The term ‘curriculum’ covers all the arrangements we make for students’ learning and development. It includes the content of activities, learning and teaching approaches and the way in which teachers and the learning areas are organised. It also includes decisions on the need for and use of facilities. St. Mark’s curriculum planning is based upon understandings of students, their development, needs, strengths, interests and the way they learn best. Our curriculum supports the development of knowledge, skills, values and attitudes.
In accordance with AUSVELS and the Australian Curriculum our curriculum is developed in the following strands:
Physical, Personal and Social Learning
Physical, personal and social skills involve learning around being active and healthy; developing self-confidence; managing personal learning and working confidence.The learning domains include: Health and Physical Education; Inter-personal Development; Personal Learning and Civics and Citizenship.
Discipline Based Learning
Relates to knowledge and understanding from the key subjects – Religious Education; English; Science; Mathematics; Humanities; Languages other than English (Italian) and the Arts.
Other essential skills that apply across the curriculum areas and are part of inter-disciplinary learning include:
Choosing to send your child to St. Mark’s Catholic Primary School shows your commitment to his/her faith development within the Catholic faith tradition. Your involvement and support in their continued faith development and Sacramental programs such as Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation (through Years 3-6) is encouraged. Parent and child workshops are held in conjunction with class preparations for these Sacraments.