AT. St. Theresa's we offer a diverse curriculum. All Key Learning Areas (subjects) are covered and there is a strong emphasis placed on Literacy and Numeracy in all grade levels. Our curriculum is goverened by AusVels.
The use of ICT is especially important across these curriculum areas and classroom work is complimented and extended through the use of computers in all classrooms.
We also offer other specialist lessons in the areas of Physical Education, Music, Art, Italian and Reading Recovery.
Exposure to the Arts and Performance is encouraged at St. Theresa's and every year we either hold an Art Show or a School Concert. Christmas carols and Italian Day celebrations also feature in our school calendar.
At St. Theresa's we believe that a child's education is a partnership between home and school and so reporting should be regular, clear and accurate, conveying the child's strengths, weaknesses and the action to be taken.
St. Theresa’s Literacy program builds skills that empower our students to be effective speakers, listeners, readers and writers.
We endeavour to inspire a love of reading and writing in our school.
We provide a curriculum that promotes student confidence and allows opportunities for their success. We foster critical thinking and independence.
We acknowledge that good oral language development is essential to our students’ success in reading and writing. We provide varied and rich experiences to build a sound foundation for the children's language development.
Mathematics learning at St Theresa's is purposeful, engaging, challenging,enjoyable and supportive for all students. We aim to develop efficient mathematical thinkers who can confidently apply their knowledge to real life situations with understanding and accuracy.
Family Maths Night
Learning occurs best when there's parnerships between home and school.
At St Theresa’s Primary School, we embrace the teachings and values of St Theresa, who did small things well. With this being our school motto, we are reminded that we too can be like St Theresa by doing the small things that we can, to make a difference in our world.
At St. Theresa's celebrating and participating in Mass is an integral part of living out our faith. We gather as a whole school several times each term to celebrate Mass together. We celebrate many special Feast Days including the Feast of the Sacred Heart and St. Theresa’s Feast Day. The children also attend Mass on Friday with their year level to link what they are learning in class with the message of Jesus Christ through the Liturgy.
The Religious Education Leaders along with classroom teachers and our parish and school community work together to prepare the children for celebrating the sacraments of Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation.
Being a Catholic School, St. Theresa's has a Sacramental Program which thoroughly prepares the children to celebrate the following sacraments:
Grade 3: Reconciliation and First Eucharist
Grade 6: Confirmation
As part of our social justice actions and trying to care for others as Christ did, the school community often hold collections for our local St Vincent De Paul Store.
Inquiry at St. Theresa's encompasses the areas of History, Geography, Science, Health and Technology. Each term the classes focus on one of these areas of learning. Our cycle extends over a 2 year period where learning focuses in each of these areas will be addressed.
We believe everyone is a talented artist and all artworks produced are a 'masterpiece" in their own unique way. Art is about having the freedom to express yourself freely and know that we are all capable of great things.
Music at St. Theresa's is a specialist subject in Grades Prep to 4. Grade 5/6 music is taken by the classroom teacher.
The Music Education Program: The music education program is sequential,
allowing the students to build on their previous knowledge and skills.
In the junior classes, singing songs from different styles and periods allows
the students to explore the concepts of beat, rhythm, pitch, dynamics and
tempo. They are given opportunities to play music, create their own music
and move to the music.
In the middle classes, the students again explore the concepts of beat,
rhythm, pitch, dynamics and tempo.
In the senior classes, the students again continue to explore the concepts of beat, rhythm, pitch, dynamics and tempo.
The students explore the concept of movement sequences that fit a given
musical piece and choreograph these small pieces (aware of the close
relationship between music and dance).
Our Physical Education program is developmental and skills based. Junior grades participate in weekly lessons. Senior grades supplement these lessons with an Iner School Sports Competition which is played against other local schools on a weekly basis, an Athletics sports day and a cross county running event. St. Theresa's also holds its own sports early in the year.
Alongside our Physical Education program we also run a 2 week intensive swimming program.
Another important aspect of our Physical Education program is our Outdoor Education Program. This begins in Prep and Grade 1 where the children stay after school and eat dinner at school. In Grade 2 this advances to dinner and a sleepover at school. In Grade 3-6 the children go on a 2 night camping experience.
St. Theresa's also runs a sports based after school program 2 nights a week. This involves instruction in areas like Tai Kwon Do, Circus skills, golf, tennis and so on.
At St. Theresa’s all students from grade prep through to grade 6 have the opportunity to learn Italian as a second language. We believe that through studying a LOTE, (Language Other Than English) children are able to gain an insight into another culture and appreciate the multiculturalism in our school community, as well as the multiculturalism in Australia.
The students at St. Theresa’s are given many opportunities to experience the Italian culture. They participate in excursions, incursions and cultural celebration days.