The Australian Curriculum sets out the essential knowledge, understanding, skills, and quality of learning for each Australian student's first 11 years of schooling.
The Curriculum is three-dimensional as it includes:
- learning areas
- general capabilities
- and cross-curriculum priorities.
Together, the three dimensions set out essential knowledge, understanding and skills all young Australians need so they will be able to learn, contribute and shape their world now and in the future.
Eight Learning Areas and disciplines from which they are drawn provide the foundation of learning.
The Australian Curriculum identifies and organises the essential knowledge, understanding, and skills students should learn.
- Humanities and Social Science
- The Arts
- Health and Physical Education
Seven General Capabilities equip young Australians with the knowledge, skills, behaviours, and dispositions to live and work successfully.
They support and deepen student engagement with learning area content and are developed within the context of the learning areas.
Three Cross Curriculum Priorities support the Australian Curriculum to be a relevant, contemporary and engaging curriculum that reflects national, regional and global contexts.
They are incorporated through learning area content; they are not separate learning areas or subjects.
Please visit the Australian Curriculum website for more information.
Schooling in NSW is based on the mandatory NSW syllabuses for students from Kindergarten to Year 12. The syllabuses are developed and endorsed by News South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA).
St Mary’s follows the approved syllabuses with the exception of Religious Education, which is approved by the Bishop of Lismore.
Subjects are called Key Learning Areas (KLAs).
- Science and Technology
- Human Society and its Environments
- Personal Development Health and Physical Education
- Creative Arts
- Religious Education
As a Catholic school, Religious Education is both a Key Learning Area and integral to our way of life.
You can visit the NESA website for more information on the NSW syllabuses.
St Mary’s provides students with a safe and supportive learning environment with innovative learning experiences. We foster within each student the ability to grow and develop the skills necessary to adapt to an ever-changing world underpinned by the Catholic ethos of leadership, responsibility, duty and dignity towards others.
You can view the Parents Guide to the NSW Primary Syllabus for examples of what your child may learn.
The staff at St Mary’s Primary school provide innovative learning opportunities for each student to be engaged, imaginative and reflective in their learning. We promote a culture of explicit and directed learning and teaching, ensuring that all students gain the knowledge, skills and deep understandings required for future success. We are dedicated to quality teaching that nurtures lifelong learning, enabling our students to realise their true potential and empowering our students with the skills and attributes that will enable them to achieve the fullness of life.
In our St Mary’s learning community, we believe that a partnership between families, community and parish is vital in developing a supportive, holistic learning environment for our students. We foster in our student's the values necessary to meet the challenges in this dynamic and ever-changing world, strengthened by their Christian values. This enables us to guide our students to develop and recognise their full potential, guided by the Gospel teachings of our Catholic tradition.
Our engaging and inclusive curriculum focuses on developing students' depth of understanding of key skills needed to be adaptive, transfer learning to new contexts and prepare for learning throughout life.
We offer a broad curriculum with a high priority given to literacy and numeracy.
Our Learning Areas:
- The Arts (Dance, Drama, Music, Visual Arts)
- Health and Physical Education
- Languages (Gumbaynggirr)
We are committed to excellence and equality in the growth and development of all students as lifelong learners who are actively engaged with a passionate curiosity and wonder about the world.
Gumbaynggirr Language is a core component of our Curriculum at St Mary’s. All children receive language lessons weekly. Our School Prayer is written and composed in language.
St Mary’s is part of the Closing the Gap project, which promotes a direct style of teaching. This project aims to target literacy and achievement levels in children from K - 6.