Bell times - Inquiry - Discovery - Specialists - Music lessons
8:45am Enter the School Building
8:50am Beginning of Day
8:55am Start of Learning Time
10:55am Outside Recess Bell
11:25am End of Recess & Eating time
11:35am End of Eating Time/Learning Block
1:35 Outside Lunch bell
2:05pm End of Recess/ Eating Time
2:10pm End of Eating Time/Learning Block
8:55-9:55am Learning Block 1
9:55-10:55am Learning Block 2
11:35 - 12:35pm Learning Block 3
12:35- 1:35pm Learning Block 4
2:10-3:10pm Learning Block 5
At St Mary’s we have a strong emphasis on Inquiry-based learning practices. This approach has the student centered around the learning process and asks them to engage with an idea or topic in an active way. Our overarching goal for students by using this Teacher led inquiry-based approach is for students to make meaning of what they are learning about and to understand how a concept works in a real-world context.
We learn about different topics, students explore resources, ask questions and share ideas and the teacher helps students apply new concepts to different contexts. This type of pedagogy allows students to discover knowledge for themselves by exploring, experiencing and discussing as they go.
Our P-2 students participate in a weekly Discovery session where students used play based learning and student-led extended projects to help develop their love of creativity, curiousness and problem solving skills.
What is Discovery Based Inquiry Learning?
Discovery Learning is an approach, not a program. It is an approach that:
values the natural curiosity and individuality of young children
values the prior knowledge, interests and experiences that young children bring with them to school
builds new experiences as a springboard for extending children’s curiosity and scaffolding further learning
is focused on developing children’s capacities as thinkers and learners
Discovery is a time for learning. It’s a time where students can make decisions about their own learning and develop their learner skills and dispositions.
Discovery gives students the opportunity to explore, discover, create, imagine, take risks, problem solve, develop communication and social skills.
Discovery is the opportunity for teachers to do the most personalised kind of teaching!
Discovery sessions are then used as seeds to develop purposeful writing for students and engage them in ‘finding out’ more about what interests them.
At St Mary’s we invest a lot of time in ensuring students academic progress and wellbeing are catered for by implementing differentiated curriculum across all areas.
Our school has a weekly specialist program consisting of Physical Education, Cultural Studies, Visual Art and performing Arts. All students participate in a 1hr engaging session that interweaves the schools belief of differentiation for all.
Private Music Lessons
We have external Piano and Guitar professionals who offer individual and group lessons during the school week.