The School Curriculum is developed through both school and systemic guideline requirements. As well as the following Key Learning Areas, specialist teachers are available for some Physical Education activities including dancing, athletics, gymnastics and swimming.
Key Learning Areas
- Health and Physical Education
- Studies of Society and the Environment
Presently the school is divided into two multi-age classrooms : Prep to Year 2 and Year 3 to Year 6. These classrooms offer rich learning environments that cater for the individual needs of our students.
St Peter's Catholic School is currently involved in some exciting projects including the Mary MacKillop Innovator's Grant where we have been approved for funding to use Information Communication Technologies (ICT's) to improve literacy and numeracy skills across the school. We have used the funds from this grant to purchase iPod Touches for each student in our school and applications that promote literacy and numeracy skills practice. We are also looking at expanding the use of these tools to apply the literacy and numeracy skills to real life tasks and interactions with other schools and the wider community. St Peter's Catholic School has also used some of the funding from this grant to support professional development in the use of these iPod touches and our new Promthean Activeboards to ensure we are providing the best possible learning experiences for our students.
In addition to the Innovator's Project, this year we are have also been approved to take part in the Inquiry Based Learning Project. Inquiry processes involve students in collaborative partnerships where they engage in critical thinking and planning for action on projects that are both meaningful and relevant. Research tells us that knowledge is expanding at a breathtaking pace and that traditional approaches are unsatisfactory for the knowledge demands of our contemporary society. Students are more engaged when they are motivated to seek answers to questions rather than being told what to learn and how to learn. This does not mean that inquiry based learning is appropriate for all types of learning nor will it replace all traditional approaches; it is another approach to further engage our students in learning and to give them opportunities to take ownership over how they do it (all the while maintaining the demands of the curriculum). The teacher's role is to facilitate and support this learning process through a balance of scaffolding and explicit teaching.