The education of our students encompasses not only what is explicitly taught in the classrooms but also the values and attitudes that are modeled by senior students, school staff and parents.
Our staff members are hand-picked on the basis of their passion for working with children, their knowledge of teaching and learning and their commitment to our faith. As we want our students to become, we seek professionals who are committed to their own lifelong learning in the field of education.
We believe that every child is unique, having his or her individual strengths, interests and needs. Teachers tailor their instruction to meet the needs of all students. In addition, Education Assistants are employed in all classes up to Year Two to support the teaching program. Solid foundations are essential for development of all facets of a child's character and being.
A nurturing classroom environment is a feature of Our Lady of Grace School where we aim to maximize the opportunities for individual attention.
We are blessed with a very active parent community with high levels of parent engagement in school life. On any day you will find many parents helping in classrooms and other aspects of school life, further enhancing the learning of our students.
The curriculum at Our Lady of Grace is based on the Archbishop’s Religious Education units, the Western Australian Curriculum and the Australian Curriculum – the latter two as mandated by the Schools’ Curriculum and Standards Authority of WA.
We aim for a balanced education and while vitally interested in achieving academic excellence according to each child's abilities, we are equally concerned with the children's social and emotional well-being.
Our Instrumental Music program is available on a voluntary basis to all children. Tuition in piano, violin, guitar, wind, percussion and brass instruments is available. Of course, there is a cost attached to participation.Solid foundations are essential for development of all facets of a child's character and being.
A nurturing classroom environment is a feature of the primary years of schooling to maximize the opportunities for individual attention.
A Literacy and Numeracy Program has been developed where specifically designed learning experiences assist all children, from the gifted child to those students requiring extra support.To support this approach we set aside 90 minutes of prime teaching time each morning as English Dedicated Time and a similar 60 minute block purely for Mathematics. During this part of the day interruptions to the school program are rare as this uninterrupted teaching/learning time is considered to be very important. Of course there is much more to delivering a balanced education than just literacy and numeracy. We have specialist teachers in the fields of Italian, Physical Education, Music, Art and Library.
The school has computers in each classroom and easy access to printers and digital cameras, supported by wireless access for flexible learning opportunities. The school has an emphasis on teaching our students to be thinkers and problem solvers; to be capable collaborators and team members and to be competent users of technology as a tool for learning. Hence the observer will often see iPads, iPhones and notebooks being used by students to facilitate their learning but not when the use of pen and paper or manipulatives offer a superior learning experience.
While students are welcome to bring their own device to school this is not an expectation. Each class has access to a school-owned collection of iPads and notebooks kept in each classroom.
Solid foundations are essential for development of all facets of a child's character and being. A nurturing classroom environment is a feature of the primary years of schooling to maximize the opportunities for individual attention.