Curriculum Overview

The Curriculum at St Joseph’s

St Joseph’s is guided by the model of Jesus Christ which underpins our curriculum and teaching practices.

We strive provide an environment where the growth and development of the whole person is encouraged.

By aiming to provide the highest possible standards in curriculum, communication and community contribution – all centred on our core focus of Catholic values – we are preparing our students for the future world, whilst still meeting the needs of today.


Literacy and numeracy will always remain the keystones of our curriculum. Reading and writing can never be replaced by the new technologies. However, there are new literacies connected to information technology and communication, which are included as a necessary part of our school curriculum. Information is everywhere and very easily accessible. Therefore, we believe, that the teaching of research skills is crucial to enable students to find, analyse and use information responsibly.

In our every changing world, with social media on the rise, communication and social skills are still a vital part of enabling people to work effectively together, co-operate and collaborate. A positive attitude towards self and others is essential in the development of personal self-worth and resilience. Therefore, planning for successful learning outcomes is a priority for all of our teaching staff at our school.

In 2015, teachers will continue to implement the Australian Curriculum in the areas of;

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • The Arts.

The learning areas of Technologies, Health and Physical Education and the remaining subjects within the Humanities and Social Sciences area are still awaiting final endorsement. Therefore, we will continue to develop our knowledge in these areas as they evolve.

The Queensland Curriculum will continue to be used for the learning areas of:

  • Health & Physical Education
  • Technology
  • Information Communication & Technologies

Early Years Curriculum Guidelines are used in Prep to provide a balanced teaching, learning and assessment program that encompasses the six contexts for learning.

  • Focused teaching
  • Routines and transitions
  • Play
  • Investigations
  • Teaching moments

As a Catholic school, Religious Education is a Key Learning Area within the curriculum. The children will undertake a learning of Catholic heritage through examination of Beliefs, Celebration and Prayer, Scripture and Morality.