Learning and Teaching

St Angela’s Primary School is dedicated to the education of students from Kindergarten to Year 6.

We believe that the children are central to all our endeavours so through effective teaching and learning we aim to allow our students to ‘let their light shine’.

Learning at St Angela's Primary

St Angela’s teach the same curriculum as government schools although there is a strong religious element across all Key Learning Areas. Expectations of achievement and conduct are high. With a strong focus on the individual, our broad curriculum is relevant to the students’ life experiences and promotes critical, creative and independent thinking;

  • A respect for the diversity of the intelligences of each child
  • Teaching strategies and experiences which respond to a range of individual learning styles and needs
  • Teaching methods that challenge children to develop as independent learners and achieve educational excellence
  • Purposeful integration across all Key Learning Areas
  • Cohesion across stages and grades with learning experiences and assessment practices
  • A commitment to Religious Education based on ‘Sharing Our Story’
  • Appropriate use of technology and information skills across Key Learning Areas
  • Opportunities for children to pursue their own gifts
  • An emphasis on the development of social skills and the ability to relate positively and effectively with each other
  • Provision for the professional development of the staff to meet curriculum and pedagogy changes
  • The importance of using modelling as a tool for teaching/learning
  • Ways for children to express their talents through physical activities and to use their leisure time creatively.

Our challenge as educators is to build a learning community in partnership with the home and Parish, which models relationships based on:

  • mutual respect
  • the affirmation and welcoming of individual differences
  • sharing and forgiveness
  • collaboration and support
  • generosity, gratitude and service

Our educational endeavours combine so that our students will be confident life-long learners who are encouraged to serve others and to embrace the fullness of life in their society as they become effective global citizens.

Our classrooms are places where...

  • Christ is present in all that we do.

  • children are involved in hands-on activities… learning by doing!

  • there are quiet times for prayer, reading, individual work. There is also productive noise time where children express their understanding of various experiences.

  • provision is made for the many different individuals in the class. At any one time, children may be working on different tasks and activities at levels which reflect and challenge their ability.

  • children experience success and opportunities in the pursuit of personal excellence.

  • children interact readily and co-operatively in groups. They plan, share ideas and help each other.

  • children are encouraged to ask questions, relate experiences and express opinions and feelings.

  • children have many opportunities to investigate, solve problems, think logically and creatively, communicate findings and express themselves in music, drama and dance.

  • everyone is respected, valued and treated with dignity – children, teachers and visitors.

  • play is a means of learning and expressing one's self

  • there is an environment of welcome, warmth, security, freedom to take risks, self discipline, challenge and stimulation to learn.

A good classroom is one where the curriculum is child-centred. It recognises individual differences and the importance of a student’s search for meaning. It provides opportunities for inquiry, learning, problem solving, group interaction, creative thinking and decision making.

We, the learning community of St Angela’s, believe that children learn best when:

  • There is an environment that is purposeful, stimulating and safe, where the students can experience a rich immersion into the learning and be empowered to take risks

  • Individual differences in terms of experiences, knowledge, talents, special needs, interests and learning styles are respected and become pivotal in planning the curriculum

  • The teaching and learning are grounded in supportive relationships that are based on mutual respect, affection, trust and cooperative learning

  • There is a range of strategies that connect the experiences of the children with the challenges of the curriculum and the multiplicity of their intelligences

  • Learning experiences are planned in a wholistic way to enable the students to make appropriate connections as they internalise and integrate the learnings

  • Their learning is relevant to everyday experience, where they understand the purpose behind their learning, and are encouraged to constantly reflect on their learning

  • They experience success and they are encouraged to learn from their mistakes

  • There is a continual modelling and demonstration of tasks and learnings by both teachers and students

  • The teachers enjoy what they are doing, the children are happy and motivated and there is a partnership between home and school

  • They experience firm and fair behaviour management, and the expectations put before them are high but realistic

  • Assessment of students is integrated within the processes of teaching and learning. Effort, as well as achievement, is recognised and the students themselves are involved in self-assessment.

Learning at St Angela’s is often integrated across several curriculum areas. The classroom teacher ensures that the teaching program follows the guidelines set down by the NSW Board of Studies and covers all curriculum areas. The Key Learning Areas are:

  • Religious Education

  • English
    Reading and Viewing, Writing and Representing, Speaking and Listening

  • Mathematics
    Number and Algebra, Space and Measurement, Statistics and Probability, Working Mathematically

  • Science and Technology
    Built Environments, Information and Communications, Living Things, Physical Phenomena, Products and Services, The Earth and its Surroundings

  • Human Society and Its Environment
    History and Geography

  • Creative Arts
    Music, Visual Arts, Drama and Dance

  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
    Active lifestyle, dance, games and sports, growth and development, gymnastics, interpersonal relationships, personal health choices, safe living

Curriculum development is an ongoing process of professional development and parent education, so that we ensure quality provision of teaching/learning in the school.

Religious Education is integral to all our teaching and learning programs as we instil Catholic values across the curriculum. We believe that an essential part of Religious Education happens in a school culture which is grounded in faith, hope and love. We strive to awaken within our school culture the fruits of the Holy Spirit. We look to the lives of St Angela and St Francis of Assisi as our models for the way to live out the Spirit.

