At Our Lady of Good Counsel students are central to everything we do. Through innovative learning and teaching practice we educate learners to be critical thinkers, to collaborate and make connections to faith and life. Together we develop confident, resilient and hopeful students with a lifelong love for learning.
At OLGC we implement the Victorian Curriculum F - 10. This curriculum model includes both knowledge and skills defined as learning areas and capabilities. This curriculum design assumes that knowledge and skills are transferrable across the curriculum. An inquiry based learning pedagogical approach has been developed at our school in response to current educational theory and research. Through inquiry, learning areas such as history, civics and citizenship, science and technology are explored.
The design of the Victorian Curriculum F–10 is set out below:
Civics and Citizenship
Economics and Business
Design and Technologies
Health and Physical Education
|Critical and Creative Thinking
Personal and Social
OLGC has developed a structured approach to curriculum planning that ensures a shared vision within the school on curriculum development, common documentation and common understanding of the whole school curriculum. Curriculum development and planning is based on the School Improvement Plan and the Annual Action Plan. Data is analysed regularly by teachers in their curriculum planning which includes a suite of year level assessments and standardised assessments.
Staff are supported through the following approach:
While much of the explicit teaching of literacy occurs in the English learning area, it is strengthened, made specific and extended in other learning areas as students engage in a range of learning activities with significant literacy demands. Our two hour literacy block each day includes the teaching of explicit skills in reading, writing, comprehension, spelling, grammar, punctuation, oral language and visible literacy.
The focus of the Literacy program is to develop the reading, writing and speaking and listening skills of all students from foundation through to Year 6. This provides the building blocks of skills, strategies and attitudes for future learning. At OLGC we incorporate a variety of approaches to ensure your child is receiving the best possible teaching and learning practices in literacy.
The strengths of the our English Program are its essential features:
The knowledge and skills that underpin numeracy are explicitly taught in the Mathematics strands Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry and Statistics and Probability, reinforced and further exemplified in and across other curriculum areas. Through this process, students recognise that mathematics is widely used both in and outside school and learn to apply mathematical knowledge and skills in a wide range of familiar and unfamiliar situations. Mathematics is taught for one hour each day using a variety of rich and challenging tasks.
The strengths of the our Mathematics Program are its essential features:
Religious Education at OLGC is promoted as a specific learning area with its own integrity. It is acknowledged as a cross curricular dimension of learning, where aspects of a Catholic worldview relevant to education are connected with other learning domains to impact the whole of school life, enhancing the Catholic identity of the school.
The process of Religious Education develops transferable skills, such as:
An understanding of the Catholic Tradition enables OLGC students to acknowledge and appreciate the value of all religious traditions, within Australia’s diverse society. This knowledge and understanding is essential for a rich spiritual life and for informed and active participation in a global Church, working for the Common Good.
Religious Education in a Catholic School aims to ensure that students develop:
Due to the multi-faith, multi-cultural context of OLGC today, teachers can anticipate different outcomes for learners who are at different stages of faith, are of different faiths, or who have no religious affiliation. Our students come to understand their own faith more deeply, while enriching their beliefs and traditions.
In order for religious education outcomes to be achieved, time allocation for Religious Education as a discipline should be equivalent to the time given to other humanities disciplines at the school. Whilst Religious Education is recognised as a cross-curricular dimension of learning, it is recommended that in primary schools no less than 2.5 hours per week be allocated.
Our Lady of Good Counsel Primary School achieves outstanding results and one of which we can all be proud. Our Curriculum is grounded in a rigorous academic program, where all students are encouraged to achieve high standards and become lifelong learners. Through the combination of inquiry and exciting extra-curricular challenges, students are able to discover and develop their strengths and interests in a learning environment that celebrates achievement.