How we teach and support
Our entire teaching staff is dedicated to the detail and we want to ensure every child achieves to their own potential.
This means ensuring we have a robust system of teaching and support that not only caters to the average (or middle student) – but also the advanced student or the student that needs some extra support.
For learning to take place we need to ensure that every child feels safe, happy and confident within themselves – and so a huge emphasis is placed on a strong wellbeing and support program that achieves just that!
Kinder to Prep Transition
St Gregory the Great Primary School is unique in the way we conduct our Kindergarten to Prep Transition.
Throughout the course of the children’s final year at Kindergarten, we conduct transition sessions on a monthly basis. Each session is planned to have a different focus; for example, there are play based activities involving art, sports, reading and music. While the children are settling in and being supervised by our staff, they are given the opportunity to get to know each other and the Year 6 buddies, parents are invited to attend a short information session in the spheres of Education in Faith, Leadership and Management, Learning and Teaching, Wellbeing and Community Partnerships.
These sessions play an important and beneficial role to the children’s transition from Kindergarten to Prep at St Gregory the Great.
Better Buddies Program
Through our Better Buddies program, each class is buddied up with another class, starting with children in their first and last year of primary school and they learn the values: caring for others, friendliness, respect, valuing difference, including others and responsibility through formal and informal activities.
“Love one another as I have loved you”- This is what Jesus teaches us through the Gospel.
We encourage our students to live this message and in order to facilitate this, we incorporate lessons based on the Victorian Government’s Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships document across all year levels. Connecting these lessons with the Catholic Social Teachings encourage all students to develop a mutual respect and care for their peers, family, teachers and community members.
We believe that every child has a right to the best opportunities possible. In order to assist students in achieving their personal best, we have many support programs which can aid them in their learning. We have a group of dedicated Learning Support Officers (LSOs) who work alongside students to assist them in areas of need based on teacher recommendations. Teachers construct Personalised Learning Plans (PLPs) for students in consultation with the student wellbeing leader and parents. Program Support Group (PSG) meetings are scheduled regularly to update parents in regards to their child’s needs and achievements.
St Gregory the Great is a Restorative Practices school. This is a whole school approach which fosters resilience in our students and assists in building positive relationships in our school community. Restorative Practices empowers the students to resolve problems and restore relationships after an incident.
At St Gregory the Great School we recognise that transitioning to a new school can bring with it a mixture of challenges and excitement for children.We are proactive and support the transition process by putting things in place prior to the commencement date. We work closely with the family to ensure that the child and family feels comfortable and get used to their new environment.
Inviting the student to visit the school several times before they start and asking them questions like what are you most excited about for your first day of school? What are you worried about? We believe that the way we talk about going to a new school will shape how the child views it.
Secondary Schools Transitions
Our Year 6 teachers understand that transition from primary school to secondary school can be an exciting and sometimes challenging experience for students. Due to our knowledge and understanding of this, we work very closely with the secondary schools that our students will move on to. Our Year 6 teachers meet with staff from the student’s chosen high school to inform them of student needs and support that has been provided to the students so far.
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