St Lukes Grammar School

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Cottage (Pre-School) Program

ANNOUNCING ... From 2019, St Luke's Grammar School will offer a 5-Day Cottage (Pre-School) program, at both the Dee Why and Bayview Campuses. 

 

With the introduction of the new 5-Day Pre-School program at both Campuses, St Luke's is proud to provide an authentic "School Readiness Program", to more fully prepare the children as they transition to 'big school' the following year. The program, specifically for children who have turned 4 by 31 March, provides a delightful introduction to the rich and exciting world of learning at school.

 

At the Dee Why Campus, there are now three Cottage (Pre-School) programs which parents can enrol their child into. There are two 3-Day programs that run from either Monday-Wednesday, or Wednesday-Friday. The new 5-Day program runs from Monday- Friday. The Cottage Day commences at 8.30 am and concludes at 2.45 pm.  Before-and-After-School-Care is available for Cottage students if needed, from 7.00 am each morning, until 6.00 pm in the evening. 

 

Similarly, at the Bayview Campusthe Taylor Cottage Pre-school) program also provides a 5-Day program, and two 3-Day programs, from Monday-Wednesday and Wednesday-Friday. .  

 

The Cottage Program provides a developmentally appropriate blend of play-based and more formalised learning activities in a resource-rich environment. In addition to Literacy, Numeracy and experiential play, Cottage students receive specialist teaching in Music, Languages, PE, Christian Studies and Information Skills

 

Cottage (Pre-School) Curriculum

 

Literacy Development: The foundations for early literacy and numeracy development are laid before children start school.

 

The Cottage program focuses on the development of four core skills.

  • Phonemic awareness helps students to develop an ear for sounds in words. They learn how to break words into sound units and make connections between words that sound the same. These are vital skills to develop before learning to read and write.
  • Phonics is developing a link between the sounds students hear and the letters that represent these sounds. A structured literacy program is used from Cottage, to help students to build these associations.
  • Vocabulary involves students having a rich oral language. Engaging in conversations, listening to quality stories, singing and familiar rhymes help students to expand their fascination with new words.
  • Comprehension is both being able to understand the literal and inferential aspects of stories and information texts. Reading a wide range of stories helps them to understand that meaning is communicated through more than the words we say. Pictures often contain additional cues that help us to understand the full meaning.

 

Numeracy Development: The first stages of numeracy development require children to engage in collecting, sorting, ordering, sharing and classifying objects. It is important that children develop a strong association between mathematical words and symbols and the objects, groups or actions they are used to describe. The first steps in developing mathematical thinking is for children to test what happens, for example, when groups of objects are added together, when they are shared or sorted into smaller groups.

 

They also need to be encouraged to develop a strong link between learning in Mathematics and the day-to-day world around them. Counting, measuring objects and recognising and using shapes in their regular environment adds meaning and relevance to new concepts.

 

Specialist Subjects: Junior School students from St Luke’s Grammar School learn with subject specialists in a range of areas. These programs commence in Cottage, involving the students in engaging and educational activities.

 

The children develop relationships with our Specialist teachers and feel comfortable moving to different classrooms for their lessons.

  • Spanish lessons introduce children to the basics of the Spanish language at a stage in their development when a child’s brain is ripe to learn a new language. Listening and speaking activities also have proven benefits to English learning as students become more aware of how language works. These lessons also help students to expand their view of the world and build empathy as they learn about another culture.
  • P.E. lessons help to build physical fitness, gross motor and ball skills. During the course of the year they will participate in a wide range of activities, including gymnastics, dance, modified soccer, hockey or basketball.
  • Music lessons reinforce skills in listening, playing and singing. Students all sing, move and play percussion instruments to develop their sense of rhythm and their awareness of the tempo and dynamics.
  • Visual Arts lessons encourage children to explore a wide range of techniques, including painting, drawing, printing and sculpture. These lessons also provide a context for building vital fine motor skills.
  • Information Literacy involves students borrowing from the Learning Hub (Library) each week. They learn to identify different types of books and where these can be located. As students move through the School, these lessons will involve students learning to access digital texts, to learn research skills and how to evaluate the quality of source material.

