St Joseph's School, Stanthorpe | Living Mercy since 1875

Primary school curriculum

St Joseph's primary campus students participate in nine (9) Key Learning Areas (subjects). These KLAs are Religious Education, English, Mathematics, Studies of Society and the Environment, Health and Physical Education, Science, Italian (our LOTE language), The Arts and Technology.

The aim of the KLA Religious Education is to develop the students' religious literacy in the light of the Catholic Tradition so that they may participate critically and effectively in the life of their faith communities and also the wider community.

 

Our school has implemented an Integrated approach to the education of our students in line with the syllabus documents developed by the Queensland Studies Authority. The students are also arranged in Stage groupings rather than traditional year level age groups. These stages see the students grouped in the following manner:

Early Stage One is made up of our Prep and Year One students. Late Stage One consists of our Years Two and Three students, Stage Two with Years Four and Five and Stage Three with our students from Years Six and Seven.

The flexibility offered by Integrating the Curriculum and arranging the students in Stage groups enables the school to match activities, techniques, contexts, concepts and content to the interests, needs and ability of each individual student. Another advantage to this model of class structure is the opportunity for students to develop friendship groups across year levels.

As with all that we do at St Joseph's, the needs of the individual student is of paramount importance. Through the mechanisms above (staging of classes and integration of curriculum) we are more effective in meeting the needs of each individual student in our school.

With the development of this stage based approach we have established teaching teams within each stage. Through this development we hope to achieve a more comprehensive curriculum that meets the needs of our students and also ease the stress of curriculum development on our teaching staff.

INTEGRATION

Integrated units of work in line with the syllabus documents developed by the Queensland Studies Authority. Our curriculum development reflects the change in emphasis towards Essential Learnings. To achieve these Essential Learnings in the most practicable and efficient manner, Integrated Units of work have been developed that include aspects of the KLAs Studies of Society and the Environment, Science, Health and Physical Education, Religious Education and English.

These units of work have been developed firstly from a whole school perspective and then further refined and developed within each stage level. The units are cyclic in nature and follow a two-year rotation. Although these units have been developed from a whole school perspective it is important to realize that the flexibility of the planning must be maintained by regular monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness and rigor of these units.

KIDSMATTER INITIATIVE

 

In late 2006 St. Joseph's was selected as one of fifty pilot schools for the Kidsmatter program being implemented nationally. Via this initiative we have focused on the development of social and emotional well being for our students and the development of continued support for our students and families in the area of mental health.

Our teaching staff is undertaking continued in-service and the development of curriculum with a focus on the support for the mental health and social and emotion al well-being of our students and their families. As such the school has purchased and implemented the 'You Can Do It!' program which is a forma-l approach to the teaching of social and emotional well-being intelligence and competency. These lessons are taught on a weekly basis in each class.

Parents are also supported in the development of these key competences (Resilience, Organisation, Confidence, Getting Along and Confidence) with information regarding parent workshops access to websites and physical resources to help their children with these skills.