As a Catholic school and as part of our school ‘Evangelisation Plan’ we are giving focus to three particular areas:
- PRAYER: Regular enriching prayer experiences and liturgical celebrations focussing on relationship with Jesus.
- PARISH: Forging a strong bond with our parish community.
- CATHOLIC TEACHING: Helping students and staff grow in their understanding of Catholic teaching.
Mission Statement: With Christ as our guide and in the spirit of harmony we embrace and empower our communtiy to be witness to and celebrate the diversity of faith, life and learning.
Aspiration (for 2016 - 2018): To move from 'below like' Schools to 'above like' Schools in NAPLAN results.
Literacy and RAISe
RAISe is a Catholic Eduction Office initiative launched in 2004 to raise student achievement in literacy learning. Participation in the programme involves a three year commitment by schools to attend specific professional development and training in literacy learning. The training shows teachers how to enhance the explicit teaching of reading and writing in the classroom context. In addition to this training schools also establish Professional Learning Communities (PLC's) whereby teachers in the school meet each fortnight to discuss and synthesise current literacy data and practice. These forums provide a range of opportunities for teachers to question, challenge and reflect upon current practice.
Having participated in the RAISe programme (2004-2006) SJPIICPS is currently in a maintenance mode whereby practices instituted and developed in the training period are continually reviewed and refined according to student needs and trends. PLC meetings continue each fortnight.
Collaborative Learning is the use of structured student interaction to enhance thinking and learning. Collaborative Learning aims to improve student engagement with each other and the curriculum. Using a variety of interactive strategies, students learn to think, interact and reflect with their peers as they engage with the curriculum.
Collaborative Learning strategies are used to build a sense of belonging within the class community, as well as develop and enhance a range of social skills such as paraphrasing, turn taking, listening and disagreeing in an acceptable manner.
SJPIICPS uses the interactive strategies developed by Dr Spencer Kagan over the past thirty years of classroom research. Staff attend professional development opportunities offered by Kagan Learning and continue to update and review collaborative practice each fortnight at staff meetings.
Collaborative Learning is a core focus underpinning all learning areas at SJPIICPS. It complements our Catholic ethos and the You Can Do It programme. Furthermore as the Collaborative Learning strategies are content free and can be used throughout the school with all students.
While literacy learning (reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing) occurs across the curriculum everyday, specific daily instruction in literacy is provided in Literacy Dedicated Time (LDT). During LDT students engage in 90 minutes of explicit literacy instruction in reading and writing. Instruction moves from a whole class focus to small group and individual teaching episodes. Teachers continually monitor student progress and plan lessons and group tasks according to student needs. A range of teaching strategies and resources are utilised to ensure students are engaged and motivated in their literacy learning time.
Reading Recovery is an early intervention literacy program. This researched based program was developed in New Zealand by Dr Marie Clay in the 1980's to reduce reading and writing failure. Research by Clay and a team of teachers culminated in a set of reading recovery procedures that were trialled in New Zealand and have now been expanded and adopted by Reading Recovery teachers throughout Australia. United Kingdom, Canada and the USA.
The programme targets students who have completed their first year of formal schooling and are considered at risk in their literacy development. Students selected to participate in the program receive a thirty minute, one-one daily lesson in addition to their regular class literacy time. Students participate in the programme for a 10 -20 week period.
The thirty minute Reading Recovery lesson includes activities in reading and writing. Six core tasks underpin the lesson these are:
Daily reading of familiar texts
Students read one or two familiar texts in a phrased and fluent manner providing an opportunity for students to practise good reading behaviours.
Text reading and taking a running record of yesterday's new book
The teacher takes a running record of yesterday's new book.
Letter identification and word making and breaking
The teacher orchestrates the student's manipulation of magnetic letters to enhance letter knowledge and develop understanding of how words work.
The student writes a sentence about a personal experience or records an idea or response to a familiar text.
Text reading: Rearranging the cut-up story
The teacher records the student's sentence on a strip of cardboard. The sentence is then cut up so the student can search and check for information to help in reassembling the story.
Text reading: Reading a new Book
The teacher introduces a new book to the student providing cues about the language structure of the story and any challenging words or phrases.
St John Paul II Catholic Primary School supports the Curriculum Framework Progress Maps Outcomes to provide a variety of learning experiences in the following strands:
- Working Mathematically
- Chance & Data
We encourage concrete based activities to support student learning, use interactive ICT programs where applicable and invite presenters in to further expose our students to problem solving skills. Additionally we have joined a program called EMU Maths which is a program that extends mathematically understanding developmentally. In 2009 we will be involved in a national program as part of the federal government's Education Revolution LAND project which involves training more staff in EMU Maths, developing a whole school approach, and working in conjunction with schools within WA and interstate to ensure that our students achieve the best possible outcomes.
