Academics

Curriculum

  • Literacy (English Language and Literature)
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Religion
  • Physical Education
  • Life Skills and Guidance Counselling
  • Art and Crafts
  • ICT
  • Music (Grades 3 – 6)
  • Dance (Grades 3 – 6)
  • Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) Program (Grade 6)

 

Facilities

i.   Classrooms

Each grade has their own classroom, which is their home in school. All academic subjects, excluding I.C.T. and Religion, are taught in the children’s classrooms. The classrooms all provide a fun, lively and visually stimulating environment in which to learn with colourful furniture and posters. Frequently updated displays of the students’ work encourage them to take pride in what they do and its presentation.

 ii.   ICT Room

The ICT room has a broadband internet connection and the latest LCD monitors and is fully equipped to cater for the needs of all classes. While the younger classes can engage in on-line activities to help them develop key skills in English and Mathematics, older students focus on software such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access and Publisher.

iii.   Library

The Library has a warm and welcoming environment to promote children’s love of reading and was recently restocked with both the latest age-appropriate fiction and extensive reference material on the topics studied by the students.

 

Student Progress

The progress of each student at St. Augustine School is closely monitored. Small class sizes help teachers identify if the effort of individual students is diminishing and this is often enough to prevent students working below their potential. There is tremendous co-operation between all teachers, with regular meetings scheduled to discuss the progress of all the students in a class. If there are concerns about certain individuals, strategies are implemented to address a potential problem.

Children are motivated to work hard by frequent rewards for good work. Students receive certificates on a weekly basis to commend them for good work, effort or improvement, as well as for good behaviour.

The St. Augustine School committed to involving parents in their child’s education and giving them regular updates on their child’s progress in school. This will be done through things such as Reports and Parent/Teacher Conferences.

 

Reports

Parents receive detailed reports at the end of each term with individually written personal comments from all the relevant Subject Teachers, their Class Teacher and the Head of School.

 

Parent/Teacher Conference (Class Meetings)

Class meetings are held each term and enable parents to meet their child’s Class Teacher and Subject Teachers and discuss their progress.

Learning Support

The SAS Curriculum is a starting point for providing a broad and balanced curriculum for all of its pupils. Through regular assessment of the core subjects, teachers can differentiate provision to meet individual needs and abilities in within the class. Where strengths and weaknesses are identified lessons are planned accordingly to provide support or extension. The school has a separate policy for supporting those children who are very able or gifted and may need a special curriculum.

Where children need additional support, parents are informed and programmes of study are devised to fit the needs of the child and support the ongoing class-work. These programmes are delivered by our dedicated support staff and class teachers. Work may be carried out with specific groups of children who have similar needs or at other times focus on individual children. This support can take place in the classroom or in order to maximise learning, outside the classroom.

Throughout this process the key is effective communication between the teacher and the learning support teacher or the teaching assistant, plans are shared and feedback is given.