STARTING SCHOOL AT ST ROSE
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- If my child is turning 5 next year is it possible to send them to school?
Students are able to start school as long as they turn 5 by 31st July that year. There are considerations that parents should think about:
- Will my child be able to socially and emotionally cope with the new demands and routine of the school environment?
- Your child may be the youngest or one of the youngest with the majority of students being up to 18mths older.
- Feedback about school readiness from the Pre-school.
- As my child gets older and competes in sport, they will always be placed in their ‘age group’ not their class group, and this is the practice for community sports as well.
- The school does not ‘repeat’ students due to being young for their class. Repeating is not common practice and doesn’t support student learning and more importantly wellbeing.
- Is there usually an equal spread of boys and girls in the class?
- The school adheres to the Diocesan Enrolment Policy and processes and this does not include offers of enrolment based on gender.
- Currently, the spread of students in most classes is fairly even.
- Are non Catholic applications accepted?
- The school is unapologetically Catholic and expects that parents who enrol their child will support the ethos of the Catholic school.
- In accordance with the Diocesan Enrolment Policy priority in enrolment is given in this order to:
- children whose Catholic families are known and involved members of the parish
- children whose Catholic families express through the enrolment process an intention to commit to Catholic discipleship and the worshipping community of the parish
- children whose Catholic families express an understanding of and commitment to the educational and religious life of the school
- children whose families of other Christian traditions are known and involved members of their worshipping community and express an understanding of and commitment to the educational and religious life of the school
- children whose families express an understanding of and commitment to the educational and religious life of the school.
- Children of other faiths are welcome provided parents understand and accept that their child will be engaging in the Religious Education curriculum and practices.
- How many students in each class?
- The school student population is currently 210.
- On average the class sizes are 30-32 students.
- This number has never hindered the achievement of student outcomes. The teachers at St Rose are exceptional practitioners and committed to their student’s learning and wellbeing.
- In Kindergarten and Year 1 any class over 27 attracts support in the form of either teacher days or teacher’s aide, depending on how that individual teacher chooses to use the allocation. This assistance is for the teacher to determine. In the case of the use of another teacher, it would be to take the class so that the classroom teacher can assess students or time to prepare learning experiences. In the form of a teacher’s aide, this may be regular daily assistance, so that the teacher has an extra pair of hands to assist in the practical management of the class. The aide may be asked to monitor independent learners whilst the teacher takes a small group, or they may be asked to work with a small group. They may also be asked to do some classroom tasks like putting up artwork or whatever the teacher deems will assist them to focus on teaching their class.
- Do you provide a teacher’s aide for large classes?
- From Year 2 to 6 classes with 31 students and over also attract some time as above, however significantly less.
- What subjects are taught?
- The New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA) determines the syllabus for students. We are required to teach to outcomes in 7 Key Learning Areas (KLA);
- Religious Education
- Science and Technology
- Human Society and its Environment (History/Geography)
- Creative Arts
- Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
- Each KLA is given an allocated percentage of time aligned with the New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA) guidelines.
- St Rose approaches the teaching of these KLAs through the school’s unique Learning Framework. The St Rose Learning Framework guides staff to develop learning pathways to address overarching concepts that are drawn from the syllabuses. The Concept Learning Pathway (CLP) ensures student engagement in authentic learning experiences are informed by student voice, driving inquiry learning to be purposeful and relevant in the context of their environment.
- Is a language taught at school?
- No, our commitment is to the KLAs and ensuring that skills in learning are developed and practiced. There is a place for languages, however a language needs more than an hour a week to be mastered. The exposure to students of various cultures including their language is addressed through our History/Geography KLA.
- How is learning support and extension delivered?
- All students learn differently and have varying learning needs.
- Support for learning
- Various forms of assessment and screening are conducted to build a profile of each student
- Teachers use this data to shape the learning experiences that will enable students to develop specific skills to achieve outcomes.
- Differentiation is about developing learning experiences that suit various learning needs. Tasks may be modified or extended to enable students to achieve successful learning outcomes.
- Support must ensure the dignity of every student, and align with what is happening in the classroom. This usually consists of small group intervention and rarely is this in a one to one context. In a mainstream school, support is about a gradual release of responsibility, which means that scaffolds and support are slowly reduced as students move up the grades to ensure they develop skills that will ensure independent learning and prepare them for High School
- Parents are informed if their child requires support and this intervention is reported on.
- At St Rose we believe in enrichment for all, extension for some.
- In the same way as support, some students require tasks that will extend them beyond their stage and age level. All students are entitled to participate in enriching learning experiences, some with support and others with extension.
- As with support, various data is collected from work samples, standardized assessments and observations that inform teachers as to where to extend their students.
- Physical Education (PE) is a NESA syllabus requirement and each class has an hour of PE each week with a specialist PE teacher.
