Develop a passion for learning. If you do,
you will never cease to grow
The Victorian Curriculum Foundation to Year 10 learning areas are a clear and deliberate reaffirmation of the importance of a discipline-based approach to learning, where learning areas are regarded as both enduring and dynamic.
Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening are the four principal components of the English Program. All content is taken from the Victorian Curriculum. Reading Recovery is an important component of this project. It is a program designed for those students who have finished their Foundation Year, are in Year 1 and need intervention on a 1-1 basis with a teacher to develop early reading and writing strategies. Middle and Upper classes base their English generally on the current Inquiry topic.
Oral language is encouraged through discussions and presentation of projects etc.
Parents are encouraged to spend time talking and listening with their children, giving them appropriate models of spoken English. The child’s ability to structure sentences using a wide repertoire of vocabulary greatly assists the reading and writing process at all levels, particularly in the early years of schooling.
The Mathematics Program is based upon the Victorian Curriculum. There is comprehensive coverage of each component – Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. Problem solving activities feature at all levels.
Equipment provided to enhance learning includes, classroom computers, laptops, interactive whiteboards, tablets and iPads. A protected Internet system is available through Catholic Education Melbourne. A computer consultant works in maintaining the school’s system. A member of the teaching team works with classes and staff to facilitate the development of knowledge and skills in use of technology.
Enquiry Based Learning
Within the units of study that are planned for each term, Victorian Curriculum strands and domains are included, depending on the topic chosen and appropriate to the year levels. Incursions and excursions associated with each topic are arranged where applicable; e.g. Melbourne Museum, Werribee Open Range Zoo, Melbourne Botanic Gardens, CERES.
Performing Art and Visual Art lessons are provided by specialist teachers or class teachers. All children from Year 3 learn recorder. Choir and recorder groups take part in local festivals and make visits to elderly residents’ facilities. Performing Arts and Visual Arts are showcased on alternate years through a whole school concert and art show.
L.O.T.E. – Mandarin
At Our Lady’s, LOTE (Language Other than English) is Mandarin. Children study both the language and culture of China. We celebrate Chinese New Year and participate in ‘Chinese Culture Day’.
Health and Physical Education
A skills based sequential program, cross referenced to the Victorian Curriculum is followed. Other related activities are:
- Perceptual Motor Program (P.M.P. – Foundation)
- Swimming Programme / Water Safety (Years 3 & 4)
- Interschool Sport (Years 5 & 6)
- Annual Sports Day (Hagenhuer Reserve, Box Hill North)
- Family Life biannually (Years 1 to 6)
- Camp experience annually (Years 5 and 6)
- Bike Ed annually (Year 3 – 6)
- Sporting clinics: e.g. cricket, gymnastics, softball, skateboarding (Foundation – Year 6)
Library and Resource Centre
Library sessions are used to enable students’ access to a wide variety of literature. It also allows teachers the opportunity to develop the students’ skills in the use of resources, including the location of materials and research into areas of study and interest. This is often linked to the Inquiry Based Learning unit. Our library is fully automated, including Internet access.
Personal and Social Capabilities
All students engage in a school-wide social skills and values program which encourages children to behave appropriately, manage challenges, consider others and develop a healthy self-esteem. The values, which also align with the values that Jesus Christ espoused (for example, honesty, fairness, care, generosity, tolerance, compassion), form part of this curriculum area.
Every Foundation Year child has a buddy in Year 5, who is a special friend and with whom he/she can identify in the first year at school. Leadership opportunities are provided for the children in various ways. An example is the Student Representative Council (SRC), where each classroom nominates a girl and a boy to serve as a class representative.
A PROUD TRADITION OF CARE AND ACHIEVEMENT
“Our Lady’s Primary School recognises the importance of preparing students for a world beyond the classroom. We are constantly challenging our young minds to take learning risks and develop positive growth mindsets.”
Mrs Annie Engellenner, Principal