AT ST THERESE'S
The current curriculum in education today is strongly influenced by our federal and state governments, our Catholic Education experts and internal restrictions within our community. As these organisations work towards a national curriculum our school will encounter various differences within the classrooms over the next few months and years.
Curriculum has changed since many of us were at school and even since a few years ago. The change is what drives our teachers to keep in touch with latest initiatives.
Currently the curriculum is organised by an 'Outcomes Based Education' philosophy. This philosophy has developed syllabus documents for eight key learning areas within the state system but nine within the Catholic Education.
The nine key learning areas (or previously known as subjects) are:
STUDIES OF SOCIETY AND EVIRONMENT
HEALTH & PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Within each KLA there are strands that outline specific areas of learning. Eg. English has 3 strands including Cultural strand: making meanings in contexts, Operational strand: using language systems and Critical strand: evaluating and reconstruction meanings in texts. Then there are sub strands of speaking and listening, Reading and viewing plus writing and shaping. These strands and sub strands exist to help teachers ensure the students are taught all components of the English key learning area.
Please don't hesitate to contact the Principal or the classroom teacher if you wish to discuss the current curriculum.
The Library is a vital learning centre within our school. Classes visit the library each week to borrow books or for research activities. Therefore to ensure its smooth running the following guidelines apply.
Each child is to have a Material Library Bag for borrowing. Library bags have also been especially produced with the school emblem on it. These are available at a small cost from the office.
Damaged or torn books must not be repaired at home. Please return the damaged or torn book, sheets/ pieces immediately to the Library and notify the Library Assistant. If beyond repair, the book must be replaced or the value of it paid to the Library.
PREP TO YEAR THREE BORROWING
Children in this level may borrow 2 Junior Fiction Books for one week or a book approved by the classroom teacher or library assistant.
YEARS FOUR TO SIX BORROWING
These children may borrow 2 books for one week.