Our School

Highlights & Achievements

 

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CURRICULUM

  • Consistent K-6 Best Practise in Literacy and Numeracy
  • Highly engaged and professional teachers
  • Students engaging in flexible  and innovative learning spaces
  • STEM Room (Science Technology Engineering  Mathematics)
  • Optional BYODD (Bring Your Own Designated Device)
  • SEL Classes (Social Emotional Learning)
  • NAPLAN results above state average in both Year 3 and Year 5 Literacy and Numeracy
  • The PoD – A Place of Discovery
  • Participation in GATEway; Robotics / Writing / Music/ Steam
  • Receipt of a number of High Distinctions, Distinctions, Merits & Credits in Maths, Spelling, Science & DigitalTechnology in ICAS (International Competitions and Assessments for Schools)
  • Competed in the Tournament of the Minds
  • Book Week Celebrations
  • Book Fair
  • Public Speaking Competition
  • North Shore Debating Competition
  • Premier’s Reading Challenge
  • iPads and laptop computers for use in classrooms
  • Embracing of new technologies such as Google classroom and learning apps
  • Implementation of the Cultures of Thinking Framework , supporting students to become creative and independent thinkers
  • EMU groups (Extending Mathematical Understanding)
  • Extension Mathematical Groups
  • Stage 3 (Year 5 and 6) engaged in the “Encouraging Persistence Maintaining Challenge”  project
  • Leadership Teams for all  Year 6 students

THE ARTS

  • Junior and Senior School Choir performed at Berowra Woodchop and Loreto fete
  • Dance troupe for juniors, seniors and boys
  • Choir Games
  • Hosted GATEway Music program
  • DrumBeats music experience

EXTRA CURRICULAR

  • Spanish language Classes
  • Coding Club
  • Chess
  • Band
  • “Berowra Musica”
  • Junior Engineering

WELLBEING

  • Positive Behaviours For Learning (PBL)
  • Fabulous Play Areas
  • St Bernard’s Award
  • Family Mass
  • Wellbeing Week Activities
  • Meditation Classes
  • 100 Days in Kindergarten Celebration
  • Rock and Water Program
  • Principal’s treat day
  • Kindergarten buddy program

SPORT

  • Swimming Carnivals at various levels
  • Athletics Carnivals at various levels
  • Cross Country running at various levels
  • Junior Girls relay team represented at State level
  • Represented Polding at the NSW PSSA Girls’ Softball Championships in Camden
  • Netball Gala Day
  • League Gala Day
  • Soccer Gala Day
  • Cluster athletics
  • Year 6 Surf Day
  • Kindergarten Swim Program & water fun day

KINDERGARTEN TRANSITION

  • Kindergarten Buddy Program
  • Extensive & successful Kindergarten transition
  • program for students & parents
  • Parent Information sessions & school tours
  • “Pop up & Play” School Readiness Sessions
  • Kindergarten family welcome picnic

STUDENT LEADERSHIP

  • Year 5 Leadership Camp
  • Student-led Assemblies
  • Mercy Leadership Day
  • Year 6 Leadership Opportunities:
  1. Ministry of Environment
  2.  Ministry of  Media
  3.  Ministry of Social Justice
  4.  Ministry of  Creative And Performing Arts
  5.  School Captains
  6.  School Vice Captains
  7.  School Sport Captains
  8.  SRC (Student Representative Council)

COMMUNITY

  • Fantastic School Fete
  • Choir visits to local preschools and other community events throughout the year
  • “Bernie’s Kids” playgroup for children aged between 0 and 5 years
  • Grandparents Day Liturgy & morning tea
  • Mother’s Day Mass & morning tea
  • Father’s day football & BBQ breakfast
  • Anzac Day liturgy & march
  • School Disco
  • P & F social and Trivia night
  • School Advisory Team
  • Teddy Bears picnic and Enchanted Forest picnic
  • NAIDOC Week celebrations
  • “The Heart Stone” whole school musical performance
  • Active P & F (Parents & Friends) group
  • Walk Safely to School Day

MISSION / SOCIAL JUSTICE

  • Sacraments: Reconciliation, First Communion, Confirmation
  • ‘The Dish’, a service providing meals to the local homeless
  • World Youth Day
  • Stations of the Cross
  • Shrove Tuesday/Ash Wednesday
  • Mission Week, raising funds to support missionaries
  • Great Book Swap, raising funds for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation
  • St Vincent de Paul Winter  & Christmas appeals
  • Support for Sisters of Mercy in Candela, Peru
  • Whole school pilgrimage in support of Justice and Compassion