Learning & Teaching

Trinity Catholic Primary offers a wide variety of academic and co-curricular opportunities for our students.


We are proud of our facilities and the access to technology that we provide. With our specific focus on teaching our students how to learn, we believe we are equipping them with skills to become lifelong learners.

For further information about learning and teaching at Trinity, please feel free to contact the school.


At Trinity, we believe that:

  • there is diversity in any learning community and we acknowledge multiple pathways for learning
  • learners need to engage in meaningful, relevant tasks
  • learners need scaffolding to support their learning
  • learners need planned, regular opportunities to have processes explicitly modelled to them; engage in processes with an expert guide and to engage in the processes independently (practice): TO: WITH: BY.
  • learners need quality feedback
  • learners need to be involved in decision-making and making judgements about the quality of their learning
  • there are significant milestones/evidences of growth in the learner, which informs teaching
  • involvement of parents and communication with them is critical for successful teaching and learning.

At Trinity, we understand that the three areas which really make a difference to student learning outcomes (that is, which enhance effective teaching), are:

  • Focused teaching based on the needs of the children
  • High expectations
  • Uninterrupted time for learning.

As a school we ensure that prime learning time, particularly the first two hours of the morning, is free from interruptions to learning. Uninterrupted time for Learning is a school policy.



Developing generic competencies

We believe that, in educating for a post-industrial knowledge and digital society, the developments of generic outcomes are important goals if our children are to become discerning knowledge navigators. Our challenge always is to contextualise and ground these competencies in our Catholic faith and tradition.

Examples of these competencies include the ability to:

  • collect, analyse and organise information
  • communicate ideas and information effectively, using a range of spoken, written, graphic, and non-verbal forms of communication
  • plan and organise
  • work with others in teams
  • use mathematical ideas and techniques
  • solve problems by thinking critically and creatively 
  • use Web 2.0 technology.

These generic competencies cross curricular boundaries. We strive to find a balance between independence and interdependence in our teaching.

At Trinity, Religious Education is the foundation of our school. It has many parts and it permeates all that we do at Trinity.


Religious Education and the faith dimension of our school is the reason for our existence.

‘Sharing Our Story' is the Religious Education syllabus. We base our learning group experiences on this document. 'Sharing Our Story' has been created by teachers and Catholic education personnel from within the Diocese of Parramatta, so it focuses on the Catholic teachings in our own local experience.



A vibrant Catholic community

As well as specific Religious Education lessons, our Catholic values impact on the way all Key Learning Areas are taught and learnt. We celebrate being part of a vibrant Catholic community through:

 

  • prayer
  • liturgy
  • charity fundraising
  • social justice activities
  • hospitality.

Connections to our parish community are strengthened through regular meetings between our Religious Education Coordinator, Olga Blom, and parish moderator, Fr Michael Belonio. We support the parish-based sacramental program and the celebration of our Beginning Year and Year 6 Graduation Masses in the parish church of Holy Spirit.



Liturgy and Prayer

The liturgical and prayer life of our school is vibrant and alive. We are the second of two primary schools in our local parish, Holy Spirit St Clair, which is led by the Augustinian Order of priests. Our parish priest, Fr Michael, leads many of our liturgies throughout the year, both here at our school and at the church.

 

Our staff prays together formally on a regular basis and participates in spiritual formation, such as an annual retreat. Spiritual reflection and preparation of whole school liturgies, including Masses, are prepared by our teachers so that our children are brought to a deeper understanding of faith and the Christian way of life.



Pastoral Care

The pastoral care of our school community is part of our everyday life at Trinity. We celebrate with each other and we laugh and cry with each other as the need arises. The work of our Mamre group includes the welfare of our school and parish community. The role of the Religious Education Coordinator also encompasses this important and integral area in the life of our school, including those who are visitors, casual teachers, staff, parents and children.

 

Trinity prides itself on offering a curriculum that allows each and every student to achieve and excel, and to discover and develop their own talents in a wide range of areas.


There is an emphasis on actively engaging students in learning by utilising 21st Century learning technology.

The learning culture at Trinity is one that focuses on teaching to the individual needs of each child, where the children are encouraged to take the ‘next step’ in their learning. We recognise that, as our students grow and learn, so too, must our staff. Our teachers are responsive to the needs and abilities of our students and use this to set their learning programs. Professional development for our teachers is a key priority, ensuring we are using the most relevant and effective teaching methods. A co-operative teaching approach has been developed at Trinity, enabling our staff members to pool their resources and benefit from the input and experience of their colleagues.

Along with all other schools in the Parramatta Diocese, children at Trinity experience the following seven Key Learning Areas (subjects):

  • Religious Education
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science and Technology
  • Human Society and its Environment
  • Creative Arts
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education.

