Learning

The staff at Our Lady of Mt Carmel, Wentworthville, is a dedicated team of teachers and support staff, committed to providing a quality Catholic education for our students.


In the 'Learning and Teaching' section of our website you will find information about our educational philosophy, curriculum, homework, and sporting opportunities.

 

Learning and Teaching

What does learning look like at OLMC?

Our Lady of Mount Carmel’s educational philosophy is based on a belief that quality education takes place in a collaborative community of reflective and cooperative learners. And where each learner is nurtured and challenged to explore, investigate and problem solve through explicit learning and teaching.

The key elements of our educational philosophy are:

  • a foundation based on the teachings of Christ
  • a partnership with home, parish and school
  • a collaborative learning community of parents, staff and students
  • teaching and learning that is based on intellectual quality, quality learning environments and significance (Quality Teaching Framework Model)
  • the explicit teaching of skills in cooperative learning
  • problem solving, investigative and critical thinking experiences that promote personal responsibility and an inner delight in life and learning
  • the implementation of quality teaching based on the NSW Quality Teaching Model

Intellectual Quality

This refers to teaching that is focused on producing deep understanding of important, substantive concepts, skills and ideas. This requires students to engage in higher-order thinking and to communicate substantively about what they are learning.

Quality Learning Environment

This refers to pedagogy that creates classrooms where students and teachers work productively in an environment clearly focused on learning. Such pedagogy sets high and explicit expectations and develops positive relationships between teachers and students, and among students.

Significance

This refers to pedagogy that helps make learning meaningful and important to students. Such pedagogy draws clear connections with students’ prior knowledge, with contexts outside the classroom, and with multiple ways of knowing or cultural perspectives.

Religious Education

Sharing Our Story

Religious Education is a lifelong process. Its foundations are laid in the home and built within the school/parish community.

The Catholic school plays an important part in this lifelong quest. Its first contribution to the student’s Religious Education is through the culture and climate of school life. The religious dimension is present everywhere in the school: the playground, assemblies and the classrooms themselves, where every Key Learning Area contributes to a genuinely religious way of understanding the world. The Religious Education curriculum in the Parramatta Diocese is based on Sharing Our Story.

Sacramental Program

  1. Initiation into the life of the Church is a gradual process that takes place within the community of the faithful. The whole community is responsible for passing on its faith, story, values, and tradition to the next generation; and introducing its children into the sacramental life of the Church.

  2. The preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Confirmation and First Eucharist are parish-based. The parish-based, family-centred process is to provide opportunities for parents to come together to inquire and reflect upon the faith into which their children are being initiated.

  3. A sacramental team has been established by the parish to assist in co-ordinating the preparation for the Sacraments. It is the responsibility of parents in conjunction with the Parish Priest and Sacramental Team to assess the readiness of the child for Sacraments.

The Sacramental Program begins for students, generally in Year 3, with the Sacrament of Reconciliation in June. The Sacraments of First Eucharist (September/October) and Confirmation (June) are received the following years (Year 4 and Year 5 respectively). To prepare for these programs, parents and children participate together in small group gatherings.

Further Information

For further information please contact:

Mrs Lyn Bryant
Parish Office
t: 9631 8302

Mrs Bernadette Nolan
Religious Education Coordinator
t: 9631 8442

English

Literacy at Our Lady of Mt Carmel is an exciting and stimulating time. It is incorporated into the school timetable for a block session. The daily literacy sessions include opportunities for the students to engage in talking, listening, reading and writing activities in a series of whole class, small group, pair and individual experiences. Students are exposed to a variety of literature through the forms of spoken, print, visual, multimedia, and digital texts.

Mathematics

Our mathematical communities are dynamic places of learning where Mathematics is seen as being specific to life. Students are given the opportunity to investigate, explore and manipulate both concrete materials and abstract ideas through open-ended tasks. The process of their learning is expressed orally, pictorially and symbolically. Reflective practice plays a significant part in all the school’s curriculum areas.

In Mathematics, the students articulate their thinking and reasoning, enabling deeper conceptual understandings. This allows them to learn to apply learning and skills to other areas. During the first four weeks of the year every student participates in a one-on-one interview (approx. 30 minutes) with their classroom teacher. They determine the mathematical strengths and areas for development, and they set goals. These are continually reviewed throughout the year.

History

The study of History allows students the opportunity to know the past, and to understand the present in order to shape our future. Students will explore human actions and achievements in a range of historical contexts. Students will become aware that history is all around us and that historical information can be drawn from the physical remains of the past as well as written, visual and oral sources of evidence.

Students will begin investigating changes in lifestyles of people over time, moving from families to local communities to national and world history. The idea that History is many stories and that there is never only one uncontested version of the story.

Geography

Geography is the study of places and the relationships between people and their environments. It integrates knowledge from natural sciences, social sciences and humanities to build an understanding of the world. Students learn to question why the world is the way it is, reflect on their relationships with and responsibilities for the world, and suggest actions designed to shape a socially just and sustainable future.

Geography emphasises the role, function and importance of the environment in supporting human life from local to global scales. It emphasises the important interrelationships between people and environments and the different understandings of these relationships.

