FAITH & LEARNING
Curriculum at St Vincent’s encompasses everything our students experience from the time they enter the school grounds in the morning until they exit the school at the end of the school day.
Whilst learning is mainly facilitated within the classroom and cluster settings, the following subjects are taught at St Vincent’s by a specialist teacher:
Our school has a community garden where we grow produce to learn about the life cycle of fruits and vegetables, three worm farms where we collect the worm waste for fertiliser. Each class rotates throughout the semester to work with the Year 6 Stewardship Team in our garden.
Health and Physical Education provides students with an understanding of health issues and the skills needed for confident participation in sport and recreational activities. This enables students to make responsible decisions about health and physical activity and to promote their own and others’ health and well-being.
Children from Kindergarten to Year Six receive lessons from a specialist Physical Education teacher, which focus primarily on the development of fundamental movement and sports related skills. Our students have the opportunity to represent our school in various sports including swimming, athletics and cross-country.
Through Languages Other Than English (LOTE), students learn to communicate effectively in other languages and gain an understanding of other cultures. They learn to interact with people and cultures other than their own and gain practical skills they can use in future social, cultural and vocational areas.
At St Vincent’s, all students from Year One to Six are taught the Italian language and culture. They learn through role-playing, singing, poems, prayer and games.
The Arts are highly valued learning area at St Vincent’s. Not only are they an avenue for children to express themselves, they allow students to experience the full aesthetic of mind, body and spirit of creation.
We provide a unified programme across the school not only to provide students with the opportunities to grow in confidence and creativity, but also to develop skills in critical thinking, cultural awareness and collaboration.
It is understood that not all children are attracted to every area of the arts, so we provide a unified programme to provide opportunities for all students to find their own style of expression and creativity.
Students from Pre-Primary to Year Six participate in Visual Art and Drama classes each week. From Year Four to Year Six students can join Avanti Choir and Liturgical Dance troupe. The Arts are also integrated into classroom learning and across the school through different learning areas and school activities.
The Challenge program operates in Year Four to Year Six. Children are selected to participate in Challenge because of their end of year testing and national testing. The children invited into the program is reviewed each year and children may be invited to participate in the Literacy or STEM Streams of Challenge, or they may be invited to both. This program provides an opportunity for the more able students to undertake challenges designed to stretch their minds.
EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAMME
YEAR SIX LEADERSHIP
Year Six Leadership comprises of four distinct teams with unique leadership priorities. These teams are: Communications, Stewardship, Discipleship and Sport.
Each Year Six student is selected to lead the student community in one of these teams. Each team undertakes leadership opportunities aimed to further develop their leadership skills and encourage them to make a real and tangible difference for all.
As their final year at St Vincent’s draws to a close, they are required to ensure that their Leadership Team continues successfully by transitioning and up skilling the future leaders of the school.