ST JOSEPH’S CATHOLIC SCHOOL
Curriculum Plan for Teaching and Learning
St Joseph’s Catholic School is committed
to providing a Caring Catholic environment and
developing each child’s full potential grounded in
a tradition of excellence whilst equipped to
embrace the future.
At Saint Joseph’s Catholic School, Paeroa we C.A.R.E.:
CATHOLIC: We are committed to nurturing our faith and encouraging each person’s relationship with God, through Jesus Christ.
ATTITUDE: To stand up for what we believe in, to take risks, to try new things, to make mistakes within a supportive environment whilst having resilience to cope with difficulties and disappointments encountered.
RESPECT: We value a Christian way of living that promotes a commitment to care, service, compassion and respect within our school, our community and our society.
EXCELLENCE: We value excellence in all aspects of school life and we encourage individuals to achieve to their full potential.
St. Joseph’s School Community aspires to be a school where:
· Students strive towards academic excellence, constantly pushing the boundaries of possibility, in a learning environment that provides for their physical, social, emotional and, above all, spiritual needs.
· Students will graduate at the end of Year 8 well prepared to face the rigours and demands of the 21st century. They will be confident, well-rounded young people who are able to rise to life’s challenges, be able to make informed decisions, contribute to society and be engaged as life-long learners.
· Students, their parents and teachers enjoy mutually respectful and positive relationships for the good of all.
· We are an inclusive school: Classroom programmes and school activities actively ensure gender, ethnicity or special education needs do not impact on student progress or participation.
· Students have a personal relationship with God and grow in the knowledge of Jesus, living and experiencing his values on a daily basis.
Students are educated in an atmosphere of Christ’s love, which permeates all aspects of the school’s operations. The values of Jesus Christ, as reflected in the scriptures and practices, worship and doctrine of the Catholic Church, are lived and taught. Students are encouraged to become active and committed members of the local Paeroa Catholic faith community of St. Mary’s Parish and St. Joseph’s School, and beyond.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION is a specific part of the curriculum and is integrated
into the total life of the school. Regular prayer has a vital place in the
classroom, assemblies and the staff life of the school. Active participation in
Church liturgies is a regular feature and sacramental programmes which are
parish based involves parents, school and parish in a meaningful way. A parent
booklet to assist parents with following up school programmes in
Religious Education can be purchased at the school office.
BI-CULTURALISM AND CULTURAL DIVERSITY
We encourage all students to understand and value the different cultures found within New Zealand society. Our curriculum provides students with experiences and understandings in cultural traditions, local and national history and language.
At St Joseph’s we support the principles of Ka Hikitia; Māori achieving success as Māori. Our school will take all reasonable steps to provide instruction in tikanga Māori and Māori culture into the school curriculum, which includes:
· A school wide programme of Te Reo for all students facilitated by Te Reo adviser.
· School programmes which include cultural activities facilitated by Te Reo adviser.
· Acknowledgment of the special place of Te Reo and Tikanga in the special character and religious education programmes of our school.
If a whanau requests a higher level of tikanga and/or Te Reo that is presently being offered, the BOT, staff and family will discuss the following options depending on appropriateness, cost, effectiveness and feasibility to:
· Further extend existing programmes.
· Consider what support the local iwi can provide within the school’s programmes and organisational structures to address expectations.
PRINCIPLES to underpin St Joseph’s Catholic School curriculum design and purpose
1. We are a Catholic School:
The Gospel Values are at the core of everything we do and what we stand for.
2. Our curriculum is driven by learner’s needs:
Planning begins with clarifying where students are at. Teachers use the learner progressions to identify learner’s next steps.
