Education in Faith
St Luke the Evangelist is the patron saint of our parish community. Through Luke’s gospel we learn about Jesus and his teachings. Through developing the Lukan charism and reflecting continuously on our gospel theme, we look toward Jesus as the model for how to live. Through word and action we live the gospel messages and learn to grow as Christian people. We especially focus on social justice, service and discipleship as highlighted by our patron Saint - Luke.
Faith development and Religious Education is core to the overall development of each child. Within our Religious Education program and the many faith opportunities provided, we build on the experiences of the child within the context of the Christian family. Through a variety of prayer, liturgy and religious opportunities we lead students into a deeper understanding of their life as a member of the Parish family and the wider Catholic Church. At our Parish primary school, students are exposed to the knowledge, skills and understandings necessary to live a full Christian life. We teach Religious Education using an integrated inquiry approach in line with the new Horizons of Hope Religious Education Curriculum Framework (developed by Catholic Education Melbourne).
Literacy is central to the development of all students. It helps create confident communicators, critical thinkers and informed citizens.
At. St Luke’s our literacy program consists of whole class modelling and instruction followed by student engagement in small groups and individual work, concluding with reflection time. We use digital technologies to enhance the learning. Teachers regularly monitor and track the progression of each student with a range of assessments. We use learning intentions and success criteria to personalise the learning.
We value the support of parents during Literacy learning in the early years. Students who require additional support in Literacy are supported through an intervention program called The Levelled Literacy Intervention System.
At St Luke’s Primary the purpose of Mathematics is to enable students to value Mathematics as an integral part of life and develop their ability to work mathematically through purposeful, engaging and challenging activities.
We promote a positive attitude towards learning by developing students’ understanding for applying Mathematics effectively to become proficient problem solvers and to value the place of Mathematics in our society. Students are encouraged to question and seek alternate strategies while taking risks in their learning to develop an enthusiastic and persistent approach towards Mathematics.
Students experience the use of hands-on materials, interactive games and technology to introduce and challenge their thinking and learning through Mathematics. Teachers conduct formal and informal assessments to monitor and track the progression of each student to provide challenging and meaningful tasks. Students are taught effective communication of mathematical concepts, an understanding of mathematical literacy and the importance of using mathematics in everyday situations to become lifelong learners.
At St. Luke’s we use an inquiry based approach to engage in a love of learning and curiosity. We build our student's capacity to be great communicators, thinkers, collaborators and researchers who manage themselves effectively and are invested in the ownership and success of their learning.
Our Inquiry units enable our students to develop a deep sense of the world around them and ignite their passions. Our units of work are rich, real and relevant and allow the students to deepen their knowledge and understandings. We use a rich question to drive the learning.
From years 3-6 the students engage in personal learning tasks that allow students to further refine their presentation skills and extend their thinking of the inquiry unit. These personal learning tasks also allow students to have ownership of their learning and students will often make connections with the real world to enact on their new learnings.
At St Lukes we participate in a STEM collective with two local schools focusing on the planning, implementation and assessment of mathematics. Teachers from all three schools meet each term to identify specific areas of need and begin planning assessments and units of work to target the intended outcomes and specific goals each school has identified. Teachers have the opportunity to plan and teach collaboratively with other teachers and STEM leaders as well as sharing valuable resources and assessment strategies.
St Luke’s School is committed to ongoing sustainable environments and practices. Our school community has worked in partnership with local groups to plant a series of Indigenous and food-based gardens within a long term plan to further green our school and develop designated areas. In 2008 a vegetable garden was established and is continually maintained by students.
A Student Environment team leads students to actively engage in recycling paper and plastics, composting, reducing energy emissions and recycling water. Our Inquiry Units develop understandings and knowledge about sustainability and support lifelong sustainable practices. We believe that by raising student awareness we influence sustainable practices at school, at home and in the wider community. Our commitment is to continue to create environments and attitudes that foster sustainable practices.
In 2018, we joined with the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Gardens Program in the Victorian Pleasurable Food Program. This resulted in an increase in the organic produce grown in the vegetable garden, which was harvested and used to produce nutritious snacks/meals for students.
As of 2019, St Luke’s is recognised as a 1 star sustainable school through the Resource Smart Schools initiative from Sustainability Victoria. Also, in 2019, a Sensory Garden will be established that amalgamates with the vegetable garden to further enhance and develop the school’s grounds and habitat for biodiversity.
