Educational programs

Our school provides a curriculum based on the nine key Learning Areas as identified by the Australian Government. Our staff uses both the Australian Curriculum and South Australian Curriculum Standards and Accountability (SACSA) Framework as a guide for their teaching and curriculum offerings.

Since 2012, we have progressively been implementing the new Australian Curriculum. This has already occurred with English, Science, Maths and History and will continue with other curriculum areas.

Religious Education

Students are provided with rich, meaningful learning opportunities, which promote their faith development, and bring them into a deeper, loving relationship with God.

Through our Religious Education program, each child learns about the catholic tradition and the teachings of Jesus in order to develop skills and attitudes that will help them develop into a responsible and compassionate, faith-filled adult.

English

Children need to become critical and creative users of the English language in order to develop a sense of positive self-worth and the skills and values to engage with all aspects of their learning lives, in school, paid and unpaid work, and further study.

In English, the study, enjoyment and critical use of a range of spoken, written and visual texts enable children to develop knowledge about how language functions and how texts reflect and shape social attitudes and practices.

English has a significant role in the development of literacy. Literacy underpins learning in all areas of study and involves using listening, speaking, reading, viewing and writing in a diverse range of situations.

Mathematics

Mathematics is both system of ideas using universal set of symbols as well as an expanding and changing set of tools and techniques that allows us to function effectively in an increasingly technological world.

We believe that this means that mathematics learning must involve traditional and core understandings as well as encouraging our students to be flexible and creative problem solvers.

Science

As a ‘way of knowing’, science can be used by people to explore and explain their experiences of phenomena of the universe.

Science provides us with an understanding of the physical world that enables our students to be questioning, reflective, creative and critical thinkers.

History

Studies in History involve the study of how the life experiences and relationships of individuals and groups are shaped. It explores how particular social, cultural, religious, historical, economic, political, technological and ecological systems and structures develop in different ways and places and at different times.

Through History, we encourage our students to observe,
research, critically appraise, discuss and debate ideas, attitudes and values in order to promote appreciations of cultural diversity, citizenship and environmental responsibility.

The Arts

At St Monica’s, the Arts includes:

  • Visual arts
  • Craft
  • Design
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Music

Learning in arts engages children in satisfying, lifelong involvement and pleasure.

This engages children’s intellect and creativity, enables them to become active, creative problem-solvers and offers opportunities to access alternative modes of thinking and feeling that are specific to each arts form.

Design and Technology

Students are provided with opportunities to develop technological capabilities through planning, developing and refining design concepts, selecting appropriate materials, tools and processes for particular design purposes.

Health and Physical Education

Health and Physical education is concerned with learning about, and through, healthy human development and change.

It engages all children in physical activity in a way that promotes a lifelong commitment to participation in active and healthy living.

Languages Other than English

For students, the benefits of learning a language include the ability to communicate in the target language, understand language as a system, better understand culture and extend general knowledge and connections across a wider range of ideas.

Saint Monica acknowledges that we are gathered on the traditional country of the Kaurna people of the Adelaide Plains. We recognise and respect their cultural heritage, beliefs and relationships with the land. We acknowledge that they are of continuing importance to the Kaurna people living today.