Teaching & Learning
St Anthony's teachers have developed a style of teaching that incorporates the best features of the traditional teacher-directed mode with the co-operative teaching and learning method. This self-directed and highly motivating approach to learning caters for individual differences and is also ideally suited to the talented and gifted pupils in our school. Our staff are skilled and actively seek to utilise teaching aids, such as information and communication technology, to assist student development.
Extra Curricular Activities
St Anthony's prides itself in being a place where each child is able to become involved in a wide variety of educational pursuits. Interested staff and parents ensure that cultural and academic as well as sporting activities are available to all pupils.
- Chess Club
- Peer Support
- Rostrum and Debating
- Etensive sporting opportunities
- Tournament of Minds
Gifts, Talents and Special Needs
Every student at St Anthony's is given the very best opportunities to develop their gifts and talents. The school acknowledges that all children possess a combination of talents and areas of challenge that make them unique. Our aim is to nurture their development in each of these areas.
Our school endeavours to cater for the needs of all children. The school focuses on giving all children the opportunity to discover that there are many different ways of thinking about any given problem or situation.
At St Anthony’s we endeavour to identify those students who may be working to a capacity well beyond those of their age group in one or a number of different areas of the curriculum. We recognise the specific needs of these students and utilise a number of strategies, such as enrichment, extension and types of acceleration, to meet their unique developmental needs. Each term we offer at school, enrichment days run by the Australian Gifted Support Centre.
At St Anthony's we endeavour to provide progressive involvement in outdoor education activities specific to each year level. For infant grades, outdoor education involves excursions such as nature walks, environmental trails etc. For the primary grades, the emphasis moves on to school camp activities ranging from an overnight sleep-over at the school in the Year 3 building up to a five day camp in Year 6.
All Kindergarten students are rigorously assessed in literacy and numeracy throughout the year. Early intervention begins in Term 2 for students who require additional support.
All children are progressively assessed and tracked from Year 1 to Year 6. Assistance is provided for children with learning difficulties throughout the school. If students do not maintain school based reading benchmarks the students are automatically placed on the Learning Support Reading program.
St Anthony’s prides itself on being an inclusive school. As part of the Learning Support Program, the school offers a program at lunch time called “Social Club”, for students to further develop their social skills. It is open to all students; however specific students are encouraged to attend. The program provides an opportunity for students to understand how positive relationships are built and to maintain
St Anthony's staff have been focussing on developing their pedagogical practices using the Quality Teaching Framework as the underpinning educational theory. Many staff meetings are focussed on quality teaching.
As part of their continued committment to providing children with quality teaching, the staff with Ralph Pirozzo's learning modell. This model addresses Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intennligences to engage children in their learning and Bloom's Taxonomy to develop higher order thinking skills. Most found the approach is inspiring. More than that, though, it’s practical.
Ralph Pirozzo is more than just about ENGAGING children through the Bloom/MI Matrix. He also advocates:
- INSPIRING students by using a variety of thinking tools.
- MOTIVATING students to understand "concepts" and to "deepen" their learning through hands-on activities.
- IMPLEMENTING the school's curriculum framework by preparing units using grids that provide differentiated activities, thinking Tools & cooperative learning activities.