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.

The Key Learning Areas of the Curriculum are:

  • Religious Education
  • 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.

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 the 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.

English

This involves developing the skills needed to listen and communicate effectively in a variety of situations, to read widely and with understanding and enjoyment, to use correct grammar in a variety of text types, to spell accurately, to understand the function of language, and to assess good literature critically.

Mathematics

This includes learning the basics of number, space and measurement and the skills of calculating, problem solving, reasoning, predicting and verifying.

Science and Technology

Students gain knowledge and understanding of natural and modified environments and people’s interaction with them. Through the Scientific Investigation Process students develop the skills of enquiry, investigation, designing and problem-solving.

Human Society and Its Environment

This KLA develops investigation, communication and social skills. Students gain knowledge and understanding of the history and geography of Australia, its social institutions and its place in the world. Students are led to a commitment to maintain and improve the environment. Other countries, cultures, languages, beliefs and values are explored.

Creative and Practical Arts

This KLA promotes technical competence and skills of designing and performing. Appreciation and self-expression in the visual and practical arts are fostered through music, drama and art.

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

There are three elements to this KLA:

  • Personal Development, promotes the development of interpersonal skills; relationships, positive values, attitudes and beliefs are fostered. Protective behaviours and other safety issues are taught.
  • Health, promotes an active, healthy lifestyle and an understanding of nutrition, diet, and personal health choices.
  • Physical Education, promotes the development of a variety of skills through a number of sports and physical activities.