High quality learning and teaching is at the heart of St Joseph’s School.
The Australian Curriculum sets the expectations for what all Australian students should be taught, regardless of where they live or their background. For F-10, it means that students now have access to the same content, and their achievement can be judged against consistent national standards. Schools and teachers are responsible for the organisation of learning and they will choose contexts for learning and plan learning in ways that best meet their students’ needs and interests.
Education begins at birth and ends when our time on earth is complete – in other words, learning is life long. Schooling is but a small part of this process.
Within the context of the values we hold as a Catholic school in the Diocese of Cairns, we encourage each student to develop the attributes of a lifelong learner to become:
- a quality producer
- a designer and creator
- an active investigator
- an effective communicator
- a leader and collaborator and
- a community contributor
Learning Highlights of St Joseph’s
Social and Emotional Learning
All students are taught Program Achieve (P-2) and 2nd Step program (3-6). These programs aim to provide students with social and learning competencies necessary for success as a learner. Circle Solutions is used from Prep- Yr 6 and enables students to feel connected and belong as well as to listen to others and put forward their ideas.
To foster relationships and safety, our school has a buddy system where Preps and Yr 5 / Yr 1 and Yr 6 regularly get together for a variety of learning and community activities.
Digital Citizenship and eLearning
This is a high priority at St Joseph’s. Students and staff form a school-wide learning community where online and digital modes of learning are explored. We believe that we have a responsibility and obligation to engage students in 21st Century learning and as such we give students access to devices such as iPads, laptops and Google Chromebooks to engage, learn and share.
Students from Years 4-6 are provided with their own school-owned and managed iPad. We are conscious of the necessity to prepare young people for their future in a global society, well-equipped to face the challenges of the 21st century. We strive therefore to offer all students the opportunity to use information and communication technologies in an appropriate and discerning way. We assist them to develop creative and critical thinking skills and the ability to work productively both independently and cooperatively.
All students receive weekly specialist teaching in the area of Physical Education. This includes a swimming program for one term per year. Classroom teachers supplement this with additional time of physical activity per week.
The school also has a proud tradition of participation in sporting events, including athletics, track and field, netball and rugby league. The school supports many of our students who represent sports of their choice at Peninsula trials and beyond. For more information, refer to the Sports link on the Parent Portal.
Performing Arts – Music
All students receive weekly classroom Music lessons. With the aim of giving each child a positive experience of music, the program covers the basic concept and skills including recorder and ukulele. Additional opportunities are provided through the Choir and St Mary’s Catholic College’s Instrumental program.
All students have the wonderful opportunity of learning a second language at St Joseph’s. We have made the decision to offer Mandarin as the Chinese culture and economic influences in our region are great. In 2016, we will conduct our inaugural cultural excursion to Taiwan with a view to host Chinese students in the future.
St Joseph’s annually takes part in the Cairns District Junior Eisteddfod, Choric Speaking Competition.
St Joseph’s has a Choir who train all year and who perform at the Cairns District Junior Eisteddfod, school fete and on occasions throughout the year.
EAL/D English as an Additional Language or dialect
At St Joseph’s we have a specialist teacher who provide intensive English language tuition for students who are new arrivals to Australia and whose level of English requires intensive English language instruction.