At St Vincent de Paul, we empower students to become lifelong learners equipped to face life with hope, faith and resilience. Through our curriculum and program initiatives we provide opportunities that enable students to learn and develop their unique gifts in an atmosphere that makes them feel safe, challenged and worthwhile. Our parents are welcomed and encouraged to actively participate in their child’s learning through classroom support and celebrations.
Religion is an integral part of all curriculum areas and is implicit in all that we do. The formal instruction of the doctrine and the traditions of Catholicism including elements of Scripture, liturgy and daily life are important to your child’s faith development. The text, ‘To Know, Worship and Love’, is used by all levels to support this development both at school and at home. To help foster the partnership with parents and the parish, classes participate in the organisation of Masses both for the Tuesday liturgies and the weekend Family Mass liturgies. This partnership is further developed in preparing the students for the sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation. Sacraments are celebrated in partnership with both School & Parish.
First Reconciliation – Year 3
First Eucharist – Year 4
Confirmation – Year 6
Our English program incorporates Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. In Years Prep, One and Two this program is implemented within a daily two-hour literacy block, which focuses on whole class, small group and individual needs. A key feature of our English program is the ongoing identification, planning for and monitoring students’ individual needs. Reading Recovery is an integral part of our English program providing additional support for students in Year One. In Years Three, Four, Five and Six we build on literacy foundation established in the first three years of school. Needs are identified, planned for and monitored both in terms of the literacy requirements of a unit of Inquiry and the specific needs of the individual student.
At St Vincent de Paul we teach Mathematics to enable students to solve everyday mathematical problems and be able to successfully apply their mathematics understandings in the real world. Our Mathematics program covers the areas of Number, Space, Measurement, Chance and Data, Structure and Working Mathematically (Problem Solving). The program is based on the Australian Curriculum English in Victoria (AUSVELS), utilising a combination of whole class, small group and individual teaching strategies to support students in this area. St Vincent de Paul Primary School is part of the ‘Contemporary Teaching and Learning in Mathematics’ program. We create learning-centred classrooms where Mathematics learning is purposeful, engaging, challenging, enjoyable and supportive of all students.
St Vincent de Paul Primary School uses an Inquiry approach to Learning and Teaching in an integrated curriculum. We structure learning experiences so that students will be better able to manage themselves and their relationships with others. Our Inquiry approach embraces the philosophy of “life long learning” and is a process of learning that draws on a range of tools and strategies to develop thinking skills, collaboration, independence and ownership of learning.
We strategically plan learning experiences to ensure they are child centred, motivating, engaging, multisensory and interdisciplinary. The content and skills incorporated provide a balance between curriculum outcomes, real-life contexts, current affairs – global and local, and student interest.
Our model works on the premise that we need to ascertain what students already know and build an investigative process of learning skills and content from the known to the unknown and the application of new learnings to other situations.
The students are involved in Inquiries which integrate various subject areas, engaging students in learning which is meaningful, purposeful and allows them to make connections between themselves and the world. The Inquiry approach requires them to use a range of tools and strategies that are empowering for independent discovery and learning. This engages students and challenges them to use their learning to make a difference. Through the teachers personalizing the students learning students are able to use their own interests to investigate and develop a range of thinking and research abilities in order to learn how to learn. As the available knowledge in the world grows at an ever expanding rate we believe equipping students with the transferrable skills and strategies is effective in their development as life long learners.
ICT (Information and Communication Technology)
At St Vincent de Paul Primary School we actively look for ways to incorporate Information and Communication Technologies across the curriculum to enhance teaching and learning. Each classroom has an Interactive Whiteboard and our Kirinari Centre Technology Area is equipped with a lab of fifteen desktop computers. The aim of our Information Communication Technologies (ICT) program is to develop students’ thinking skills and their understanding of the inquiry process enabling them to become lifelong learners. A variety of Information and Communications Technologies are utilised as tools to support and enhance student learning, including Google Apps for Education.
The use of technology across the curriculum is used to give students the opportunity to:
- explore variety of research and presentation software to communicate their learning
- use the internet for communication and accessing online learning resources
- develop skills in using multimedia
- utilise ICT as an aid to visualise and order their thinking
At St Vincent de Paul Primary Cyber Safety matters and we are committed to preparing our students to be safe Cyber Citizens. The following is a brief description of the Google Apps use and the Digital Dignity topics that are taught at each grade level. The Digital Dignity lessons are from Common Sense Media at commonsensemedia.org.
To view our ICT Acceptable Use Policy please use the links below:
Check out the below file which provides a range of resources and links that will help parents and students become cyber smart.
This program, which is based on the Australian Curriculum English in Victoria (AUSVELS) aims to develop skills, techniques and processes with a variety of media and provides opportunities for all students to present their art. We use the Arts as a communication vehicle to present and express topics explored through our Integrated Inquiry Units. Students participate in the visual arts program for two hours every fortnight. You can see a number pieces of art created by our students in various parts of our website.
This program provides opportunities for students to experience the elements of Dance, Drama, Music and Media. Students develop their understanding of the elements of Performing Arts, learn new skills through a wide variety of activities and practice their existing skills. Students perform to the school community in a two year cycle. Students participate in the performing arts program for two hours every fortnight.
The P.E program is a developmental program which aims to develop the fundamental motor skills of throwing, catching, hitting and kicking which are required to participate in a variety of activities. These skills are applied during both minor and major games and senior students are given the opportunity to compete at a district level through interschool sport. Students are also given the opportunity to participate in district and zone competitions including athletics and swimming carnivals.
Students attend a specialist Italian lesson once a week. These lessons focus on development of language skills and building confidence in language learning. The program also aims to develop an awareness and appreciation of Italian culture. Through this, it is intended that the children will establish a basis of Secondary LOTE learning.