Learning & Teaching
The school curriculum includes the following Key Learning Areas (KLAs):
- Religious Education (RE)
- Science & Technology
- Creative Arts
- Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)
- Human Society and its Environment (HSIE) – History (one semester) and Geography (one semester)
This school follows the NSW Australian Curriculum. The Armidale Catholic Schools Office mandates the teaching of seven Key Learning Areas each with the following allocation of time each week:
English – Approx. 480 minutes per week
Mathematics – 300 minutes per week
HSIE – 90 minutes per week
Science & Technology – 90 min per week
PDHPE – 90 minutes per week
Creative Arts – 90 minutes per week.
The effective teaching of Literacy and Numeracy skills is one of the highest priorities at St Joseph’s.
The Armidale Catholic Schools Office requires that 180 minutes of Religion be taught each week in its schools.
For helpful information on what is taught at this school please visit the Board of Studies website.
Each year St Joseph’s hosts Open Days. We advertise our open days for prospective students and families through day care, child care and pre-school facilities as well as in the local paper. The students participate in a range of activities to showcase the resources St Joseph’s has to offer and the skills that our teachers have to share.
In terms 3 & 4 students who are enrolled to attend St Josephs the following year, attend a number of transition days where they become familiar with the daily routines associated with attending Kindergarten. We have an amazing Buddy System in place to ensure that our senior students support the needs of the new Kinders so that they feel comfortable and positive about attending our school.
Enrolments for children in all grades are accepted throughout the year depending on class sizes. At the time of seeking enrolment an appointment can be made to speak to the principal and have a tour of the school facilities.
Special Programs & Initiatives
St Joseph’s is a Kids Matter School.
Kids Matter is a mental health and wellbeing framework for primary schools which is proven to make a positive difference to the lives of Australian children. Teachers at St Joseph’s use the Bounce Back program to support the Kids Matter initiative to guide the children to develop a stronger sense of wellbeing and to be more resilient, confident and successful.
St Joseph’s has an extensive Student Support facility which utilises various remediation programs such as PreLit, MiniLit, MultiLit, Best Start and QuickSmart Maths.