At St James, we are committed to quality education. We implement a comprehensive and inclusive curriculum. We strive to ensue that all students are equipped with the necessary skills, knowledge, values and attitudes to assist them to meet the challenges of a changing world.
St James provides an extensive and comprehensive curriculum using the Australian/Victorian Essential Learning Standards (AUSVELS)/Victorian Curriculum developed to meet the needs of our students.
The Victorian Curriculum Foundation–10, sets out a single, coherent and comprehensive set of content descriptions and associated achievement standards to enable teachers to plan, monitor, assess and report on the learning achievement of every student.
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 incorporates and reflects much of the Australian Curriculum F–10 and includes eight learning areas and four capabilities. The eight learning areas are: The Arts (including Dance, Drama, Media Arts, Music, Visual Arts and Visual Communication Design), English, Health and Physical Education, The Humanities (including Civics and Citizenship, Economics and Business, Geography and History), Languages, Mathematics, Science and Technologies (including Design and Technologies and Digital Technologies).
Religious Education is also formally taught from years Prep-6. St James uses the text, “Coming to Know, Worship and Love” supported by other varied resources.
The four capabilities are Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical capability, Intercultural capability and Personal and Social capability.
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 is structured as a continuum across levels of learning achievement. The achievement standards reflect the emphasis within the broad stages of schooling, these being:
Foundation stage (Years F–2)
The focus is on the five curriculum areas of English, Mathematics, The Arts, Health and Physical Education, and Personal and Social capability. These areas all have a standard at Foundation.
Breadth stage (Years 3–8)
Students have the opportunity to fully engage with all learning areas and capabilities, with a focus on English, Mathematics and Science.
Pathways stage (Years 9–10)
Students engage in a broad education and begin to plan their senior secondary program of study.
We have many very effective programs contributing to different areas of the curriculum because of the commitment of our professional staff who possess the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to meet and be responsive to the various needs of the children.