St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School utilises the Australian Curriculum which sets out the core knowledge, understanding, skills and general capabilities important for all Australian students. It describes the learning entitlement of students as a foundation for their future learning, growth and active participation in the Australian community. We have implemented subjects such as English, Mathematics, Science, History and Geography, The Arts and Languages, and Music. Further areas such as Cooking, Building and Construction, and Early Learning, are becoming a large part of our learning, which continues beyond the classroom.
All curriculum areas have a religious dimension: inviting students to examine the world of human culture and the world of religion, exploring a Catholic world view, fostering the search for meaning and truth, and making links to the Good News of Jesus. This religious dimension is given depth by the faith witness of staff through their presence, relationships and teaching.
Catholic schools view Religious Education as a core curriculum area. As well as being an opportunity to develop knowledge and skills, values, and dispositions, Religious Education in a Catholic school invites students into a deepening encounter with the living God.
Our Religious Education Programme, including Made in the Image of God (MITIOG), is based on the Crossways and MITIOG curriculum developed by Catholic Education SA. All children participate in daily prayer, grace before meals and end of day blessings.
We have an emphasis on developing numeracy aptitude. Mathematics and Numeracy is a way of understanding the world. At St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School we encourage students to be confident in dealing with mathematical concepts through investigating, comparing and reflecting to solve problems. A strong emphasis is placed on problem solving activities and mental computations.
St Anthony’s offers a variety of specialist subjects which range from teaching R-7 including:
- Music - offered to students from R-7.
- Science - R-3 students have one 50 minute Science lesson per week while 4-7 students have two, all in our newly built St Francis Learning Centre.
- Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program – our Year 6 and 7 students take part in Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program once a fortnight for 1 and a half hours. Students participate in a holistic food education program. From the planting of the seed, harvesting, cooking and sharing.
- Physical Education - a specialist area for R – 3 and taught by classroom teachers for Years 4-7.
- Building and Construction Program – each class is timetabled to work in our Building and Construction room with their classroom teacher are supported by our education support officer.
Beyond the classroom
St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School participates in and encourages involvement in a wide range of extra-curricular activities. These include:
- SAPSASA – South Australian Primary Schools Amateur Sports Association
- SACPSSA – South Australian Catholic Primary School Sports Association
- Student Leadership
- Young Environmental Leaders Program (YELP)
- School Football and Netball
- Music – guitar, piano and singing lessons (private tuition)
- South East Music Festival