Ethos and Vision
In Harmony with our God, St John Paul II Catholic Primary School community is centred on Jesus Christ and shaped by the spiritual gifts of unity, compassion and forgiveness.
As a Catholic School, we have articulated particular charisms or focuses that we identify with and direct our way of life. These are;
- Desire for Unity
The basis of the educational philosophy of all staff at St John Paul II Catholic Primary revolves around developmental learning. This approach to education sees the curriculum as being child-centred, recognising that each child is a precious and unique gift from God. Developmental Learning provides educational experiences appropriate to the child's development.
Educational priorities are:
- The continued development and effective implementation of our Evangelisation Plan, with a particular emphasis on Religious Education classes and the Sacramental Programmes and ensuring the plan is linked to policies and practices throughout the school.
- The consolidation of the RAISe literacy programme. Data gathered on the children indicate the very positive effect it is having upon the children's reading and writing. These aspects of literacy will be developed and consolidated with a greater emphasis on spelling and Maths.
- The continuation of Kagan co-operative learning strategies where the children and staff are involved in activities which involve collaboration with one or more persons, goal setting, planning, reviewing and fun. All essential elements in effective learning and teaching.
- The development of our sustainability practices. In addition to our being a Waterwise School, paper recycling, the compost bins are all aspects of our understating and respecting the environment. We are working hard at reducing, recycling and re-using in our daily practices and reminding each other and the community of our responsibility in caring for the environment. We are part of the State Government's Sustainable schools programme. This year we have introduced our edible garden - veggie patch & orchard.
- Continuing with, You Can Do It Programme, being an Asthma Friendly School, the use of Technologies to enhance learning and the continuation of the Protective Behaviours programme which are all part of the National Safe Schools Programme, an Australian Government initiative which commenced in all schools in 2006.
- The development of student leadership through the Student Ministries of Communication, Liturgy, Environment and Pastoral and the continuation of the class buddies system.