Learning & Teaching

Primary teachers do not see learning as something that can be neatly boxed into separate subjects.


They know, for instance, that when a child is working with a group on a science experiment, he or she might well be questioning and explaining, writing down observations, drawing graphs, calculating results, consulting references and so on.

Learning & Teaching

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Religious Education begins at our birth and continues throughout our lives. Religious Education helps us and our children reflect upon ourselves, our world and our God in the context of our personal life experiences, the Sacred Scriptures and the Church and its traditions.

Our Religious Education program Sharing Our Story is integral to all that we do within our school. We aim to lead the students to a better understanding of their own Catholic tradition and emphasise the influence of the Holy Spirit at work in the lives of the students.

The school-based Living, Loving and Learning program is integrated directly with Religious Education.

The Religious Education program at Holy Trinity values the children's life experiences and encourages them to discuss, question, and make judgments and decisions. Children are encouraged to express their new insights through actions, and are given opportunities to reflect and respond at appropriate levels. Children regularly engage in prayer and liturgical celebrations.

Do not be surprised to find that the younger children are not taught lots of formal prayers. This comes later. Young children will be helped to speak to God in their own simple way.

Liturgical life of the school
Major features of the liturgical life of the school include:

  • a liturgy committee made up of Year 6 students
  • whole school Masses on the second and fourth Fridays of each month
  • Masses for significant occasions, such as the Opening of the School Year, Mothers Day, First Communion and End of Year
  • student and parent participation in liturgies
  • daily class prayers and assembly prayers organised by students
  • liturgical celebrations held for Lent, Easter and Advent
  • senior students forming the choir for major liturgical events
  • staff prayer each fortnight

Faith experiences
The whole school gather for prayer each Monday morning. Children participate in daily prayer in the classroom and in many classes, the children are responsible for organising liturgies.

Curriculum

Primary teachers do not see learning as something that can be neatly boxed into separate subjects.

They know, for instance, that when a child is working with a group on a science experiment, he or she might well be questioning and explaining, writing down observations, drawing graphs, calculating results, consulting references and so on.

Key Learning Areas

Learning at Holy Trinity is often integrated across several curriculum areas. The curriculum taught is the same as government schools, although there is a strong religious element. The seven Key Learning Areas (KLAs) taught at Holy Trinity Primary each deals with the knowledge, skills, understanding, values and attitudes that are relevant and appropriate for primary students.

  • Religious Education
    Our Religious Education program Sharing Our Story is integral to all that we do within our school. We aim to lead the students to a better understanding of their own Catholic tradition and emphasise the influence of the Holy Spirit at work in the lives of the students.

  • English
    In English, students develop knowledge, skills & understanding of English language and literature which has a wider role as a means of learning in all Key Learning Areas.

  • Mathematics
    Students analyse & solve problems in the areas of space, measurement and number. Maths also involves the study of patterns and relationships, and provides a means of communication.

  • Science and Technology
    Students are given opportunities to learn about natural and man-made environments by engaging in scientific and technological activity. Students investigate, design, make and use technology.

  • Human Society and Its Environment
    Human Society deals with the interactions of people with one another and with the social, cultural and physical environments.

  • Personal Development, Health & Physical Education
    This KLA helps students develop self esteem, social responsibility, personal fitness and the ability to make informed decisions about health and lifestyle.

  • Creative Arts
    Creative Arts includes the artforms of dance, drama, visual arts and music. Learning in these art forms engages students in developing their abilities to make works and appraise their own works and that of others. A specialist music teacher is available for all students three days a week.

Our School Plan

Teachers are encouraged to cater for individual differences in all areas of learning.

Due to the highly multicultural student population, all teaching occurs using an ESL perspective. There is a very strong emphasis on the teaching of English, and in primary grades children are grouped across grades for specific skills. For the past two years, there has been a very strong emphasis on the teaching of literacy and the improvement of students’ literacy standards.

We are a Smarter Schools National Partnerships Literacy School and this plan addresses the three reform elements:

  • effective, evidence-based teaching
  • strong leadership and whole school engagement in literacy
  • monitoring school and student performance to identify when support is needed

Analysis of NAPLAN data has informed our School Action Plan.

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Living, Loving and Learning

This is a school-based personal development program taught each year over a period of seventeen weeks during terms 1 and 2.

  • the program introduces the students to the necessary social skills to allow them develop sound interpersonal skills
  • topics covered included: understanding self, feelings, self esteem, friendship and conflict resolution

Life Education

  • a program supported by the New South Wales [NSW] Department of Health. The program recognises the importance of healthy living and includes material on drug and alcohol abuse.

Literacy Support

  • a school-based initiative targeting a small number of students not funded under SAISO but who are experiencing problems with literacy

Dance Fever

  • a program started in 2009 and supported by the Catholic Education Office. The program runs each week for one term and children are taught a mix of Latin, modern and ballroom dances. The program teaches social skills, as well as movement and coordination skills.

Instrumental Program

  • a program initiated in 2009 with financial backing from the Catholic Education Office.  Each student in Year 6 is learning to play a band instrument, free of charge.  A weekly lesson is taught by a specialist teacher from Delany College.

Transition programs

Parent Information Night:

  • Parents attend an information session, during which they receive valuable information about the school.

In the Kindergarten Orientation program:

  • Students attend two orientation sessions where they participate in a variety of activities and assessments, meet their teacher and have time to get to know classmates.

In the Year 6 Transition program:

  • Students visit their respective high schools for orientation prior to commencement.
  • Year 6 and special needs teachers liaise with high school personnel with regard to student's needs.

Extra

The school is involved in a number of extracurricular activities. These include:

  • Stage 3 Band
  • Stage 2 Choir
  • Debating (The Delany Cup)
  • Zone swimming, cross country and athletics competition
  • Voice of Youth
  • Soccer Gala Days - Stage 2 and Stage 3
  • Book week celebrations
  • Educational excursions and incursions
  • Social justice initiatives (Junior Joeys, Jesuit Refugee Services, Project Compassion, Vinnie’s Van, Mission Week)