Schools in the Catholic Diocese of Lismore work within the framework of the syllabuses written by the NSW Board of Studies. An overview of the whole curriculum process can be found at the Board of Studies website.
A common element across all key learning areas is the development in children of the key competencies. The Key Competencies are a set of seven generic competencies that people need for effective participation in the workforce. The Key Competencies provide an excellent structure for the development of life-long, generic and transferable skills: as well as a framework for the development of more specific industry and enterprise competencies. They are:
Information Skills: The capacity to locate information, sift and sort information in order to select what is required and present it in a useful way, and evaluate both the information itself and the sources and methods used to obtain it.
Communication Skills: The capacity to communicate effectively with others using a range of spoken, written, graphic and other non-verbal means of expression.
Organising Skills: The capacity to plan and organise one’s own work activities, including making good use of time and resources, sorting out priorities and monitoring one’s own performance.
Cooperative Skills: The capacity to interact effectively with other people both on a one to one basis and in groups, including understanding and responding to the needs of a client and working effectively as a member of a team to achieve a shared goal.
Mathematical Skills: The capacity to use mathematical ideas, such as number and space, and techniques, such as estimation and approximation, for practical purposes.
Problem Solving Skills: The capacity to apply problem-solving strategies in purposeful ways, both in situations where the problem and the desired solution are clearly evident and in situations requiring critical thinking and a creative approach to achieve an outcome.
Technology Skills: The capacity to apply technology, combining the physical and sensory skills needed to operate equipment with the understanding of scientific and technological principles needed to explore and adapt systems.
The school’s curriculum also includes the Religious Education program “To Know, Worship and Love”.
There are seven Key Learning Areas in the Primary Catholic School Curriculum in New South Wales.
SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGY
HUMAN SOCIETY and ITS ENVIRONMENT
CREATIVE and PRACTICAL ARTS
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT, HEALTH and PHYSICAL EDUCATION
The School also provides extra-curricular activities. These activities include musical tuition, a school choir, regular school assemblies, a Mission program, school socials, inter-school and representative sporting opportunities, visits by cultural groups and a chess program. The school attempts to penetrate the wider community through participation, as much as possible, in the life of the Parish, local Education Week activities, Anzac Day ceremonies and community activities as they arise.