St. Joseph’s School Curriculum

Religious Education underpins all of the arrangements we make for children’s learning at St. Joseph’s and so is integral to our total curriculum.

The Victorian Essential Learning Standards VELS (link)

The “Victorian Essential Learning Standard’s” are the guiding documents for all Victorian schools from Prep to Year 10. They allow us to develop an integrated approach to curriculum planning and implementation. These frameworks allow for, and encourage, the variety of assessment and reporting procedures currently in use at St. Joseph’’s.

The Victorian Essential Learning Standrads has three core, interrelated strands:

  • Physical, Personal and Social Learning
  • Discipline-based Learning
  • Interdisciplinary Learning

Physical Social and Personal Learning

A curriculum designed to equip students for the challenging world of the 21st century needs to ensure that students develop as people who take increasing responsibility for their own physical well being, learning relationships with others and their role in the local, national and global community.

  • Health and Physical Education
  • Personal Learning
  • Interpersonal Development
  • Civics and Citizenship

Discipline-Based Learning

The domains within the Discipline-based Learning strand form a body of knowledge with associated ways of seeing the world and distinct methods of exploring, imagining and constructing the world.

  • The Arts
  • English and Languages Other Than English
  • Humanities (Economics, Geography, History)
  • Mathematics
  • Science

Interdisciplinary Learning

The Interdisciplinary Learning Strands identifies a range of knowledge, skills and behaviours which cross disciplinary boundaries and are essential to ensuring students are prepared as active learners and problem solvers for success at school and beyond. This strand focuses on ways of thinking, communicating, conceiving and realizing ideas and information. It assist students to develop the capacity to design, create and evaluate processes as a way of developing creativity and innovation.

  • Communication
  • Design, Creativity and Technology
  • Information Communications Technology (ICT)
  • Thinking

Learning Centred Schools: A Sacred Landscape (link)
Learning Centred Schools: A Sacred Landscape is designed to support the pursuit of excellence in learning and teaching within the central vision of the Catholic Education Office Melbourne.

At St Joseph’s we have many very effective educational programs due to the commitment of a team of professionals who possess the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to meet the variety of needs of the children.