St Francis Xavier’s is a Catholic Community dedicated to providing young boys & girls with an education in a faith filled environment. Our developmentally appropriate curriculum provides a conducive environment for learning. Children have a natural curiosity about their world and their desire to make sense of it provides a platform to construct and review their learning through interactions with others, experimentation, scaffolding, explicit teaching, practice and play in the classroom and beyond. This helps them make sense of a world that is outside their immediate experience, as they connect new knowledge with what they already know or believe. This also sometimes provides an opportunity to challenge what they know or believe.
The Australian Curriculum is designed to accommodate the varied learning experiences and diverse backgrounds that children bring to school. The Australian Curriculum recognises the importance of communication, language and building relationships. It gives priority to foundation knowledge, understanding and skills that all children are expected to develop to enhance their opportunities for continued learning. In these years, priority is given to literacy and numeracy development because these are the foundations on which further learning is built.
Each of the eleven key learning areas are taught at St Francis Xavier’s School. These are:
- Religious Education
- Civics & Citizenship
- Digital Technology and Design Technology
- Health and Physical Education
- Language Other Than English (LOTE – Japanese)
- The Arts
Curriculum development is an ongoing process at St Francis Xavier’s. Our school curriculum framework is informed by the Syllabus documents developed by the Queensland Studies Authority and ACARA of which QCEC (Queensland Catholic Education Commission) is an active member. For more information on the Australian Curriculum visit www.australiancurriculum.edu.au
Our school curriculum framework is designed to support students in becoming lifelong learners by enabling them to demonstrate the life performance roles of:
- A community contributor
- An active investigator
- A quality producer
- A designer and creator
- An effective communicator
- A leader and collaborator, and a self-directed and reflective learner.
- Our school based programs are developed to meet the interests, needs and abilities of all our students.
Continuous monitoring of children’s progress informs our planning. Teachers are supported in providing an exciting and relevant curriculum through staff professional development, networking and collaborative planning time.
At St Francis Xavier’s School, we recognise the vital role parents play in their child’s education. Our curriculum is learner centred, collaboratively organised, flexibly constructed, ethically aware, community oriented, adequately resourced and strategically linked. Using these principles we hope to equip all our students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to function effectively now, as well as prepare them for higher level learning later, in a range of contexts including the school, the community and the world of work.