Curriculum

​​Vision for Excellent Learning and Teaching

     We are committed to building a community where learning and teaching is visible, explicit and responsive - creating equity and excellence for all learners; where all members demonstrate motivation, engagement and empowerment in reaching their potential as lifelong, enthusiastic learners.

At Holy Spirit School, our primary consideration is to the learning and development of our children. To ensure we offer the best educational opportunities to all our students, we commit ourselves to the following practices and expectations:  

  • Teaching and Learning at Holy Spirit School is underpinned by the BCE Learning and Teaching Framework.
  • Planning and collaborative teamwork is essential to the development of curriculum plans that meet the needs of our students. It is an expectation that all classes in the same year level plan units of work which cover similar concepts and contexts, however, the mode of delivery may differ to meet the needs of specific students.
  • To ensure consistency Holy Spirit endeavours to provide time for teachers to participate in year level planning and cross level conversations in regard to assessment activities.
  • We are committed in our planning and teaching to offer students access to all elements of the Australian Curriculum to which they are entitled.

In accordance with the Queensland Studies Authority and Australian Curriculum, the Learning Areas taught at Holy Spirit School are:

  •  Mathematics
  •  English
  •  Religious Education (based on the Archdiocesan RE Program)
  •  Science
  •  Health & Physical Education
  •  Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS)
  •  Technologies
  •  The Arts
  •  Languages (Italian) 

Students also have weekly lessons with specialist teachers in the areas of: Visual and Media Arts, Music, Physical Education and Italian (for upper grades.) During these times the class teachers have their Preparation, Planning and Correction time.


​Accelerate Literacy Learning Project 2017-2019

In 2017 and 2018, the school was part of the Brisbane Catholic Education Accelerate Literacy Learning Project. Teachers have received additional professional learning using effective and expected practices in the teaching of literacy. A strong focus on improving student outcomes in reading and writing has been the 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. In 2019, the school entered the “Sustain" period of the project, which sees the consolidation of the implemented teaching practices.


​Resource Centre

Holy Spirit has a vibrant resource centre which is well-resourced with a variety of 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 also has a large space, equipped with projectors, which is used for class activities, staff meetings, parent information sessions and P and F meetings. Students are able to utilise this centre for lunchtime activities such as reading, construction, drawing and games.

 

Extra-Curricular Activities

Our students enjoy a variety of extra-curricular activities at Holy Spirit School. Activities offered include:

  • Science Club
  • Senior Choir
  • Gardening Club
  • Chess club (outside school hours)
  • Reading Retreat (before school)

 

Sport​​

Sports events are held throughout the year and include Cross-Country and Athletics Carnivals. Some students reach Districts 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.

 

Incursions, Excursions and Camps

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, team building and the development of the whole person, as defined in our Catholic ethos.