In the Primary School there is a strong emphasis on the integration of the various Learning Areas which often leads to a thematic and holistic approach. Specialist teachers in Modern Greek, Visual Arts and Performing Arts (Music and Dance) work with the classroom teacher’s selected topics for the year so that they may integrate the themes into their respective teaching programmes.
English encompasses all the language activities such as reading, writing, speaking, drama, literature, listening, viewing and grammar. Considerable emphasis is placed on reading comprehension and a literature based reading programme.
First Steps, Smart Words spelling and the Early Years Literacy programmes are used throughout the Primary School, and involvement in the Monitoring Standards programme (NAPLAN) in Years 3 and 5 takes place.
Mathematics stresses the thinking process and the acquisition of skills in interpreting and dealing with mathematical situations. Using mathematics, the understanding in number, working mathematically, measurement, chance and data and space are emphasised in all year levels.
The First Steps Numeracy Programme is currently being implemented in classes throughout the Primary School.
Science focuses on teaching children to investigate scientifically with emphasis given to hands-on activities as the foundation for learning. Students manipulate materials, use tools, interact cooperatively with others and communicate ideas in many forms. Children plan, conduct, process data and evaluate investigations helping students develop an understanding of the role of Science in society.
Society and Environment looks at how students understand the interaction between people and the environment in which they live by teaching the children the skills of investigation, communication and participation to work towards becoming active citizens of the world. It focuses on culture, place and space and natural social systems. The understanding and interpretation of the past is an important area of study.
Languages other than English is the learning of Modern Greek. It is taught at all year levels through immersion in the language and culture of Greece. The programme, while very much aural and oral in nature in the early years of schooling, leads into a more formal programme of study involving the written word in the middle Primary years and beyond. It is also rich in songs, language games and mythology. The Greek Studies Programme is integrated with topic areas throughout the School and is not seen as an isolated subject area.
Health and Physical Education programmes ensure all children receive a number of sessions per week which promote physical activity, games skills and healthy attitudes. In the upper primary, growth and development is taught in a co-educational setting.
In the Early Learning Centre a Perceptual Motor Programme is undertaken by a specialist teacher to promote the acquisition of gross motor skills from an early age.
Technology and Enterprise involves all children accessing Information Technology across the curriculum. This model allows each student the opportunity to learn how to make use of those aspects of IT which can enhance the way in which they carry out their work in school; in learning, researching, problem solving and presentation.
The cross-curricula approach is supported by a programme of basic introductory instruction which ensures that all students have skills in keyboarding and word processing and that they can use drawing, graphing, spreadsheet and database packages, as well as being able to integrate them in their work. Students are able to access the internet, under supervision. Children are also taught the technological process of investigating, devising, producing and evaluating. They learn to use appropriate technological skills when developing systems.
The Arts programme comprises Visual and Performing Arts, Music and Greek Dance.
The Visual Arts programme promotes creative problem-solving and self-expression. It includes drawing and picture-making, ceramics, print-making, fabric and fibre crafts and three dimensional construction.
The Music programme aims to introduce students to a wide variety of skills which include singing, performing on instruments, reading and listening to music.
In the Early Learning Centre, Performing Arts begins from Kindergarten. A specialist teacher is employed to teach the children in this area. It includes singing, dancing and drama.
Greek dance is taught to children commencing in Year One to Year Six. They learn a range of basic-step dances as well as the history and origin of these dances and their role in the Greek culture. An appreciation for Greek music is gained and dances become more complex as children progress in their acquisition of skills.
Other activities include choir, performing arts, bands, orchestra and individual tuition on a chosen instrument, if available. The programme of Greek Dance teaches the children movement and expression and links the studies of Greek language and culture with the natural inclination of children to dance. (Refer to Greek Studies)
Library story telling, literature, information location and retrieval, and research skills are the main elements covered.
Religious Education is divided into two areas. Children who are Christian Orthodox attend Greek Orthodox Studies classes with a member of the clergy or representative. Children of other Christian denominations or non-Christian faiths attend Non-denominational Christian Studies classes where they are taught Christian values and their application to daily life. All children in these classes have the right to attend lessons in the Greek Orthodox Studies classes upon written request from their parents/guardians.