Educational Philosophy

At Our Lady of the Angels Primary we respect proven learning practices from the past, while also supporting 21st century learning and teaching.


Our aim is to provide educational programs that are relevant and meet the needs of the individual student.They are designed to develop students who are independent, lifelong learners.

A block of time each day is dedicated to the teaching and learning of literacy. Our teachers put into practice, a wide variety of strategies that assist in the development of reading, writing, and talking and listening skills.



Mrs Pacella demonstrates how to use the beadstring in the Parent Workshop

 

Numeracy is a key focus, and our school has a dedicated numeracy block, where children from Years K - 6 are involved in Mathematics learning made up of:

  • teacher modeling
  • open-ended tasks
  • student directed learning and sharing

Our school is part of the Extending Mathematical Understanding (EMU) Project. It offers an invaluable and exciting opportunity for all staff members to develop their understanding of their students' learning in mathematics. With the parents in partnership, we look forward to this learning journey together over the next few years.

Project-based work forms the basis of addressing outcomes across other Key Learning Areas, as well as the integration of language and numeracy. These projects are designed so that learning is developmentally appropriate, experience-based and student-directed.

Our Catholic faith lights the way as we guide your child’s learning journey. We are led by love, compassion and respect for all.
We walk with Jesus and with those in need, both at school and in the community. Together in Christ, we will change the world.
We see the good in each child. Every child deserves to be safe, known and cared for. Every child can learn lots, grow as a person and be happy.



Here’s what we think about learning

Let’s work together

Every child’s learning journey begins at home. We’ll work with you to make sure that your child is on track at school too. This means getting to know your child well, especially what gets him or her excited about learning.

Like you, we understand that great teachers make a real difference in a child’s life. That’s why we’ll make sure that your child’s teachers are skilled up and supported by an effective Principal with a passion for learning and caring.

Our teaching is up-to-date

Our children’s adult lives will be very different from our own. Technology is changing everything including the way they will work. To prepare them for whatever that future holds, our school has had to change and will need to keep changing.

Learning today is so much more than facts and figures. Information will be coming at them from everywhere so they need to learn to make sense of it all and the world around them. We’re focused on developing strengths that students need now and in the future - communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and so much more.

  • We’ll work with your child to find out what interests him or her and show them ways to learn more.
  • We’ll use real world problems to show how the skills we learn at school are relevant for life.
  • We’ll work closely with your child as she or he learns to take responsibility for learning too.

It’s a great start to a lifelong learning journey. And our teachers are lifelong learners too!



This is how we do it

So much more is being asked of teachers today. Not only will teachers get to know your child’s needs, they’ll change their teaching approaches to meet them where they’re at. This means teachers need to be ready to share skills with students, help students plan their learning, track how each student is progressing, and respond with extra support as needed. After all, learning how to learn is even more important than what we learn.

We’re supporting your child’s learning

Our school is a place where curiosity, imagination and love of learning are treasured. We know schools should be places of wonder, exploration and endless possibilities. Our school is full of great teachers working together to meet your child’s needs in spaces that are designed for up-to-date learning. There are places for students to work together and for working independently. They are places where the latest technology supports your child’s learning.

We’ll make this work for you and your child

Every child is different and so is his or her learning journey. Teamwork between our school and families, expert staff, state-of-the-art technology, well-designed facilities, and a can-do attitude help us to meet your child’s needs better. Our school is a community of learners, thinkers and achievers. It is a safe place for each child to belong, make friends and be cared for.

Let’s keep talking!

We’ll take every opportunity to talk with you about your child’s learning. The best learning happens when there’s a strong partnership between home and school. We know you want to know how the learning works, and we’ll keep you updated when it’s working well for your child and when it’s not. After all, we’re all in this together.