Our school provides a comprehensive curriculum for all students encompassing the development of skills, attitudes, values, knowledge and understandings.
In 2016 our school commenced the transition to the Victorian Curriculum. The Victorian Curriculum F–10 sets out what every student should learn during their first eleven years of schooling. Our curriculum is the common set of knowledge and skills required by students for life-long learning, social development and active and informed citizenship. In addition, our Religious Education curriculum meets the needs of school, family and parish communities in evangelising students and helping them realise the beauty, the power and love of faith in Jesus Christ.
We have a strong emphasis on Literacy in our curriculum. The acquisition of skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking are vital to all other areas of learning.
Each class devotes a daily block to literacy and parents are encouraged to become involved in the classroom activities.
Children are taught the skills of English and how to use these in a variety of ways for different purposes. We encourage children to think critically about what they hear, read and view.
Our aim is not only that the children be skilled in literacy, but that they use their skills for enjoyment and with confidence.
Levelled Learning Intervention (LLI) is a small group program that provides an opportunity for students who have not yet established effective reading and writing processes for their level of schooling, to improve their literacy learning.
Students in the Program receive regular thirty-minute lesson in addition to the regular classroom reading and writing program.
At St. Gabriel's we recognise that Mathematics has connections in most human activities and we consequently strive to help children see the real life applications of mathematics.
The content of our Mathematics program is drawn from the Victorian Curriculum and all classes from Prep to 6 schedule 5 hours of maths learning each week.
The students engage in mathematical activities which foster exploration, discovery, creativity and independent and creative thinking.
Mathematics is taught in a variety of ways. The use of aids and concrete materials is vital to the development of sound skills and concepts and continues through Prep—6 depending on the topic and needs of the children. Games are frequently used to investigate, practise or reinforce a particular concept.
Integrated Curriculum Studies involves the children in active enquiry learning.
Through hypothesizing, investigating and interpreting findings, the children develop skills leading to a greater understanding of the societal, physical, technological and natural world they inhabit.
Curriculum topics for each Year level are drawn from the following Victorian Curriculum areas:
- Civics and Citizenship
- Health & Physical Education
- Digital Technologies
- Design and Technologies
We address the four capabilities (Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical Thinking, Intercultural Awareness and Personal and Social Capability) in an integrated manner through our topics and inquiry questions. In this way, we can better prepare our students to become lifelong learners and effective members of their globalised society.