Literacy is the cornerstone for all learning, enabling students to become natural and proficient communicators. We dedicate 1.5 to 2-hour daily literacy block to ensuring specific time for students to learn and understand all areas of literacy, including: reading – including daily reading fluency; phonemic awareness activities; writing – including the Seven Steps to Writing Success program; reading and oral comprehension; Spelling with Sound Waves, which uses a phonemic approach; Handwriting; Text Studies; Modelled and Shared reading; Speaking and Listening activities. Biblical literacy is a natural inclusion enabling students to learn about a Christian worldview, from reading and discussing biblical passages, through to engagement with texts from a variety of novels, plays, poetry, determining how they communicate a biblical perspective to others.
Numeracy is a cornerstone for learning, enabling students to have strong number sense with good mathematical skills. God created the universe and is the creator of order. Consequently, mathematics helps us discover God’s creation laws and patterns by studying his creation. We dedicate 1 to 2-hour daily numeracy block ensuring specific time is allowed for students to participate in a well-balanced program of explicit numeracy instruction, dedicated to the areas of number and algebra, measurement and geometry, statistics and probability. The ability to use this knowledge by working mathematically in everyday situations and providing solutions to questions and investigations is a key component of mathematics, which plays an important role, in many areas including business, medicine, engineering, art, and science careers.
Science and Technology
Science and Technology engages students through investigations into God’s world, prompting them to ask questions and seek answers by working scientifically, developing skills and knowledge about the Living world, material world, physical world, Earth and space, and digital technologies. Science, technology, engineering and math’s (STEM) enriches learning using an enquiry and project-based focus, and by reflecting on the Bible, students will see that the universe is orderly, God’s laws are dependable, created patterns show God’s fingerprint, and that God provides stability in a changing world.
History and Geography
History and Geography teaches that learning from the past can help to shape the future, by participating in investigations and discussions about past events, students can make informed decisions about the future for themselves, their community and their global community. From creation through to the return of Christ, the study of history values learning about personal and family histories; present and past family life; the past in the present; community and remembrance; and first Contacts; while Geography includes study on Places, People, Environments and Management.
Creative Arts enables students to use their God-given talent to bless others with something of beauty or enjoyable music. Students have opportunities to explore and express themselves through various mediums while at the same time learning to appreciate and understand how others may express themselves or communicate through varying mediums. Students participate in weekly music, visual arts, drama and dance lessons, as well as preparing and performing in a musical production every second year, which involves all Prep to Year 6 students
Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
The purpose of health and physical education is to care for our bodies to the glory of God. Therefore, principles of proper diet, exercise, and rest are taught to help students understand who they are while providing them with skills so that they can make wise decisions regarding health, safety and personal well-being. Students engage in various sporting activities with the emphasis on participation, teamwork and skill development, including self-discipline, responsible leadership, and being gracious in victory as well as in defeat.
The continual development of technology requires students of today to be lifelong learners of the future who are curious, adaptable with confidence to tackle the challenges of a changing world. They need to be equipped with skills, mind-sets and capabilities to respond to and adapt to shifting occupational landscapes. Our science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) based program will prepare our students for the workforce of tomorrow beginning with simple computer coding in Kindergarten and Stage 1, then from Stage 2 and beyond onto learning programming and creating computer games using various online platforms, plus engaging in team based collaborative challenges.