission Note for their child to participate. No child will be allowed to attend an excursion if a signed Permission Note is not returned.

Some learning experiences (e.g. visiting performers, science shows) are held at school. Parents will be informed of the activity but a Permission Note may not be required.

Most excursion costs are covered in the Excursion Fee invoiced at the beginning of the year. Children will only be allowed to participate in the excursion when excursion fees have been paid. Where students are unable to attend an excursion due to unavoidable circumstances, the entrance fee may be refundable. However, transport costs are accounted for in the excursion, and therefore are not refundable.

Class teachers will ask for volunteers to assist on excursions. To ensure fairness in selection, in some cases, Parent Helpers will be chosen by ballot. Generally, staff will endeavour to give parents an opportunity to assist on at least one excursion during their child’s primary years.

A database of Excursion Parent Helpers is also maintained. All Parent Helpers must have completed a Prohibited Employment Declaration (Child Protection Form) and are also required to sign a form outlining procedures that need to be followed as a parent helper.