Science & Technology

Science and Technology are of increasing importance to our rapidly changing world. A student’s sense of wonder and curiosity about the natural and made world is developed through actively engaging in the processes of Working Scientifically and Working Technologically. Through questioning and seeking solutions to problems, students will develop an understanding of the significance of their contribution to and influence on society.

The study of Science and Technology enables students to develop confidence as learners and it is through active participation in challenging and engaging experiences they will become self-motivated learners.

Personal Development, Health & Physical Education (PDHPE)

The aim of the Personal Development, Health and Physical Education curriculum is to develop in each student the knowledge and understanding, skills, values and attitudes needed to lead healthy, active and fulfilling lives. Physical Education lessons are taught by a specialist Physical Education teacher and supplemented by the class teacher each week.

Creative Arts

Music

Music plays an integral part in the life of Our Lady of Mt Carmel. It enhances the prayer life of the community; it is a source of entertainment at events such as school assemblies, discos and end-of-year functions; and it provides students with an opportunity for meaningful self-expression. Each student participates in formal music lessons with a specialist music teacher. Students at Our Lady of Mt Carmel have the opportunity to participate in the school’s choir and school band. The school offers an opportunity for students to learn a musical instrument for an additional charge and be a member of the band.

Visual Arts

The children at Our Lady of Mount Carmel are fortunate in that their artistic talents are expressed, fostered and valued. Each class is given the opportunity to participate in Visual Arts lessons. The children are exposed to a variety of art-making techniques, which include drawing, painting, colouring, and paper craft.

Drama

Students from K-6 participate in lessons that explore many aspects of dramatic experiences, including mime, improvisation and movement. Lessons incorporate specific skill teaching and performance opportunities. Students are encouraged to develop and extend their skill both individually and in groups, and respond constructively to others.

At Our Lady of Mount Carmel, we believe in forming a collaborative community where the diversity and individuality of each person is respected and celebrated.

Pastoral care

Through our pastoral care program the dignity of each person and a sense of personal responsibility are promoted. We are committed to integrity and justice, to developing a happy and safe environment and to nurturing an inner spirit of delight in life and learning.

Our underlying philosophy is that:

the Community of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is safe and respectful.

 

In order to ensure that OLMC is a safe and respectful school, we offer the following activities and programs:

  • buddies (Kindergarten & Year 5, Year 1 & Year 6)
  • cooperative learning skills
  • the Protective Behaviours Program (Kindergarten - Year 6)
  • the Student Representative Council (SRC) Year 2 -Year 5
  • school leaders (Year 6)
  • sports leaders (Year 6)
  • merit & award ceremonies
  • Star Card certificates – Bronze Awards, Silver Awards, Community Service Award, & Principals’ Gold Award

Learning Opportunities

Our Lady of Mount Carmel values diversity and welcomes all learners in an accepting and supportive environment.

We acknowledge differences in learning styles, rates of learning, strengths and needs. The Learning Support Team at our school is committed to providing support, resources and programs to encourage each student to reach their potential, in a nurturing environment.

Our aims are to:

  • provide learning support to students with additional learning needs
  • enhance basic literacy and numeracy skills, as they are the foundation of all learning
  • use ongoing assessment to monitor the progress and changing needs of the student
  • support classroom teachers in planning, instructional and behavioural strategies to promote positive and enrichment learning experiences
  • support and involve parents in the education of their child
  • liaise with other professionals involved in the care of the student

Support Programs

For students who require additional learning support, we provide:

  • Reading Recovery (Year One)
  • a levelled Literacy Intervention Program
  • Extending Mathematical Understanding (EMU) (Year One & Year Three)
  • a Learning Support Program
  • counselling services

Opportunity Programs

For students who would benefit from being extended beyond the classroom, we provide:

  • Tournament of Minds (Years 5 & 6)
  • Maths Olympiad (Years 4, 5 & 6)
  • ICAS Competitions - English, Mathematics, Science & Technology
  • School Band and Instrument lessons (additional fee)

 

Students at OLMC have a wide variety of activities to become involved in, that take place outside the classroom. At OLMC, extracurricular activities allow students the opportunity to develop skills, stretch their mind and have fun with their peers, outside the classroom activities.

Extracurricular activities include:

  • Band & small group instrument lessons
  • Voice of Youth public speaking
  • Drama
  • Maths, English & Science competitions
  • Social Justice groups
  • Choir
  • Excursions & incursions
  • Maths Olympiad
  • Tournament of Minds
  • Garden Club
  • Sport

Sport

Students experience a wide range of sports and may compete in Cross Country, Athletics and Swimming at school, zone, Diocesan and Inter-Diocesan levels. In Term 2, students from 8 years of age compete in the school cross country to determine eligibility for the Diocesan cross country held in May at Eastern Creek. In Term 3, all students attend the school athletics carnival. In Term 4, students from 8 years of age attend the school swimming carnival.

Students in Years 3-6 may try out to attend the netball, soccer and/or touch gala day. Students also have access to all levels of representation, from local to national, in their particular sport. Details about representative sport opportunities are distributed in Term 1 and Term 4. For further information regarding representation sport please visit the PDCPSSC website.

The school has a basketball/netball court, grassed and asphalted areas for sport. The children participate in weekly or fortnightly Physical Education lesson from a qualified PE teacher.