Learning for Life
Traditional classroom practices of orderly behaviour, careful work habits and intellectual diligence aim to help children to emerge as well-educated, responsible and valuable Christian persons, able to make a positive difference in the world in their future vocations. It is important to the school’s aims for the children to go through the school from Foundation to Year 12, because it will enable continuity in their Chirstian and academic formation.
Overview: Primary Classes
Our primary school teachers are committed to ensuring that each student develops to the full their knowledge, skills and understanding so that they are able to meet the high academic expectations set by the school. Parents are seen as key collaborators in this and are expected to work with the teachers to achieve the best for their children.
Our challenging curriculum builds firm foundations in English and Mathematics. Prioritising both breadth and depth of knowledge in literacy and numeracy, we dedicate a significant proportion of the timetable to these areas of learning. We try to instil in the students a love of reading, competence in communication, both oral and written, and a strong grasp of mathematical skills.
We have chosen the Fitzroy Reading Scheme along with strong phonics programmes, as effective literacy tools throughout the primary school. Reading both for learning and pleasure is strongly encouraged and all students participate in poetry memorisation and recitation at levels appropriate to their age and abilities.
Other key areas of learning are fostered with the aims of nurturing minds open to the beauty and wonder of the world and able to contribute in a creative way to true culture.
The results are astounding and a tribute to the students and their teachers. Of particular note was the secondary school's achievement; it ranked no.10 out of the 917 regional schools nationwide (i.e. in the top 1%)! Read M. Biddle's article on Saint Mary MacKillop Colleges, Wagga Wagga achievements.
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