Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary school is situated in a quiet tree lined street in the Armadale / Toorak area providing for the individual needs of the students from Preparatory to Grade 6.
It is a school that prides itself on its caring family atmosphere based on the Catholic ethos. The children are encouraged to care for others by understanding that they as individuals are cared for and valued for their qualities.
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School is a community working together for the spiritual, intellectual, emotional, physical, moral and social development of our students. The focus of all efforts by members of this community is to make our school a safe place for learning.
We believe that students learn best when they are:
Confident and secure and have high self-esteem
Acknowledged, respected and valued for who they are
Develop deep relationships between those involved in the education process
Recognised and acknowledged for their individuality
Assisted to see connections between the known and the unknown
See a clear purpose for their learning
Interested and motivated
Provided with strategies and frameworks which enable them to become responsible for their own learning
Set appropriate tasks to their stage of development in order to facilitate further learning
Engaged in interaction in a variety of social contexts and groupings across the curriculum
Given scaffolds through examples and models
Challenged and encouraged to take risks
Engaged in reflection and valuation of own work
Experience success and are acknowledged for their efforts
Provided with a variety of teaching strategies based on the childs learning styles
The Religious Education Program supports children to grow individually in relationship with God and to develop the skills, knowledge, values and attitudes that enable them to take an active role in the faith community and the society that we prepare for them. Religious Education is concerned with the development of relationships, a sense of belonging, and the teaching of Gospel values that are lived out in family, friendships and the community.
The Curriculum Programs are based on beliefs and understandings best outlined by the following factors:
All children can achieve given sufficient time and support
Engaged learning time through small teacher groups
Structured teaching focused on the individual learning needs of students
High expectations of student achievement and early intervention
All teachers can teach to high standards given the right conditions and assistance
Solid teaching must be provided to set the foundation for all future learning and
Equip children with the necessary skills, knowledge, understanding and attitudes to enable them to participate confidently in all aspects of their daily lives.
Inquiry-based approach to curriculum provision provides opportunities for students to explore, investigate, experiment and gather information in meaningful contexts. Inquiry-based learning involves a strong emphasis on student centered, active learning and on the process of investigation. The prior knowledge and experiences of the students are the starting point for investigations and students are encouraged to actively participate in determining ways in which they gather and process new ideas.
The use of technology is incorporated into all areas of the curriculum through the use of computers, interactive Whiteboards and iPads. The students use these as tools to enhance their learning, provide evidence of learning and to support their Rich Assessment Tasks.
The school provides a number of activities that are available for the students choose to from:
Cross Schools Collaboration
Private Violin & Piano Classes
Chess Tournament hosting
Our Lady of Lourdes Netball & Basketball Team
Active After School Sports Program
Out of School Care Program
Christmas Carol singing in the community e.g. Kindergartens, Chomley House