At St Therese we have a unique teaching philosophy. This has evolved over the past fifteen years, drawing on progressive teaching and learning practise from global sources, with input from the teaching staff here, ensuring that we have an approach that effectively addresses the unique needs of each of our individual students.
We follow the Victorian Curriculum and report on outcomes related to this. Explicit Literacy and Numeracy sessions are taught each day. We also prioritise oral language development throughout our integrated curriculum and draw on the influence of Reggio Emilia and the 100 Languages of Children.
Here’s a short film of an ‘Investigations’ lesson:
We have a unique, spacious, open plan learning space that offers a highly effective learning environment, with experienced teachers ensuring calm and effective learning takes place. We encourage parents and children to visit and see our teaching and learning in action to experience this.
Our curriculum is also faith-based and Christ-centred with explicit Religious Education sessions, as well as daily morning prayer and attendance at St Therese Church for a termly Foundation Mass.
Once a fortnight we put on gumboots and waterproofs as we walk to Deep Creek for our ‘Out and About’. The children are given a provocation before each session and complete a reflection on their return to school.
Every Friday afternoon at 3pm we hold a ‘Friday Gathering’ when we invite families to come in for an open afternoon, when the children showcase their work and parents mingle and chat.