Curriculum

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School Curriculum Policies (Currently under review)
  • Learning Plan
  • Special Education
  • Gifted Education

St Patrick's school provides a rich and engaging educational program based on, and taught in accordance with the Board of Studies Teaching & Educational Standards NSW syllabus documents for Primary Education; and curriculum requirements of the Sydney Catholic Schools.

The Key Learning Areas (KLAs) are Religious Education; English; Mathematics; Science and Technology; History and Geography (HSIE); Creative Arts; and Personal Development, Health and Physical Education.

The school places a strong emphasis on Religious Education, the development of effective literacy and numeracy skills and the integration of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) across the curriculum.

The diverse needs of the students are catered for through a differentiated curriculum, with support provided for all students through a broad variety of learning experiences, learning contracts, Special Interest Projects, problem solving, enrichment and learning support.

At St Patrick's we offer:

  • Excellent teaching and learning programs in all KLAs which cater to the needs of all students
  • A team of dedicated professional teachers
  • Religious Education Curriculum K-6
  • School based Sacramental Programs
  • Enrichment Programs to develop creative and higher order thinking skills
  • Special Needs Programs
  • Access to a range of technologies including laptops, iPods, iPads, digital cameras and video cameras to support student learning
  • Access to Google Applications to promote eLearning
  • Interactive Smartboards in every classroom
  • Reading Recovery
  • English as an Additional Language/Dialect Language (EAL/D) support for students whose first language is not English
  • Comprehensive Sport Program including 2 hours of physical activity per week
  • Athletics and Swimming Carnivals for all students and Cross Country for students aged 8-13 years, with opportunities for talented athletes to access Cluster, Regional, State and National Level Competition
  • Opportunity to participate in Catholic Schools Performing Arts Programs
  • Up to date Library facilities with regular upgrades to ensure the latest learning resources and ICT
  • Debating and Chess
  • UNSW Competitions
  • Healthy Harold (Life Education Program)
  • Opportunity to enter a variety of competitions in writing, poetry, visual arts throughout the year both at local and state level
  • Two week intensive swimming program.

The focus of all teaching is on meeting the individual learning needs of each student and providing a range of learning experiences, both within and outside the classroom.

The school presently employs teachers who work in specialised roles: an EAL/D teacher (English as an Additional Language/Dialect), a Reading Recovery teacher, a Learning Support Teacher (Special education), a specialist Music/Drama teacher, Gifted Education support teachers and PE coaches from Got Game.

The school and parish share the large hall which provides an ideal venue for meetings, assemblies, school social events, all-weather sports activities, concerts and daily play.

Current Whole School Initiatives

Embedding KidsMatter

St Patrick’s Primary School is implementing KidsMatter, an Australian Primary Schools Mental Health Initiative.  

KidsMatter is a mental health and wellbeing framework for primary schools and is proven to make a positive difference to the lives of Australian children. KidsMatter provides schools with proven methods, tools and support to nurture happy, balanced kids. It also provides stronger parent engagement,more effective partnerships with the community and improved student educational outcomes.


KidsMatter is a two to three year cycle to promote mental wellbeing in the school community. Resources are provided and there are opportunities to network with other KidsMatter schools.

We have established a KidsMatter Action Team which includes Sue Bracken (Principal), Emma Geraghty & Helen Lee (Class Teachers), Julie Lloyd (Wellbeing Coordinator) and Irene Gidarokostas (Parent).

Later in the year we will hold the official launch of the KidsMatter initiative at St Patrick's.


Quality Literacy Teaching

Quality Literacy Teaching (QLT) initiative is a process, supported by the SCS Eastern Region, that St Patrick's School is undertaking in 2016 and beyond. In 2016, all staff are actively engaged in professional learning that supports the teaching of quality literacy skills for all students across the whole curriculum. The QLT Team consists of 4 members, Sue Bracken (Principal), Leanne Rider (Literacy Coordinator), Keryn Berghouse and Danielle Purser (Class teachers) who attend regular professional learning course at the regional office that address all aspects of literacy development and best practice based on current educational research.

Following the regional course, the QLT Team engage teachers in on-site professional learning to improve whole school practices in the teaching of quality literacy skills K-6 to facilitate improved student learning opportunities and sharing best educational practice, based on research, to maximise learning experiences for students and target specific learning needs.

The process, driven by the school context, strives to achieve sustainable long-term culture change processes in the teaching of literacy, focusing on highly effective pedagogy, to enhance learning outcomes for all students.