Education in Faith


Glen Huntly

At St Anthony’s, Religious Education promotes the message of Jesus and develops children's understandings of living as a person of faith within their family, school, parish and the wider community.  Religious Education permeates all aspects of the curriculum and school activities at St Anthony’s. Our focus on Social Justice makes strong connections with these teachings and embeds these values even further.


We aim to build on the experiences of each student, enhance their opportunity for rich dialogue with others and allow them to form their own understandings and make deep connections with their faith.  


We teach Religious Education using an integrated inquiry approach in line with the new Horizon's of Hope Religious Education Curriculum Framework (developed by Catholic Education Melbourne). We incorporate a rage of resources and materials to support our teaching in this area, including the To Know, Worship and Love texts.

Features of our Religious Education program include:

  • Daily  Meditation

  • Daily prayers and reflections

  • Sacramental program for First Communion, Reconciliation and Confirmation

  • Celebration of Church calendar and major Feast days, such as St. Mary of the Cross, Feast of St. Anthony

  • Use of Gospel passages to reflect on the life of Christ and His presence in our lives today

  • Whole school support and involvement in social justice programs, such as St Vincent De Paul and Caritas


Our English program develops in our students the ability to be able to read, write, speak and listen effectively so they can be active and confident participants in society.

Our approach to the learning and teaching of English follows the Victorian Curriculum.  Students across all year levels are able to access learning experiences and opportunities that incorporate the three strands of English: Reading and Viewing; Writing; and, Speaking and Listening.


Features of our English program include:

  • Structured two-hour Literacy blocks: Teacher focus groups and small groups approach

  • Systematic and Explicit approach to teaching 

  • InitiaLit - Prep - 2 

  • Multi-Literacies – A Reading Tutor Program that is offered to some students who may require extra support with their reading

  • Modern school library that contains a variety of texts to foster a love and enjoyment of books and reading

  • Regular and ongoing staff professional development 


At St Anthony’s we pride ourselves on providing a rich and targeted approach to the learning and teaching of Mathematics. We believe that Mathematics is an essential life skill that will enable our students to participate confidently in Mathematical situations both now and in their future.

We provide sequential learning opportunities to all our students using the Victorian Curriculum covering the three strands of Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability.


Features of our Mathematics program include:

  • Structured Mathematic lessons held daily

  • Use of Tool Time games to enhance positive and growth mindsets in Mathematics education

  • Students are provided with opportunities to complete real life mathematic challenges and problem solving tasks

  • Access to a range of engaging resources and materials that provide for hands on learning

  • Regular and ongoing staff professional development

Approaches to Learning

At St Anthony’s we use an integrated approach to learning which enables and enhances each student's learning experience.  The rich, rigorous and fulfilling experiences assist our students in developing skills to help them make sense of the world and their place in it.  We aim to develop students’ confidence to build on their prior knowledge and experiences as they develop deeper understandings, skills, knowledge and values. We aim to develop in students an increasing repertoire of thinking strategies, skills and processes as they progress through the school with an emphasis on reflecting and acting upon their learning.

We believe that effective learning happens when teachers…

  • Build on the existing knowledge and experiences of students

  • Promote individual excellence and celebrate student achievement

  • Develop self-esteem, independence and confidence

  • Encourage students to think, collaborate and problem solve

  • Foster each students desire for lifelong learning

  • Use current technology as part of learning


We believe in classroom practices that…

  • Actively include students in the planning, organising and evaluation of their own learning

  • Assist students to progressively take responsibility for their own learning

  • Encourage student initiative, risk taking and leadership

Languages Other Than English - Mandarin

LOTE learning is an integral part of a broad and balanced education for all learners. The Asian language of Mandarin is taught in grades 

Foundation – 6.


Learning a language offers students the opportunity to: 

  • Use the language to communicate with its speakers

  • Understand how language operates as a system and how other languages, including English, are structured and function

  • Gain direct insights into the culture which gives the language its life and meaning

  • Consider their own culture, and compare it with the cultures of countries and communities where the language is spoken

  • Add to their general knowledge about the world and the Chinese culture

Health & Physical Education

The Health and Physical Education curriculum provides students with knowledge, skills and behaviours to enable them to achieve a degree of autonomy in developing and maintaining their physical, mental social and emotional health. This focuses on the importance of a healthy lifestyle and physical activity in the lives of individuals and groups in our society.



The Health program at St Anthony's School aims to assist the children's awareness of themselves as developing people in a changing environment. It aims to develop skills so that they know how to care for themselves both in mind and body, to promote healthy lifestyle and to recognise the interrelationship between the physical, social and the emotional aspects of individuals and the society in which they live. Some of the topics include safety, personal and community health, nutrition and healthy choices.




Movement and physical activity focuses on the important roles that physical activity, sport and recreation need to play in our students' lives by providing opportunities for challenge, personal growth, enjoyment and fitness. 


At St Anthony's School Physical Education is the process through which sport, outdoor adventure activities, dance, gymnastics, aquatics and games are used by Physical Education teachers to help children learn motor skills and to learn about physical fitness. The program also encourages children to be involved in and gain enjoyment from physical activities.


The fundamental motor skills taught to the children are: 

  • catch

  • kick

  • run

  • vertical jump

  • overhand throw

  • ball bounce

  • leap

  • dodge

  • punt

  • forehand strike

  • two-hand side-arm strike


The acquisition of these skills will provide the children with skills required to effectively participate in team sports.


St. Anthony's School has an Annual School Sport's Day. The essence of this day is participation in House events and enjoyment both for the children and their families.


During Terms 2 and 3, Years 4 – 6 participate in a weekly Interschool Sports Program.  The students choose between Football and Netball and they play matches with other schools in the Association which culminate with a Lightning Premiership.  They also take part in Swimming Carnivals, Cross Country and Athletics events that are held with the Holt District.

The Arts

The Arts program at St. Anthony’s School is a very important part of the overall education of our children. It consists of Performing and Visual and Arts and is taught across all grade levels.  The Arts have a high visual profile at St Anthony’s through our class and corridor displays and performances at assemblies, where parents are encouraged to see their child’s work on display or to see them perform.


A Multipurpose room that has a storage area for art materials, a kitchen and a kiln is used for Visual Arts, Music and Drama at various times and enables teachers to provide a wide range of creative experiences for the children.  



The Performing Arts are given high priority where children are given the opportunities to take part in a performance / pantomime where they are able to take on the persona of the characters they represent. A whole school performance is held each alternative year.



Art Lessons provide a range of creative experiences for students. Students explore their own works and works of other artists. They use a variety of materials and tools to produce pieces of work which are exhibited at an Art exhibition and Soiree night, which is held every two years.


Whenever possible, we supplement and enhance our programs with excursions and incursions which include plays, dance/music performances, visits to art galleries and exhibitions and visiting speakers. 


We provide students with extra curricula activities such as; Art Exhibitions, Artist in Residence, Music and Performance which are on a yearly rotational basis.

Digital Technologies


Technology is an aspect of our world which is continually developing. 


The children learn about the process which people use to manipulate and modify their environment and resources, by creating items and systems, which help us in our lives.

Students participate in activities, which include using their knowledge of scientific facts to plan simple designs, select appropriate materials, produce a model and then evaluate their designs to ensure that they meet their needs. 



While recognising there are some specific computer skills which need to be developed in the primary school, we see technology as an important tool to enhance learning in all areas of the curriculum. 

All students have fortnightly ICT classes with a specialist teacher.

Our children at St. Anthony's School have access to computers, iPads and laptops in their classroom on a daily basis. Our Year 3/4 and 5/6 students have access to 1:1 devices in the classroom which our school provides.