Learning in the Early Years

St Bernard's Botany will acknowledge that, at this stage of learning, young children display an innate sense of wonder. We know this is best fostered in an environment that encourages and promotes exploration, questioning and creative thinking. Every child will be provided with a diversity of planned opportunities to foster curiosity, wonderment, exploration, discovery, inquiry and leadership.

Parents will be valued as active partners in the learning and it is our hope to provide them with a range of opportunities to participate in and share their child’s learning journey at school.

Responsive to the Needs of every Learner

St Bernard's Botany offers a varied and comprehensive curriculum that strives to cater for the individual needs of each student. The students’ learning improvement journey will be 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.

Students at St Bernard's Botany will be immersed in an authentic learning environment which promotes individualised learning and student choice.

The development of a solid foundation of literacy and numeracy across all areas of the curriculum is essential and will be supported through differentiated assessment programs and rich learning experiences.

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) will be a natural and integral component of the teaching and learning programs across all Key Learning Areas. Children will access digital technologies to support their learning every day.

The Key Learning Areas (KLA’s) of the Curriculum are:

  • Religious Education
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • History and Geography
  • Creative Arts
  • Science and Technology
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

Teachers will be an integral part of the school’s learning culture. Teachers will engage collaboratively to plan and develop programmes integrating a variety of these Key Learning Areas in order to maximise learning time and make effective learning links.

Religious Education

St Bernard's Botany fosters and nurtures the faith development of the students through Religious Education and religious formation. The teaching and learning of Religious Education is following the Archdiocesan Religious Education Curriculum. The teaching and learning environment is permeated by the Gospel values of love, justice, peace and forgiveness. Central to this curriculum, and its effective teaching, is the “To Know, Worship and Love” textbook series and resources.

At St Bernard's Botany, we appreciate that parents are the first educators of their children in the Catholic faith and we recognise that we have an important role affirming and supporting parents in the faith education of their children. We work in partnership with parents and in close co-operation with our Parish Priest, Father Augusthy, to help our students come to know and understand their faith tradition


English is central to a student's intellectual, social and emotional development, therefore it is integral in all Key Learning Areas. As part of the English curriculum, students learn to read, write, speak and listen. Literacy skills are best taught through modelled, guided and independent learning experiences, based on explicit teaching. They learn about English language and literature, how language varies according to context and how to communicate to a range of audiences for different purposes. They learn to read for information and for pleasure.


Mathematics is essential for living. Some aspects of Maths are required by individuals to function adequately as members of society. These aspects include strategies, skills and techniques involved in number facts, computation, and mathematical problem solving and reasoning. Numeracy skills are taught through a variety of ways from concrete materials to mental arithmetic in ability based groups.

Science and Technology

Science and technology are of increasing importance and integral to our rapidly changing world. A student's sense of wonder and curiosity about the natural and made world is fostered through actively engaging in the processes of Working Scientifically and Working Technologically. Students develop knowledge of the Natural Environment and Made Environment through understanding about the Physical World, Information, Products Earth and Space, and Living World.

History and Geography (HSIE)

History is a disciplined process of inquiry into the past that helps to explain how people, events and forces from the past have shaped our world. It allows students to locate and understand themselves and others in the continuum of human experience up to the present. History provides opportunities for students to explore human actions and achievements in a range of historical contexts. Students become aware that history is all around us and that historical information may be drawn from the physical remains of the past as well as written, visual and oral sources of evidence.

Geography is the study of places and the relationships between people and their environments. It is a rich and complex discipline that integrates knowledge from natural sciences, social sciences and humanities to build a holistic understanding of the world. Students learn to question why the world is the way it is, reflect on their relationships with and responsibilities for the world and propose actions designed to shape a socially just and sustainable future.

Personal Health, Development and Physical Education (PDHPE)

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education is based on a broad notion of health. It encompasses all aspects of an individual’s well-being, inclusive of social, mental, physical and spiritual health. Students develop their skills in making healthy choices and learn how their bodies grow and change. Children also learn about teamwork when playing different sports.

Creative Arts

The Creative Arts contributes to the development of the whole child and assists students in becoming culturally aware and informed consumers of the arts and culture.They learn to express their creativity and appreciate elements within each art form.

Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

Our teachers are passionate and committed to providing students with rich and diverse learning experiences that align with the needs and interests of our 21st-century learners. We endeavour to always keep up with the rapid pace of change in technological advances. Technology is integrated across all KLA’s. Children are given the opportunity to work together and collaborate with each other allowing a shift from a teacher centred learning environment to a student centred environment.

Special Programs

To cater effectively for the needs and talents of all students at our school, we offer a range of special programs. These include but are not limited to:
  • Reading Recovery Program
  • MultiLit Program
  • Special Education
  • English as a Second Language
  • Gifted Education
  • Integrated Library Programs
  • ICT
  • Excursions and Incursions
  • Comprehensive Sport Program with specialised Sport Teachers.
  • Swimming Program
  • Leadership/Peer Support Program

Extra-Curricular Programs

  • Eastern Region Inter-school sport 
  • Interschool Debating 
  • Chess
  • Keyboard and Guitar lessons (outside school hours)
  • Participation in University of New South Wales examinations, Premier's Reading Challenge and Maths Olympiads