Cottage (Pre-School) Social and Emotional Development

 

Social & Emotional Development: In a school environment, children are not just learning academic skills. They are learning how to be part of a community and to learn with others. The children learn to interact with different personalities and to negotiate with others. Children receive support to develop their social interaction skills, just as they learn any other skills at school. The Cottage program helps children to understand their strengths and talents and to recognise and value the strengths of others. They learn to see how they are similar and different to their peers and are encouraged to value diversity within their School community.

 

The children learn they have choices in how they respond to situations and are supported as they learn to make sensible, positive choices that will benefit themselves and others. There is consistent evidence that academic achievement is not just the result of intellectual development but is strongly influenced by social and emotional dispositions. Our learners need to see that, even when something is challenging, they have an opportunity to learn new skills and grow as a learner. They are encouraged to work through frustration and setbacks and to celebrate progress.

 

Ruby Reciprocity, Reece Resourceful, Riley Resilience, Ronald Reflectiveness and Rachel Restoration are characters who help to reinforce positive learning dispositions.

  • Ruby Reciprocity teaches children how to be a good friend to others, being kind and respectful.
  • Reece Resourceful helps children to see how they can draw on a range of resources to solve problems.
  • Riley Resilience teaches children that setbacks and frustration are a common part of the learning journey but they can bounce back.
  • Ronald Reflectiveness reminds children to stop and think about what they have learned so far and where to go next on their journey.
  • Rachel Restoration reminds us that we all make mistakes. We all need to be able to say sorry and to forgive others.

 

Physical Development: This is where children have the opportunity to extend their gross motor (large muscle) skills such as hand/eye and foot/eye co-ordination, jumping, running, climbing, catching and throwing, music and movement and balance and fine motor (small muscle) skills including the skills required for pre-writing and drawing, cutting with scissors, threading, art and craft experiences, and construction.

 

Spiritual Development: As a member of the Anglican School Corporation, we want our students to learn about the message of the Bible. Each week children in Cottage will participate in a Christian Studies lesson. Children learn about God’s love for them through age-appropriate stories, songs and activities. Throughout the school day, there is an emphasis on the values that underpin the Christian message. Children are encouraged to see how their words and actions impact on others.

Junior School (Kindy to Year 6) - Dee Why and Bayview campuses

The Junior School is a dynamic and busy environment for approximately 550 students from Cottage to Year 6 at the Dee Why and Bayview campuses.   

 

At the Dee Why campus, there are two classes in each Year group, with approximately 24 - 26 students per class. There are additional teacher's aides and specialist teachers assisting in all Year groups on a regular basis.

 

At the Bayview Campus with current demand indicating future growth, it is projected that Kindergarten to Year 6 will have 2 classes per year group, with approximately 52 students across each year group. Currently there is one class per Year group, with approximately 20 – 26 students per class. There are additional teacher's aides and specialist teachers assisting in all Year groups on a regular basis.

 

The St Luke's Junior School has a well-established reputation for its caring and supportive environment and is characterised by the importance it places on the development of relationships, based on mutual respect, between all members of the School and the wider community.

 

The Junior School's core purpose is to ensure develop a life-long love of learning and know themselves well as learners. It is the commitment of each member of staff to provide a rigorous and differentiated learning experience for each student within an environment that is defined by fun, engagement, discovery and curiosity.

 

Curriculum: Years C - 6

  • Junior School NSW Board of Studies Key Learning Areas:  English, Mathematics, Science, Creative Arts, Human Society & Its Environment, Personal Development Health & Physical Education.

 

  • In addition, all Junior School students receive instruction in the following Specialist Teaching areas (Cottage to Year 6): Christian Studies, Physical Education, Music, Languages (Spanish), Information Skills and Visual Arts (Bayview). 

 

The individual needs of students are further supported by the School's Gifted & Talented (Headland) Program as well as specialist academic learning support staff who, where necessary, assist students in developing their core skills in literacy and numeracy.

