Our School - Curriculum

Religious Education 
Religious Education is at the heart of the curriculum at St Thomas the Apostle Catholic Primary School.
 
The school uses the Sale Diocese Religious Education (R.E.) Curriculum; “To Live in Christ Jesus” for planning the Religious Education program. 
 
At St Thomas the Apostle Primary School, we provide regular opportunities for students to celebrate communal prayer of the Church. 
Throughout the year, all classes participate in celebrating the Eucharist (Mass) and Years 3-6 students are given opportunities to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. On numerous occasions during the school year, the entire school community gathers for the Eucharist to celebrate Church Seasons and feasts, as well as other significant events in the life of the school community. 
 
Prayer occurs at the beginning of each school day, including at our weekly school assemblies. 
 
Sacrament Program 
St Thomas the Apostle Parish has a Family-centred, Parish-based, School supported approach for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation.  
 
The candidates for Reconciliation must be baptised Catholics and at least 7 years old. To enrol in the First Holy Communion preparation program, the children must have received the Sacrament of Reconciliation. 
 
The final Sacrament in the Family-Parish-School based program is Confirmation. Details of these programs are advertised in the Parish and School newsletters.
 
Enquiries can be made to the Parish Secretary at the Parish Office - Telephone: 5998 0947
 
The Victorian Curriculum F-10
The other areas in the curriculum are guided by the Australian National Curriculum and the Victorian Curriculum F-10 which is used as a major resource in most Victorian Primary schools. These standards include areas such as English, Mathematics, The Humanities (which includes History, Geography and Economics), Health & Physical Education, The Arts (which includes Art, Dance, Drama, Media, Music and Visual Communication), Science and Languages (of which St Thomas the Apostle Primary School provides Japanese in Prep through to Year 6), Civics & Citizenship and Information Communication Technology (Computers).
 
Specialist Classes 
Music 
The children attend Music lessons for a 40 minute session once a week. They are taught basic musical concepts such as beat, rhythm, tempo, tone, pitch and dynamics. The lessons involve a selection of activities including singing, moving, playing, improvising, creating and performing. 
 
Physical Education 
Each week classes have a 40 minute session with the P.E. Specialist. On these days students wear the school sports’ uniform. Students in Years 5 & 6 will participate in the inter-school sports program. 
 
Japanese 
Japanese is taught in Years 1 to 6 once a week for 40 minutes and in Prep for 20 minutes once a week. Students learn basic vocabulary and about Japanese culture and customs. 
 
Visual Arts 
In 2015 Visual Arts was introduced as our fourth specialist program. Children attend a one hour lesson on Visual Arts once a week.