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, based on the particular character of the local community and in partnership with parents.
English and literacy
The study of English helps create confident 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 is fundamental to your child’s learning progress. Our schools devote a high level of resources to literacy programs to improve 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 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 ensures that all students benefit from learning about and working with the many forms of technology 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. The technologies learning area includes design and technology, and digital technologies.
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 chronology, evidence, continuity and change, cause and effect, 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.
Civics and citizenship enables students to investigate political and legal systems, and explore the nature of citizenship, diversity and identity in contemporary society.
The arts learning area 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 various materials, techniques and technologies. Within all arts subjects, design facilitates the creative and practical realisation of ideas.
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.
Capabilities 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 with people and across cultures, think creatively and critically, work for the common good and act with responsibility at local, regional and global levels. These capabilities encompass the knowledge, skills, behaviours and dispositions that, together with curriculum content in each learning area and the cross-curriculum priorities, will assist students to live and work successfully in the twenty-first century.
The languages learning area 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. Language studies also help students understand themselves as communicators and develop intercultural capability in communication.
For details of programs offered by the Victorian School of Languages, 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 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 s/he has another student at school to whom s/he can turn for assistance.