Hard Court Cover Construction
National Sorry Day
Welcome to 2018 School Year
What a start to the 2018 school year! With increasing numbers, spaces are quickly filling up across the school and our Early Learning Centre is already nearly at capacity with limited spaces now available. We are currently pushing out 30 new iPads to supplement our BYODD program which has now been running for three years. Read on below to find out more about our initiatives and please call or come and see us if you would like to know more!
Holy Family Catholic Primary School is a small school situated in the northern suburbs of Darwin. Our school is located next door to O'Loughlin Catholic College. With our 3 - 5 long day care option as well, we can cater for your children from 3 years old all the way to Year 12.
Please follow the link below to O'Loughlin's website: oloughlin.nt.edu.au
Holy Family Catholic Primary School continues to enrol more students as we grow our reputation as being a school of choice in the northern suburbs of Darwin. After an extremely successful and busy 2016, we recognise the successes and build on these into the future. Our Learning Powers project (see below) continues to build on our vision ‘With family, faith and friendship, we grow, share and live as authors of our own learning’. Our students and staff work towards being authors of our own learning by continuing to ask ourselves what it is we want to become and how are we going to achieve this.
In Term 1, we will begin work on upgrading our inner courtyards and developing them into outdoor learning spaces for the tropical environment of Darwin. We welcome you to visit our school so we can explain our exciting initiatives and forward thinking here at Holy Family Catholic Primary School.
Bring Your Own Designated Device (BYODD)
2015 marked the beginning of our Bring Your Own Designated Device (BYODD) iPad program. A great deal of time, research, preparation, school visits, information sessions and planning went into this project over the past two years and implementation was extremely successful during 2015.
Working with upper primary students initially, and progressing down to the lower year levels, students continued to gain their iPad licence. The licence demonstrated that students understand the protocols of the BYODD program and iPad use at school. The licence and policy agreement enabled students to start bringing in their own iPad devices for educational use at school. Our ICT Committee continue to work to maintain and grow this program.
Above on our tabs, you will note one for Learning Powers. This project began in our school in 2015 and is being supported by educational consultants to implement ongoing improvement in the school. We chose this as a framework for talking about and designing learning. It is about students learning how they learn. The seven learning dispositions are – Changing and Learning, Critical Curiosity, Meaning Making, Creativity, Resilience, Strategic Awareness and Learning Relationships. We are using these dispositions to frame our teaching and learning in the school to develop our students into deep, engaged learners or as our vision says authors of their own learning. Learning Power uses current research to support teachers to grow their teaching in the classroom. Through this project and with teachers and parents supporting each other, Holy Family Catholic Primary School is working at the forefront of education. Please follow the links below for more detail on Learning Power.
We also had students complete the online perception survey called Effective Lifelong Learning Inventory (ELLI). This is an extension of the Learning Powers project and allows us to have rich conversations with students and how they understand themselves as learners. Staff also completed their own ELLI profiles and have set their own learning goals for 2016. We will all complete the inventory again shortly and see where we have improved our Learning Power.
Holy Family Catholic School is a KidsMatter school.
KidsMatter is a national mental health initiative.
KidsMatter Primary has 3 major aims:
· To improve the mental health and well-being of students.
· To reduce mental health problems among students.
· To achieve greater support for those students experiencing mental health problems.
New Classroom Furniture
Last year we purchased new furniture for our classrooms. It supports our thinking on quality education and looks terrific.
Mr Shane Donohue