Curriculum

All teachers in Government and non Government schools are required to follow the syllabuses set down by the NSW Board of Studies. The areas of study are called Key Learning Areas (KLAs). See the page on the drop down menu above for specific information on each of these areas.

Catholic Schools have an additional program in Religious Education, which permeates and integrates into the whole school curriculum. Children progress through stages of development. Within each stage there different levels.

Progression through levels and stages is measured by attainment of outcomes. While learning outcomes are specific to each Key Learning Area, many of the Key Learning Areas integrate.

Although individual students develop at different rates, the Board of Studies has benchmarks for where they expect most children to be working towards and achieving a certain age and Year level.

The stages are as follows:

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

Parents are informed through newsletters or parent information meetings about curriculum developments within the school or changes in curriculum.

Religious Education

At St Anthony’s School we view parents as partners in education and in faith, and we play an important role affirming and supporting parents in the faith education of their children. Through our Religious Education program we aim to bring together faith, life and culture which helps students learn to know and understand their faith tradition.

We acknowledge the importance of the role of the pastor and work in close co-operation with him. The sacramental programs are based on Parish/School/Parent co-operation. Parent meetings for Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation are organised and parent involvement is highly valued. The children have the opportunity to make their Reconciliation, attend Mass and participate in school prayer. An outline of the liturgical program is sent home each term. Special celebrations, class liturgies and other activities are listed in the newsletter and parents are most welcome to attend.

Sacramental Program

Generally, children in Year 6 receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, children from Year 2 make their First Reconciliation and children in Year 3 receive their First Holy Communion. All Sacraments are conferred each year. Every child in these classes participates in the classroom program relating to the Sacrament, however, it is only the children who are Catholic, who receive the Sacrament.

If your child was baptised in another Faith (eg. Anglican) and you wish them to become Catholic and participate in the Sacraments, you need to see Father Pawel (Parish Priest) and the school’s Religious Education Co-ordinator.

Liturgies and Prayer

We prepare for and participate regularly in the celebration of liturgy appropriate to the needs of the children and in consultation with the Parish Priest so that the children will grow as members of the worshipping community. Children are involved in the ministry according to their various grades and the requirements of the liturgy.

Prayer is an integral part of the life of St Anthony’s School community. Through school and classroom prayer we join as a community to pray to our Father in heaven. Through the School Newsletter and class notes you will be invited to join in school and class celebrations. Your participation is welcomed.

To encourage staff and children to share prayerful experiences, both formally and informally, we provide the opportunity for quiet prayer at certain times. Teachers pray with the children daily.

The students regularly sing the school song. During school assemblies, all students come together for the National Anthem and recognition of country.

Key Learning Areas

We provide every student in our Catholic Primary School with significant opportunities for learning in all of the seven major areas, in every year, as he/she progresses through our primary school. These experiences are provided in keeping with the stage of development and the potential of each individual student.

English

The English program aims to develop competence in using oral and written language with specific emphasis on speaking, listening and writing. All students experience a range of good literature and aspects of the mass media. Through a variety of activities children will develop skills and enjoyment in reading, writing, listening and speaking. These skills and positive attitudes enable them to learn more about themselves, to communicate their thoughts, feelings and participate in society.

Mathematics

In the Mathematics program children study number, measurement, space and geometry, data, algebra, and working mathematically. The program is designed to not only teach the content of Maths, but also to encourage the development of students’ mathematical skills and understanding. There is a large emphasis on children manipulating equipment to reinforce mathematical concepts. Mathematics is related to the children’s experiences so that it becomes relevant to their everyday life.

Science and Technology

In our Science and Technology program, students learn about natural and man-made environments through hands on experiments, by investigating, designing and making, through problem solving and by using technology. They look at built environments, living things, the earth and its surroundings, products and services and information and communication. This study helps students understand their relationship with the environment and fosters responsible action.

History / Human Society and Its Environment 

Through the new History syllabus, in conjunction with the Human Society and Its Environment syllabus, students learn about people and the ways in which they interact with each other and with the environment - both today and in the past. The children’s study of cultures, societies and environments develops their knowledge, skills and attitudes and their understanding of global issues.

Creative Arts

The Arts have an important place in our culture and in our school. Students provided with regular experiences in music, visual arts, drama and dance. All students have opportunities to perform before an audience. Skills are taught and students’ creativity is guided, nurtured and strengthened.

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

This program aims to assist students to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to lead healthy and fulfilling lives. Students learn about the human body and participate in personal fitness programs and in a variety of sporting activities.

Information Technology

The integration of Information Technology into the school curriculum is a key focus at the school. The Parents and Friends introduced a computer levy to enable students to have optimum learning opportunities through the integration of technology across the curriculum. Computers are located in both the Library and in classrooms to enhance the teaching and learning of Information Technology within the integrated curriculum. Through the school librarian and class teachers, St Anthony's School implements a Bring Your Own Designated Device (BYODD) program for students in years 3-6. The current designated device is a Chromebook which provides quick, simple access to the Google suite provided to all students across Sydney Catholic Schools.

Extra Curricular Activities

Debating

Students in Years 5 and 6 have the opportunity to participate in the Catholic Education Office, Eastern Region Inter-Schools Debating.

School Choir & Glee Club

Teachers offer lunch time sessions, for interested Primary aged students, to both learn and showcase their talents in singing and dance.

Piano and Guitar

Lessons are available on site from private tutors, outside of school hours. Payment is made directly to these tutors.

Keyboard

Weekly group keyboard classes are available at St Anthony’s School by Aria Music. Children from Year 1 to Year 6 can participate in these lessons which are given before school begins and are paid for by parents directly to Aria Music.