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There are seven Key Learning Areas in the Primary Catholic School Curriculum in New South Wales. They are:

Religious Education, English, Mathematics, Science & Technology, Human Society & Its Environment, Creative Arts &

Personal Development, Health & Physical Education

  • Religious Education

    Religious Education is a focal point at our Catholic School and is woven into the daily life of the school through formal religion lessons, the integration of Christian values into other subject areas and the encouragement to live full Christian lives. Opportunities for experiencing prayer and celebrating liturgy are provided for the school family, that is, parents, staff and children. Each class develops its own prayer focus in the classroom and makes prayer an integral part of the school day.

Various events are celebrated during the year.  These usually include the opening of school, Lent, Easter, Advent, NAIDOC Week, Grandparents Day, Harmony Day and other days of significance.  Parents are welcome to School Masses and Liturgies and special religious ceremonies as they occur.

Students in the primary classes have Retreat Day(s) each year commencing in Year 3 with a Friendship Day. Year 4 have a Self-Esteem Day, Year 5 Leadership Camp & Year 6 have a Leadership Day in Term 1 & Retreat Day in Term 4 in preparation for High School.

The Sacramental Programs for Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation are very much parish based with parents, Parish Priest and School working closely together.  There is an expectation of significant parental and family involvement.

The main emphasis is:

KinderLearning about a loving God

Year 1 Discovering the person of Jesus.

Year 2 A Sacramental Program encompassing Reconciliation.

Year 3 First Holy Communion

Year 4 Sharing God's gifts

Year 5 Church Community

Year 6 Gift of the Spirit

  • ENGLISH

Includes all forms of language: Talking & Listening, Reading, and Writing.

Much is achieved by total Language Program where children are encouraged to be involved in many talking, listening, writing and reading experiences.

  • MATHEMATICS

Children need varied activities to help them learn number concepts. The Maths strands include Number, Patterns & Algebra, Measurement & Data, Space and Geometry and Working Mathematically.

  • SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

This key learning area aims to develop students' competence, confidence and responsibility in their interactions with science and technology. Content strands include Built Environments, Information and Communication, Living Things, Physical Phenomena, Products & Services, Earth & Its Surroundings. These form part of our weekly program and help the children relate to their environment and to other people. Many activities require collection of pictures and information from home. Simple scientific experiments and design activities are undertaken. 

  • HUMAN SOCIETY AND ITS ENVIRONMENT

HSIE is a key learning area in which students develop knowledge, understanding, skills, values and attitudes about people and their social and physical environments. Areas of study include Change and Continuity, Cultures, Environments, Social Systems and Structures.

  • CREATIVE ARTS

This syllabus develops students? knowledge, understanding, skills, values and attitudes in the areas of Visual Arts, Music, Drama and Dance.

  • PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT, HEALTH, PHYSICAL EDUCATION

This is seen as a very important part of the development of children. We do some fitness activities throughout the week. Friday is Sports Day, and children wear Sports Uniform. Skills, activities, organized sport, games, tabloids, are part of the Physical Education/Health Curriculum.

  • Library

The Library is an integral part of the school and attempts to encompass all the aims and objectives of the school.  It particularly provides support for all areas of the curriculum.  The users of the school library are students, teachers, other members of staff and the school community.  Parents are welcome and are encouraged to visit the library with their children. 

The school library, which is fully computerised and available to all pupils, aims to provide an environment, which is welcoming and stimulating for individual and group learning.  It is primarily a learning and information centre and as such is an essential resource for the planning and implementation of the teaching program at the school.  

To aid the development of a positive attitude toward book care, all children will be required to have a library bag. Library books are exchanged on their Library Day but please assist us by reminding them to return these books promptly. Please help children to take care of books.

Book Week is a major focus for the Library celebrated every second year. At this event the school Teacher/Librarian organizes a Book Fair and classes participate in various activities related to the theme of Book Week for that year.

  • Information Technology

The school's main aim is to ensure the children are competent and confident in the varied ways in which computers can support and enhance their learning. St Mary's Primary operates a Computer Laboratory equipped with 16 computers, data projector and other equipment. Mini labs are also set up in Grade areas. Presently we have recently installed seven Elite Panaboards ? Interactive Whiteboards into the classrooms i.e. one per grade. We will install the remaining seven progressively over the next 2-3 years as funding becomes available.

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St Mary's Primary School

Wheelers Lane PO Box 4141 Dubbo NSW 2830
Tel: 02 6882 4790
Fax: 68844525