LEARN AT ST JOSEPH'S
St Joseph's has a commitment to exposing all students to the latest curriculum development and ways of improving. In line with the recent National Curriculum (ACARA), St Joseph's School has developed school based curriculum documents in most key learning areas. The Catholic Education Diocese of Rockhampton personnel are providing every school with the latest curriculum updates to ensure your child is receiving a quality education. The school based curriculum documents are regularly reviewed to ensure their relevance to your child's education.
St Joseph's covers X key learning areas:
HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCIENCES
HEALTH & PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Teachers integrate Information and Communication Technologies across the curriculum. ICTs are seen as a resource to assist teachers to teach effectively and enrich the learning of our students.
Each teacher has a laptop, personal iPad and a bank of iPads for classroom use. Students from year 4 are involved in a 1 to 1 iPad lease for three years until they leave the school at the end of year 6. These iPads go home each night with the students to use for homework tasks.
A computer lab is also located in C Block containing enough desktops and laptops for each student to have their own device to use.
A mobile computer lab is also available to all classes via a timetable.
As a Catholic school, our religious character permeates all that we do. However, the study of Religious Education is also undertaken as a learning area, where students learn about the Catholic religion, and explore a religious way of living. From Prep to Year 6, we strive to provide learning experiences that will help the students to recognise “God is with us” – in ourselves, in others, and in our world. Our Religious Education curriculum is developed by Rockhampton Catholic Education in accordance with the National Catholic Education Commission and is designed specifically for use in the classroom teaching and learning of religion. It aims to enhance knowledge, skills and processes.
Each level receives an hour Physical Education lesson given by one of the teachers who has expertise in this area. Each teacher then follows-up this lesson some time during the week.
Swimming is held at the Biloela Swimming Pool. School swimming occurs during Physical education specialist lessons in Terms One and Four. A timetable is organised for each term by the PE teacher in negotiation with the pool lessee.
The students will be allocated a house team Gold (Kilburnie), White (Greycliffe) and Blue (Torsdale) where they will compete in our annual interhouse athletics, cross country and swimming carnivals. Students will be encouraged to develop loyalty to their team. A boy and a girl from Year 6 will be appointed as Captains of these houses each year.
SWIMMING LESSONS ARE TAUGHT IN TERM 1 & 4
ANNUAL SPORTS CARNIVALS
Every effort is made to have the Resource Centre open to the children as often as possible. All students must use library bags to borrow and return books. Library bags are available from the school office all year at $11.00 per bag.
DAMAGED LIBRARY BOOKS
All students are responsible for ensuring library books are kept in good condition. Books returned to the library damaged will be expected to pay a fee to the school.
Parents will be notified if their child's book is returned damaged. All monies are to be paid to the school office.
The classroom teacher is responsible for the education of all students in his/her class utilising the support of appropriate personnel. Learning support applies to both students who need extension and intervention / remediation.
Kathy Cooper and Rhana Maher are the Learning Support Teachers (LST) at St Joseph's. The LST provide support for teachers, resources, diagnostic testing, co-ordination of the Teacher Assistants and case manager diagnosed students.
The learning support process:
The teacher identifies a student that needs assistance or a student’s parent discusses issues with classroom teacher.
The teacher completes a learning support referral form.
Learning support teacher observes child in the classroom situation / completes testing.
Learning support teacher and classroom teacher discuss strategies and meet with parents.
Based on LST recommendations, the teacher either continues to implement strategies and support at a classroom level or the student begins further assessment processes including referral to specialists.