Teaching & Learning
Our curriculum is centred on the Christian values of respect for one another. We learn about social justice issues and how we respond to everyday situations through a Catholic lens. This invites students into a relationship with God.
The sacraments of Reconciliation, First Holy Communion/Eucharist and Confirmation are Parish based. The school fully involves itself in the Sacraments and regards them as special celebrations within the Church and school.
Literacy learning blocks feature daily in every classroom. Students are led through explicit learning sessions in Spelling, Reading and Writing that support student engagement and progress.
Numeracy learning blocks feature daily in every classroom. Students are led through a Daily Review session to support cognitive understanding and to memorise content and skills. Explicit sessions then follow to introduce new content and skills.
IT is an integral part of the students’ education at St Mary’s. Each classroom is equipped with wireless laptops, iPads or chrome books, interactive whiteboards and the latest technology to support students in their learning and education.
See Saw and Google Classroom are interactive learning platforms that enables teachers to set tasks while allowing students and parents to communicate about school and homework activities. All students are required to abide by ICT protocols and use the internet responsibly and respectfully.
St Mary’s students have regular opportunities to represent the school at sport-including Swimming, Athletics and Cross-Country. The children also participate in various Gala Days i.e: soccer, touch football and netball across the region.
Where possible we join with other schools for sporting activities to enhance competition, particularly in the Mortimer and Trent Barrett Shield Rugby League Competitions and Rugby Competitions.
We utilise Sporting School funding to access trained coaches in various sports e.g: gymnastics, tennis, golf and lawn bowls to provide our students with a well-rounded sport skill program.
Children have access to the school library on a daily basis. Each week the children are taught a specific library lesson and have the opportunity to borrow books.
Excursions are an important part of your child’s education at St. Mary’s and each class has the opportunity to participate in one or more excursions throughout the year. Year 5/6 participate in an overnight excursion every year usually between Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney. These excursions are for the duration of three days and two nights.
K/1/2 and Year 3/4 students participate in their own day excursions throughout the year connected to their learning and age level.
YEAR SIX LEADERS
Every student in Year 6 becomes a school leader. At the beginning of the school year the students in Year 6 are assigned an area of responsibility within the school e.g. Sport, Hospitality, Media etc. The students are also called upon to represent the school at various community events and to organise ‘fun’ events at school. They also have the responsibility of running assemblies and performing public speaking obligations.
Our new students entering Kindergarten are partnered with a Year 6 buddy to support their transition into ‘big’ school. Buddy relationships become extra special and are remembered for years to come.
A Classroom Support Teacher (CST) and Classroom Assistants (CA) are employed at St Mary’s to support students with individual learning needs. These staff members work in the classrooms providing support for individual students as needed.