Teaching and Learning
Like all Australian schools, Samaritan College follows the Australian Curriculum.
The knowledge, skills, attitudes and values, which the curriculum aims to develop in children include:
- effective communication
- reasoning logically and thinking critically
- a positive sense of self and the ability to cooperate with others
- expressing oneself through arts, crafts and sport
- learning constantly and adapting to continual change
- applying information
- investigating and solving a wide range of problems
- understanding one’s culture as well as those of others
This range of capabilities we endeavour to develop through the Australian Curriculum from Reception to Year 7:
- Religious Education
- Humanities & Social Sciences
- Health and Physical
- The Arts
STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Students become literate as they develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions to interpret and use language confidently for learning and communicating in and out of school and for participating effectively in society.
Literacy is explicitly taught through the English curriculum and involves students in listening to, reading, viewing, speaking, writing and creating oral, print, visual and digital texts, and using and modifying language for different purposes in a range of contexts.
Students become numerate as they develop the knowledge and skills to use mathematics confidently across other learning areas at school and in their lives more broadly. Students need to recognise that mathematics is constantly used outside the mathematics classroom and that numerate people apply general mathematical skills in a wide range of familiar and unfamiliar situations.
Much of the explicit teaching of numeracy skills occurs in Mathematics. Numeracy involves students in recognising and understanding the role of mathematics in the world and having the dispositions and capacities to use mathematical knowledge and skills purposefully.
Using mathematical skills across the curriculum both enriches the study of other learning areas and contributes to the development of a broader and deeper understanding of numeracy.
While much of the explicit teaching of literacy occurs in the English learning area, it is strengthened, made specific and extended in other learning areas as students engage in a range of learning activities with significant literacy demands. These literacy-rich situations are a part of learning in all curriculum areas.
As educators in the middle and primary years, it is our responsibility to provide opportunities for students to learn a variety of skills including literacy, numeracy, information and communication technology (ICT), thinking, creativity, teamwork and communication. These are skills crucial for lifelong learning.
Inquiry Based Learning approaches include a range of teaching and learning principles and practices that deliver skill acquisition, quality personalised learning and a high level of student engagement.
What is ‘Learning in the Early Years’?
At Samaritan College, we know that the early years of school form essential skills for lifelong learning. As such, the Learning in the Early Years supports the growth and development of skills such as decision making, persistence, resilience, negotiating, organisation, problem solving and risk taking. Our skilled educators provide learning environments and experiences through a play-based inquiry approach, which gently nurtures and develops these skills and provides meaningful and purposeful links to the Australian Curriculum.
What does ‘Learning in the Early Years’ look like?
‘Learning in the Early Years’ involves students engaging in hands-on learning in a student-centred and engaging environment. Inquiry and play form the foundations of everything we do in the Early Years, and is explicitly linked by our teachers to Literacy, Numeracy and a range of other curriculum areas.
Students develop ICT capability as they learn to use ICT effectively and appropriately to access, create and communicate information and ideas, solve problems and work collaboratively in all learning areas at school, and in their lives beyond school.
ICT supports and enhances student learning across all areas of the curriculum. Learning areas provide the content and contexts within which students develop and apply the knowledge, skills, behaviours and dispositions of ICT
As such, we have invested heavily in technology which gives students access to the future world and enhances their learning. We are committed to providing up to date technology in all classrooms and other learning spaces. As well as the computer suite, every learning space has an interactive whiteboard and all classrooms have networked computers and access to iPads. All staff are committed to the use of these technologies to enhance learning across all curriculum areas.
The Samaritan College Primary Band has been steadily growing since its introduction in 2011.
The Primary Band is open to students in years 4 and 6 at both Saint Teresa’s and Our Lady Help of Christians Campus. Students can learn Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums and Percussion, with opportunities to also play keyboard, ukulele and sing. Students enjoy a diverse repertoire and performance opportunities during the year.
Religious Education at Samaritan College is part of the curriculum from Reception to Year 12. It is a rigorous academic subject and it also pervades all facets of the informal curriculum which impacts on every aspect of college life. The College Motto; Faith Wisdom and Compassion, is at the heart of our teachings. We strive in partnership with parents, to develop the whole child to know Jesus, achieve their best academically and become socially just individuals.
The curriculum frameworks used to support Religious Education in the college are mandated by the Bishops of the Arch Diocese of Adelaide and the Diocese of Port Pirie. These frameworks include; Crossways: Religious Education Framework for SA Catholic Schools, Made in the Image of God: Human Sexuality Program for SA Catholic Schools and Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum.
Through our Religious Education Program we seek to build a faith community based on the Good Samaritan and Edmund Rice charisms. We seek to engage our students in a rich prayer life where they can participate in liturgical celebrations and Christian outreach opportunities.
The curriculum is designed to engage and challenge students to explore aspects of their own personal faith journeys and offer students opportunities to come to know and love Jesus.