St Catherine of Siena School supports the creation of a supportive and nurturing environment.
Student Wellbeing is embedded into our daily experiences, enabling all students to achieve improved spiritual, physical, emotional, social and academic outcomes.
Students at St Catherine of Siena are encouraged to participate in a variety of experiences that enable personal growth and build a safe, positive and engaging learning environment that enhances each child’s individual and collective wellbeing. These include:
- Daily mindfulness and meditation
- Regular physical activity
- Kitchen-Garden sessions
- Weekly Literature Appreciation classes
- Performing Arts-Choir and Dance classes; Visual arts-mural painting
- Riding on bikes and scooters around our purpose-built bike track
- Gardening at lunchtime in our school vegetable garden
Our Buddy Program is an important part of both our transition into primary school and leadership offered by Senior students.
At the beginning of the year, our Grade 3/4/5 students are buddied up with a Grade Prep student. This is particularly valuable at the start of the year when new students are finding their way around the school and trying to make new friends. This program promotes social and support networks for children beginning Prep and foster a sense of community and belonging in the school.
Positive Behaviour for Learning
At St Catherine of Siena, we are committed to providing a positive learning environment for all students. Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) is a behaviourally-based systems approach that helps us to develop positive learning environments across the school by defining, teaching and supporting appropriate and expected student behaviours.
The three school expectations at St Catherine of Siena that drive PBL are: We are Respectful, We are Learners, We are our Best Selves.
Our Whole School weekly assemblies endorse positive behaviour with awards presented to individual students who have displayed these expectations.
St Catherine of Siena Primary School boasts a vibrant, well-resourced school library.
Our library collection offers a broad range of reading materials across a range of genres and reading levels. Our library staff work collaboratively with classroom teachers to support classroom programs and to foster students reading skills and love of books.
Weekly Literature Appreciation sessions are timetabled for all classes to provide opportunities for our teacher/librarian to share books by many different authors and illustrators, all aimed at exposing students to a diverse range of themes and cultures. This is achieved through activities such as listening to book readings, participating in book discussions, responding to literature creatively and undertaking author studies.
Kitchen Garden Program
Students from Grade Prep to Grade Five participate fortnightly in either the kitchen or garden sessions. The program is aimed to provide a diverse learning platform for the children to share in pleasurable food experiences and the development of their understanding of environmental sustainability through growing their own produce.
Pleasurable food education is about experiencing the joys of digging in the garden, picking fresh vegetables, smelling and tasting the food they prepare and sharing the experience with their friends and helpers.
In addition, this program teaches students (and staff) to grow fresh, seasonal produce and use it to prepare nutritious food. Students are provided with all the skills, experiences and role modelling they need to learn to love vegetables (or at least try them) and to make positive choices about what to cook and eat for life.
We have a passion for bringing health and wellbeing to our community, and a desire to feed hungry minds.
St Catherine of Siena School Community promotes the safety, wellbeing and inclusion of all children.