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. We are focused on developing a community of globally informed learners whose behaviours are reflected through our values….
HEART - Respecting and valuing the diversity in others.
Being active in caring for our planet.
MIND - Seeing things from different perspectives and understanding the impact this has on the world.
SPIRIT - Taking responsibility for and reflecting on our actions and attitudes.
PEACE - Promoting an understanding of others' circumstances and cultures.
To ensure we offer the best educational opportunities to all our students, we commit ourselves to the following practices and expectations:
In accordance with the Queensland Studies Authority and Australian Curriculum, the Learning Areas taught at Holy Spirit School are:
Students also have weekly lessons with specialist teachers in the areas of: Visual and Media Arts, Music, Physical Education and STEM (for upper grades.) During these times the class teachers have their Preparation, Planning and Correction time.
A call to celebrate and learn from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledges and history will be embedded across all student learning and community engagement.
(Alice Springs Education Declaration)
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. Our focus now is on the consolidation of the implemented teaching practices.
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.
In addition to their weekly PE lessons, sports events are held throughout the year and include Cross-Country and Athletics Carnivals. From here, some students go on to represent the school at Districts level and beyond, taking pride in wearing the TEAM SPIRIT shirt. 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, where an outside provider brings an exhibit or show to the school or excursions, where 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.