Specialists

At St Monica's our excellent curriculum is complemented by a range of specialist education areas to help our students develop further.

Italian language and culture

Learning a language opens up so many possibilities and helps students develop more proficient literacy skills.

That is why all students at St Monica’s learn Italian and it is currently being taught from Reception to Year 6.

Through their Italian lessons, our students learn to listen to, speak, read and write the language.  They learn in a range of different ways:

  • games
  • songs
  • role plays
  • dancing
  • book work
  • cooking and tasting
  • displaying
  • creating presentations on their Mac computers
  • using Interactive Smart boards
  • watching and being involved in performances
  • celebrating

What students learn in Italian is integrated with classroom work and programs and they learn about language as well as the culture of the Italian people while comparing it with their own. To reinforce the understanding of culture, St Monica’s always participates in Carnevale in Adelaide and every second year Italian Day is a real highlight.

One of the best things about learning Italian at St Monica’s, though, might be the spectacular room students learn in; certainly the most beautiful room in the school.

Other Specialist Programs

Guided Reading Intervention is small group support delivered by a Trained Reading Recovery Teacher for reception to year 2 students.  It has a strong focus on developing multiple reading strategies to enable children to problem solve and read independently. 

Rainbow Reading is supported by an Education Support Officer and gives children in Years Two, Three, Four and Five practise reading aloud and listening to stories.

Funtastics provides Reception and Year One children with experiences that enable them to improve their fine and gross motor skills. Through play and movement the children get to practise the skills that are vital to success in the Early Years of education.

Our Year 6 teachers plan and work together to provide a challenging curriculum that fosters the independence required as students continue to move towards senior schooling.

Reception to year 2 students have access to shared classroom sets of iPads.  Year 3 students have their own school supplied  iPads which include bluetooth keyboards. Year 4 to 6 students participate in an iPad rental program which provisions them with personal iPads and bluetooth keyboards that they can take home daily. For more intense applications, all students have access to a bank of MacBooks.

 

All students have the ability to communicate and collaborate with teachers and peers through emails and document sharing.  This has been facilitated by the provisioning of Microsoft’s Office 365 for every staff and student at St Monica’s Parish School.

 

The addition of Large Screen Televisions into every classroom allows teachers and students to display multimedia from their device to the whole class.

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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.