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  • Policies | St Patrick's Primary School Kilmore

    School Policies Our school policies at St Patrick's Primary School are designed to provide uniformity and consistency in decisions and actions across the community. They are written documents that outline the required process or procedure within the school. ​ Policy development is generally overseen by the Principal, as well as the executive team and leadership team and they regularly seek community views, develop policies and oversee program implementation for the school. School policies are generally reviewed on a four-year cycle to ensure their continuing relevance. Policies: ​ Privacy Policy Privacy Policy Standard Collection Notice ​ Complaint Handling Policy Complaint Handling Guide ​ Child Safe Policy Child Safe Code of Conduct Working with Children's Check Policy Mandatory Reporting Policy ​ Student Discipline Policy Bullying and Harassment Policy Cyber Safety Policy ​ Enrolment Policy School Fees and Remission Policy Credit Reporting Policy ​ Separated Families Policy ​ Occupational Health and Safety Policy Sun Protection (Students) Policy ​ Cyber Safety Policy School Planning School Advisory Board

  • Literacy | St Patrick's Primary School Kilmore

    English At St Patrick's Catholic Primary School, we not only value the teaching of English but believe that it is paramount in providing students with the skills and understandings to fully access the curriculum and develop as divergent, critical thinkers. ​ Through the integration of the three strands: Reading & Viewing, Writing & Spelling and Speaking & Listening, the students are provided with learning experiences that enable them to develop skills and strategies to be competent and confident users of the English language. Literacy skills are best taught through modelled, guided and independent learning experiences, based on explicit teaching. Therefore we provide a differentiated curriculum that caters for the diverse needs of the learner through effective, relevant and challenging learning and teaching opportunities. The English curriculum aims to ensure that students: learn to listen to, read, view, speak, write, create and reflect on increasingly complex and sophisticated spoken, written and multimodal texts across a growing range of contexts with accuracy, fluency and purpose appreciate, enjoy and use the English language in all its variations and develop a sense of its richness and power to evoke feelings, convey information, form ideas, facilitate interaction with others, entertain, persuade and argue understand how Standard Australian English works in its spoken and written forms and in combination with non-linguistic forms of communication to create meaning develop interest and skills in inquiring into the aesthetic aspects of texts, and develop an informed appreciation of literature. ​ ​ Reading and Viewing - CAFE, Daily Five and InitiaLit ​ At St. Patrick’s, we are committed to 10 hours of Literacy per week. In Years 3-6 we follow the CAFÉ Model which includes the “Daily Five”. The Daily Five is a literacy structure that teaches independence and gives children the skills needed to create a lifetime love of reading and writing. It consists of five tasks that are introduced individually. The children work on building their stamina until they are successful at being independent while doing that task. The five tasks include: Read to Self Read to Someone Listen to Reading Work on Writing Word Work When all five tasks have been introduced and the children are fully engaged in reading and writing activities, teachers are able to work with small groups and confer with children one on one. This structure is effective, the results are amazing, and the children really look forward to Daily Five time. ​ In addition to the CAFÉ model for Reading, Guided Reading groups either also take place. Students have explicit small class instruction to meet individual learning needs. ​ For more information on CAFE and Daily 5, please go to the program website . here ​ InitiaLit is an evidence-based whole-class literacy program providing all children with the essential core knowledge and strong foundations to become successful readers and writers. InitiaLit is a three-year program, covering the first three years of school (Prep to Year 2). InitiaLit–Prep incorporates the key components necessary for early reading instruction – phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. ​ InitiaLit–1 continues on from InitiaLit–Prep in providing an explicit and effective model for teaching reading, spelling and related skills to children in their second year of schooling. The program incorporates daily lessons in reading and spelling, as well as rich language instruction using children’s literature. As with InitiaLit–Prep, a set of decodable InitiaLit Readers (Levels 10-16), have been developed to align with the InitiaLit–1 instructional sequence. These readers, used alongside the program, will help students generalise and consolidate their skills. ​ By Year 2, most children will be well on their way to reading independence. The program builds on the skills taught in InitiaLit–Prep and InitiaLit–1, with the focus shifting now to consolidating children’s reading and spelling skills, working specifically on reading comprehension, fluency, spelling and vocabulary. ​ ​ MiniLit and MacqLit ​ The MiniLit and MacqLit programs are literacy intervention programs. MiniLit is aimed at Prep to Year 2 and comprises 80 lessons, delivered 4 times per week, for one hour per lesson. A placement test will indicate the ideal starting point on the program for each student, with criteria provided for grouping students according to instructional level. Regular assessments administered throughout the program will monitor progress. Each lesson comprises three main components: Sounds and Words Activities Text Reading Story Book Reading ​ MacqLit is aimed at Years 3-6 and is an explicit and systematic reading intervention program for small groups of older low-progress readers. It is a comprehensive sequence of lessons that includes all the key components necessary for effective reading instruction: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. ​ ​ Writing and Spelling - SMART Spelling ​ At St. Patrick’s writing genres are generated through the links with Inquiry units. Students create a range of imaginative, informative and persuasive types of texts including narratives, procedures, performances, reports, reviews, explanations and discussions. Students practise, consolidate and extend what they have learned. They develop an increasingly sophisticated understanding of grammar and language, and are increasingly able to articulate this knowledge. Gradually, more complex punctuation, clause and sentence structures, and textual purposes and patterns are introduced. In 2017, St. Patrick’s introduced SMART Spelling. SMART Spelling is designed to support teachers in the explicit and systematic teaching of spelling. The program is based on whole words with an emphasis on meaning and vocabulary development. Students must be able to read their spelling words, understand what they mean and how to use them. SMART Spelling is an acronym for the sequence teachers follow to teach words to students. It stands for: Say Meaning Analyse Remember Teach The spelling program runs through a weekly routine. Part of this routine is to have a weekly list of words which has a common sound. The students choose 6-8 words they want to focus on and highlight them. This list is then sent home and becomes the spelling homework for the week. ​ For more information on the developer of the SMART Spelling program, please go to her website . here ​ ​ Speaking and Listening ​ At St. Patrick’s we seek to develop the oral language competence of students across the school. Teachers plan and implement strategies which specifically target the development of oral language skills. ​ Language and the ability to communicate effectively is a key foundation to students’ capacity to learn in most general ways. A better developed knowledge of language and how it is used means a greater capacity to learn and to manage and to direct one’s activity as a learner (Munro, 2005) ​ Students participate in Show and Tell, 1 minute talks, debates and oral presentations of their work. Oral language permeates throughout Mathematics Classroom Subjects

