Education in Faith
The Religious Education programme follows that developed between the five Catholic dioceses of Queensland. The curriculum was developed in consultation with parents, teachers, tertiary educators, professional associates, subject and discipline specialists, and curriculum developers.
Eight levels of growth have been developed to encompass year 1-12. For each level, knowledge, process and communication aspects are covered for the religious education component of Scripture, Beliefs, Celebration and Prayer, and Morality.
The school works closely with the Parish. Whole school masses are celebrated once per term as are regular class Masses. The school complements the Parish's Sacramental Program. Special occasions are also marked by prayer at school assemblies.
Other Curriculum Areas
The school uses both State and National Curriculum documents from which Accredited School Based Curriculum documents are developed. With Religious Education, there are nine curriculum areas, each of which has an Outcomes Based approach.
Language is the vehicle for all learning and covers all avenues of communication, oral written and importance is placed on the basic skills of reading, comprehension and writing. Children are exposed, during their primary schooling to a wide variety of genres in both oral and written form. They are given the opportunities to express themselves in oral, written and dramatic formats, in creative and formal modes. The use of First Steps Continua allows teachers to monitor the level of operation of children and hence develop programs of work that are appropriate.
Aimed at developing skills in numeracy, problem-solving, measurement and spatial concepts. This area includes the processes of computing, classifying, analysing, calculating, interpreting, inferring, validating, organising, comparing, measuring, explaining, estimating, representing, patterning and counting.
Science and Studies of Society
The emphasis in these areas is to encourage children to develop enquiring minds, search for information and formulate and check hypothesis.
Art and Craft
Children are given the opportunities to express their creativity through the use of a wide variety of mediums including paint, crayons, paper, wood, string, fabric and plaster.
Children study basic theory of music involving beat and rhythmic patterns as well as performance of percussion and singing.
Health and Physical Education
Personal Development Education permeates all facets of the curriculum. It provides opportunities for students to understand the specific features of their gender, their physical growth and development and their identity as they make the transition from early childhood to adulthood.
For Catholic Education to operate at the intersection of faith and life each student's life experience must be acknowledged. Contemporary issues that are personally and socially sensitive must be examined.
All children are given the opportunity to participate in a range of sporting activities. It is expected that all children will take part in these activities unless prevented for medical reasons. Children must bring a note from parents requesting exemption from any sporting activity. Some children also take part in sports on a competitive basis with other local schools. We also hold Swimming and Athletics Carnivals at the school in order to select squads to represent St Francis at the local zone carnivals. Children can go on to be selected to represent at State level.
Languages other than English (LOTE)
The LOTE programme exposes children to languages other than English. The language included in this programme is Italian P-6.
Technology involves the processes of exploring possibilities and envisioning and developing practical, purposeful, and innovative products that meet human needs and wants, utilise opportunities and extend human capabilities. Products (artefacts, processes, systems, services and environments) are developed using combinations of technology practice, information, materials and systems interwoven with appropriateness, contexts and management. Products of technology have impacts and consequences on individuals, local and global communities, and on the environment.
Camps are a part of the educational package on offer at St Francis, and as such, all students are expected to participate. In the past, Year 6 children have taken part in a three day camp. Each year, options for school camps are reconsidered in the light of options presented.