Key Learning Areas
Today’s school curriculum reflects the changing needs of society. The curriculum today is organised into outcomes. An Outcome is knowledge, or skill or understanding that children are to achieve.
The curriculum is organised into Key Learning Areas. They are:
Science and Technology
Human Society and its Environment (HSIE)
Creative and Practical Arts (CPA)
Personal Development / Health / Physical Education PD/H/PE
The curriculum is presented to children over a two-year cycle known as a stage. This approach acknowledges individual learning styles and differences. Therefore the curriculum is structured not in year levels but in a stage.
Early Stage 1 Kindergarten
Stage 1 Yr 1 and Yr 2
Stage 2 Yr 3 and Yr 4
Stage 3 Yr 5 and Yr 6
The school plans, teaches and assesses children’s outcomes in Stages as recommended by the NSW Board of Studies.
The school has Internet access in classrooms and the library. Technology is a vital tool in the learning process. Children will have access to computers at school for research purposes as well as multi media presentations. Both parents and students will be required to read and sign an I.C.T. Agreement upon enrolment. This agreement outlines the responsibilities of students when using computes and accessing the internet.
Assessment and Reporting
Assessment & Reporting at Holy Spirit is considered critical in the educational process, as it provides relevant and useful information for teachers, students and parents about the teaching and learning that occurs over a period of time. This belief is supported by the fact that assessment and reporting is a dynamic process that fosters the ongoing development of the whole child. Assessment at Holy Spirit includes diagnostic, summative and formative tools and strategies, which are transparent and provide valuable feedback about student progress and the quality of teaching and learning. Assessment and Reporting values teacher judgement as it is based on teachers’ professional understandings of syllabus documents and standards of achievement.
Student work samples are an integral component of the process. The work samples are a representation of the developmental assessment carried out by teachers throughout each semester. Parents receive formal reports twice a year and have the opportunity to have formal interviews as well. Parents are also encouraged to communicate with teachers as the need arises.
If a child needs to be placed on a special learning program or needs to be assessed, we can use the services of our Learning Support Teacher. We have access to Educational Psychologists and Educational Advisers.
Children are provided with the opportunity to learn a number of sports. In today’s world of increasing leisure time and the need for exercise it is important to the child’s total development to participate as fully as possible in the programme provided.
A note must be given to the class teacher if a child is not able to participate for a good reason. Such non-participation should be kept to a minimum for the sake of the child’s health and well being.
Children MUST return to school after all sporting activities unless a parent comes to the teacher responsible for the children and indicates that the child is now in his/her care. A note asking that the child meet his/her parent at some point cannot be accepted.
Our sport day is Thursday. Children are required to wear their sport uniform on this day.
The PE programme involves children doing small amounts of exercise on occasion. Sport uniform will not be necessary for this.