  • Catholic Information | St Patrick's Primary School Kilmore

    Catholic Information Below are links to popular Catholic websites: ​ ​ Catholic Education Melbourne - Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Melbourne ​ - daily Bible passage for quiet time with God WordLive ​ - daily newsletter service provided by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference CathNews Hours, Dates and Days Social Justice

  • Cyber Safety | St Patrick's Primary School Kilmore

    Cyber Safety Cybersafety is the safe and responsible use of information and communication technology. It is about keeping information safe and secure, but also about being responsible with that information, being respectful of other people online, and using good ‘netiquette’ (internet etiquette). ​ When sharing anything using technologies such as computers, mobile devices, email and the internet it is important you and everyone else invited to your account understands about netiquette and staying safe online. Even if you are confident about cybersafety it would be a good idea to check if all those invited to your account have the knowledge they need, too. ​ When choosing a password, choose something consisting of letters and numbers, that would be difficult to guess from public information about you. Never write your password down or share it with anyone. If you think someone is acting suspiciously, or requesting information you feel uncomfortable about advise your parents or the school immediately. ​ If you think you are cyber safe, take the following quiz from the Office of the eSafety Commissioner to see just our cyber safe you are: ​ ​ ​ ​ We are excited to announce that St Patrick’s is now officially an eSmart school. St Patrick’s are the first school under the VIC funding agreement to achieve eSmart status in the North East Region in 2019. This has been an outstanding accomplishment to staff and students at our school and shows St Patrick’s true commitment to raising a generation of smart, safe and responsible children, who are capable and compassionate – both on and offline. ​ Click on the logo below for more information from their website. Cyber Safe Quiz The eSafety Commissioner has a website with links to a variety of agencies and organisations to help guide Australians towards safe and enjoyable experiences online, which you can find here: ​ ​ ​ If at any time you feel that you have been cyber bullied, we encourage you to report the matter through the Cyber Safety Incident Form below: eSafety Commissioner Learning Diversity Anti-bullying