CURRICULUM

Providing Everything Our Students Need To Succeed 

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LITERACY

We believe that literacy is essential to learning and communication.  Reading, writing, speaking and listening are important life skills that help our students to make sense of the world. We believe that all aspects of literacy are important for a student to be truly literate. We will strive to ‘provide the fuel that will ensure our students are captured by the spark, so that they become successful life-long readers and writers,’ and communicators. 

NUMERACY

Here at St Mary's we help students develop an understanding of mathematics in many different ways such as: exploring visuals, holding group discussions, practical activities, using materials and making mathematical language explicit.

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DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

Our students use a range of digital tools to collaborate, problem-solve, innovate, create and become computer-literate. They learn to manage their online actions and interactions safely and sensibly to become responsible digital citizens who can learn anywhere and anytime.

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RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Religious Education is taught at all class levels, the programme that we teach in our school is the official programme as per the "Religious Education Curriculum Statement For Catholic schools in Aotearoa New Zealand".

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SPORT AND
PHYSICAL EDUCATION

At St Mary's we offer a wide range of sports here on the Taieri Plains for NE - Yr8 to participate in. Miniball, hockey, netball, waterpolo, touch.
We also think it's extremely important for children to participate in swimming lesson's as it promotes life long skills. In term one NE - Yr 3 take part in a 2 week programme with 'Just Swim' at Elmgroove swimming pool. In term 4 Yrs - 8 take part in a 2 week programme at Mosgiel swimming pool with 'Just Swim'

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THE ARTS

At St Mary's we believe in providing creative learning experiences that enhance the imagination and creativity of student in the arts. We also offer Kapahaka, Choir, Stars on Stage and a whole school production every second year. All the learning experiences are enriched through dance, drama, art and music.

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EDUCATION OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM

Education outside the classroom at St Mary's is a vital part of our school curriculum. Every year we provide school camps to our senior school. Our seniors love this opportunity to take part in the outdoor adventures - such as skiiing, abseiling, outdoor camping, rock climbing, hiking, rafting plus much more.
EOTC is developed to motivate, enrich and to enjoy opportunities that they might not always get to experience.