Curriculum

All curriculum subjects are taught in accordance with the current NESA requirements (former Board of Studies syllabus)  for each of the six Learning Areas (LA):

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

New syllabuses have been mandated since 2014 with the introduction of the Australian Curriculum. The first four syllabuses have been phased into all Australian schools since 2014.

St Agnes' offers a curriculum which aims to meet the individual needs of the students in our care. Catering for diverse needs is seen as a priority. Early identification processes allows for a greater number of students to be identified in the early stages of their schooling so that effective strategies and programs are put into place to support the individual learning needs.

In order for our students to learn in a contemporary learning environment, technology is integrated across the curriculum. We have wireless Internet and access to laptops and interactive whiteboards in all classrooms as well as iPads.

Assessment and Reporting Cycle

Assessment is ongoing and forms the teaching and learning cycle. It is used to inform the teacher of student understanding, knowledge and skills in all Learning Areas and to provide timely feedback to students. It is used to modify and differentiate the teaching program in order for individual learning needs to be met. Individual Learning Profiles are kept by each teacher with samples of children's work.

Year 3 and 5 undertake The National Assessment Program: Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN).

Reporting Cycle

  • Term 1: Parent Interviews with class teachers to provide information for the Student Learning Profile.
  • Term 2: Individual half-yearly written Student Report followed by Parent/ Teacher/ Student Conferences for Years 3-6 and Parent/Teacher Conferences for Kindergarten to Year 2.
  • Term 4: Written Student Reports at the end of Term 4, with the option for an interview.

Interviews may be initiated by either parents or teachers on a needs basis throughout the year.

Whole-School Assessment Plan

Assessment takes place in the form of:

  • Formative Assessment (as students' engage in learning activities)
  • Standardised/diagnostic testing
  • Individual profiling of student learning
  • Anecdotal records
  • Running Records
  • Observational Survey (Term 1: Year 1)

Catholic Life and Religious Education

St Agnes' is a pastoral and supportive community. Through a high quality Religious Education program, celebration of the Sacraments, liturgy and prayer children are led to know and understand their Catholic faith and Church community.

The school follows the Archdiocesan Religious Education Curriculum and uses the accompanying student textbooks 'To Know, Worship and Love'.

Parish Priest, Fr Laurie Cauchi and Assistant Priest Father Paul, and our Family Educator, Mrs Katie Thornton, assist in strengthening the faith of the students as they take an active role in leading sacramental programs, liturgies and the prayer life of the community.

Sacraments

  • Reconciliation: Year 2
  • First Eucharist: Year 3
  • Confirmation: Year 6 every year

Our school supports the religious formation of Religious Education teachers and all staff. Staff prayer, invitations to outreach programs and a Staff Spirituality Day are key parts of their formation.