Curriculum

St John’s Lutheran School is an accredited IB (International Baccalaureate Organisation World School) for the Primary Years Programme.

The subjects taught at St John's Lutheran School are prepared using the Australian Curriculum Framework found in all Australian schools. The 8 major curriculum areas include Mathematics, English, Society and Environment, The Arts, Health and Physical Education, Languages other than English (Japanese Culture), Science and Design and Technology. In addition St John’s provides a Christian Studies Curriculum based on the Lutheran Christian Studies Curriculum Frameworks designed for Lutheran Schools.

St John's has tailored a comprehensive curriculum with the explicit teaching of Numeracy and Literacy a focus. Each student’s progress is carefully monitored through a comprehensive testing process which occurs throughout the year. The concentrated Literacy block has been particularly successful in developing Literacy levels within an atmosphere where the children are encouraged to extend themselves at every opportunity. In addition, our commitment to Inquiry based, Integrated Curriculum prepares our students to become active citizens of the future.

The well-equipped Library and Resource Centre provide the reference books, computer software, maps, charts, films, pictures and programs to support the classroom teacher in the teaching - learning process.

The Information Technology Studio provides staff and students with access to "cutting edge" educational computer hardware and software resources.

The direct teaching of "Christian Studies" is a daily exercise as are periods of worship, whether within the classroom or together as a whole school. This is an integral part of our Christian Education program which is integrated through the activities of our school.

St John's has a comprehensive Special Education Programme with early intervention to assist children with learning difficulties a priority. A number of intervention programmes, small group and in-class support is provided by the school Special Ed teacher and support staff.

Students with high intellectual potential are given the opportunity to extend their level of thinking through the development of tasks and activities which challenge them both within and outside of the classroom teaching program.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR

St John's School engages in many activities which add an extra dimension to a functional curriculum. Such activities include field trips, school camps, craft electives, music and dramatic productions, non-competitive and competitive inter-school sport and a team entry in the International Pedal Prix.

Each year our senior students participate in the Uni SA Australian HPV Super Series Pedal Prix event in Adelaide in July in preparation for this event.  Parents and staff work together to train and prepare these students for this event.  This is a great school community event.

The school's music programme includes an active Year 4 - 7 Choir that participates in local events. We also provide opportunities for instrumental music and voice lessons.  We also have a dedicated Arts teacher at St John's.

* Only Schools authorised by the IB organisation can offer any of its three academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), or the Diploma Programme.

For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit http://www.ibo.org

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