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.
St John Paul II Catholic Primary School uses Talk for Writing framework developed by Pie Corbett. The Talk for Writing approach enables children to imitate orally the language they need for a topic, before reading and analysing it, and then writing their own version. This pedagogy is powerful because it is based on the principles of how people learn. The movement from imitation to innovation to an independent application can be adapted to suit the needs of learners of any stage. https://www.talk4writing.co.uk/about/
At St John Paul II Catholic Primary School, our focus is to build more confident readers who foster a love for reading from an early age. One of our school’s main core is building reading fluency and using comprehension strategies to have a better understanding of the text. These skills are taught both explicitly and embedded across the curriculum.
Aligning with the principles of the Explicit Teaching Model used throughout the curriculum areas, the following spelling programs are used to support this model:
- Letters & Sounds
- Spelling Mastery
At Saint John Paul II Catholic Primary School, we strive towards ensuring all students from Kindergarten to Year 6 achieve their best in Mathematics. Our programs are based on the West Australian Curriculum, the Early Years Learning Framework and our School Strategic plan to develop, strengthen and master mathematical skills for success.
From Pre-primary to Year 6, teachers implement the Oxford Maths program, which is a comprehensive program that delivers a balanced approach to support and extend our students. Our teachers deliver their explicit instruction that begins at the whole class level, working towards smaller groups catering to individual needs and understanding, and providing one to one support. This is to ensure students have a firm foundation of each mathematical concept in their learning journey. Mental maths are also incorporated to strengthen their ability in basic skills and review the mastery of key concepts
Physical Education and Health
Physical Education at St John Paul II aims to provide students with essential knowledge, practical skills and the ability to work in a team within a sporting environment. Students are exposed to a range of different sports and are given the opportunity to practise their skills in game situations. Students learn the importance of a warmup before being involved in any physical activities.
St John Paul II holds annual Cross Country and Athletics carnivals that involve all students. Students from Years 3-6 are provided with the opportunity to represent the school at interschool carnivals and lightning carnivals.
Students in Kindy and Pre-Primary work through a Perceptual Motor Program (PMP) that encompasses a range of fundamental movement skills such as balancing, jumping, kicking and throwing. Students learn the skills in small steps and sequence, and then adapt these skills into more complex activities. By developing these fundamental skills at a young age, it helps to create confidence and determination in our students.
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
St John Paul II 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 St John Paul II in 2008.
* Reference: Curriculum Council LOTE Learning Area Statement, 1998
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
KAGAN Co-operative Learning
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.