If there is righteousness in the heart, there will be beauty in the character. If there is beauty in the character, there will be harmony in the home, there will be order in the nation, and there will be peace in the world.
St Anthony’s School is a community in which faith and daily life are closely integrated. We strive to develop the whole child for whom pastoral care and parental involvement form an essential part of school life. By following God’s plan to enhance the dignity of each child, St. Anthony’s School seeks to draw on the child’s own creativity to develop, through education in faith, the spiritual, moral, social emotional, intellectual, physical and cultural aspects of the child’s character. It values openness and seeks truth. It is characterised by positive hope and freedom.
Religious Education embodies not only formal education but also the development of values and attitudes. The first educators in these matters are the parents.
Our school’s Religious Education Program is a sequential K – 12 syllabus and is used in all Catholic Primary and Secondary Schools. It is based on the readiness of the child and emphasises the integration of Faith and Life. These units were developed by the W.A. Catholic Education Office, under the direction of the Diocesan Bishop, and are designed to cater specifically for the needs of children in Western Australian Catholic Schools.
The main aim of the Religious Education program is to assist the students relate to their Catholic faith in their daily lives. Preparation for the Sacraments is part of this integration and occurs throughout the grades; however, the formal reception of each Sacrament occurs at specific year levels. These are First Penance in Year 3; First Eucharist in Year 4; Confirmation in Year 6.
The Religious Education Units of work are set out in four levels as follows:
- Level 1 – for Pre-Primary and Year 1
- Level 2 – for Years 2 and 3
- Level 3 – for Years 4 and 5
- Level 4 – for Years 6
Kindergarten – at this level Religious Education is presented in an unstructured and informal way, rather than a formal program.
While the Religious life of the school needs to be integrated throughout the school activities and curriculum, the following are minimum time allocations for primary schools:
- Pre-Primary and Year 1 – up to 15 minutes daily.
- Years 2-6 – up to 30 minutes daily.
The Religious Education Units of work are based on a 3-step teaching process. They contain all the fundamental Catholic beliefs and practices that children need to learn during their primary schooling. The Religious Education Units focus on Prayer, Sacraments and the Word of God.
- Prayer – at each level children are taught particular traditional prayers. They are also given opportunities for spontaneous and other forms of prayer and are encouraged to make prayer a part of their daily lives.
- Sacraments – the school RE program helps the children appreciate what God is offering them through each Sacrament. The Sacraments are presented in such a way as to make them meaningful to the children’s lives. The children are taught how to celebrate the Sacrament and how to draw on its gifts for their lives.
- Word of God – similarly, the children are taught about the Word of God, in ways that are appropriate to their level of understanding.
All members of the school community are urged to treat each other with Christian respect, justice and tolerance. Every effort is made to develop and strengthen the Christian environment in which sound religious values and attitudes can develop.
The School follows the Pre-primary to Year 10 Western Australian curriculum which provides a coherent and comprehensive set of prescribed content and achievement standards which we use to plan student learning programmes, assessing student progress and reporting to parents.
The Western Australian curriculum currently encompasses ACARA’s Australian curriculum English, mathematics, science and history. In addition, year-level syllabuses for Humanities and Social Sciences, Health and Physical Education, Technologies and The Arts have been released. The Western Australian syllabus remains broadly consistent with the Australian curriculum but has been placing in the local context to make them more suitable for Western Australian students and teachers.
Additional support programmes are provided for children with learning difficulties or disabilities, as resources allow. The extension programme provides students in Years 1 – 6 with the opportunity of working with like-minded children who are working at well above average within their year level programmes.
The embedding of iPads as part of classroom learning and teaching is continuing, with the Years 4 – 6 cohort to ‘Bring Your Own Specified Device Programme. All other year levels have access to pods of iPads for classroom use including iPads laptops.
The school offers Italian in years Year One to Year Six.
Physical Education & Sport
The school has an active programme which promotes fitness and skills. It also offers swimming classes and competes in inter-school events in a number of sports. A morning daily fitness programme has commenced in 2016 for students in Years Two – Six, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday when weather permits.
A specialist music teacher takes each class for a comprehensive music programme, which is supplemented by choir and hymn singing. Private lessons in guitar, piano, violin, flute, clarinet and drums are also available.
Students are able to participate in excursions, incursions, camps and other activities designed to extend their educational experience e.g. natural science and maths competitions, writing competitions, music festivals and sports fun.
Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum (KS:CPC)
The Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum (KS:CPC) is a child safety program for children and young people from age 3 to Year 12. It teaches children to:
At St Anthony’s School, the Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum will be delivered by the classroom teacher
The KS:CPC is used extensively throughout Catholic Education and is taught by teachers who have completed a KS:CPC training course. The school has a responsibility to protect children and young people from abuse in its own settings and in the wider community. All children and young people have a right to:
- be treated with respect and to be protected from harm
- be asked for their opinions about things that affect their lives and to be listened to
- feel and be safe in their interactions with adults and other children and young people
- understand as early as possible what is meant by ‘feeling and being safe’