Teaching & Learning
Our curriculum is centred on the Christian values of respect for one another. The sacraments of Reconciliation, First Holy Communion/Eucharist and Confirmation are Parish based. The school fully involves itself in the Sacraments and regards them as special celebrations within the Church and school.
IT is an integral part of the students’ education at St Mary’s. Each classroom is equipped with wireless laptops, iPads, interactive whiteboards and the latest technology to support students in their learning and education.
Edmodo is an interactive learning platform that enables teachers to set tasks while allowing students and parents to communicate about school and homework activities.
St Mary’s students have regular opportunities to represent the school at sport-including Swimming, Athletics and Cross-Country. The children also participate in various Gala Days i.e. soccer, touch football, netball.
Where possible we join with other schools for sporting activities to enhance competition and socialisation, particularly in the Mortimer and Trent Barrett Shield Rugby League Competitions.
Children have access to the School Library on a daily basis. Each week the children are taught a specific library lesson and have the opportunity to borrow books.
Excursions are an important part of your child’s education at St. Mary’s and each class has the opportunity to participate in one or more excursions throughout the year. Year 4/5/6 participate in overnight excursions usually between Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney.
These excursions are for the duration of three days and two nights. K/1 and Year 2/3 children participate in their own classroom excursions throughout the year.
Year Six Leaders
Every student in Year 6 becomes a school leader. At the beginning of the school year the students in Year 6 are assigned an area of responsibility within the school e.g. Sport Specialist, Hospitality Hosts, Media Moguls etc. The students are also called upon to represent the school at various community events and to organise ‘fun’ events at school. They also have the responsibility of running assemblies and performing public speaking obligations.
A Learning Support Teacher (LST) and a Classroom Support Assistant (CSA) are employed at St Mary’s to support students with individual learning needs. These staff members work in the classrooms providing support for individual students as needed.