3. Our curriculum is driven by high expectations:
This requires planning, teaching and learning experiences that extend, challenge and motivate students to achieve their personal best
4. Our curriculum is consistent with the New Zealand Curriculum:
Our school curriculum reflects the intentions and directions of the NZC
5. Our curriculum has a “Key Concept” focus:
What is planned at the key concept level is the basis for teaching learning and assessment. Key concepts are overarching but allow for choice and flexibility at classroom level
6. Progressions of learning are integral to our curriculum:
They describe the specific literacy and numeracy skills, knowledge and attitudes that students draw on to meet the demands of the curriculum. Students, in conjunction with their teachers are active participants in identifying their achievement, progress and next learning steps.
7. Our curriculum seeks high level student engagement:
High level student engagement and motivation is sought through using a variety of approaches that actively involve students in decisions about their learning inquiry and activities
8. Our curriculum acknowledges the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi:
Our curriculum acknowledges the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi, and the bi-cultural foundations of Aotearoa, New Zealand. All students have the opportunity to acquire knowledge of te reo Māori me ona tikanga.
Our teaching and learning programmes are based on the New Zealand National Curriculum which incorporates seven learning areas – English (Literacy), Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Technology, Physical Education & Health and The Arts (Music, Drama, Dance and Visual Arts). AS a Catholic School we have a further learning area, that of Religious Education. Particular emphasis is given to developing children’s skills in Numeracy and Literacy. ICT, including computer work, is a learning area that goes across the whole curriculum.
As our Catholic Faith is the prime reason for the existence of this school, parents are expected to lead and encourage their children in the practices of the faith (morning/night prayers, Sunday Mass attendance and so on), along with supporting the RE programme through the Home pages in the children’s RE books, and attending Masses and other liturgies we have through the term when possible. We teach the New Zealand Religious Education Curriculum for Catholic Schools. Just as parent interest and support in necessary in all other areas of your children’s school life, so it is especially, for uploading of our Catholic Character.
School Led Masses are held every term (dates and times are included in newsletters). Involvement of the children in these liturgies is encouraged through undertaking the readings, prayers, singing, operating the computer and so on. Each class attends the Parish Community Mass twice a term.
Children from our school take part in range of sports outside school hours including Saturday netball, rugby, soccer, hockey, cricket, tennis, athletics, swimming, basketball, touch rugby and gymnastics. Parents and children are advised (usually via newsletters) when the season for these sports is about to commence, along with any other information the school is provided with.
For swimming during school time, the older students use the town pool, whilst the younger ones now use the Goldfields School pool. Other schools use the town pool too, and so a timetable operates through the swimming season (Week 1-6, Term 1). It is recommended that parents make use of the local swimming club in order to gain extended tuition for their children. All students are expected to participate in school swimming instruction, any change from this requires a note from home. We require parental help to transport the younger children to and from Goldfields School.
Selected place-getters from our Senior Swimming Sports go forward to the Ohinemuri Swimming even. A limited number of Year 7 and 8 students also have the opportunity to participate in the Intermediate Catholic Schools’ Swimming Sports in Hamilton.
In the third term all the children are involved in our school speeches, poetry and prose competition. Year 6-8 place-getters have the opportunity to compete in the Kaimai Catholic Schools’ competition held in the third term also. There is also an Ohinemuri Schools Speech presentation night late Term 3.
We have a networked computer system. There are computers and ipads used in the classrooms, approximately one device between two students. Network 4 Learning is installed on our network, which prevents students accessing inappropriate material when using the internet.
Years 7 & 8 go to the College for Technology classes on Tuesday mornings (9.00-11.00am). These classes involve modules of work including cooking, sewing, woodwork, metalwork and technology. A bus transports the children to and from the College.
EDUCATION OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM:
From time to time classes plan excursions generally in the local district, or nearby towns. These invariably link in with a study the class is, or has been, undertaking. The class teacher keeps parents informed, and appropriate supervision and safety guidelines are adhered to.
The Senior Class generally has an annual camp experience of up to a four night duration. This is seen as a highlight of the year for children in the senior school and they are encouraged to fully participate through fundraising, planning, camp duties, and school related studies.