Holy Cross School recognises the developmental needs of students. We have successfully implemented the Early Years Curriculum Guidelines, and the Australian Curriculum is being implemented as it is phased in. We recognise the vital role in children’s brain development of play-based problem-solving with other children, and the roles of adults in inquiry-based learning: supporting, scaffolding, facilitating and monitoring learning.
The skills, behaviours and attributes that students need to succeed in life and work in the twenty-first century have been identified in the Australian Curriculum as general capabilities. We extend to all students opportunities to develop these general capabilities through all Learning Areas. The nine areas of learning, in addition to Religious Education, are:
- HASS – Humanities and Social Sciences
- The Arts (Music, Dance, Drama, Visual Art and Media)
- Health and Physical Education (HPE)
- Languages (Japanese – Year 5-6); (Japanese culture – Prep-Year 4)
While covering all Learning Areas as required by the Australian Curriculum, a variety of learning area focuses are developed by teachers throughout the school, allowing for the interests and developmental needs of students, with contexts developed to incorporate essential content, skills and processes within areas of interest. Through the inclusion and integration of Social and Emotional Learning, Holy Cross School strives to not only recognise, but to celebrate the successes and development of each individual.