We believe that as with most aspects of learning in life, learning at school is not something that can easily be separated into distinct areas.
Teachers are aware for example, that when a child is working with a group on a science experiment, he or she might well be operating and working in a variety of ways - questioning and explaining, making, sharing and writing observations, drawing graphs, calculating results, consulting references and much more.
For this reason, teaching and learning is often integrated across several curriculum areas rather than taught as separate and discrete subjects. Class teachers ensure that their teaching program follows the guidelines set by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) and covers all curriculum areas - Religious Education, and the six Key Learning Areas mandated for Primary Schools and specified in the NSW Education Reform Act (1990).
These areas are specified in the NSW Education Reform Act (1990) and are:
- Science and Technology
- Human Society and Its Environment
- Creative Arts
- Music, Visual Arts, Drama
- Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
- Health Education, Physical Education, Personal Development
Learning at St Madeleine’s is characterised by the use of a broad range of teaching practices designed to target the specific needs and learning preferences of each student.
These practices help students to become independent workers capable of working collaboratively and co-operatively in teams.
St Madeleine’s Primary believes in forming a collaborative community where the freedom to explore and ask questions is encouraged.
Respect for one another is fostered through the celebration of gifts and differences, in the tradition of compassion, justice and love. The explicit teaching of Catholic values and social skills, the Buddies Program, the Student Representative Council and the recognition of achievement empower our students to self manage and to solve conflicts.
We assist students who need specialised support through our school Learning Support Program and Case Management meetings. Our school counsellor is able to meet with students and parents when the need arises.
At St Madeleine’s we aim to:
- Respect and care for each other
- Respect each other’s personal space
- Wear our uniform with pride
- Care for our school environment
- Care for our property and the property of others
- Play fairly and safely
We use these strategies to contribute to student enhancement
- School values
- Social skills
- Buddies program
- Co-operative learning skills
- The Student Representative Council
- Library monitors program
- Merit awards