Queen of Apostles School

Riverton

108 Tribute Street East
Riverton WA 6148
(08) 9457 4913
admin@qoa.wa.edu.au

Curriculum

Library

Once again we are inviting Dads and Grandads to the library every Wednesday morning from 8am-8.30 for Dad’s Reading Day. This is a great opportunity to spend some quality time in the library with your sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters etc reading our fantastic books. All welcome!


Music

The Music Program at Queen of Apostles School includes the whole school from Kindy to Year 6. The classroom music program offers each student the opportunity to develop an appreciation of music and the elements involved in music through a hands on, interactive program. The whole school, from Pre-Primary to Year 6, also come together for Liturgical Singing.


Physical Education

The aim of Physical Education (P.E.) is to promote an individual’s desire to be physically active and healthy throughout life, by fostering enjoyment, developing self- confidence and social competencies through the acquisition of skill and knowledge in individual and team activities. Contexts include: active play and minor games, challenge and adventure activities, fundamental movement skills, games and sports, health related physical activities, rhythmic and expressive movement. All classes participate in one P.E. class per week. A variety of sports days, events and carnivals take place throughout the year focussing on participation, fun, skill development and community involvement.


Kindergarten and Pre-Primary

While children initiate play-based learning, the educator’s role is to intentionally intervene by changing the experience, expectations, environment or social group. Interventions are tailored to the children’s needs at the time, resulting in different processes and products for different groups of children. Children are provided time and opportunities to self-direct their learning within this environment, in the active presence of educators who interact with, scaffold and extend learning within the context of children’s play. Literacy and numeracy developments embedded in all areas of the programme

Intentional teaching is purposeful, deliberate and thoughtful. It is planned and emergent. It promotes children’s learning through worthwhile and challenging experiences and interactions that foster high level thinking skills. Early Years Educators plan opportunities to teach, document, monitor, assess and reflect on children’s learning.

The Kindergarten curriculum focusses on the Early Years Learning Framework. The EYLF is the first national framework for Early Childhood Educators. It has been developed to extend and enrich children’s learning from birth to Year 2. It also supports the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians that all young Australians become:

  • successful learners
  • confident and creative individuals
  • active and informed citizens (Commonwealth of Australia 2009)

The EYLF also supports the United Nations Rights of the Child as it underpins the notion that every child has the right to an education that lays the foundation for future learning and “Maximizes their ability, respects their family, culture and other identities and languages” (Commonwealth of Australia, 2009).

Fundamental to the EYLF is a vision for children’s learning which is described by three main motifs that underpin children’s learning and development:
Belonging: is integral to children’s existence as it is important that children have an understanding of where and with whom they belong.
Being: recognises the importance of the here and now in children’s lives.
Becoming: describes the significant change in children’s identities, knowledge, capabilities and skills that are shaped across childhood as children grow and learn.

The Principles and Practice of the EYLF are founded on the beliefs that:

  • children are capable and competent
  • children actively construct their own learning in social situations
  • learning is dynamic, complex and holistic. Physical, social, emotional, personal, spiritual, creative, cognitive and linguistic aspects of learning are interwoven and interrelated.
  • children have agency. They have the capacities and rights to initiate and lead learning and be active participants and decision makers in matters affecting them.

It is the responsive interactions and relationships between children, educators and families that shape learning in the Kindergarten year.


The Early Years

At Queen of Apostles, we recognise the importance of a play-based programme in the early years. Play is a critical component of children’s cognitive physical, social and emotional development. With 85% of a child’s brain development occurring between birth and five years of age, this is a critical period. Play shapes the architecture of the brain and provides opportunities for children to learn as they discover, experiment, theorise, predict, solve problems and engage in critical thinking. Play motivates and enhances a child’s desire to know and learn. Through play children experience a wide range of emotions and can learn the skills to manage them. Children need play to develop the skills they will use in later years.


The National Quality Framework

The National Quality Framework sets a National Standard for early childhood education and care providers in Australia. The National Quality Standard, developed in partnership with State, Territory and Commonwealth Governments, is intended to deliver high, nationally consistent standards for young children in the areas of education, care and health. In November 2013, the Minister for Education informed schools that early childhood programmes to Year 2 in Western Australian schools will be required to meet the NQS. The NQS focusses on delivering play-based programs through an early learning framework. The NQS is divided into seven areas that contribute to the quality of early childhood education and care.

Our Vision

Queen of Apostles School is a vibrant, Catholic community which follows in the footsteps of Christ and his Mother, Mary, who gave witness to the values of love, unity and peace.

We provide a nurturing, inclusive and safe environment which celebrates each individual’s unique talents and qualities.

Our school encourages a passion for lifelong learning and prepares today’s children for their place in tomorrow’s society.

Love Unity and Peace