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Educational Philosophy

At Our Lady of the Angels Primary we respect proven learning practices from the past, while also supporting 21st century learning and teaching. Our aim is to provide educational programs that are relevant and meet the needs of the individual student.They are designed to develop students who are independent, lifelong learners.

A block of time each day is dedicated to the teaching and learning of literacy. Our teachers put into practice, a wide variety of strategies that assist in the development of reading, writing, and talking and listening skills.

Numeracy is a key focus, and our school has a dedicated numeracy block, where children from Years K - 6 are involved in Mathematics learning made up of:

  • teacher modeling
  • open-ended tasks
  • student directed learning and sharing

Our school is part of the Extending Mathematical Understanding (EMU) Project. It offers an invaluable and exciting opportunity for all staff members to develop their understanding of their students' learning in mathematics. With the parents in partnership, we look forward to this learning journey together over the next few years. 

Mrs Pacella demonstrates how to use the beadstring in the Parent Workshop
Mrs Pacella demonstrates how to use the beadstring in the Parent Workshop


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Project-based work forms the basis of addressing outcomes across other Key Learning Areas, as well as the integration of language and numeracy. These projects are designed so that learning is developmentally appropriate, experience-based and student-directed.


Self and peer assessment is encouraged as part of developing a culture of reflective practice. Teachers aim to provide quality feedback that provides scaffolding and extends students’ learning.

Assessment, formal and informal, is constant and provides teachers with information regarding students’ needs, and informs programming which is flexible, but clearly directed. Reporting to parents is done through two formal processes. Teacher-parent-student conferences are held at the ends of Terms 1 and 3. These are based on an informal report outlining the student’s strengths and suggested areas for development, as evidenced in student work samples, and concludes with each student’s goal-setting. There will be a formal A-E report, as legislated by the federal government, provided at the end of Terms 2 and 4, with the option for an interview upon request.

Qualified and Professional Teachers

Our Lady of the Angels seeks to hire only highly qualified and professional teacher. All teachers participate in professional development, remaining up-to-date with the most effective learning and teaching practices.

The school is supported by specialist teachers provided by the Catholic Education Office of the Parramatta Diocese, on a needs basis. 


Our Lady of the Angels establishes close relationships with a number of Catholic secondary schools in the area, and we endeavour to provide a smooth transition for our students from primary to secondary school.

Key Learning Areas

The Key Learning Areas are:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science & Technology
  • Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE)
  • Creative Arts
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)

The teaching and learning outcomes are based on the NSW Education Standards Authority syllabus documents. The curriculum is delivered in Stages:

  • Early Stage 1 - Kindergarten
  • Stage 1 - Years 1 and 2
  • Stage 2 - Years 3 and 4
  • Stage 3 - Years 5 and 6

For this reason, it is often practical for students to be engaged in learning tasks with students in another class but from within the same stage. This allows for the student’s development to occur at the appropriate pace.

Assessment and Reporting

Click here to view the presentation from the parent workshop on assessment and reporting.

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