Learning experience at St Joseph’s is differentiated, catering for all learning needs. As such, offering a range of rich learning opportunities, nurturing all students to become active members of our global community and to develop a passion for life-long learning. Our aim is to instill in our students the skills required to thrive in the adult world as critical thinkers, problem solvers, collaborators and to take responsibility for their learning and behaviours.
‘Language is the primary means by which we relate to others and is central to the intellectual, social and emotional development of all students’ (NSW Education Standards Authority, English Syllabus)
Students at St Joseph’s are guided through the English Syllabus, to take their place as confident communicators and critical and imaginative thinkers within the world. Our students work towards instilling a lifelong love of literature and learning, and engage in rigorous and challenging learning experiences through English. Through their responses to, and opportunities to compose texts from Kindergarten to Year 6, all students learn about the power, value and art of the English language for communication, knowledge and enjoyment, and build a strong literary foundation upon which all other Key Learning Areas depend.
‘To participate fully in society, students need to develop the capacity to critically evaluate ideas and arguments that involve mathematical concepts or that are presented in mathematical form.’
(NSW Education Standards Authority, Mathematics Syllabus)
At St Joseph’s, students are guided towards achieving mathematical outcomes through rich tasks which are differentiated to meet the learning needs of every student. Students are encouraged to embrace the creativity of the patterns and relationships that exist in Mathematics, and are taught to explain their thinking using concrete materials, visuals and mathematical language.
Science & Technology
‘The study of Science and Technology provides opportunities for students to think and act critically and creatively, to develop informed attitudes based on evidence and reason, and to participate responsibly in developing innovative working solutions and ideas in response to opportunities and questions relevant to personal, social and environmental issues in their lives.’
(NSW Education Standards Authority, Science & Technology Syllabus)
At St Joseph’s, Science and Technology is taught using inquiry-based learning to engage students in investigating questions about the world they live in. Through questioning, observing, predicting, experimenting, designing and producing, they develop scientific knowledge and produce solutions to problems. The study of Science and Technology equips students with the skills required to contribute towards making their world a better place.
Human Society & Its Environment
‘The study of History investigates the actions, motives and lifestyles of people over time, from individuals and family members, to local communities, expanding to national and world history contexts.’
(NSW Education Standards Authority, History Syllabus)
Within our learning environment, students develop an appreciation for and an understanding of civics and citizenship, through a disciplined process of inquiry into the past that helps to explain how people, events and forces from the past have shaped our world. Students also gain broader insights into the historical experiences of different cultural groups within our society and how various groups have struggled for civil rights, for example Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, migrants and women. This Key Learning Area encourages students to develop an understanding of significant historical concepts such as cause and effect, change and continuity, significance, empathy and contestability. Through their study of the History curriculum, our learners become historians, engaging in the skills necessary for historical investigation, interpretation and analysis through an inquiry based approach.
‘The study of Geography enables students to become active, responsible and informed citizens, able to evaluate the opinions of others and express their own ideas and arguments.’
(NSW Education Standards Authority, Geography Syllabus)
At St Joseph’s, we believe that Geography is vital to the education of every young Australian in the 21 century. Through the study of places and the relationships between people and their environments, students develop a holistic view of the world. The learning that takes place in Geography allows students to identify and understand issues which are current and relevant, such as climate change, drought, ageing populations, urban growth, ethnic conflicts and globalisation.
‘Visual arts, music, drama and dance offer students and people of all ages opp
ortunities for personal expression, enjoyment, creative action, imagination, emotional response, aesthetic pleasure and the creation of shared meanings.’
(The Board of Studies NSW, Creative Arts Syllabus)
At St Joseph’s students engage in specialist taught Creative Arts experiences on a weekly basis. All students have the opportunity to create, perform and respond to a variety of experiences within the disciplines of Visual Arts, Drama, Dance and Music. The current syllabus gives students the opportunity for appreciation of a wide variety of creative forms, artists, performers and music genres. Students work collaboratively in all strands of the Creative Arts and use their knowledge of the elements and contexts within each discipline, to push boundaries and think creatively, interpreting the world around them through a variety of artforms.
Personal Development/Health & Physical Education
‘The Personal Development/Health & Physical Education syllabus makes a unique contribution to the total school curriculum in that it is directly concerned with supporting the development of the student as a whole person. Its implementation has the potential to contribute to improved and ongoing quality of life for all individuals within the community.’ (The Board of Studies NSW, Personal Development, Health & Physical Education Syllabus)
PD/H/PE is a vital part of the curriculum as it encourages an understanding of valuing self and others, promotes physical activity and emphasises informed decision making leading to effective and responsible action. The aim of this syllabus is to develop in each student the knowledge and understanding, skills and values and attitudes needed to lead healthy, active and fulfilling lives. In doing so, the syllabus will form the basis for students to adopt a responsible and productive role in society.
Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics, also referred to as STEM is a key component to learning at St Joseph’s. Our well-resourced school is equipped with a variety of robotics, electronics and design and make resources to promote learning in this area. At St Joseph’s students will have opportunities to utilise Digital Technologies to enhance their critical and creative thinking through inquiry learning experiences. Some examples of what students can expect to do during their years at St Joseph’s include flying drones, designing and printing objects using our 3D printer, using our VR headsets to visit alternate locations as well as write computer code and program robots to solve problems.
Digital Technologies is an essential component of teaching and learning as our world rapidly advances in this area. Providing adequate access to devices and programs to support learning is imperative if we are to prepare them for further education and entry into the future workforce. St Joseph’s is fortunate to be well resources in this area with all teachers being adequately trained to utilise Digital Technologies to utilise their full advantage.
Teaching and learning is supported through the Google Suite and we have Chromebooks available for every student to utilise at school to support their learning. By providing a device for each child, students are able to quickly develop a high level of computer competence essential for the 21st Century. We also have several class banks of iPads available for projects such as green screen filming, video editing and mapping.