 

Outside of School hours, the Junior School campuses provide a rich and diverse co-curricular program which includes the opportunity to be involved in: Chess, Debating, Robotics, Choir, Band, Speech & Drama, Dance, Language Club (French, Mandarin and Italian etc) and Sport.

Senior School (Years 7 to 12)

St Luke’s provides an environment where students are encouraged to be resilient and resourceful learners, confident to challenge assumptions and being comfortable with questioning. Reciprocal learning allows them to be reflective and open to the ideas of others, while fostering a strong sense of self as a learner.

 

Academic programs at St Luke's Senior School aim to foster a joy for learning through the development of 21st Century learning skills. Students are challenged to reach their potential and are actively encouraged to strive for learning excellence.

 

The Senior School at St Luke's is 4-stream, with approximately 100 students per grade, from Year 7 through to Year 12. In 2018, the Year 7 intake expanded to 5 classes per grade, with approximately 125 students per grade.

 

At St Luke’s, we have reshaped our approach to teaching and learning; we maintain a strong emphasis on literacy and numeracy while at the same time encouraging our students to become more powerful learners. Hence, teaching and learning programs have a two-fold focus:

  1. developing a student’s capacity to learn, and
  2. addressing the content and skills specified within each subject syllabus.   

 

Teaching and learning programs for Years 7 to 9 students have been developed to cater for the specific and unique learning needs of adolescents at a time when there are profound changes in their physical, intellectual, social and emotional development.

 

Teaching and learning programs for Years 10 to 12 students cater for young men and women preparing for life beyond School. There is a strong emphasis on the development of leadership skills, independence and responsibility. Students are prepared well for the Higher School Certificate and supported appropriately to deal with the related pressures and demands. The broad range of elective subjects, sports and co-curricular opportunities on offer is supported by committed, professional staff.

 

Curriculum: Years 7 - 12

  • Years 7 & 8 (Stage 4) Key Learning Areas: English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Christian Studies, Drama, Music, Languages (Mandarin, French or Spanish), Technology, Visual Arts, PDHPE, Sport.

 

  • Years 9 & 10 (Stage 5) Key Learning Areas: English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Christian Studies, PDHPE

 

  • Additional Years 9 & 10 Electives (Choice of Two): Commerce, Drama, Design & Technology, Elective History, Mandarin, French, Spanish, Industrial Technology, Information & Software Technology, Music, Physical Activity & Sport Studies, Textiles Technology, Visual Arts, Open High School Languages (German, Italian etc)

 

  • In Years 11 & 12 (Stage 6), the Board of Studies sets requirements for the award of a Higher School Certificate, while the University Admissions Centre (UAC) sets the requirements for the Australian Tertiary Admissions Ranking. Each student undertakes a minimum of 12 units in the Preliminary Course in Year 11 and is encouraged to undertake at least 11 units in the Higher School Certificate Course in Year 12.

 

  • For a full list of HSC subjects, please refer to the adjacent PDF.  Students may also study other foreign languages by correspondence through the Open High School or through the Saturday School Language classes. TAFE courses may also be undertaken.

Information Technology

Bill Gates: Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.

 

St Luke’s Grammar School has a rich history of teachers and students doing wonderful things with the support of information technology. The School continues to invest in technology programs, infrastructure and software with a focus on providing access to information for families, students and staff as well as the development of meaningful and innovative uses across all classes.

 

Learning spaces throughout the school are equipped with high speed wireless and internet connectivity, interactive whiteboards and a range of subject specific technologies such as 3D printers, digital media tools and robotics kits.

 

The ICT Service Centre can be contacted via the School Office and is available between the hours 8.00 am to 4.00 pm daily. 

 

 

BYOD

The St Luke’s Bring Your Own Device program allows students in Years 5 - 12 to use their own laptops.

For information regarding recommended specifications please access our knowledgebase article here.  


These programs are augmented with the provision of tablets and laptops for our K-4 students and specialist spaces for artistic and design-centric activities. Students also have access to online textbooks as well as the latest software tools from Adobe, Google and Microsoft.

