Australian schools are currently transitioning from state based curriculum to Australian Curriculum and in Western Australia this is managed through the Western Australian Curriculum.
The Australian Curriculum sets out the core knowledge, understanding, skills and general capabilities important for all Australian students. The Australian Curriculum describes the learning entitlement of students as a foundation for their future learning, growth, and active participation in the Australian community. It makes clear what all young Australian should learn as they progress through schooling. It is the foundation for high quality teaching to meet the needs of all Australian students.
In 2015 Phase One of the Australian Curriculum (History, English, Mathematics and Science) will be used as the core planning and teaching document.
Sacred Heart offers a broad-based curriculum with emphasis given to the care and development of the child as an individual and a contributing member of the community. We recognise the vital place of faith in the lives of the students and are concerned with the awakening, nourishing and developing of this faith within a sound education.
The Religious Education Programme is based upon the Perth Archdiocesan Guidelines as set down by the Catholic Education Office (CEO). At Sacred Heart we are committed to fostering a total Faith and Life development, showing tolerance and respect, where children will grow to their full potential and recognise their self worth.
- Is developmental
- Is based on sharing faith through life experience
- Is Christ centred
- Focuses on the unconditional love of God
- Makes Religious Education part of the daily lives of the children
- Emphasises the importance of a vital, caring and loving atmosphere where children can become the people God wants them to be
- Stresses the place of the Eucharist and the whole Sacramental life of the Church.
Students are involved in prayer assemblies, Paraliturgies and liturgies. Parents can support your child’s faith development by attending Sunday Eucharist regularly. Our Parish Priest, Mons. Tim Corcoran, plays a vital role in the spiritual life of our school. Families and children are encouraged to participate in the parish in a variety of ways. The most important of which is the celebration of the Eucharist together. Children's Liturgy is held at the 6pm Parish Mass every Saturday evening and the 10am Mass every Sunday morning during the school term. All children aged between 4 years and 8 years old are welcome to attend.
The following sacraments are conferred on the baptised catholic students from the school and parish:
- Year 3 Reconciliation
- Year 4 Eucharist
- Year 6 Confirmation
These are wonderful and memorable occasions for your child and you are encouraged to participate in all aspects of these celebrations.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available to Year 4 – 6 throughout the year.
School mass is celebrated on some Wednesdays and on other ‘special’ occasions as indicated on the Term Calendar. Children are encouraged to actively participate by singing, preparing church decorations, reading, carrying the offertory gifts or serving. All family members and the community are encouraged to attend.
The study of English is central to the learning and development of all young Australians. It helps create confident communications, imaginative thinkers and informed citizens. It is through the study of English that individuals learn to analyse, understand, communicate with and build relationships with others and with the world around them. They study of English helps young people develop the knowledge and skills needed for education, training and the workplace. It helps them become ethical, thoughtful, informed and active members of society. In this light it is clear that the Australian Curriculum: English plays an important part in developing the understanding, attitudes and capabilities of those who will take responsibility for Australia's future.
The Australian Curriculum: English is organised into three interrelated strands that support students' growing understanding and use of Standard Australian English (English). Together the three strands focus on developing students' knowledge, understanding and skills in listening, reading, viewing, speaking and writing. The three strands are
- Language: knowing about the English language
- Literature: understanding appreciating, responding to, analysing and creating literature
- Literacy: expanding the repertoire of English usage
Learning mathematics creates opportunities for and enriches the lives of all Australians. The Australian Curriculum: Mathematics provides students with essential mathematical skills and knowledge in Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probaility. It develops the numeracy capabililties that all students need in their personal, work and civic life, and provides the fundamentals on which mathematical specialilties and professional applications of mathematics are built. The proficiencies of Understanding, Fluency, Problem Solving and Reasoning describe how the content is explored and developed, that is, the thinking of mathematics.
The Australian Curriculum: Science provides opportunities for students to develop an understanding of important science concepts and processes, the practices used to develop scientific knowledge, of science’s contribution to our culture and society, and its applications in our lives. The curriculum supports students to develop the scientific knowledge, understandings and skills to make informed decisions about local, national and global issues and to participate, if they so wish, in science-related careers.
