& Teaching - Curriculum

Through Inquiry Based and Contemporary Learning approaches, St. Mary’s builds a learning community that strives for excellence and is motivated, supported and challenged to learn in each area of the AusVELS curriculum.


St. Mary’s continues to thrive as a caring and innovative school that provides a diverse curriculum where students are challenged to become independent learners.  Contemporary Learning takes place at St. Mary’s in facilities designed for education in the 21st century and in a way that will prepare our students to become global citizens in the future.  The use of ICT is integrated across the school, with students provided access to a range of devices and technologies in the classrooms and the newly established Resource Centre.


We place strong emphasis on developing important literacy and numeracy skills through explicit teaching and focussed individual and group learning tasks.  Priority is given to developing the essential fundamental skills that will further their learning.  Individual student needs are also further developed and supported through a number of specialist programs being offered including Rainbow Reading, EMU (Extending Mathematical Understanding), and Seasons for Growth (loss and grief education).


Opportunities to develop creativity and skills in the areas of music, performing and visual arts are provided through lessons, school performances and visual arts exhibitions.


Physical Education lessons, interschool sport, interhouse swimming and athletics are all part of our Physical Education Program.  Students compete regularly in district, zone, state and national competitions.


Our curriculum celebrates diversity, caters for individual needs and encourages learning from each other.


Written reports on student achievement are completed in June and December, with Parent Teacher Interviews being offered in Terms 1 and 3.  Formal and informal assessments are conducted throughout the year.