At St Aidan's we promote educational and personal excellence in our students as they grow as whole people, attending to their intellectual, spiritual, physical, aesthetical and emotional development.
Our approach to learning is that we:
- believe that quality education enriches and empowers the individual to move towards broader lifestyle choices, and enables them to utilise their God-given gifts for the good of the community
- believe that children need to look to the future with hope, aware of God's loving guidance in their lives
- base our educational practice on the sound educational research of the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Key Learning Areas
- use flexible, innovative and creative teaching practices, which cater for students' differing learning styles and needs
- view technology as an essential tool to assist learning in all areas
- encourage a sense of responsibility and justice in the students promoting positive relationships between students
- initiate outreach programs to encourage a sense of global responsibility for the less fortunate
- believe learning is a continuous process and a lifelong journey.
Key Learning Areas
As with most aspects of learning in life, learning at school is not something that can easily be separated into different categories.
Teachers are aware, for example, that when a child is working with a group on a science experiment, he or she might well be operating and working in a variety of ways—questioning and explaining, making, sharing and writing observations, drawing graphs, calculating results, consulting references, and many more.
For this reason, learning and teaching is often integrated across several curriculum areas rather than taught as separate and discrete subjects. Class teachers ensure that their teaching program follows the guidelines set by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) and covers all curriculum areas—Religious Education and the six Key Learning Areas mandated for primary schools and specified in the NSW Education Reform Act (1990).
These areas are:
English: Reading, Writing, Talking and Listening
Mathematics: Number, Space, Measurement, Patterns and Algebra
Science and Technology: Human Society and Its Environment
Creative and Practical Arts: Music, Visual Arts, Craft, Drama
Personal Development, Health and Physical Education: Health Education, Physical Education, Personal Development
General Learning Resource Centre
The St Aidan’s school library is an important aspect of school life and learning. The students access the library not only to borrow books, but to further develop their information skills.
These skills include areas such as researching, note taking and using technology. Technology is used not only to access information, but also to publish work.
All students visit the library weekly to borrow books. Students require a library bag in order to protect their borrowed books. Kindergarten to Year Two students are able to borrow one book each week, Years Three and Four are able to borrow two books, and Years Five and Six may borrow three books. Students are able to borrow the books for two weeks before returning them.
Book Week is a key event at St Aidan’s. Each year a theme is selected by the Book Council of Australia. Many activities are planned around the theme and are designed to encourage a love of literacy.