The community spirit that pervades the All Saints’ schools from Kindergarten to Year 12 was on full display when Year 4 students visited Years 7-10 for a taste of high school learning at the school’s annual Curriculum Day.
About 23 Year 10 students gave up a day off after Year 7 camp duties to help teachers guide the 260 Year 4 visitors through Mathematics, Technological and Applied Studies (TAS), Art, Music, History, Geography, and wellbeing activities on 27 March.
In Science, gifted Year 8 students facilitated an experiment to test the pH levels of household products. Year 9 students studying a PDHPE elective ran soccer drills for the sport taster class.
Students from St Joseph’s Catholic Primary Moorebank, St Christopher’s Catholic Primary Holsworthy, St Francis Xavier Catholic Primary Lurnea, and All Saints Catholic Primary Liverpool attended the lessons.
They can see it is going to be an environment that will nurture them.
The Curriculum Day is held each year to help students make an informed choice about where to attend high school, and remove any anxiety students may feel in making the transition from primary school.
A wellbeing session introduced the young visitors to the school’s unique Wellbeing Centre, which provides quiet breakout spaces near the school counsellors’ office and complements pastoral care lessons that focus on wellbeing, goal-setting and individual learning plans. They then used a ‘helping hand’ to identify five people – one for each digit – who would help them to achieve in high school. Students also spoke about the personal qualities that would allow them to succeed, choosing coloured ribbons for their friends that denoted qualities including caring, positive, serene, outgoing, determined, bright, earthy, helpful and adventurous.
All Saints’ Primary Transition Co-ordinator Renee Anderson said the day broadened students’ expectations of high school. “It not only gets them excited to start high school and make new friends, it also puts them at ease and helps spread the word of what the All Saints’ community is really about,” she said.“It’s hard to pick a high school for your child these days. This is where they will develop into young adults, so it is good that they can see it is going to be an environment that will nurture them as well as provide the education they need.”
The curriculum day was one activity that highlighted the culture of goodwill and co-operation present in the All Saints’ community. It is a culture that will be formalised in 2020, when All Saints’ becomes a single K-12 school with a dual campus. All Saints’ Primary and 7-10 College will become a single campus, with stronger educational links between it and the All Saint’s 11 to 12 senior campus in Casula.