Students are invited into a living encounter with the beliefs, values, symbols, rituals, faith and community of the Catholic Church. Our Religious Education is an experience of Church that is authentic and life-giving. Prayer and Liturgical celebrations are a vibrant part of our faith education. As they develop their beliefs, live and celebrate their faith, your child will develop a strong sense of social awareness and understanding that all human beings are loved by God and therefore are a vital member of the world community.
Mathematics at Star of the Sea is a dynamic and engaging, with numeracy skills that will enrich and empower their lives.
The curriculum focus is on developing mathematical proficiencies in understanding, reasoning, fluency and problem solving skills, as well as helping students to develop the ability to creatively apply their understanding in efficient ways.
The Australian Curriculum content strands for Mathematics are Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability.
English is a rich language that forms the basis for all communication in our country. Your child will engage with English, and develop a love of language and literacy. It includes listening, reading, viewing, speaking and writing. Literacy is the ability to understand and to use language in appropriate spoken, written and visual forms for different contexts, purposes and audiences.
Students engage in activities that support their growing understanding and use of Australian English. In English, students will read, communicate, create, reflect and think critically about a range of fictional, factual, non-print and multimodal texts from diverse cultures. Students will be exposed to a broad range of literature including novels, poetry, plays, films, picture books, short stories and magazines.
Through studies of History, Social Studies and Geography, students will be able to develop the skills, knowledge and values which will enable them to participate in a variety of different ways as ethical, active and informed citizens in a democratic society, within a global community, in an ever-changing world.
The HASS studies area aims to develop in all students a knowledge and appreciation of societies, locally, nationally and globally; of changing environments and systems; and of interactions between environments and societies. Students will also learn about cultural diversity, and the different perspectives people have, and the emerging forms of new knowledge, technologies and demographic patterns in the world.
Through a variety of pedagogical experiences, students will be encouraged to be critical thinkers and to positively and effectively participate in their school, community and wider world. Students are to be given opportunities to develop skills that will enable them to evaluate, make informed decisions, plan, and implement actions, that will be of benefit to them and society.
The Arts include music, dance, drama, media and visual arts. In all areas, students learn to discuss the art form and to express opinions about it.
The Visual Arts Program allows students to explore their ideas through a variety of art forms, developing experience in the areas of drawing, painting, sculpture, collage, textiles, puppetry, construction, mixed media, poster and theatre art. Students have the opportunity to explore their own artistic choices while being exposed to a variety of artworks and techniques from artists and other cultures both past and present. Students are also encouraged to critically reflect and respond to art works. They have opportunities to share their art, become involved in art competitions and contribute to school celebrations such as liturgies, assemblies, art displays, Book Week, and the school Art Exhibition.
The Visual Arts Program is part of the integrated school curriculum and makes links with other subject areas such as the Religion, HASS, Science and Literacy Programs.
At Star of the Sea school we are well known in the community for our wonderful and varied Music Program. The students are exposed to many musical experiences through singing, listening, playing, moving, creating, performing, reflecting and enjoying. Students are also encouraged to perform for a variety of audiences, beginning with class performances and leading to large performances to the greater community. The provision of live performances as a feature of the program greatly enhances the musical experience.
The world-class Marine Discovery Centre allows our students to learn first-hand about their marine environment and ocean conservation. Our students take part in Marine Studies lessons as a component of the Science curriculum, and other schools visit to take advantage of our unique facility, often assisted by Year 6 students who become Marine Discovery Centre leaders.