Specialist Program - Social Emotional Learning
Social and emotional learning (SEL) helps our students learn the competencies and skills they need to build resilience and effectively manage their emotions, behaviour and relationships with others. Resilience is the ability to cope and thrive in the face of negative events, challenges or adversity. Our students participate in a weekly SEl lesson.
This program explicitly teaches and supports our Resilience Project initiative and gives students the gift of: Mindfulness, Gratitude and Gratefulness. SEL lessons promote our Positive School Wide Behaviours and explains our three school rules: BE SAFE, BE RESPONSIBLE, BE RESPECTFUL.
Specialist Program - Physical Education
At St Luke’s PE is offered to each and every student from P-6. The program is designed to develop fundamental motor skills in a range of activities and sports, a game sense approach to all sports, the ability to work in a team and to foster leadership qualities in all students. Throughout the year there are school carnivals and special events that encourage physical activity in a fun and supportive environment. Our Senior students also get the opportunity at to compete against other schools in a variety of sports. With all of these opportunities provided at St Luke’s it is the sole aim to motivate and encourage students to fulfil an active lifestyle and an enjoyment for physical activity as they grow.
The Physical Education program at St Luke’s is supported in the classroom through an Inquiry Based focus on the Health aspects of this curriculum area and a weekly sport lesson. Through learning about aspects of health, students develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to strengthen their sense of self, and build and manage satisfying relationships. The curriculum helps them to be resilient, and to make decisions and take actions to promote their health, safety and physical activity participation. As students mature, they develop and use critical inquiry skills to research and analyse the knowledge of the field and to understand the influences on their own and others’ health, safety and wellbeing. They also learn to use resources for the benefit of themselves and for the communities with which they identify and to which they belong.
Specialist Program - Languages Italian
The learning of a language gives students the opportunity to gain an understanding of other cultures through language. It also works towards building a literacy learning community in which language plays a key role.
Learning languages broadens students’ horizons about the personal, social and cultural opportunities that are available in an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world. The interdependence of countries and communities requires people to negotiate experiences and meanings across languages and cultures. A bilingual or plurilingual capability is the norm in most parts of the world.
At St Luke’s we have a quality languages program that is visible and valued by the school community. Through focussed, weekly sessions led by a specialist teacher, students participate in an experiential curriculum that is contemporary, relevant and challenging. Students acquire communication skills in Italian. They develop understanding about the role of language and culture in communication. Their reflections on language use and language learning are applied in other learning contexts.
Specialist Program - Library
Our school library is known as our ‘Discovery Centre’ - the St. Luke’s Library’s Discovery Centre - is a friendly, bustling space. We are a modern, state of the art library that caters for all types of learning. Love of literature, information literacy skills and supporting the teaching and learning of classroom programs are our main focal points.
Specialist Program - The Arts
The Performing Arts program provides a creative and encouraging environment for all students to learn, perform and enjoy the Performing Arts. Under the Performing Arts umbrella all students have the opportunity to explore and develop their skills in the areas of Music, Dance and Drama. Their creative journey begins at Foundation level and continues through to Year 6 with weekly lessons.
Every year the students have the opportunity to perform to a wider community audience with a Christmas Carol family night and a whole school production every alternate year.
The Creative Arts program is taught under our Arts program and culminates in our St Luke’s Community Art show. The Art Show alternates with our school concert.
The Arts enable students to develop creativity and expression by learning about the different practices, disciplines and traditions that have shaped the expression of culture locally, nationally and globally. The Arts present ideas that are dynamic and rich in tradition. Through engaging in The Arts students are entertained, challenged and provoked to respond to questions and assumptions about individual and community identity, taking into account different histories and cultures. The Arts contributes to the development of confident and creative individuals and enriches Australian society. Students express, represent and communicate ideas in contemporary, traditional and emerging arts forms. In Dance, Drama and Music students explore the performing arts whilst in Media Arts, Visual Arts and Visual Communication Design students explore the world of visual representation and expression. At St Luke’s both Performing Arts and Visual Arts are highlighted through dedicated specialist programs.
Every year the students have the opportunity to perform to a wider community audience. We alternate with our Art Show and a Whole School Production. For the Whole School Production, students are able to audition for lead roles and every class prepares dancing and singing items to present.