The Australian Curriculum: Science has three interrelated strands: Science Understanding, Science as a Human Endeavour and Science Inquiry Skills. Together, the three strands of the science curriculum provide students with understanding, knowledge and skills through which they can develop a scientific view of the world. Students are challenged to explore science, its concepts, nature and uses through clearly described inquiry processes.
The Australian Curriculum: History is organised into two interrelated strands: Historical Knowledge and Understanding and Historical Skills.
Historical Knowledge and Understanding includes personal, family, local, state or territory, national, regional and world history. There is an emphasis on Australian history in its world history context at the Primary School level. This strand explores key concepts for developing historical understanding, such as: evidence, continuity and change, cause and effect, significance, perspectives, empathy and contestability.
Historical Skills promotes skills used in the process of historical inquiry: chronology, terms and concepts; historical questions and research; the analysis and use of sources; perspectives and interpretations; explanation and communication. Within this strand there is an increasing emphasis on historical interpretation and the use of evidence.
LOTE (Languages other than English)
At Sacred Heart, Japanese is the Language Other Than English studied by children in Pre-Primary to Year Six. Language learning and cultural understandings are a key focus and where possible they are integrated across the curriculum. While developing their knowledge of contemporary and traditional life in Japan, students also further develop skills and strategies for language acquisition. Japanese is learnt in a non-threatening, inclusive environment.
Physical Education and Health
Children from Pre-Primary to Year 6 receive weekly lessons from our specialist Physical Education teacher, which focus primarily on the development of sports skills. The Sporting Schools programme will be offered for children in Year 1-6 who want to increase their physical activity during after school hours. This programme is designed for the student who may not be getting the recommended daily physical exercise that he or she needs to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The Phys Ed programme also includes swimming squad (Years 4-6), school sports carnivals, interschool sports carnivals and other interschool team events.
HOUSE AND SPORTS CARNIVALS
Every child is a member of one of our four Houses: Wright (Red), Murphy (Green), Maguire (Blue) and Welch (Gold). Your child will be placed in a House when they are enrolled. All children from the same family will be placed in the same House.
School House Carnivals are held for Athletics, Swimming (Yr 4-6) and Cross Country (Yrs 1-6). With Athletics each class group takes part in at least 2 team events and an individual event. Points are awarded for all and the House with the highest combined total wins the shield for the year. An Inter-school carnival is also held every year for the schools of the local area. Our school team is made up of the students who do well in the school house carnival and attend training sessions.
Families are invited to attend these days, many bring a picnic lunch, dress in House colours and generally get involved in the carnival spirit. This is an event that needs a lot of people to run well. If you could spare the time to be a marshal, place judge, scorer or anything else, please volunteer. A request will be made in the newsletter prior to the day.
Mrs Nicola Wladyka (Music with PP - Year 3) and Mrs Reita Wingard (The Visual Arts with Years 4-6) provide opportunities for our students to explore a wide variety of content in the Arts learning area.
The Arts (Music/Performing Arts)
The school choir is open to students in Year 3 – 6 and membership is based on an audition. Rehearsals take place weekly for events such as Church Celebrations, The Children’s Sing Festival, The Performing Arts Festival and school performances. The school choir is coordinated by Mrs Donna Bathols and Liturgical Music by Mr Graham Maher.
Instrumental lessons are offered on brass, woodwind, percussion, string and keyboard instruments. Lumen Christi runs the instrumental programme and their instrumental tutors operate lessons at our school during the school day.
The Arts (Visual Arts)
The Visual Arts Programme exposes the senior students to a variety of different art and craft experiences. Throughout the year children participate in various activities which include painting, drawing, sculpture and collage. They also enjoy construction and visual diary activities.
Technology and Enterprise
School Information and Technology programmes are organised by all classroom teachers and are based on the Western Australian Curriculum Framework Outcomes. Students in PP-6 also have an allocated time in the Computer Lab with Mrs Ivana Zdravic each week. Classes have access to borrowing digital cameras and video cameras for special events, technology lessons etc.
In addition to the lab, all classrooms have computers and an interactive white board installed, which students are able to access during class time. Students can also access computers in the Library, Inclusion Support Centre and Educational Support room. Classes are also able to utilise the school's bank of iPads.