In pursuit of the goals of lifelong learning each child at CTK will participate in an outcomes approach to learning. An outcomes approach is built on the belief that all children will achieve expected educational outcomes over time, given a broad range of opportunities within a variety of contexts. Outcomes beyond those expected to be achieved will become goals for many children. Our program is both rigorous and flexible to enable such opportunities.
The ‘Connected Curriculum’ refers to the structure of our school curriculum program, where learning outcomes from across the nine Key Learning Areas are drawn together to create specific units of work that are planned around the needs of each child. Together with daily Literacy and Numeracy skill development, these units form the basis of the School’s Curriculum Program.
The nine Key Learning Areas are:
Teachers at CTK approach children’s learning in teams. Each team of teachers plan and work closely together, within a context specific to their area of the school.
The Early Years Team (Prep - Yr 3) have early socialisation and the establishment of essential literacy and numeracy skills as their primary focus.
The Year 4 and 5 team aim to expand children’s thinking to explore the world beyond themselves and to establish a thirst for knowledge while building skills that will enable them to access a range of communication and investigation tools.
Years 6 and 7 at CTK make up our Middle Years of Schooling group. Self-directed learning and goal setting are key aims for this group, where the structure of their classes is designed to establish significant links with and preparation for high school.
As a Brisbane Catholic Education school we have a structured RE Program that aims to give children Religious Literacy. The program enables children to learn about the Catholic Tradition and to use this process to reflect upon their own spiritual growth.
A high quality Japanese language and culture program occurs in Years 6 and 7.
The program comprises a specialist classroom Performing Arts course for all year levels including music and drama components, an instrumental band program offered through Academy Teaching for children in Years 3 to 7, a senior school choir and the opportunity for private instrument lessons for children of all ages.
An excellent specialist Classroom Art Program operates from Year 1. This program directly follows the new Queensland Art Syllabus. Samples of children’s work can be seen around the school.
The following activities and courses are currently offered as extra opportunities to all students (depending on age appropriateness) as a means of enriching their learning experience:
External groups currently
All children have access to a network of computers throughout the school incorporating both a computer lab in the Library and computers in each classroom. Each classroom is networked to a central server in the school.
Information technology is but one of the technologies accessed within the learning environment at CTK and as such is not seen as a goal within itself. Computers are valuable tools that are used creatively at CTK to enhance children’s learning outcomes. Our students are taught how to use the internet critically and efficiently within research and problem solving processes. The application of a range of software and use of email are also part of our information literacy program.
HPE is an important classroom program within the school’s Connected Curriculum. Together with the classroom component children are provided with a developmental skills program in a variety of sports. In Years 1 and 2 simple skill and gross motor development is the priority. In Year 3 modified games are workshopped with students and in Years 4-7 all students are involved in interschool competitions. All students are also given the opportunity to represent the district in a variety of sports.
The following sports make up part of the school HPE program:
Within the Connected Curriculum students learn about Australian Indigenous cultures and celebrate important events such as Sorry Day, NAIDOC Week and Aboriginal Children’s Day.