- The whole school participates in Swimming, Athletics and Cross Country.
- Students who are 8 years and over can qualify to progress to the cluster, diocesan and state carnivals.
- All students in Years 3 to 6 participate in skill development clinics each term;
- Term 1 - Soccer with Sydney FC and Cricket with Cricket NSW
- Term 2 - NRL/Eagle Tag with NRL
- Term 3 - Netball and AFL
- At the end of these terms, all students participate in the Northern Beaches Catholic Schools gala days
- Term 4 - Students are invited to also partcipate in gala days for Basketball, Hockey & Tennis
- Other out of area competitions are also attended by selected students - Netball, NRL & Rugby Union.
- What co-curricular activities do you offer the students?
- Training and Concert Bands with private tuition (user pays) on site (for students from Years 2-6)
- Choir - Junior and Senior
- All music groups are entered into community performances and eisteddfods
- All students experience Music as a subject usually in Term 4.
- This is offered 3 days a week, and is targeted to the student’s ability level
- Students participate in Cluster Chess competitions and NSW Junior Chess League afternoon competitions.
Lunch Clubs - we have a variety of clubs students can participate in each lunchtime, if they are wanting a break from the playground and are interested in something else. These are all run by teachers.
- Home Learning
We also provide a termly program to all students;
- Rock and Water
- Peer Support
- Martial Arts
There is also Martial Arts and Dance offered to students after school (user pays)
- Do you have an Anti Bullying policy and Behaviour Policy?
We have Pastoral Care & Student Wellbeing Guidelines, which also include Behaviour Management Support and Anti Bullying Guidelines.
These guidelines promote a positive behaviour for learning approach that supports our underpinning principle of Respect for others, self and the environment.
Students take responsibility for their behaviour and are skilled with the language and actions to engage in developing and maintaining positive relationships in their learning environment.
They are reminded of appropriate behaviour and there is a process to address inappropriate and unsafe behaviour.
Our goal at St Rose is to ensure all students are safe and happy.
We also encourage students to never leave school without informing a staff member if something has happened as this allows for a timely response. We also encourage them to speak to their parents if they haven’t done so with a staff member.
- Do you have Before and After School Care?
Yes, this is only for St Rose students and the staff are long-standing and familiar with the ethos of the school.
Before School Care is 7am to 8.15am when students may join other students coming in to school
After School Care is 3.05pm to 6pm.
- What are the fees and is there fee relief available to parents?
- Click on the link for the 2021 fees
No student will ever be denied a Catholic education
Fee relief under normal circumstances is on a case by case basis and parents are encouraged to talk to the principal to support them with a process of application to Catholic Schools Broken Bay.
- How does St Rose compare to the State and Independent Primary schools?
- We are unapologetically Catholic and our way of being is modelled on the teachings of Jesus and how he taught us to live in service to others.
- The school has a unique Learning Framework that supports the teaching of skills through an inquiry approach to learning with students taking the lead in their context, and the teacher facilitating and enabling. Data from student achievements has shown that the school’s framework has contributed to increased results across the school.
- The school is
- Consistently ranked as one of the best performing schools in the Northern Beaches. Ranked Number 1 in 2014 and 2019 (Naplan)
- Ranked Number One in the Northern Sydney region for the highest percentage of student growth across a 5 year period. (2019)
- The transition to High School Program includes
- Student Leadership Program consists of
- Year 6 Leaders
- Years 5 Teams
- K to 6 SRC Representatives
- A Shared leadership approach to how we operate a school with student voice informing the change in practice and their learning environment.
- How can I get involved in the school?
The school welcomes parent engagement in activities;
- Parents are always welcome to attend the Masses, liturgies, and assemblies, as well as all events as advertised.
- Parent helpers for the classroom and excursions are often called for.
- We have a supportive Parent Engagement Network which includes Class Parents who represent the classes, organise social gatherings and keep parents informed about what’s happening at school.
- Parents are always welcome to participate in our co-curricular activities when invited in.
- Canteen volunteers are always welcome as students love to see their parents at the canteen….they think they are getting all the canteen items they want to eat on sale for free!
- The library always needs parents to cover new titles that the children will borrow and read in the classroom.
- Will there be an opportunity for the children to visit the school before they start next year?
Normally the process of enrolment at St Rose includes;
- Speech and Occupational Therapy Screener in September and the students visit the school for this.
- In October, students attend 2 mornings where they are with their class and participate in a variety of activities with a team of teachers. They also have time with the Year 5 students who will be their buddy.
- Just before school starts students come in for a one-hour assessment with their teacher in their classroom.
- All students also receive a custom made book that highlights all the parts of the school and is a story to help them remember the school.
Parents are also invited to come to the Cafe and Playtime held on site each Monday morning from 9am. This is where the children can play and parents can have a coffee and get to know other families in the school.