Curriculum

St Peter Chanel provides a well-balanced curriculum, which is child-centred and emphasises the development of skills in Literacy and Numeracy. Various technologies are integrated into teaching programs. The staff is continuously involved in professional development which focuses on student learning.

We promote and value student input and recognise that children learn in a variety of ways and settings. There is a strong emphasis on assessment for learning and planning reflects student needs. Specialist programs such as ESL, Reading Recovery, Special Education, New Arrivals and enrichment programs exist to support student learning.

Specialist teachers in areas such as Physical Education, Drama, Dance and Music also provide opportunities for all students to display their talents in a variety of creative ways.

We encourage and promote participation in all Archdiocesan Sports and Creative Arts events, and celebrate our students' achievements as a community.

Key Learning Areas

All curriculum subjects are covered in accordance with the current NSW Board of Studies syllabuses and the Religious Education curriculum of the Archdiocese of Sydney.

The four stages of learning are:

  • Early Stage 1  (Kindergarten)
  • Stage 1  (Years 1 and 2)
  • Stage 2  (Years 3 and 4)
  • Stage 3  (Years 5 and 6)

The six Key Learning Areas mandated by the Board of Studies are:

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

Religious Education

Classroom teachers are accredited to teach Religious Education and follow the Archdiocesan Religious Education Curriculum. This is supported by the 'To Know, Worship and Love' student textbooks, which are regularly sent home for parents and students to share and explore units covered at school.

Throughout the primary school years children develop knowledge about their Catholic faith and experience active involvement in prayer, liturgy and the reception of Sacraments. It is vital that parents and teachers work together to support the faith development of the students.

St Peter Chanel enjoys a true community spent with clergy, parents and teachers actively involved in the faith development of the children. Our Parish Priest, Fr Thomas Kurunthanam, leads our school liturgies. He is very supportive of staff and families in the school. He contributes to the Parent Information sessions for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation. 

The Sacramental Programs are school based and supported by teachers, parents and clergy. At present children attending St Peter Chanel are prepared for Reconciliation in Year 2, Eucharist in Year 3 and Confirmation in Year 6. Each year the staff devotes one Staff Development Day to explore their own spirituality.

Prayer and Worship

Prayer plays an important part in the development of faith. Children are encouraged to pray regularly as a way to explore their spirituality. As a school community we gather and pray together daily. Each class has a prayer area in their classrooms where students and teachers pray together. Children are exposed to a variety of prayer styles which includes formal, reflective meditative prayer. Children are encouraged to lead and prepare class prayer. Every class attends Mass at least once per term. Children from Year 2 onwards participate in Reconciliation once per term. All these dates are included in Newsletters and Curriculum Overviews.

Innovative Designs for Enhancing Achievement(IDEAS)

Our school was involved in the IDEAS Project. This stands for Innovative Designs for Enhancing Achievement in Schools.

The purpose of this project is to inspire schools to engage in journeys of self-discovery which will ensure that we continue to achieve sustainable excellence in teaching and learning. It also ensures that we as a school community are continually positioning our school for the future. Throughout this project we involved all stakeholders though surveys and action groups.

In 2015 we launched our school wide learning vision as well as our value statements. Our school wide learning vision focuses on all members of this community “Soaring to Great Heights Together”.

As a community we believe that teaching and learning is about;

·         Making Connections

·         Successful Collaboration

·         Differentiation and Engagement

·         Creative and Reflective Thinking