How we teach and support
Our entire teaching staff is dedicated to the details and we want to ensure every child achieves to their own potential.
This means ensuring we have a robust system of teaching and support that not only caters to the average (or middle student) – but also the advanced student or the student that needs some extra support.
For learning to take place we need to ensure that every child feels safe, happy and confident within themselves – and so a huge emphasis is placed on a strong wellbeing and support program that achieves just that!
At Holy Trinity, teaching to individual students needs based on evidence of learning is practised across the whole school. To further this, Holy Trinity is pleased to offer a variety of programs that help enrich the learning of our highly capable mathematicians.
In Years One and Grade Two, the top performing students are withdrawn from class to extend their mathematical understanding by deepening their knowledge of concepts at their current curriculum level while exposing them to concepts that are at a higher curriculum level.
Highly capable mathematicians in Years Three – Six are invited to participate in the Australian Mathematics Challenge. Students are given four problems to solve over a four week period. Students are given the opportunity to work with fellow students and the Mathematics Leader up to three times a week.
Students who have successfully completed the Australian Mathematics Challenge in Years Three and Four are then encouraged to participate in the Maths Games. Students compete monthly by solving problems that have been designed by the Australian Mathematics Trust, working in small groups and with the Mathematics Leader.
The Olympiad is offered for the highly capable mathematicians in Years Five and Six. It is similar to the Maths Games in that students compete monthly but it is at a more challenging level. Students are also given the opportunity to complete training exercises to increase their mathematical skills further in small group sessions with the Mathematical Leader.
All students in Years Three to Six are offered the opportunity to complete the Australian Mathematics Competition. This is a paper and pen test that students complete at school. As with all extension programs offered, students receive a certificate that indicates their level of achievement.
Classroom teachers are able to track students growth through pre and post tests, PAT Maths and other formative assessment tasks. By tracking and monitoring a wide variety of data, differentiated teaching is practised across the school to ensure all students are being challenged at their own point of need. Students participate in small teacher focus groups based on this data to extend all capabilities of students. For those students who need some extra support, Holy Trinity has many programs to ensure students reach their full mathematical potential.
The Mathematics Leader withdraws students from Years One – Five in small groups from the regular classroom to assist their mathematical understanding. Groups range from two to six students and the groups meet up to three times a week. These interactive sessions give students assistance in relevant topics, tips on how to remember the content, and help them develop the confidence to call themselves mathematicians.
Our Education Support Employees facilitate the Getting Ready in Numeracy (GRIN) program before school. Students in Grade Three to Six meet before school for 15 – 20 minutes to pre-teach the content that the students will be exposed to in class. This assists students to develop confidence in new concepts and to be one of the first students to participate in the class group discussions, as well as small group assistance for those students.
For students who require one on one support, Education Support Employees work closely with students to develop their mathematical understanding. This may be before school or during class time.
We recognise that our school is more than a space for young people to learn. Our school is a workplace where all staff and students deserve to feel respected, safe and valued. Schools, like ours, are also important hubs in the community and we have the opportunity to lead, influence and contribute to healthy community culture. The Victorian Government is heavily investing in resources to deliver
Respectful Relationships and as part of this initiative Victorian schools will be supported to review theirpractices and policies, and model respectful relationships and gender equality across the whole school community.
A good education is about more than simply getting good marks. It is about becoming a member of society and succeeding in life – knowing how to build respectful relationships is key to achieving this.
When young people build positive relationships with their teachers and peers they feel safer and happier at school, are more resilient and have positive social attitudes. Positive relationships increase a young person’s sense of social connectedness and belonging to school and family, and result in better health and academic outcomes.
As a Respectful Relationship school, Holy Trinity will actively promote gender equality and speak out against gender-based violence. We will undertake a thorough assessment and planning process to identify gaps and limitations in existing culture, policies and practices in gender equality. The Respectful
Relationships program supports schools and early childhood settings to promote and model respect, positive attitudes and behaviours. It teaches our children how to build healthy relationships, resilience and confidence.
The Victorian Curriculum F-10 includes learning about respectful relationships in both health and physical education and personal and social capability. In health and physical education curriculum, students develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to strengthen their sense of self, and build and manage safe and respectful relationships. In the personal and social capability curriculum, students learn to recognise and regulate emotions, develop empathy for others and establish and build a framework for positive relationships.
The Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships learning materials have been designed for teachers in primary and secondary schools to develop students’ social, emotional and positive relationship skills.
Be the Kindness You Want To Receive Efforts to promote social and emotional skills and positive gender norms in children and young people has been shown to improve health related outcomes and subjective wellbeing. It also reduces antisocial behaviours including engagement in gender-related violence.
Holy Trinity is proudly recognised as a FIRE carrier school (Friends Igniting Reconciliation through Education). The dream of the FIRE Carrier program is to promote respect, fairness and inclusion for Aboriginal people. The FIRE Carrier promotes enculturation and reconciliation in Catholic and Independent primary and secondary Victorian schools. As a FIRE carrier school, we are proud to celebrate NAIDOC week, have indigenous names for our class rooms, proudly fly the Aboriginal flag, have the two way cross, and many other initiatives throughout our school. This involves having an aboriginal perspective through our curriculum and our learning.
MACS Governance Statement
Holy Trinity Catholic Primary School is a school which operates with the consent of the Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne and is operated and governed by Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools Ltd (MACS).
MACS governs and operates Catholic schools in the Archdiocese to continue the mission of Catholic education to proclaim the Good News and equip our young people with the knowledge, skills, and hope to live meaningful lives and enrich the world around them.
Because the good work of educating the young is a co-responsible task led by every member of the Catholic school community, School Advisory Councils have been established to provide a crucial point of connection between the wider school community and school leaders. This governance model was designed to ease the administrative burden on our schools and parishes, allow parish priests to focus on the mission of education in the parish, enable greater collaboration between schools and ensure greater consistency in school policies and procedures.
More information about MACS is available at www.macs.vic.edu.au.
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