Challenge & Enrichment
All students, regardless of race, age, gender, by virtue of their dignity as human persons, have a right to an education that is suited to their particular needs and adapted to this ability. Gravissimum Educationis NL, 1965 (Declaration on Christian Education), Pope Paul V
Our beliefs and values:
- All students can be successful learners.
- Students learn in differing ways and at differing rates.
- Students learn best when teachers develop particular learning program to meet their needs.
- The development of literacy and numeracy skills is ongoing and cumulative and takes place across all learning areas.
- The development of a school attitude towards excellence will encourage all students to achieve their full potential.
As a school community, St Jude’s welcomes students from diverse cultural, linguistic and socio-economic backgrounds. We understand that it is vital for our students to gain the literacy and numeracy skills which are necessary for them to be able to fully participate and contribute meaningfully in today’s world. Our staff appreciate that children learn and develop at different rates; accordingly, we ensure that our students access appropriate resources and support when needed so that they can thrive in their learning. In partnership with families, our highly qualified staff consider each child’s overall abilities and interests to provide programs which extend their identified strengths, and intervene where there are gaps in their learning. St Jude’s also provides support programs for students where English is not their first language.
St Jude’s offers a Challenge and Enrichment Program to students who meet the school based criteria to identify strengths in literacy, numeracy and critical thinking. These students attend a class weekly where they participate in an extension and enrichment program that promotes Inquiry Learning, Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Problem Solving and Open Ended Learning opportunities.
This term, our Year 4-6 students are participating in the Western Power Circuit Breakers program. Each week engineers from Western Power come and visit us. Running all term, students will learn about electrical circuits and how Western Power manages the electricity needs of the state. At the end of the program, students will design their own town to showcase at the final sharing session. They will 3D print items to generate electricity (solar panels, wind turbines, power stations etc) and will also have a go at designing their own 3D houses to print.
There are many opportunities for all students to develop in various areas of the curriculum through participation in the following activities:
- Enrichment program
- Music Program
- Drama Program
- Instrument Program
- External competitions (eg. ICAS, Mathematics Trust Competition, Literacy-based Writing Competitions)
- St Jude’s Spelling Bee Competition
- Interschool Spelling Bee Competition
- St Jude’s Performing Arts Bible Reading
- St Jude’s Performing Arts Poetry Competition
- West Coast SongFest
- Catholic Schools Performing Arts
- After School Sport
- Sporting Clinics and Carnivals
- In-school Buddies Program
- Interschool Buddies Program
- Year Six Leadership Committees