Literacy support is an effective early intervention program, designed to assist those children experiencing difficulty in reading. It is a “second chance” program available to children from Kindergarten to Year 3.
In addition to their classroom program, eligible children are given teaching in small groups. The aim is to help children to “catch up” with the other children in the classroom.
Our Literacy Support program is supported by two teachers, and it has proved a very successful way of helping children who are having difficulty getting started with reading and writing.
At Our Lady Queen of Peace the Special Education program is staffed by two Special Education teachers and a teacher assistant.
The Special Education program caters for students who have a physical, sensory, intellectual, emotional or learning disability. The aim of the program is to provide effective education support for these children by:
- Appropriately assessing children
- Implementing programs and providing resources to meet the needs of individual children
- Working in collaboration with classroom teachers in developing effective strategies to meet the needs of students within the program
- Liaising with Principal, parents, Catholic Education Office personnel and outside agencies to effectively meet the needs of these students
Special Needs Programs
A Special Needs Committee has been established at the school to assist children, parents and teachers. Its permanent members include:
- The principal
- The assistant principal
- 'Reading Recovery' teacher/s
- Special Education staff
- Language Support staff
Other members of the school community may be invited to attend and participate in these meetings when a matter pertinent to them is being discussed. The committee caters for:
- Early intervention
- Students with learning difficulties
- Early achievers and advanced learners
- Gender issues
- Students with disabilities
- Non-English speaking background students
- Socio-economically deprived students
- Repeated behaviour management concerns
- Students at risk
Language Support is a program which provides English language support to children whose first, or “home” language, is not English. Oral and written language support groups operate within the regular classroom program. This assistance is provided by an English as a Second Language teacher. The program is flexible as it is designed to give assistance where it is most needed.
Our Lady Queen of Peace is committed to providing all students with appropriate educational experiences in partnership with parents. All teachers differentiate the curriculum to cater for students' individual needs.
An Enrichment program aims to provide increased opportunities for children with academic and creative talent to enjoy a challenging and enriching education. The emphasis is on the development of higher-level thinking skills (critical, creative and evaluative thinking and problem solving), both within the class, and in withdrawal groups; through interest clubs; extra-curricula activities and through competitions.
New Arrival Program
The Commonwealth Government, through the Catholic Education Office Parramatta, funds an intensive English program for any child with a non-English speaking background who has entered Australia recently. The students range from Kindergarten to Year 6 and to be eligible, must have been in Australia for 6 months or less. (Kindergarten children are eligible for up to 18 months).
Designed to assist preschool students entering Kindergarten, there are two orientation sessions in the year prior to starting school. Students take part in a mixture of whole, and small group, activities.
Year 6 Students entering high School
Our Lady Queen of Peace supports all high school open days. Teachers from the school meet with teachers from secondary schools to discuss students individual needs.
A specialist Physical Education teacher is employed four days a week at Our Lady Queen of Peace. She is responsible for co-ordinating all sports programs, including external competition. Students are selected, trained and entered into many competitions including:
- zone swimming, athletics and cross country carnivals
- diocesan swimming, athletics and cross country carnivals
- state swimming, athletics and cross country carnivals.
A specialist music teacher is employed three days a week. Each student (K – 4) has the opportunity to participate in the music program which complements activities completed in class. Students in Years 5 and 6 participate in music lessons within their classroom programs.
Students in Years 3 to 6 have the opportunity each year to audition for the school choir, which performs at many events including Education Week and eisteddfods.
A school band was established by Musicorp Australia in 1997 for those children in Years 3 to 6 who are interested. A fee is charged each term to cover the cost of tuition and instrument hire. Further details are available from the school office.
Computers enrich the educational environment of all students and support the achievement of quality in education. They are now an integral part of our Australian society. Computers are used to assist students in many areas, including acquiring basic literacy and numeracy skills. With appropriate software and teacher guidance computers promote a co-operative approach to problem solving.
We recognise that computers can be used by teachers to promote the active involvement and engagement of students in their own learning. We presently have a large supply of computers & laptops (which includes both Mac and PC platforms) and iPads. The school is fully networked using both cable and wireless technology. The students have access to a data projector, digital cameras,video cameras and scanners. Each learning area has interactive whiteboards.
Students also have supervised access to the internet. All students must have a parent permission note to use the internet and agree to our Acceptable User Policy.
Gymnastics and Dance Program
Students at OLQP currently take part in both the Flexi Kids Gymnastics Program and the Dance Fever dance program. Both programs are designed to ensure all students meet the require outcomes for dance and gymnastics in the PDHPE syllabus.
The Dance Fever company also runs an external showcase whereby many participating schools can compete together in the Dance Fever Concert.
Students at OLQP have the opportunity to be selected, trained and entered into many competitions across the school, zone and Diocesan levels in swimming, athletics & cross country.
Throughout the year students are also given the opportunities to compete in various other sports including netball, soccer, Rugby League, Basketball, cricket and touch football.
Regular assemblies are held at OLQP to give information, celebrate achievements and share events and learning. Assemblies include a Whole School Assembly held every Monday morning and Module Assemblies which are held once each term for every year group. Notes are sent home with students to inform parents of when the Module Assemblies will be held.
Catholic School Week, Education Week and Book Week
OLQP celebrates both Catholic Schools Week and Education Week/Book Week. Book Week is usually celebrated with the Scholastic Book Fair.
All students from Kindergarten to Year 6 participate in a social skills program during Term 1.
OLQP's library has a large collection of fiction and non fiction books to suit all reading and interest levels in the school.
The library is fully computerised and the children are encouraged to use the computers to search for references as well as to borrow and return books.
The library serves as a support to the learning processes of the classroom as well as a very important recreational facility to the children of OLQP.
Each class has a library period each week during which the children are encouraged to select and borrow books. Time is also spent with the Teacher Librarians looking at information skills. Primary classes are also allocated a research block in which they may work with the Librarian on locating and using information.
The Library is open from 8:30am till 3:05pm (it is closed during recess). Children may use the Library during lunch times as an alternative activity area to the playground: they are able to read, work or mix in a passive and quiet environment.
World Book Online
Good news! Our library now subscribes to the World Book Web.
Our World Book subscription allows us to give you and your family access to this valuable reference source at your home computers 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.
To access the World Book Web, follow these simple steps:
- Go to www.worldbookonline.com
- Enter the username and password supplied from school.
If you have lost your username & password please contact the school.
- Simply tick the box labelled 'Remember my ID and password'.
The next time you visit World Book the login prompt will already contain your username and password.
- Once you arrive at the World Book homepage, you should bookmark the page or add to favourites for easy access to World Book in the future.