What do we teach at Holy Spirit School?
In accordance with the Queensland Studies Authority and Australian Curriculum, the Learning Areas taught at Holy Spirit School are:
Religious Education (based on the Archdiocesan RE Program)
Health & Physical Education
Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS)
Students have weekly lessons with specialist teachers in the areas of: Visual and Media Arts, Music and Dance, Physical Education and Italian. During these times the class teachers have their Preparation, Planning and Correction time.
In 2017 and 2018, the school has been part of the Brisbane Catholic Education Accelerate Literacy Learning Project. Teachers have received additional professional learning in effective and expected practices to teach literacy. A strong focus on improving student outcomes in reading and writing has been a driver of teacher professional development. Short cycles for English units, based on quality literature, have brought about significant change in teacher practice and positive outcomes for our learners.
The school has a vibrant resource centre which is well-resourced in quality literature for students of all ages. The centre also houses the school's extensive range of Home Reading books and Guided Reading books for classroom use. The centre has a large space for meetings, such as P and F and staff meetings, and students utilise this area for lunchtime activities such as construction, drawing and games. Parent information sessions are also hosted in this space.
Our students enjoy a variety of extra-curricular activities at Holy Spirit School. Activities offered include:
Instrumental music lessons
Chess (after school)
Reading Retreat (before school)
Sports events are held throughout the year and include the Cross-Country race and Athletics Carnival. Some students reach Zone level and beyond, representing the school with pride at these events. Students in Years 5 and 6 participate in regular Gala days with other local schools. Staff train students before school and during lunch breaks in preparation for sporting occasions.
Teachers design a variety of learning experiences to engage the students. These include incursions, when an outside provider brings an exhibit or show to the school. Excursions are when the students travel beyond the school to participate in a learning opportunity such as visiting a museum or cultural site. Excursions always have strong links to the curriculum.
Senior students participate in school camps, which have a focus on leadership, collaborative skills and the development of the whole person.