STEM education is the learning of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in an interdisciplinary or integrated approach. STEM education develops capabilities such as critical and creative thinking, collaboration and ethical decision making. Skills developed by students through STEM provide them with the foundation to succeed at school and beyond. All students from Prep to Year 6 participate in STEM lesson with a specialist teacher.
Swimming program is provided as a part of the Prep to 6 Physical Education curriculum and is compulsory for all students. Qualified instructors at the Just Swim Syndal conduct swimming lessons, which is located 400m (short walking distance) from the school. The swimming program runs during fourth term each year.
The Bike Ed is delivered by the PE Specialist teacher. The program helps students in Year 5 and 6 to develop the skills they need to ride safely and independently on roads and paths. The program involves a mix of practical activities conducted off-road (in the school grounds) and on-road (on local roads) together with classroom activities.
St Christopher’s students in Years 5 and 6 attend an annual Outdoor Adventure Camp. We rotate the Camps from Waratah Bay Beach Camp and Arrabri Lodge in Warburton each year. The purpose of the Outdoor Camps is to use adventure to build confidence, a sense of achievement and build stronger relationships.
St Christopher’s offers students the opportunity to learn a musical instrument during school hours or after school. Creative Music for Schools conducts the instrumental music lessons in the safe and familiar environment of the school. The programs offer hands-on tuition in either keyboard, guitar or violin.
St Christopher’s choir practise weekly under the direction of the specialist music teacher. The choir is given the opportunity to perform at sacramental celebrations and also performs at local nursing homes.
Coding program gives students the opportunity to learn new thinking skills. Learning coding helps students to gain advantages in problem solving, lateral and logical thinking, creativity and thinking fluidity, technology management and computational thinking. The program is held every Tuesday during the lunchtime.
St Christopher’s has well maintained tennis courts. Tennis coaching is run by an experience tennis teacher for students from Prep to Year 6. The program is held during lunch time and it teaches hand-eye coordination, total motor control, ball tracking and striking skills, all the while building balance, foot speed, strength, fitness, agility and flexibility.
Associated Netball Club
The St Christopher’s Netball Club involves students from Year 2. The teams are coached after school on Fridays by qualified past students and parents from the school. Games are played on Saturdays at Waverley Netball Centre at Jells Park.
Associated Performing Arts – K & C Performing Arts
K & C Performing Arts offer dance, drama and singing for children of all ages. We have qualified teachers who make this an enjoyable experience for your child. Students participate in concerts held in a theatre and Wakakirri Performing Arts Festivals.
St Christopher’s Year 6 students are elected to a number of Leadership positions at the beginning of each year. All students in Year 6 are eligible to write and present speeches for positions and are then elected by their peers.
School Representative Council
The SRC is a group of students in our school that are elected by their fellow students. Two SRC members are elected from each year level and regular meetings are held. Students have the opportunity to participate and contribute to their school community. This enables students of all ages to have leadership training and deal with relevant issues.
Whole School Assemblies
St Christopher’s students have the opportunity to participate in Public Speaking during whole school assemblies. Each Friday a class is given the opportunity to showcase their learning to the whole school community. The assemblies are conducted by Senior students and parents are warmly welcomed.
St Christopher’s Year 6 and Prep students are involved in a buddy system whereby each prep child is allocated a senior student to be their special friend for the duration of the year. The students will be involved in a variety of learning experiences in order to foster friendships and a supportive community.
Perceptual Motor Program (PMP)
In Prep St Christopher’s run a valuable program called PMP – Perceptual Motor Program. This program aims to develop children’s balance, fitness, hand-eye co-ordination, motor skills and understanding of concepts such as on, in, through, under. It involves activities such as rolling, crawling, bouncing, throwing, eye-tracking and obstacle courses.
Prep Transition Program
Incoming Prep students have opportunities to participate in a transition program that involves coming to school and experiencing life in school. St Christopher’s prep students are matched with Year 6 buddies to help them happily settle into school life. The Prep and Year 6 students are involved in fun literacy and numeracy activities to do together.
Secondary Transition Program
St Christopher’s secondary transition program focuses on good communication between our local Catholic and public secondary schools, and our senior teachers. Our Year 6 students are involved in an orientation day at their prospective secondary school.