Your Child's Learning

Our Catholic schools provide a foundation of faith based on Catholic tradition and teachings. They also assist your child to develop knowledge and understanding, skills, capabilities and dispositions necessary for lifelong learning.

In Victoria, Catholic primary schools have a particularly strong emphasis on engaging students in a faith-based education where high standards are maximised in all areas of the curriculum, particularly in literacy and numeracy. Our schools provide an environment which encourages your child to be confident and excited about learning from the start of school life.

The child is at the centre of all learning arrangements in Catholic schools.Catholic schools recognise that students are individuals, each with diverse learning needs. Teachers design learning experiences that are responsive to the different ways which students learn and achieve their best.

Contemporary learning

In their approach to contemporary learning, teachers in Catholic schools:

aim to ensure all students will make progress and succeed
enable students to develop deep understandings about the world and how to operate effectively in that world build capacity for lifelong learning
use questions and issues as drivers for learning
create flexible learning opportunities in response to the different ways in which students learn and achieve their best
encourage effective use of contemporary technologies to deepen and accelerate student learning, both inside and outside of school
encourage learners to think and work creatively, explore and experiment, plan and reflect, communicate and collaborate
create learning opportunities in different environments within and beyond the classroom.

 

 

Our schools provide facilities that enable your child to use and develop skills in various technologies, as well as to learn in engaging and effective ways.

Our primary school curriculum 

The curriculum is planned carefully to ensure the development of the whole child, including intellectual, spiritual, physical, emotional and social dimensions.

The curriculum is based on the dignity of the human person, a culture of community and a commitment to social justice and service for the common good. It is designed to prepare students to be lifelong learners who can respond creatively to the challenges of the future, including rapid developments in science and technology, the environment, global activity and social change.

All our schools meet the curriculum, assessment and reporting requirements set by the Victorian and Australian governments.
Like most Victorian schools, Catholic schools base their curriculum on the Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS) and selected subjects of the Australian Curriculum. This is now known as AusVELS, a single framework that identifi    what is essential for all students to learn during the compulsory years of schooling (Preparatory to Year 10).

Most of our primary schools use an integrated curriculum to structure the teaching and learning program. This helps students make meaningful links between different domains of study and supports the exploration of ideas and themes of study, particularly through an inquiry approach to learning.

For more information on AusVELS, see http://ausvels.vcaa.vic.edu.au.


Australian Curriculum

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) has responsibility for developing the curriculum in several phases. Mathematics, science and history have been the first curriculum areas to be implemented in Victorian schools in 2013 and 2014. All other remaining areas of the Australian Curriculum will be implemented from 2015.

Religious education

Our schools invite and support students to discover God’s presence in their daily lives. Within a Gospel-centred environment, students are challenged and supported to understand themselves and the world  in which they live through a world view founded in Scripture and in the traditions of the Catholic community − its stories, its worship, its experiences and its teachings.

Religious education is at the centre of the Catholic school curriculum and is reflected    in a visible Catholic symbolic culture and active sacramental and liturgical practice. Religious education explores students’ life experiences in the context of Church teachings and tradition. Participation in religious education is compulsory for all students in all of our schools.

Christian education in sexuality 

Our schools are encouraged to design their own program in positive human relationships and human sexuality in line with the universal teaching of the Church and based on the particular character of the local community and in partnership with parents.

English and Literacy

The study of English helps create confi communicators, imaginative thinkers and informed citizens.

It helps students to become ethical, thoughtful, informed and active members of society. English also helps students to engage imaginatively and critically with literature to expand the scope of their experience.

Literacy learning is fundamental to your child’s learning progress. Our schools devote a high level of resources to literacy programs to improve literacy learning and student achievement across all years of schooling, but especially in the first few years.

Our schools monitor student literacy achievement and use results to plan for students’ distinct learning needs. Where necessary, teachers use specially designed intervention programs to consolidate basic understandings in literacy.

Mathematics

Mathematics provides students with essential mathematical skills and knowledge in number, fractions, decimals and statistics. It develops the numeracy capabilities that all students need in their personal, work and social lives.

Health and physical education 

Health and Physical Education teaches students how to enhance their own and others’ health, safety, wellbeing and physical activity. The Health and Physical Education learning area has strong foundations in scientific fields such as physiology, nutrition, biomechanics and psychology which inform what we understand about healthy, safe and active choices. Health and Physical Education offers students a curriculum that is challenging, enjoyable and physically active.

Our schools promote the development of a healthy lifestyle by providing a well-organised and active environment in which students can participate in a wide range of sports and physical activities. As well as improving fitness, participation in sport and physical education develops a sense of fair play, self-confidence and an ability to work with others as part of a team.

Physical education is timetabled for all students from Prep onwards. Opportunities are provided for students to participate in a large range of sports at school levels.

Technologies

Technologies ensures that all students benefi from learning about and working with the many forms of technologies that shape the world in which we live.

This learning area encourages students to apply their knowledge and practical skills and processes when using technologies and other resources to create innovative solutions that meet current and future needs.

Humanities

The Humanities learning area comprises History, Geography, Economics and Business and Civics and Citizenship.

History aims to ensure that students develop knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the past and the forces that shape societies, including Australian society, as well as understanding and use of historical concepts, such as evidence, continuity and change, perspectives, empathy and significance.
 
Geography is a structured way of exploring, analysing and understanding the characteristics of the places that make up our world, using concepts like place, environment, sustainability and change. It addresses scales from the personal to the global and time periods from a few years to thousands of years.
 
Economics and Business explores the ways individuals, families, the community, businesses and governments make decisions in relation to the allocation of resources. It aims to enable students to understand the process of economic and business decision-making and its effects on themselves and others, now and in the future.

Arts

The Arts enables exploration of the dynamic relationships between the five Arts subjects: Dance, Drama, Media Arts, Music and Visual Arts. This involves students making and responding to artworks in many forms using materials, techniques and technologies. Within all Arts subjects, design facilitates the creative and practical realisation of ideas.

Science

Science provides a way of answering interesting and important questions about the world. The knowledge it produces has proved to be a basis for action in our personal, social and economic lives. Science is a dynamic, collaborative and creative human endeavour arising from our desire to make sense of our world through exploring the unknown, investigating universal mysteries, making predictions and solving problems.

General capabilities and values

General capabilities and values are explicitly taught and developed in Catholic schools, supporting students to manage their own wellbeing, relate well to others and make informed decisions about their lives. Students develop as citizens who behave with ethical integrity, relate to and communicate across cultures, work for the common good and act with responsibility at local, regional and global levels.These general capabilities encompass the knowledge, skills, behaviours and dispositions that will assist them to live and work successfully in the twenty-first century.

Languages 

Languages is designed to enable all students to engage in learning a language in addition  to English. Languages helps to ensure students communicate in the target language, and understand the relationship between language and culture. Languages study also helps students understand themselves as communicators and develop intercultural capability.

For details of VSL programs and availability, see www.vsl.vic.edu.au.

Leadership and peer support programs

Where opportunities are available, students are encouraged to be involved in student representative councils (SRCs) and in programs within their local community.

There are several leadership and peer support programs available in schools to encourage self-awareness and personal development. The ‘buddy’ system, where an older student is assigned to support a younger student, is now common in schools and has two main benefits − the older student learns to take on leadership and responsibility, while the younger student knows she/he has another student at school to whom she/he can turn for assistance.