Sirius College students experience an unmatched period of cognitive, physical, social and emotional change and growth. We are committed to providing a learning environment which meets these particular needs of juniors and provides strong foundations for their senior phase of learning and onto their future pathways.
We are committed to providing a learning environment which is safe, healthy and caring. A learning environment which focuses on improving student performance, allows all students to achieve and delivers the National Curriculum that is rigorous and engaging.
STUDENT WELL-BEING & ACHIEVEMENT
Sirius College strives for the well-being of students. You Can Do It! Education program is a set of cooperative activities used to develop positive social and emotional individuals to engage in their own learning. The goal of the YCDI! Program is to promote values in our learning community- Confidence, Persistence, Getting Along, Organisation and Resilience.
EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
In keeping with our learning principles, we are committed to providing a diverse and inclusive program so that all students within the College have opportunities to experiment and to ‘shine’ in areas of their choice. Our extra-curricular activities have the capacity to engage, challenge and enhance the student’s learning experiences.
Clubs are organised on a yearly basis determined by teacher expertise and student demand. Some extra-curricular activities offered are:
- Art & craft
- Junior Einsteins
- Public Speaking
- Interschool sports training
- Tech club
CAMPS, EXCURSIONS & INCURSIONS
As part of the school Outdoor Education programs camps are held for the duration of 1-3 nights for year 3-6 students. Camps at each levels are compulsory as they are a valuable aspect of a fully rounded program of development for children.
Excursions are regarded as an essential part of the teaching and learning program for all students.
Our aim is to develop the following:
To enhance children’s learning through the provision of real or first-hand experiences
To develop skills in observation, recording and reporting
To help children learn to live and work with others
A Water Safety and Swimming Program for Foundation-year 2 students is organised each year.[ii]
BETTER BUDDIES PROGRAM
Foundation students are partnered with a year 6 buddy at the beginning of the year. This program encourages children to feel safe in the school grounds and helps develop a special rapport with an older child as well as providing good modelling of behaviours.
Year 5 & 6 students participate in Inter-school Winter and Summer Sports program. Taking place on a Friday morning all the senior students participate in sports against other neighbouring schools.
Homework assists students by complementing and consolidating classroom learning. Homework is a regular part of teaching and learning programs. The purpose is to develop good study habits as well as to consolidate learning. Often, children should be able to work independently, however, some tasks/online tasks might require parental support.
- Web based School Information Management system
- Real time / online records
- Student attendance
- Student academic records & reports
- Learning area assignments, homework, projects, tests progress
- Communication and messages
- Behaviour log system
PARENT TEACHER MEETINGS
Meetings are organised online to make appointments with teachers during term 1. Critical student interviews are organised by teachers at the end of each semester in term 2 and 4.
There is a provision for children to access speech and language therapy by a qualified speech pathologist during the school day.
Counselling services are based on the principles of care, respect and confidentiality. School counsellors are therefore the people to consult when there is a concern about a child’s social, emotional and educational development. Contact with Counsellors can be initiated by students, parents or teachers.
Pastoral Care programs aim to support student well-being with a holistic approach- social, emotional as well as spiritual well-being. The College provides pastoral care programs during school, after school and during school holidays. Each class from years 4-6 are appointed a mentor and teacher who meets on a regular basis with students. Parents are informed of any events off campus.
ASSESSMENT & REPORTING
Assessment is integral to teaching and learning and is the process of gathering and analysing information in order to inform teaching and learning.
- identifies what students know, understand and can do and feel throughout the learning process.
- gives students opportunities to identify achievement and set targets needed for improvement in relation to curriculum goals.
- provides the teachers will valuable information in order to support learners in moving to the next level of development.
- takes place through continuous informal assessment and regular formal assessment using standardised tests.
The five point scale, A-E, are achievement standards that describe how well a student has demonstrated their learning based on a collection of evidence.
Parents receive reports on their child’s progress 4 times a year:
- An interim report at the end of term 1 and 3.
- A semester report at the end of term 2 and 4.
[i] Subject to availability and may differ according to campus
[ii] May change due to new swimming requirements
[iii] Check with campus