 

Student & Parent Portals

Our main learning, administrative and support systems are all web-enabled to provide access to relevant information easily from on and off the school grounds.

 

Access to the Edumate Portals are via the two campus portal buttons at the top of this page. Both portals contain information relevant to parents and carers on day-to-day school operations including permission notes, co-curricular and sporting information, parent updates etc. To obtain a username and password please contact the ICT Service Centre

 

Library & Information Services

The mission for the Library & Information Services staff at St Luke's is to enrich learning, build learner resourcefulness and inspire innovation.

 

As learning hubs, the libraries (Dee Why and Bayview) aim to be sustainable in supporting the needs of students and teachers in an information-rich world and within the Learning@St Luke’s Framework.

 

Students’ learning needs are met through:

  • Access to library-based teachers who challenge them and help navigate learning
  • Nurturing the appreciation and understanding of literature
  • An extension of already available classroom resources
  • Re-designed physical and online learning spaces, and
  • Extended opening hours (Dee Why)

 

Learning Hub Spaces

The physical spaces are named using the language of our learning dispositions, linking learning intentions and uses of the Library resources. They are: the Digital Resourcefulness space, Makerspace, Think Tank space, Relational space, Active Inquiry space, Mobile learning space and The Oasis. At Dee Why, the mezzanine level is reserved primarily to Year 11 and 12 students and consists of two functional areas, Absorption space and Collaboration space.

 

The online spaces provide students with a springboard to access not only the availability of the physical collection of fiction, non-fiction and picture books, graphic fiction, study guides, but also to our extensive collection of eBooks, eAudiobooks, online magazines, databases of peer-reviewed and full-text articles, online encyclopedias and a range of other subscription-based learning resources.

 

For more information, including the library catalogue search, please visit our Learning Hub website https://learninghub.stlukes.nsw.edu.au/

 

The Dee Why Learning Hub (Library) Open Hours

  • Monday to Thursday - 7.30 am to 5.00 pm
  • Friday - 7.30 am to 4.00 pm.

 

 After school hours, Junior School students must be accompanied by a parent/guardian in the Library.

 

The Bayview Learning Hub (Library) Open Hours

  • Monday to Friday - 7.45 am to 3.10 pm

School Facilities

Over the past seven years an extensive building program has transformed St Luke’s Grammar School into one of the most progressive and well-appointed learning environments on Sydney's Northern Beaches.

 

Combining a blend of landscaped grounds, cutting-edge architecture and modern class spaces, the design and functionality of St Luke’s fosters great learning, genuine collegiality and a sense of ownership.

 

Purposeful planning and consideration across the school campus ensures that students from Cottage through to Year 12 have access to the multi-use capabilities of the school, allowing them to get the most out of activities both in and out of the classroom.

 

The Junior School: Bayview Campus

The Bayview Campus comprises of several learning and activity areas these include:

  • the Learning Hub / Library includes a well-stocked collection of resources and texts.
  • a separate new student resource centre, designed as an Open Learning Space, (opened early 2017).
  • the Taylor Cottage Centre - a dedicated early learning centre 
  • music rooms
  • a flexible learning space designed for practical activities including science and cooking, and
  • sports areas such as an indoor 1/2 basketball court, tennis court and all-weather outdoor play areas.

 

The Junior Centre: Dee Why Campus

The Junior Centre, catering for students from Cottage to Year 1 provides a combination of exciting play areas and stimulating learning spaces.

 

The Centre is designed in a way to ease infant students into school life, and includes a sunny grassed area, recently landscaped garden beds along with play equipment, cubby houses, rockeries and a sand pit. In addition, the Junior Centre classrooms are used for the Before and After School Program as well as the Infants Music program.

 

The John Scott Hall

Facilitating assemblies, Chapel Services, Musical and Drama productions as well as indoor sports, training and events, the John Scott Hall is a highly versatile multi-purpose venue. The Hall is an integral part of the School and is regularly used by staff, students from Cottage to Year 12 and the wider community.