Developing Faith

The units set down in Sharing our Story have been studied in Stages 1, 2 and 3 in the school. These units are designed with a theological and educational background and are developed with the appropriate teaching, learning and assessment strategies and resources.

Our main purpose as a Catholic school is the faith development of staff, children and parents within our parish community. Since the school began, an important aspect of our growing school culture has been developing a sense of reverence. Hence in all liturgies, prayers and quiet times that we organise for the children, these faith experiences are enhanced by their obvious reverence and understanding that it is a special time to communicate with their God.

Each morning the classes have time to pray and the children have prayer sessions at special times such as Easter, Advent and Pentecost. There are also opportunities for children to share a faith experience when their parents come to a liturgy for Mother's Day and Father's Day.

Sacramental Programs

The students of St Angela’s are prepared for the Sacraments of Eucharist, Confirmation and Reconciliation through the parish based sacramental program at Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, Kellyville.  The instruction for each of these sacraments takes place in the family.  To complement these programs, the school also teaches sacramental units from Sharing Our Story.

In accordance with the Diocesan Sacramental Policy, the students receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Sacrament of Eucharist in Year 3 and the Sacrament of Confirmation in Year 6.

Opportunities are given to the students from Years 3 – 6 to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist at either the Parish Church or the school.

Enable active, healthy lifestyles

Children are provided with a wide range of opportunities to develop skills and knowledge of games. Our children achieve success in a number of inter-school carnivals, including swimming, athletics, touch football, cross country, basketball and netball. A school swimming program is held towards the end of the year.

Children participate in a specialist PE lesson and a sports session each week.

Sports events during the year

Term 1
Diocesan Swimming Carnival, School Cross Country K-6, Soccer Gala Days
Term 2  Diocesan Cross Country, School Athletics Carnival, Infants Gross Motor
Term 3
Inter-school Netball Competition, Diocesan Athletics Carnival, Touch Gala Days, Dance Fever
Term 4 Life Saving Program Years 5-6, Swimming Program K-4

Selection Process

Where we are able to submit many teams we endeavour to allow a high representation of Year 6 children in their final year at St Angela’s. If we are restricted by limited teams by the organisers then we endeavour to select the most competitive possible team combination from all of the children trying out. Please be assured that we undertake selections seriously considering many aspects but all times ensuring the process is fair and unbiased.

Please note: Some of these school run activities/events are flexible and may be moved between terms. Children are also asked to wear their sports uniforms on their nominated PE and Sports days.

Sport Houses

There are four sport houses in the school. The names of these houses are connected to St Angela:

Merici Yellow Angela’s family name
Salo Red
The lakeside town where Angela stayed as a child
Brescia Green
The city where Angela spent most of her adult life
Garda Blue
The large lake in northern Italy on which Desenzano is situated.  This is the town where Angela was born and lived her early childhood.

All students are placed in a house when they enrol in the school and stay in the same house for the years they are at St Angela’s. Students in the one family are in the same house. Students are encouraged to take pride in their sports house and to support all the students in their house.

Sport Captains

Two Year 6 students lead each sport's house. These students are elected through voting at the end of their Year 5 year. The students in each individual house in Years 4 and 5 vote for their captains. These captains are regarded as team leaders and also assist the sport's coordinator with general sport procedures.

Specialist Music Teacher

Our specialist music teacher encourages the children to develop their musical skills in all areas. We are proud of the students' musical abilities and their growth in this area.

School Choir

Children in primary grades have the opportunity to be in the school choir. The choir practises on Thursdays during lunch time. The choir performs on various occasions both in and out of the school.

School Band and Instrument Lessons

Children in primary grades have the opportunity to learn an instrument within class time and/or be part of the St Angela’s Band. Lessons are available in groups of approximately five students. These lessons are an additional cost and are independently provided by Teaching Services Australia. Children perform at various school events.

Our library is co-ordinated by a qualified teacher/librarian. All students have the opportunity for lessons, borrowing, skill development and information research. It plays a central role in our school. The library is fully utilised as a learning centre which supports the teaching programs in the classrooms. Our book collection is extensive and very well equipped. The integration of learning technologies are an integral part of the library’s program. Each child is expected to have a library bag to protect the books they borrow when transporting to/from class and home. It is the children’s responsibility to ensure books borrowed are returned and not misplaced.

The school is well equipped with 21st Century technologies. Teachers integrate technology across all Key Learning Areas to enhance students' learning.

Our children are involved in a wide range of special activities which aim to cater for the development of all our gifts and talents. The children are able to participate and succeed in numerous spheres which develop the 'whole' person - including Voice of Youth (public speaking), International Competitions of Australian Schools (ICAS), excursions and camps, extensive sports carnivals and gala days, a swimming program, Creative Arts Expo, Choir, Band, instrument lessons, debating, chess and other pursuits.

Two merit cards per class are given out weekly. These are presented to appropriate children. They are in the area of Learning Excellence and a St Angela’s Award for those who aspire the values of our Catholic school culture.