Learning and Teaching

At St Francis of Assisi Primary, we regard our school as a community of learners. We believe that learning is a lifelong process. As such, we constantly review our programs to provide the highest quality learning and teaching opportunities. Building on the professional expertise of our teachers and staff, the programs we develop provide personalised learning to meet the diverse needs of our students.

We have created a happy and safe learning environment to promote the individual growth of each student. Our academic program, in line with the requirements of the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA), builds a strong foundation of learning through its focus on literacy and numeracy outcomes for all students. It is also intertwined with social development and faith awareness.

Education is constantly changing, and the children in classrooms today are learning in a completely different way than we once did.

The internet, mobile phones, Facebook, YouTube, iPods, and laptops need to be intertwined with the core skills of reading and numeracy, as well as social development and faith awareness.

Therefore, St Francis of Assisi Primary ensures that we know each student and are meeting their individual needs.


Embracing Learning at St Francis of Assisi Primary

Religious Education

Our Religious Education key learning area is built on Diocesan guidelines, Sharing Our Story, produced and published by the Catholic Education Office, Parramatta. Sacramental programs for the preparation of children for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation are conducted both in our Parish of Good Shepherd and Holy Family, Emerton.


English

Our English program caters for the children's interests, abilities and individual needs. We are constantly aware of the rich diversity of the cultural backgrounds from which our children come.


Mathematics

We have a 'hands on' Mathematics program, designed to stimulate and challenge the children's mathematical concepts in number, space and measurement.


Human Society and Its Environment

Human Society and Its Environment exposes the children to people, traditions, lifestyles, changes in our world, and caring for our environment. Outdoor education is a developing facet of our curriculum in response to environmental awareness. This incorporates caring for our school environment and sharing these good habits at home and in our neighbourhood.


Science and Technology

Science and Technology encourages 'hands on' experiences so that the children may explore scientific and technological areas relevant to their lives.


Technology

Technology is always changing at St Francis and we are very lucky to have a collection of interactive whiteboards, flip videos, laptop banks and digital cameras for the children to use. Our staff is dedicated to incorporating new technology into all aspects of classroom life. All classes have a CENet page allowing the children to access school work from home

Each class group has at least two computers and there is a bank of computers in the library. We also have a bank of 30 laptops that can be used in any classroom.


Creative Arts

The Creative Arts key learning area is integrated within other key learning areas. Each class enjoys music and drama lessons that offer the children the opportunity to develop their talents freely and wisely in an encouraging environment.

The Music program is based on the creative arts syllabus. There is also a school choir, a dance group and visits from performers. (i.e. Musica Viva, concerts)


Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education addresses the children's physical, social and emotional wellbeing. Each class has sport/physical education weekly. This means that the children must wear their sports uniforms and sports shoes on this day. Children in Years 3 to 6 are given the opportunity to compete in local cluster, zone and diocesan events.

Good Schools Week Activities rewards students for excellent behaviour and hard work with an afternoon each term. On these afternoons the whole school takes part in fun activities such as sport, art and craft.

At St Francis of Assisi we believe that students should be encouraged to explore different activities to develop their talents, skills and interests including:

  • Creative and performing arts opportunities in choir, music and drama
  • School Choir and Band: We have various opportunities to enjoy and perform at functions such as the Diocesan Creative Arts Expo and Eisteddfods.
  • Book Week activities that enhance our reading program
  • Year 6 Diocesan ‘Voice of Youth’ public speaking competition
  • Sporting events which encourage enjoyment for all
  • Representing the school by competing at inter-diocesan and state level in various arenas in netball, touch football, basketball and soccer
  • Transition programs including the Kindergarten Starting School program, which is held over four sessions in Term 4 of the year before the student starts school, and Year 6 high school transition preparation
  • Student leadership opportunities including formal leadership responsibilities for Year 6 students
  • Excursions and incursions including in-school performances aimed at developing and deepening students’ knowledge, understanding and skills across a wide range of subject areas 

As educators, we face the enormous task of making schooling relevant for today's learners.  While there is no single roadmap, we work within and across networks to improve the learning outcomes for each and every student through what we offer.