Primary - Other Programs

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Primary students at St Andrew's have access to a range of programs in addition to the standard curriculum.

Paramount to the effective teaching and learning process is the overriding elements of the curriculum known as the attributes of a lifelong learner. A lifelong learner is described as someone who is:
  • A knowledgeable person with deep understanding
  • A complex thinker
  • A creative person
  • An active investigator
  • An effective communicator
  • A participant in an interdependent world
  • A reflective and self-directed learner

All of the lifelong learning attributes are reflected in school-based documents and are essentially important in educating students to become active and informed members of society.

We do expect the students to give their best within the limits of their academic potential. We place emphasis on the basic skills of literacy and numeracy. We feel that regular homework has an important place in the academic structure of a school such as ours. Homework exercises provide a valuable means of revision and an opportunity to foster study habits outside of school hours. The School’s policy on homework is contained in the School Diary.

All students in Prep to Year 2 are involved in learning letters, sounds, blends and spelling patterns using our own school based program that utilises the Letterland resources. In Years 3 to Year 6, the spelling program Soundwaves consolidates, develops and extends spelling sounds, patterns and behaviours learned in Prep to Year 2. This program is a teacher-directed and student-centred approach that focusses each week on a specific sound and the variety of ways that sound can be spelled. The program is differentiated within each class through word complexity within the sound to meet individual student’s vocabulary, understanding and spelling development.
The College is subscribed to Reading Eggs and all students from Years 1 to 6 have access to this program. It forms an important component of the English curriculum with the Primary School.
The College is subscribed to Mathletics and all students from Years 1 to 6 have access to this program. It forms an important component of the Mathematics curriculum with the Primary School.
All students in Year Three learn Chess. A qualified chess teacher facilitates the chess program for all of the Year Three students one afternoon per week for each term.
The STEAM Program forms an important part of our Thinking Skills Program and incorporates new initiatives launched at the College in 2015 to enhance our students thinking skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. Included within these topics is Web 2.0 Tools and Coding. Through this program, the students develop a variety of skills that are essential for success: critical thinking and problem solving, creativity and innovation, communication, collaboration and entrepreneurship to name a few. The context is motivating, engaging and real-world, as we develop our students to be fully-literate 21st-century citizens.
Whilst not compulsory, the students in Year 6 have the opportunity to visit Beijing Primary School for two weeks as part of the Friendship Schools Program set up between St Andrew’s Primary School and Beijing Primary School. The students stay in the international accommodation, which is part of the Beijing Primary School, during the week with their Chinese buddy and then stay with their buddy’s family over the weekend. During the week the students attend classes at the school as well as spending time sightseeing the many amazing places of interest.

Students also have the opportunity to spend a week in Outback Queensland visiting Barcaldine, Longreach and Winton. The trip to Longreach provides the students with the chance to learn a great deal by experiencing first-hand the vastness of Australia and the diversity of the land and its people. It develops a sense of Australia’s outback, where they visit such places as the Tree of Knowledge, the School of Distance Education, the Stockman’s Hall of Fame, the Qantas Museum and a cruise down the Thomson River. These two trips run concurrently for the Year 6 students.


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