Curriculum


Religious Education is at the heart of teaching and learning. It informs and influences all learning and is the major integrating force within all Key Learning Areas. Religious Education includes learning experiences that will allow children to develop skills, values and attitudes that will help them to be active members of their faith community. 

Through our teaching and living of the Catholic faith, we aim to pass on to the students an understanding and love of Jesus Christ, a respect for themselves as people of God, an awareness of others and their worth and a model for their lives based on Gospel values. The school teaching and learning program in Religious Education is based on the Sydney Catholic Education Office curriculum To Know, Worship and Love. (Religious Education K-6 Catholic Education Office, Sydney)

Competence in English will enable students to learn about the role of language in their own lives, and in their own and other cultures. They will then be able to communicate their thoughts and feelings, to participate in society, to make informed decisions about personal and social issues, to analyse information and viewpoints, to use their imagination, and to think about the influence of culture on the meanings made with language. ( English K-6 Syllabus Document Board Of Studies: New South Wales)

The study of Mathematics provides opportunities for students to learn to describe and apply patterns and relationships; reason, predict, and solve problems; calculate accurately both mentally and in written form; estimate and measure; and interpret and communicate information presented in numerical, geometrical, graphical, statistical and algebraic forms.

Students will have the opportunity to develop an appreciation of Mathematics and its applications in their everyday lives and in the worlds of science, technology, commerce, the arts and employment.


The ability to make informed decisions, and to interpret and apply Mathematics, and to interpret and apply Mathematics in a variety of contexts, is an essential component of students' preparation for life in the future. (Mathematics K-6 Syllabus Document Board Of Studies: New South Wales)

Early Years

Middle Years

Later Years

Science Education assists students to understand themselves and the environment and provides opportunities for them to develop independent rational thought and responsible action. It emphasises first-hand experiences, investigating, design, problem-solving and clarifying understandings. ( Science and Technology K-6 Syllabus and Support Document 
Board Of Studies: New South Wales)

Human Society and Its Environment is now divided into History and Geography.

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 maybe drawn from the physical remains of the past as well as written, visual and oral sources of evidence.
(History K-6 Syllabus Document Board Of Studies: New South Wales) 

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.
(Geography K-6 Syllabus Document Board Of Studies: New South Wales) 

Creative Arts provides students with the opportunity to gain skills and understanding in the areas of Visual Arts, Music, Dance and Drama. Creative Arts also provide opportunities for students to respect the views of various social and cultural groups, people with different religions and belief systems and people with disabilities. (Creative Arts K-6 Syllabus Document Board Of Studies: New South Wales) 

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education develops the knowledge, skills and attitudes students need to lead healthy, active and fulfilling lives. Students learn about the importance of good food and regular exercise. They learn how bodies grow and change over time. They learn skills to play individual and team sports, and the values of sportsmanship and teamwork.

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education is an important key learning area within the primary curriculum as it: 
  • encourages an understanding and valuing of self and others
  • promotes physical activity
  • emphasises informed decision making leading to effective and responsible action
More specifically the study of PDHPE is concerned with:
  • physical, social, cognitive and emotional growth and development patterns
  • the development and maintenance of positive interpersonal relationships
  • the factors influencing personal health choices
  • living and learning in a safe secure environment
  • the adoption of an active lifestyle
  • fundamental movement patterns and co-ordinated actions of the body
  • skills that enable action for better health and movement outcomes.
(Personal Development, Health and Physical Education K-6 Syllabus Document Board Of Studies: New South Wales) 

Specialist Teachers

To assist the classroom teachers to provide a curriculum that caters for individual needs of all students, St Joseph’s has a number of support staff which includes:
  • Special Needs Teachers
  • Reading Recovery Teacher
  • Teacher Librarian
  • Sports Company Program 
  • Music Teacher
  • Teacher Assistants