St Patrick’s Primary School, Lochinvar honours its commitment to quality Catholic education through its provision of high-quality educational programs by which each students is enabled to reach their full potential.
We are a community of learning characterised by high expectations for learners to achieve excellence, academic rigour, innovation and purpose, within an environment that engages, empowers and enables.
The curriculum at St Patrick’s are based on the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Curriculum and students receive instruction in all Key Learning Areas.
Key Learning Areas
There are seven Key Learning Areas taught at St Patrick's and Religious Education is an integral part of the Kindergarten to Year 6 curriculum. The school implements the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) syllabus for the other six academic Key Learning Areas.
St Patrick’s offers curriculum coverage across Key Learning Areas. For more information, please scroll below:
- Religious Education
- Science and Technology
- Human Society and its Environment (HSIE) History, Geography
- Personal Development/Health/Physical Education (PDHPE)
- Creative Arts
As a Catholic school, and in collaboration with parents and parishes, we work together to ensure and support the religious development of students
All teachers of Religious Education hold appropriate RE qualifications and regular instruction in Religious Education is a feature of our school curriculum. We aim to provide a Religious Education program which is relevant and meaningful and which embraces core Catholic beliefs and values. The program aims to enhance or promote knowledge and understanding of the traditions of the Catholic Community, its story, its experiences and its teachings, through the following four strands:
- Jesus and Scripture
- History and Beliefs
- Celebration and Prayer
- Justice and Morality.
At St Patrick’s all staff and students are expected to actively participate in the faith life of our school. We provide opportunities for Mass attendance in our neighbouring Parish church and Prayer and Liturgy supports our Religious Education program.
In English, students learn to read, write, talk and listen. They learn about English language and literature, how language varies according to context and how to communicate to a range of audiences for different purposes. They learn to read for information and for pleasure. They learn about poetry, novels and plays. They gain a sound grasp of language structures, punctuation, spelling and grammar and visual literacy and relevant computer skills are included in English.
Mathematics develops students' thinking, understanding, competence and confidence with numbers, shapes and measurement. Students learn to add, subtract, divide and multiply whole numbers, fractions and decimals. They learn to measure time and calculate with money and they learn geometry, algebra and how to work with data and graphs.
Science and Technology
Science and Technology develops students' skills in thinking, investigating and problem-solving. It gives them knowledge and skills in scientific investigation, design and applied technology. This subject builds on the curiosity children have about their natural and built environments.
In Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE) students learn about history, geography, civics and citizenship. They investigate their personal and community identity and gain an understanding of their nation and its place in the world. They learn to participate effectively in maintaining and improving the quality of their society and environment.
Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) develops the knowledge, skills and attitudes students need to lead healthy, active and fulfilling lives. Students learn about the importance of good food and regular exercise. They learn how bodies grow and change over time and they learn skills to play individual and team sports, and the values of sportsmanship and teamwork.
Creative Arts gives students experiences in the visual arts, music, drama and dance. They have opportunities to explore their creativity in each of these areas. They learn to appreciate the meanings and values that each art-form offers and they perform and express themselves through the visual arts, music, drama and dance.