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Our Learning & Teaching

Our Lady of the Assumption

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Our Learning

Our Lady of the Assumption Parish Primary School

At Our Lady of the Assumption Parish Primary School we seek to prepare our students for their future by teaching them to be critical and creative problem solvers, who can work collaboratively with others to achieve shared goals. Teachers plan, assess and report according to the standards of the Victorian Curriculum and adjust their teaching in order to ensure that all students enjoy access to the full curriculum. 
The focus of learning for students is on Religious Education, English, Mathematics, The Arts, Health and Physical Education and the Personal and Social capabilities, with students having the opportunity to explore Science and the Humanities through an inquiry based approach. 
Once a week students enjoy Specialist classes in the areas of Physical Education, LOTE (Indonesian), Performing Arts, Visual Arts and STEM as a means of providing a well rounded approach to the learning areas of the curriculum. 
We encourage the natural curiosity of our students and support them to become lifelong learners, equipped with the necessary skills to solve problems in a progressive world.

Religious Dimensions

Developing our students, staff & parents faith

We have a rich prayer life at OLA and offer many opportunities for students, staff and parents to further develop their faith. Children pray every day as a class group; we have whole school Masses in the Church and we have other opportunities for either whole school or year level Prayer Services in Brigid Hall. Masses and Prayer Services offer an opportunity to celebrate as a community.


We use an inquiry-based model to teach the Religious Education Curriculum Framework, integrating elements of our faith and Catholic Tradition with other areas of the curriculum. We engage student voice to explore different areas and wonderings provided by students. All units are designed to address traditions and scripture while making links to the current world of our students and families. 


We have six values, focussing on one each year: love, kindness, courage, joy, hope and peace.

Religious Dimensions


Literacy forms the foundation for all learning

The English curriculum is an integral component of many areas of the broader curriculum. At OLA we aim to equip our students with the skills necessary to become active and informed members of their community. The three modes of the English curriculum (Reading, Writing and Speaking & Listening) are explicitly taught each day. Teachers work collaboratively to plan for and implement pedagogical approaches and programs that best support student learning. 

Students need to confidently communicate their ideas with others in both spoken and written form. We seek to develop a love of reading and appreciation for the richness of language and the ways it may be used to evoke feelings, convey information, persuade or present an argument. 


Teachers utilise whole class and small group instruction to ensure that the learning needs of all students are met, based on student assessment data and the stage of the curriculum that is reflected in these assessments. Teaching teams meet regularly to discuss and evaluate current practices, in order to ensure that meaningful adjustments are made to support student learning.



Uncovering mathematics in our everyday lives

At OLA we recognise the valuable ways that knowledge and understanding in Mathematics enables our students to access important ideas and skills that will be relevant for daily life. We seek to build students’ understanding in the curriculum areas of Number, Measurement, Geometry, Statistics and Probability, helping them to view themselves positively as Mathematical thinkers. 


Our aim in teaching mathematics is to ensure that our students:

  • develop efficient mathematical skills for everyday life, work and as citizens in a technological world

  • identify connections and apply mathematical concepts to pose and solve problems across a range of curriculum areas

  • inspire a positive attitude towards mathematics and a desire to investigate mathematical concepts in everyday life

  • feel confident in their knowledge of mathematics and able to apply this knowledge, in addition to learning new skills and knowledge when necessary.


In addition, students in Years 3 to 6 are given the opportunity to participate in the Australian Mathematics Competition each year. All classes Prep - Year 6 also participate in weekly chess lessons for one term to promote logic and problem solving.


Learning Adjustments

The WIN room

Over the last few years the staff at OLA have been involved with professional learning that has focused on implementing suitable learning adjustments to ensure that all students achieve meaningful growth and experience success during the school year. 

For many students, quality classroom instruction is all that is necessary to ensure that they achieve growth and progress; some of our students require either targeted support to help develop their skills in an area such as Reading or Mathematics, or the opportunity to be extended in these areas. Teacher expertise and the invaluable work of our Learning Support Officers intersect, in order to ensure that students receive the opportunities that they need. 

Our WIN Room, which stands for ‘What I Need’, is a dedicated learning space where students who have been identified as requiring support or extension in Literacy and Mathematics have the opportunity to receive targeted instruction by a teacher in a small group setting. 

