Why Choose St Aloysius
Choosing the right education for your child is one of the most important decisions you will ever make.
As parents, carers, or grandparents you have a choice - and the right - to offer your child the best education available.
The Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle proudly hosts some of the best schools in Newcastle, Maitland, the Hunter and Upper Hunter, Lake Macquarie and Manning regions.
Catholic schools offer a unique educational experience which forms the child or young person as a person of integrity, compassion, faith and wisdom. Catholic schools also work closely with their local parish to enhance in students a capacity to make sense of their world, to make judgements and to recognise the uniqueness of others within a faith community.
Each school has a supportive community of teachers, parents, carers, P&F committees, clergy, parishioners, and support staff who work together to focus on students; encouraging success, promoting discipline, supporting creativity and instilling compassion. This means that Catholic schools don’t just teach Religious Studies, they seek to develop spirit, mind, body and character and cultivate Gospel values that support lives filled with joy, endeavour and hope in the future.
Each Catholic school has a commitment to focusing on each individual child’s ability, offering a unique array of educational, creative, sporting and formation opportunities for students.
Finally, Catholic schools offer peace of mind to parents; knowing they’ve made the right choice and the best investment for their child’s future. It is because of this and the many opportunities available to students that we believe choosing a Catholic education, is the right choice to make.
WHY FAMILIES CHOOSE ST ALOYSIUS FOR THEIR CHILD'S EDUCATION
WE OFFER CONTEMPORARY LEARNING
At St Aloysius Catholic Primary School, we believe our students will best experience success through contemporary evidence-based learning and teaching. This modern learning approach is personalised, responding to the learning needs, interests and experiences of each student. We are flexible in our use of personnel, resources, learning spaces and the ways that students can demonstrate their learning. Contemporary learning aims to empower students with the knowledge, skills and capacities to respond creatively to the challenges of their world. Through a variety of whole-school initiatives, all students have opportunities to make a positive difference for those less fortunate and their environment.
Our passionate and professional teachers work in teams to create a sense of belonging and purpose that strengthens the learning culture of the school. They promote high expectations, respect, diversity and difference, enabling learning for all students. Alternative play options are available daily for all children in the form of a wide variety of lunch clubs. These include STEM, coding club, garden club, dance club, Mini Vinnies, choir clubs and meditation.
St Aloysius has been architecturally designed to incorporate the natural landscape and integrate inside and outside learning opportunities. The buildings have been designed around a central courtyard and playground to provide a sense of community. Each classroom filters through natural light and utilises natural colours and many timber surfaces. Flexible furniture, curved lounges, the latest computer technology and unique, interesting classroom features have been incorporated to create a stimulating and adaptable learning environment.
St Aloysius is well-resourced with modern facilities and technology. All students have access to either Smart or interactive TVs, SMART Boards, netbooks, laptops and iPads in their classrooms. They also have access to digital eBooks and wireless internet throughout the school. Our Library is well resourced and utilised as a central learning hub for the school. The flexible and intentionally developed learning environments at St Aloysius encourage innovation and inquiry. Our school was designed to meet the needs of contemporary learners allowing for both collaboration and personalised learning. A Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program operates in Years 4 to 6.
LEARNING SUPPORT SERVICES
St Aloysius is an inclusive school and we work in partnership with parents to cater for all students including those with learning, behavioural, social and emotional needs. St Aloysius employs a Learning Support teacher five days per week to support teachers with students who have recognised learning disabilities. These students are usually identified at enrolment and may be eligible for funding for additional classroom support. St Aloysius is also a Gifted Education Lead School (GEL) with a Gifted Education Mentor (GEM) employed to work with teachers and staff to identify gifted and talented students and to put in place strategies to assist their learning needs.
St Aloysius students are also well supported by our school psychologist and counsellor, our Aboriginal and ESL teachers, as well as our Defence School Transition Aide. Classroom teachers and the Learning Support Teacher are always available to meet with parents to discuss the best way to support their child with their learning.
OPPORTUNITIES IN SPORT
Participation, enjoyment and skill development are the cornerstones of the school sport/physical activity program.
St Aloysius offer a range of sports across both the internal and external sporting program, giving students the opportunity to compete at representative levels in swimming, cross country, athletics and in a variety of team sports and gala days including, rugby, touch football, netball, basketball, soccer, horse sports and rugby league. Many students have reached notable achievements in a variety of local, regional, diocesan and state competitions. All students participate in school carnivals and a variety of specialist skill workshops supported by the Sport in Schools Australia program.
CREATIVE ARTS PROGRAM
St Aloysius has a full-time specialist Creative Arts teacher who teaches music and visual arts to all students when the classroom teachers are released from face-to-face teaching each week. Guitar and piano/keyboard tuition is also offered for interested students and a variety of lunchclubs such as Drama, Dance, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM).
The school holds an annual Creative Arts Gala and participates in Tournament of the Minds, the Diocesan ASPIRE production and the All Saints Cluster Choir Showcase.
SOCIAL JUSTICE INITIATIVES
Fundamental to our school’s vision and mission is the call to be the face of Christ through living, loving and learning together and to make a difference through words and actions, to thrive as individuals and to build and serve our community. Our Mini Vinnies group and showcase choir regularly visit the local nursing home and in conjunction with student leaders and staff, they support community and charatible fundraising events and agencies, in particular Caritas, Catholic Mission and St Vincent de Paul.
The grounds of St Aloysius include a dedicated environmental zone with frog ponds, walking trails, gathering areas and native gardens used for both learning and during play time. The school currently recycles paper and cardboard and in the final stage vegetable gardens, a chicken coup and a plastic recycling centre are proposed.
OOSH – OUT OF SCHOOL HOURS (CHILDCARE)
A Before and After School Care service is provided at St Aloysius by St Nicholas OOSH in the school hall. It caters for students each morning from 6.30am to 8.40am and each afternoon from 2.40pm to 6.00pm. Families need to register for this service through the St Nicholas OOSH website: stnicholasOOSH@mn.catholic.org.au
Vacation Care is also available during all school holidays.