 

The Library - Resource Centre

The Dee Why Learning Hub is a progressive space with a well-stocked library, online resources and modern learning spaces. Utilised across all year levels, it is designed to facilitate whole class learning, group activities as well as private study and quiet reading.

 

The Corbett Centre

Completed in 2012 and partly funded by the Federal Government's BER Program, the Corbett Centre is a vibrant modern facility comprising of a multi-purpose space, the Visual Arts Precinct, several classrooms and a dual-level car park for more than 120 cars.

 

This area plays an integral role across the whole school.

 

Outdoor Sport Courts

The top level of the Corbett Centre is dedicated to an outdoor sport space, consisting of two multi-sport courts, where basketball, netball, tennis and volleyball can be played.

 

The Performing Arts Centre

The Performing Arts Centre is located adjacent to The John Scott Hall and is both a drama classroom and an intimate performance space.

 

Flexible modular staging allows the space to be utilised for a number of purposes.

 

Complementing the space are theatrical stage lights, quality sound equipment, a range of props and an extensive costume wardrobe.

 

The Music Precinct

When completed early 2017, the refurbished and extended Music Precinct will comprise of an array of music, practice and performance rooms which cater for a range of theoretical and practical learning.

 

The main spaces will contain a wide variety of musical instruments that are ideal area for learning, group rehearsals as well as providing an intimate venue for musical soirees.

 

The Music Precinct also includes two theory classrooms and 6 private tuition rooms.

 

Classrooms

The School’s classrooms, specifically designed as flexible learning areas, are able to accommodate a variety of teaching methods and classroom sizes.

 

All classrooms are air-conditioned, and are equipped with ergonomic furniture and leading-edge technology.  The classrooms are ideally appointed to enhance student learning.

The Douglass Quadrangle

Located at the centre of the Senior School, the Douglass Quadrangle is a multipurpose outdoor space combining natural and modern architectural features.

 

In the spirit of a town square, the Douglass Quadrangle contains contemporary seating, room for students to relax and plenty of open space, and is an ideal area for students to play, catch up with friends or simply take a break.

 

The Bennett Quadrangle

Situated at the front of the Dee Why Campus, and recently redesigned with landscaped gardens, a spacious lawn area and ample seating, the Bennett Quad is a peaceful, sunny area designed specifically for the use of senior Years 11 & 12 students.

 

The space provides a collegial atmosphere where senior students can relax and enjoy their study breaks, recess and lunch.

 

The Lower Field

The Lower Field, located adjacent to Stoney Range Park and sheltered by neighbouring classrooms is a large, open, grassed area. It is used for PE and other classes, sports training, and as a play area and relaxing space during recess and lunch.

 

On a daily basis, St Luke's also engages the use of the Pitt Road fields for off-site rugby and soccer practice and games.  These fields are conveniently located close to the School and students are transported to the fields in the School's private buses.  

 

In addition, St Luke's also uses the local outdoor environment, including local beaches, lakes and parklands for sports and activities as part of the PE Curriculum for both Junior and Senior Schools.

 

The Basketball Training Centre

Opened in 2016 and located adjacent to the school, the new Basketball Training Centre provides a dedicated indoor fitted-out practice and games court as well as upstairs learning spaces.

 

The Fitness Centre

The School’s Fitness Centre is a well-equipped exercise area. Incorporating free weights, weight machines, a range of cardiac fitness equipment and an open space for group workouts it is ideally equipped to cater for a wide range of fitness and exercise programs.

 

The Fitness Centre is available to Senior students on specific mornings each week.  Structured fitness sessions are provided, incorporating weights, body weight exercises, boxing and flexibility work.  The objective of these sessions is to give the students instruction in using weights and to specialise the activities to suit students' individual program needs.

 

In addition, students in senior classes also make use of the nearby Fitness First facilities.

 

A physiotherapist is also available by appointment.

 

The Canteens

At both the Dee Why and Bayview campuses, the Canteens are located in the heart of each school.

 

With facilities to provide both hot and cold meals, Canteen Staff provide a wide range of healthy food options to both students and staff.