Our Religious Education syllabus document ‘Sharing Our Story’ is used by every primary and secondary school in the Parramatta Diocese. The syllabus documents in all other Key Learning Areas (KLAs) are the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) documents and are the same as those used in state and other Catholic schools. Our Catholic values impact on the way those key learning areas are taught and learnt across all subjects.

Students are also given many opportunities to extend their learning through a range of co-curricular activities.


These include:

  • Voice of Youth public speaking competition
  • Diocesan Creative Arts Expo
  • ICAS Competitions
  • overnight experiences in Years 5 and 6.

At Trinity, we also highlight the importance of physical education, and in sport, our students compete in:

  • swimming
  • cross country
  • athletics
  • rugby league
  • soccer
  • cricket
  • touch football
  • netball

We aim for our graduates to develop a well-rounded skill set and a commitment to their own further education.

An essential part of being an authentically Catholic school is offering students a supportive environment in which to learn.


Trinity Catholic Primary makes the welfare of its students a priority and seeks to offer them appropriate support to ensure their wellbeing.

The special education program aims to assist learners with specific learning difficulties and special needs, to be integrated into learning groups successfully.

At Trinity, we have a Learning Support Team who work collaboratively to meet the learning needs of all students in our care. The team meets regularly to monitor progress and to consider teacher recommendations about inclusion of children on the program for support or for further referral.

When individual students are identified with specific learning needs, their parents are notified and they continue to be part of an ongoing plan of support. In line with our mission statement, it is our responsibility as an educational community to focus our teaching on meeting the needs of every learner. Therefore, the model of special education support at Trinity is an integration (within class) model, wherever possible.

The responsibility for every child in the learning group remains primarily with the learning group teacher. The Learning Support Teachers offer specialist support, as far as possible, within the learning groups. For certain support programs and assessment tasks, some students will need to be temporarily withdrawn from their learning group.

Positive Behaviour Support for Learning (PBS4L) is a whole school program that actively promotes positive behaviour.


It enables students to develop a clear understanding of required expectations, become responsible for their own behaviour and work together to create a positive, productive and harmonious learning community.

Our words and actions are kind and caring

PBS4L-Kind


We keep our self and others safe

PBS4L Safe


We show the 5Ls when sitting on the floor

PBS4L Sitting


How can parents support this process?

  • Ask questions if you’re not sure of something
  • Be involved in surveys and meetings where possible as parent voice is important
  • Talk to your child about PBS4L
  • Have a open problem solving approach to incidents that have happened at school
  • Be part of this positive culture as research shows this framework improves both student and staff wellbeing, social behaviour as well as student academic outcomes

Expected behaviours defined

PBS4L recommends having 3-5 overarching expectations around behaviour. At trinity we are…

PBS4L-Expectations

CEDP school libraries are physical and digital places of inquiry and reading.


They provide access to a range of resources that help kids on their Learning journey and help inspire purposeful learning.

Through access to our library resources and services, students develop a range of learner dispositions and capabilities to cultivate a culture of curiosity, creativity, imagination and innovation.



Using our Learning and Resource Centre (LARC)

Once a week, all children have the opportunity to borrow books from our Learning and Resource Centre (or the LARC as it is affectionately known) which incorporates our library. Each learning group also has a bulk loan of books, both fiction and non-fiction, for the children to read as part of their literacy program.

Our teacher librarian, Christine Micallef, is with us for three days per week. Christine works closely with learning group teachers to expose the children to a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction texts, both print-based and electronic, and to give the children experiences which are so important for developing their literacy skills. A particular focus in the LARC is the promotion of good quality literature.



eLibrary

eLibrary is the digital gateway to the range of quality online resources that encourage and enhance reading and support inquiry learning.



Access our eLibrary

 

Sport and physical education belong to the Key Learning Area of Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE).


Children in Years 3-6 are also given opportunities to participate in invitational carnivals, knock-outs and Gala days. These sports vary from year to year and include Netball, Rugby League, Soccer, Touch Football and Cricket.



School Carnivals

Term One

Cross Country Carnival

Term Two Athletics Carnival
Term Four Swimming Carnival


Representative Sport

The Parramatta Diocese Catholic Primary School Sports Council (PDCPSSC) is responsible for the provision of opportunities for primary students from eight years of age in the current year to participate in representative teams in a range of sports.

All primary students from 8 - 13 years of age are eligible to participate and represent in their school and diocese in the sports of Swimming, Athletics and Cross Country.

All children compete in events in the age group they turn in the calendar year. All events are conducted in age categories:

  • Junior (8yrs, 9yrs 10yrs)
  • 11 years
  • Senior (12yrs & 13yrs)
Learn more about Representative Sport and how it works