Colour Fun Run
Heading Towards 2020
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, a Year 7-12 college. With our Early Learning Centre open for children from 3 to 5 year olds, we can cater for children on our site right up to Year 12. Please follow the link below to O'Loughlin's website: oloughlin.nt.edu.au to find out more about what they can offer your child and their education.
Our school continues to be a school of choice in the surrounding suburbs of Karama. Our Early Learning Centre (3 to 5 year old Long Day Care) was newly renovated early this year and in August, we also put in some new playground equipment which is proving to be extremely popular with our young students! Our school continues to grow and this year we added another class. With 30 new iPads pushed out early this year to support our BYODD program and a new playground for older students being installed, there is certainly plenty happening as we build towards 2020.
This year, we engaged a local architect to work with our Project Design Group to re-imagine our learning spaces into 21st century learning areas. Rossi Architects played a major part in designing the new Catholic school in Zuccoli, Mother Teresa Catholic Primary School and now partner with us for our important project. With full School Board support, we applied for funding of Stage One with potential building beginning during 2020.
We have also implemented our new Vision and Mission for the school and our new Strategic Plan is in place.
With family, faith and friendship we are empowered to be architects of our learning.
In the image of Jesus, we commit to excellence in Catholic education with the wisdom to be a merciful and respectful community with the courage to be successful 21st Century Learners.
After an extremely successful and busy year so far, 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 are empowered to be architects of our learning’. Our students and staff work towards being architects of our own learning by continuing to ask ourselves what it is we want to become and how are we going to achieve this.
Our Parents and Friends continue to be very active with community building activities with the highlight being our Colour Fun Run on the last day of Semester One. Their huge fundraising efforts also see us directing $40 000 to upgrade our Junior Primary playground which is very exciting!
Bring Your Own Designated Device (BYODD)
Our Bring Your Own Designated Device (BYODD) iPad program has been running for five years now. A great deal of time, research, preparation, school visits, information sessions and planning went into this project and implementation was extremely successful during 2015. Each year the iPad protocols are reviewed with students across the school. The protocols are to reinforce safe and responsible iPad and internet use. After the protocols have been visited and the student and parent policy agreement has been read and signed, students in Years 3-6 can bring in their own iPad to assist in their education. In addition to this, our library lessons also have an ICT focus where students spend time learning new ways iPads can enhance their learning opportunities.
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.
Mr Shane Donohue