Social Development School is a place full of people and children who are older and bigger than the beginner. Give your child plenty of opportunities to mix with a wide range of adults and children, as this will help with the skills needed to cope with the social aspects of school.
Sharing, taking turns, and co-operating.
A great deal of our learning is in group settings where your child will be expected to take turns, share and co-operate. Our Discipline Policy provides a clear outline of the school's approach to discipline and is based on positive reinforcement and norms that have been decided by the children and teachers.
One way you could help is to encourage your child to play games, helping with home tasks, taking turns and coping with not always winning.
At school, tasks often depend on the completion of earlier ones. Small children often give up easily when they find things difficult. If a parent helps with the difficulty and encourages them to finish the task the child will come to see the value of persistence in learning. It would be of benefit to show the child where the parent needs to persist to learn the new skill too. (Computers, craft, driving, studying etc.)
Children learn by seeing, hearing, touching, tasting, smelling and DOING. They can learn and talk about what they know when parents give them the words for the things they see, touch etc.
Integral to every action that takes place at St. Patrick's school, is our Catholic ethos. Our Catholicity permeates every curriculum area, every relationship and every interaction.
This Catholic experience of Faith takes place within a formal sense in our Religious Education Program.
We believe Catholic Religious Education is the nurturing and developing of our Catholic faith in an environment where Gospel values are practised and our Catholic heritage learned and accepted.
We do this -
1. by valuing the uniqueness of each individual;
2. encouraging self acceptance;
3. by helping each one to know, love and respond to God.
Religious Education Aims:
Because our school is Catholic we aim to offer personal experiences in Christian living through liturgy, sacramental life, prayer, guidance and example, as well as service organisations.
We encourage parents to enter into the spiritual life of the school by attending liturgies, Masses or becoming involved in Sacramental programs with the children.
Foster a Christian understanding of people's mutual responsibilities for one another.