Curriculum

St Michael’s Primary School, Nelson Bay is a Catholic faith community that values and celebrates the dignity and uniqueness of the individual.

Our educational focus is based on Gospel values embedded in an inclusive and nurturing environment that encourages everyone to shine the light of Christ in the world.

We are a learning community characterised by high expectations to achieve excellence, academic rigour, innovation and purpose, within an environment that engages, empowers and enables.

The curriculum at St Michael’s is based on the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Curriculum. Students receive instruction in all Key Learning Areas.

At St Michael’s:

  • We promote the active partnership of home, school and parish in the shared responsibility of educating the whole child
  • We celebrate our faith traditions, prayer life and actively bear witness to the Gospel
  • We embrace the dynamic nature of education
  • We provide quality education in a challenging, nurturing environment that caters for and respects the unique needs of each student
  • We provide education that helps develop values that will enable individuals to contribute positively to the wider community.

KEY LEARNING AREAS

St Michael’s offers a complete set of study areas to its students. For more information, click on the areas below:

students in class

Personnel

Classroom teachers at St Michael’s implement the NSW Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum in all KLAs, providing explicit teaching and learning experiences which develop positive values and attitudes towards the use and study of each KLA.

The Learning Support Teacher assists in the assessment of students’ literacy and numeracy levels and will support the classroom teacher so that opportunities for curriculum differentiation are implemented to ensure all students have access to the curriculum and that individual literacy and numeracy needs are being met. They also assist with the development of special programs for students with disabilities, when required.

The Learning Support Assistants, where allocated, will assist the class teacher within the classroom context or in a one-on-one or small group basis, following programs devised by the class teacher and/or Learning Support Teacher.

The Teacher-Librarian supports the Learning Support Teacher through provision of programs of work to complement what is being taught in the classroom and by providing further opportunities to develop skills in information technology.

The Library Assistant assists in the development of literacy by assisting in the retrieval of resources and assisting students to locate suitably levelled books.

Parent and Community volunteers are encouraged to assist classroom teachers during the day in activities such as reading groups in the English teaching session, maths activities, art activities and so on.