Curriculum

We use the Department of Education’s Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS) to guide our planning. Our school program continues to promote subjects such as English, Mathematics, Technology/Science, Health and Inquiry. However an increasing focus is being placed on essential life skills such as communication, relationships and thinking within our school curriculum. VELS outlines what is essential for all Victorian students to learn during their time at school from Prep to Year 10. They provide a set of common state-wide standards which schools use to plan student learning programs, assess student progress and report to parents. The VELS is based on best practice in Victorian schools and draws on national and international research about how students learn.

The VELS differ from traditional curricula by including knowledge and skills in the areas of physical, social and personal learning. Skills which are transferable across all areas of study such as thinking and communication are also included. The VELS curriculum encourages a flexible and creative approach to learning. Classroom programs are supported by the specialist teaching areas of Physical Education, Visual Arts and Music whereby students participate in weekly or fortnightly timetabled lessons.