Curriculum

OLR offers a varied and comprehensive curriculum that strives to cater for the individual needs of each student. The students’ learning improvement journey is an ongoing priority and a collective responsibility, with the main goal to develop the students as independent learners who engage in goal setting and reflective practice. Our students are immersed in an authentic and nurturing learning environment which promotes individualised learning and student choice. Within a culture of distributive leadership and working from a growth mindset teachers collaborate in Professional Learning Teams (PLTs) to prioritise and lead the whole school improvement agenda.

Religious Education

This is central to the life of the school and permeates all aspects of the curriculum. We endeavour to offer a Religious Education program which ensures that the students are the core business and focus of our mission. 

Sacramental Program

Preparation for the reception of the Sacraments of Reconciliation (Year 2), Eucharist (Year 3) and Confirmation (Year 6) is seen as the primary responsibility of parents. The parish and school support this preparation.

The Key Learning Areas of the Curriculum as set out by the New South Wales Eduction Standard Authority;

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

Through Co-Planning and Co-Reflection structures staff work collaboratively to design, evaluate and implement differentiated learning programmes, integrating a variety of these Key Learning Areas, in order to maximise learning time and make authentic learning links. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is an integral component of the teaching and learning programmes across all Key Learning Areas. Our students are encouraged to participate in our BYODD (bring your own designated device) program in Years Five and Six.

Curriculum Integration

In order to address curriculum outcomes through an authentic enquiry learning model, our curriculum is designed by making natural links across Key Learning Areas. When designing units of enquiry we follow the Design Thinking model to enable students to connect with and drive their learning. 

Newman Selective Gifted Education Program

In order to support and meet the needs of our diverse learning population we prioritise the identification of our students' social & emotional and learning needs. Through our Newman Selective Gifted Education program we have clear processes and school wide procedures to identify and cater for the needs of our gifted and talented learners. Building capacity is a key priority for the ongoing development of teachers in designing differentiated programs to cater for these students. Gifted and talented students at OLR are supported through a variety of structures and provisions; streaming and flexible grouping, program differentiation, withdrawal programmes for different KLAs, enrichment options with feeder secondary schools and opportunities in other domains such as the creative arts.