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Curriculum

Curriculum

All curriculum subjects at Matthew Gibney are taught in accordance with the Western Australia’s School Curriculum and Authority Standards.

These are aligned with the Australian Curriculum.

• English
• Mathematics
• Science
• Technology
• Humanities and Social Sciences (Geography, History, Civics and Citizenship, Economics)
• Languages
• The Arts
• Health and Physical Education

Challenge Program

Matthew Gibney Catholic Primary School conducts a Challenge Program for those students who have been chosen based on specialised testing in Year 3, their academic results across a number of formal assessments, and their teacher’s recommendation.  This Program provides opportunities for additional enrichment and extension learning for selected students in Years 4, 5 and 6.

In Semester One, the focus for the Program is on Mathematics and STEM; and in Semester 2, Literacy and Philosophy.  Students will be selected to take part during the semester depending upon their demonstrated aptitude, academic achievement and strengths related to the semester focus.

The Challenge Club provides opportunities to:

  • Apply higher order/critical thinking skills,
  • deepen students’ knowledge, understanding and skills,
  • develop self-directed thinking that cultivates innovative ideas and solves problems,
  • develop reflective practices related to learning experiences and processes
  • work with peers who share similar interests, aspirations and abilities.

The students work together for one hour a week during regular class time, but may, on occasion, require the completion of tasks at home. Participation in the program is conditional upon the student maintaining high academic performance, exemplary behaviour and attitude, and regular attendance.

Technology

At Matthew Gibney we aim to ensure that the students are competent and confident in using computers to support and enhance their learning. Students have access to a range of technology such as iPads, laptops, desktops, cameras and recording devices. This technology assists us to integrate Information and Communication Technology into all aspects of the curriculum. Interactive Whiteboards (IWB’s) are installed in all classrooms. Interactive TV and Apple TV’s are also used by staff and students. Our school is fully networked, with each classroom containing multiple networked devices. Each week, the students from K-6 are taught Digital Technology lessons in the computer lab.

Special Programs

To cater effectively for the diverse needs of our students, we have a range of special programs including:
• Reading Recovery
• Extending Mathematical Understandings (EMU)
• Intensive Reading Program
• CARS & STARS Reading Program
• CAMS & STAMS Mathematics Program

Music and Performing Arts

Children at Matthew Gibney enjoy the creative and performing arts through class-based Art, Music and Drama classes and also have opportunities to participate in a broad range of artistic endeavours as part of the co-curricular programme. Each year the school is well represented in the Catholic Performing Arts Festival.

Music Tuition

A private music tutor works at Matthew Gibney, one day per week. This initiative provides specialist music tuition in the keyboard. This is an optional addition at the school for families wishing to involve their children. These sessions are within school hours and are organised on a cyclic timetable to minimise disruption to student learning. This initiative has been well supported by the school community.

Extra Curricula

We aim to develop the whole child and offer various extracurricular services and activities for our students:

• A Chaplaincy Worker/Counsellor – 2 days per week
• Weekly “Well-Being”, “Mindfulness” and “Bullying Prevention” classes (PP-6)
• Mini Vinnies (Young St Vincent De Paul Program) (Year 5)
• Student Leadership Program (Year 6).
• “EduDance” Program (PP – 6)
• Junior Cross Country (PP – 2)
• Junior Athletics Carnival (PP – 2)
• Senior Cross Country (Years 3-6)
• Senior Athletics Carnival (Years 3-6)
• Whole School Cool Pool Day (PP – 6)
• Interschool Cross Country (Years 3-6)
• Interschool Athletics (Years 3-6)
• Interschool Winter Sports Carnival (Years 5-6)
• Cricket Carnival (Year 6)
• Yearly musical and instrumental incursions (K-6)
• Yearly Incursions eg Life Education Van, Constable Care
• Catholic Performing Arts Festival (dance, drama, singing, instruments) at Archdiocesan level.
• Strong links with Feeder High Schools, including Galileo Program with La Salle College, Robotics and Virtual Reality with Mazenod College.