Physical Education and Health
Banksia Grove Catholic PS has implemented various activities for the school children during the term in order to develop the building blocks for a physically fit lifestyle. Activities include:
- Faction Footy
- Football Clinics
- WA Soccer Clinics
- 2 Fruit, 5 Veg Basketball Clinics
- Cowan interschool basketball competition
- Learn to Swim program at Joondalup Arena
Additionally, the school's qualified physical education specialist, Mr Turner, conducts weekly sessions to promote physical fitness, develop sport skills and health and wellness education. The sessions throughout the term include developing gross motor skills, learn to swim, general fitness activities and skills development and coaching sessions in a variety of sports.
All students are placed in one of our 3 sporting factions when they enroll, these being Boodjah, Jeerp and Nganka. The school conducts an Athletics Carnival each year. Successful students will soon have the opportunity to represent their school at the Interschool Sporting event.
St John Paul II Catholic Primary School uses the Curriculum Framework Progress Maps Outcomes to provide a variety of learning experiences in the following strands:
- Earth & Beyond
- Life & Living
- Energy & Change
- Natural & Processed Materials
We use Primary Connections, a resource that links science and literacy, to enhance the learning experiences of our students. Additionally we have formed a partnership with a scientist, Kellie Clark who currently works with the Water Department, as part of the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations & CSIRO initiative 'Scientist in Schools'.
'The Scientists in Schools program promotes science education in primary and secondary schools, helps to engage and motivate students in their learning of science, and broadens awareness of the types and variety of exciting careers available in the sciences.'
Languages Other Than English
Banksia Grove has chosen to implement Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian).
“The LOTE learning area develops the students' knowledge, skills and understandings to communicate effectively and appropriately in Languages Other Than English”. [Curriculum Council LOTE Learning Area Statement, 1998]
Language is the foundation of all human relationships. It is through language that our thoughts, values and understandings are developed.
By studying a LOTE, the children at St John Paul II Catholic Primary School gain a unique insight into the culture of the Indonesian people. The LOTE program at our school is inclusive of all students from Pre-Primary upwards and provides opportunities for enjoyment and intellectual challenge.
Language use is a social activity which gives students the opportunity to develop social skills through activities that require them to work collaboratively and in groups. The students can use these skills across all learning areas.
An understanding of the system of the target language is an essential element of LOTE learning. By exploring a LOTE, literacy development is supported generally and English language development is supported specifically because of the comparison between English and the target language.
The study of LOTE builds a solid foundation for students to pursue language learning after they leave school, through further study, travel, employment, in family contexts or for enjoyment.
Indonesian lessons are taught for 45 minutes at a time. The students are exposed to six outcomes during these lessons:
- Listening and Responding, and Speaking
- Viewing, Reading and Responding
- Cultural Understandings
- The system of Indonesian
- Language learning strategies
The Indonesian program began at Banksia Grove in 2008.
* Reference: Curriculum Council LOTE Learning Area Statement, 1998
Students at St John Paul II Catholic Primary School have an opportunity to engage in various forms of arts such as visual arts, drama, dance, media and music. Through these various forms of art students will gain knowledge about different art techniques and technologies as well as be able to develop a critical appreciation for art forms. It also gives students an opportunity to develop an awareness of their unique personal and cultural identity.
[Curriculum Council, The Arts Learning Area Statement, 1998]
At Banksia Grove we have a specialist music teacher, who teaches students music lessons once a week. The school participates in the Catholic Schools Performing Arts Festival in liturgical dance and choir and we enter art work for the Wanneroo Art Show. Students also have a chance to demonstrate their talents in our fortnightly class assemblies.
St John Paul II Catholic Primary School provides opportunities for every student to learn, participate and explore music. The school is dedicated to giving the students a music program that develops their creativity and skills in music and the arts.
- Each year will participate in 45-minute sessions with the music specialist. Students will sing, dance, perform and learn music theory from pre-primary to Year 6.
- Various music software, such as Groovy Music, are used to teach music theory and allows students to compose their own songs.
- Brass, Woodwind, Percussion (including Bass Guitar) during school time on a rotational timetable.
- Hymn singing is also an important element of the school's music program.
- The music program is being modified to include various style of dance to enhance student's motor skills.
- Student's are introduced to various instrument's including, African drums, recorder, glockenspiels, percussion instruments, boom whackers and guitar.
Performance opportunities include:
- Classroom performance in front of the grade
- Assembly performance in front of the school
- Liturgical dance contests
In 2008, Banksia Grove Catholic PS established a guitar ensemble program. Selected students have the opportunity to learn both classical and contemporary guitar. Our music specialist, Mr Turner has over 15 years guitar experience and provides a structured program for the students. This enables them to
- Read music
- Study theory, scales and chords
- Improve rhythm and gain control of dynamics
- Follow a beat and learning to play together
- Have fun!