Intervention sessions are timetabled throughout the week, usually in 40 minute blocks. We use the Early Reading Intervention Knowledge (ERIK) program to instruct students in Years 1-3 whose phonological awareness skills need further development. We use the Levelled Literacy Intervention (LLI) program with students from Years 1-6 to help develop students’ comprehension strategies. 

For those students who achieve above the standard expected for their year level extension lessons are provided in reading, writing and mathematics. 

The WIN Room enables students to receive what they need in order to achieve success and grow in confidence within themselves as learners. 

Learning Adjustments


Discoveries and experiences

Tell me and I forget

Show me and I may remember

Involve me and I will understand


The last part of this saying is the essence of Inquiry based learning. At OLA, we provide students with many opportunities to:

  • ask questions.

  • create new knowledge.

  • investigate solutions.

  • discuss discoveries and experiences.

  • reflect on new knowledge.


Inquiry based learning is an umbrella term that incorporates many current learning approaches including project based learning and design thinking. The students at OLA are involved in the following characteristics that serve as hallmarks of inquiry based learning:

  • communicating, reflecting, collaborating, analysing and content.

  • genuine curiosity, wonderment and questioning.

  • student ‘voice’ is evident – elements of the curriculum / learning are negotiated and student questions are taken seriously and addressed.

  • prior knowledge is ascertained and built upon. 

  • significant concepts and essential questions are identified which unify knowledge and understandings.

  • students are actively involved in constructing understandings through hands-on experiences, research, processing and communicating their understandings in various ways.

  • learning takes place in a social context – students learn from each other, together with others, and from those outside of the classroom context.


“The meaning of ‘knowing’ has shifted from being 

able to remember and repeat information 

to being able to find and use it.” 

(National Research Council, 2007).

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Our Specialist Program

Once a week students enjoy Specialist classes in the areas of STEM, Visual Arts, Physical Education, Performing Arts and Language (Indonesian) as a means of providing a well rounded approach to the learning areas of the curriculum. We celebrate the arts with an alternate Art Show and Production.

Specialist Program
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Science. Technology. Engineering. Mathematics.

STEM skills and capabilities are needed more now than ever before. At OLA students engage in STEM lessons in our Makerspace, which is a dedicated space for this learning area and includes custom furniture to facilitate collaborative work amongst students. 


Through STEM, students develop key skills including:

  • problem solving

  • creativity

  • critical analysis

  • teamwork

  • independent thinking

  • initiative

  • communication

  • digital literacy


Continual advances in technology are changing the way that students learn, connect and interact every day. Skills developed by students through STEM provide them with the foundation to succeed at school and beyond. ‘Within our Catholic context, capabilities of ethical thinking and acting for justice and the common good are incorporated into STEM learning opportunities.


The Arts

Embracing and fostering the inner artist

At OLA our students enjoy Visual Arts lessons. They engage with and develop knowledge of Visual Arts skills, techniques and processes, using materials as they explore a range of forms, styles and contexts. Our Arts Festival that takes place every second year is a fantastic community event during which students from Prep to Year 6 exhibit their artistic creations. 


All year levels also enjoy a term of Performing Arts that includes Drama, Music and Dance. Students in Years 5 & 6 are also invited to audition for and be involved in Wakakirri each year, which is a national performing arts event. 


The school Hip-Hop Concert, that takes place on alternating years, is another community event to which many of our families look forward. 

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Physical Education

Healthy bodies, healthy minds

Health and Physical Education plays an integral role in students’ development. OLA has undertaken the ‘Sporting Schools’ initiative which has provided the opportunity for all year levels to focus on and benefit from specialist training in a range of sports. Throughout the year students also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of clinics that include sports such as cricket, golf, AFL, soccer and athletics. 


Students in Prep to Year 4 enjoy an intensive swimming program to develop water safety skills and to learn to swim. Students in Years 5 & 6 complete a Beach Safety program. 

Students in Years 3 to 6 have the opportunity to be involved in Cheltenham District Athletics, Swimming and Cross-Country Competitions and all students from Prep to 6 attend our annual Sports Expo.

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Selamat Datang - Welcome

The lanaguage our students learn is Indonesian. Learning a second language broadens students’ horizons about personal, social and cultural opportunities that exist in our increasingly diverse and interconnected world. Through learning Indonesian language OLA students will engage on an educational journey that will see them exploring the rich and diverse language and culture of our nearest neighbours. While taking a close look at Indonesia we will discover and understand more about our region and about ourselves.

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