Educational Goals

At St Catherine's we are committed to supporting all students to become successful learners, confident individuals and active and informed citizens as articulated in the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians.

  • Successful learners…
  • develop their capacity to learn and play an active role in their own learning
  • have the essential skills in literacy and numeracy and are creative and productive users of technology, especially ICT, as a foundation for success in all learning areas
  • are able to think deeply and logically, and obtain and evaluate evidence in a disciplined way as the result of studying fundamental disciplines
  • are creative, innovative and resourceful, and are able to solve problems in ways that draw upon a range of learning areas and disciplines
  • are able to plan activities independently, collaborate, work in teams and communicate ideas
  • are able to make sense of their world and think about how things have become the way they are
  • are on a pathway towards continued success in further education, training or employment, and acquire the skills to make informed learning and employment decisions throughout their lives
  • are motivated to reach their full potential.

Confident and creative individuals…

  • have a sense of self-worth, self-awareness and personal identity that enables them to manage their emotional, mental, spiritual and physical wellbeing
  • have a sense of optimism about their lives and the future
  • are enterprising, show initiative and use their creative abilities
  • develop personal values and attributes such as honesty, resilience, empathy and respect for others
  • have the knowledge, skills, understanding and values to establish and maintain healthy, satisfying lives
  • have the confidence and capability to pursue university or post-secondary vocational qualifications leading to rewarding and productive employment
  • relate well to others and form and maintain healthy relationships
  • are well prepared for their potential life roles as family, community and workforce members
  • embrace opportunities, make rational and informed decisions about their own lives and accept responsibility for their own actions.

Active and informed citizens…

  • act moral and ethical integrity
  • appreciate Australia’s social, cultural, linguistic and religious diversity, and have an understanding of Australia’s system of government, history and culture
  • understand and acknowledge the value of Indigenous cultures and possess the knowledge, skills and understanding to contribute to, and benefit from, reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians
  • are committed to national values of democracy, equity and justice, and participate in Australia’s civic life
  • are able to relate to and communicate across cultures, especially the cultures and countries of Asia
  • work for the common good, in particular sustaining and improving natural and social environments
  • are responsible global and local citizens.
The learning environment at St Catherine’s allows for our children to explore their interests, challenge themselves and develop deeper understandings of the world around them. At St Catherine’s, expert teaching and learning is evidenced by a shared responsibility to nurture the whole child in their spirituality, intellectuality, sociality and physicality. Individual student’s needs are supported through a differentiated curriculum.
Expert Learning and Teaching at St Catherine’s Moorabbin is characterised by:
  • a shared understanding of students - how they learn and grow academically, socially and emotionally
  • collaboration between staff members and the wider community
  • engaging students in meaningful and relevant differentiated teaching and learning
  • providing appropriate feedback to all stakeholders
Expert Learning and Teaching at St Catherine’s Moorabbin is informed by:
  • Gospel values and teachings of the Catholic Church
  • formative feedback practices to all stakeholders
  • student data that supports planning, teaching and reviewing
  • student initiated learning goals
  • linking learning to the Global Community
The Victorian Curriculum describes what is essential for students to achieve from Foundation to Year 10 in Victorian schools. It provides a whole school curriculum planning framework that sets out learning standards for schools to use to plan their teaching and learning programs, including assessment and reporting of student achievement and progress.

Religious Education
The Religious Education program aims to help each child develop a conscious, loving relationship with God. The children participate in various forms of personal and communal prayer each day and school liturgies and prayer celebrations are held each term.

Three strands of Mathematics are taught from Foundation to Year 6.
  • Number & Algebra
  • Measurement & Geometry
  • Statistics & Probability
Learning involves students exploring mathematical concepts through real life and practical problem solving experiences.

The English curriculum is organised by language modes and strands. The language modes are organised into three sections:
  • Reading & Viewing
  • Writing
  • Speaking & Listening
The three strands are as follows:
  • Language
  • Literature
  • Literacy
Learning involves explicitly building the fundamental skills of punctuation, grammar and spelling within the language modes listed above.

Students explore skills which will enable them to use technology as a tool to enhance learning. Students are provided with the opportunity of utilise a number of devices across all learning areas.

Each year, children undertake integrated, inquiry based units of work to develop essential knowledge, skills and ideas in the disciplines of History, Geography and Economics.

Science is taught within integrated, inquiry based units of work and also through ‘stand-alone’ units.

Physical Education
Physical Education is taught by a specialist Teacher from Foundation to Year 6 and supplemented by the class teacher. Our large open space play areas and oval provide opportunities for students to develop skills in being healthy, safe and active.
Students in F-4 participate in an intensive swimming safety program. Year 5 and 6 students participate in a Beach Safety Program.
Inter-School Sports

St Catherine’s belongs to the District Primary School Sport Association. A wide variety of sports such as netball, basketball, softball, rounders, cricket, football, soccer, volleyball, athletics, cross-country and swimming are part of the interschool sport program.

Training for inter-school competition is offered to children in years 3 to 6.
The Arts
Through engaging in the Arts, students are encouraged to express, represent and communicate ideas through dance, drama, music, visual art and design.Specialist teachers take classes to support the development of specific skills and foster appreciation of these art forms.
A valuable aspect of our Arts Program is the opportunity for students to take part in our F-6 school production and Visual Art Exhibition. These occur in alternate years, supported by our school community.

Languages other than English (LOTE) Program - Chinese Mandarin
The Chinese Mandarin Program is centered around learning about the culture and language of China (Mandarin). All students participate in weekly class led by a specialist teacher.

Social and Emotional Learning
School programs support students in the core competencies of self-management, self-awareness, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision making. This is supported by the overarching KidsMatter and eSmart Framework and explicitly taught through programs including ‘Bounce Back!’ and ‘Better Buddies’.