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What St Mary’s School Can Offer You

WISDOM FROM OUR CHURCH

  • Parents are the primary educators in the faith of their children
  • Faith formation is a lifelong process
  • The model for faith formation is where the liturgy itself teaches: children learn about faith by doing and reflecting on the doing; the context for sacramental preparation is the Sunday parish liturgy – the heart of the church’s life.
  • The family is the domestic church and the catholic school serves these families

CATHOLIC LIFE IN OUR SCHOOL

  • Introduce young people to Jesus; especially through the scriptures and modeling of his actions
  • Teach an attitude of thanksgiving and selfless love
  • Understand and nurture prayer, sacraments and liturgy
  • Teach the sacramental language of ritual and symbol by doing
  • Link liturgy to life; Find ways to identify Christian values: ‘justice, truth, forgiveness, love, reconciliation and service of one another.’

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

  • Formal curriculum in seven Key Learning Areas – Religious Education, English, Mathematics, Science and Technology, Human Society and Its Environment, Creative Arts and Personal Development, Health and Physical Education. Computers and technologies are integrated across all Key Learning Areas.
  • DIPL – Doorway Into Practical Literacy – a systematic, logically sequenced and organized program that provides students with the opportunity to develop a comprehensive range of literacy skills, especially in spelling and reading – K – 6.
  • PM Readers – every aspect of the PM Readers has been carefully thought through and shaped to meet the developmental needs of young children learning to read. The books are organized in a very gentle learning gradient or levelling system – children are tested and matched to their reading level to allow success and understanding.
  • Book Web Guided Reading Program – designed for Primary students and features fiction and factual graded titles for each year level
  • Count Me In Too -
  • National Partnerships Program – Literacy and Numeracy Program
  • You Can Do It – social and emotional learning program that will focus on the five foundations of: Confidence, Getting Along, Organisation, Persistence and Resilience.
  • Music instrumental tuition for Primary students through the Upper Hunter Conservatorium
  • Excellent sporting opportunities – right through to State level

PASTORAL CARE AND DISCIPLINE

  • Pastoral Care is the integration of the spiritual, academic and social dimensions of a school’s energy so that an atmosphere of care prevails within the school community.
  • The Discipline plan is based on the concepts of justice and restorative practice
  • The emphasis is on recognizing, encouraging and rewarding children who choose to behave appropriately.
  • A Pastoral Care Worker is employed on a part time basis to assist students and families. This position is funded by the Federal Government through the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program.
  • The Awards and Discipline systems are outlined in the Parent Handbook.

FACILITIES/STAFF

  • Qualified, dedicated staff
  • Seven well equipped classrooms - air conditioned for summer and winter, smartboards, laptops available. Music Room
  • Technology laboratory
  • Multi purpose hall
  • Attractive Library that is well stocked. Library lessons each week.
  • Covered outdoor basketball court; Shaded climbing/play equipment
  • Shaded lunch areas with picnic tables
  • Attractive grounds and space to play in
  • Scone Out Of School Hours (SOOSH) – before and after school care on site