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A Focus on Preps

St John XXIII Primary School Thomastown East

In Prep at St John XXIII, we offer students learning opportunities that focus on:

  • Building foundational skills that will support lifelong learning.

  • The opportunity to investigate and develop oral language through dramatic play, construction zones, art zones etc. These support real life contexts which promote meaningful learning with the students, as they are able to make connections to real life experiences.

  • Engagement in mathematical concepts that incorporate a range of problem solving skills. Students are challenged to find multiple ways to solve a problem as well as justifying their answers.

  • A deep understanding of the English language by utilising a range of rich texts that support the phonetic development of the students. 


Prep students participate in Investigations four mornings a week, which enable them to explore a variety of areas which include Science & Nature, Dramatic Play, Art, Literacy, Mathematics, Sensory, Construction, Tinkering and Religious Education.  Experiences in these areas are linked to skills and Learning Intentions being addressed in the classroom and are often used as a springboard for explicit teaching throughout the day.  The aim of investigations is to develop oral language and vocabulary in our younger students.


Junior School

In Year 1/2 at St. John XXIII, students participate in a diverse range of experiences that aim to increase their curiosity and love for learning. Reading and Writing is explored using a hands-on approach, including phonological awareness activities and writing experiences which are purposeful and relevant to today’s world. In Mathematics there is a focus on developing the students' mathematical proficiencies of understanding, fluency, problem solving and reasoning through targeted and challenging tasks. 


We aim to build independence at this level by allowing students to take greater ownership of their learning. We provide additional opportunities for learning engagement and independence through excursions and an extended night at school. Additional extracurricular activities offered include gymnastics and swimming. 


Middle School

In Year 3/4, students are immersed in a variety of learning outcomes including Literacy, Numeracy, Religious Education, Inquiry and Wellbeing. Each learning area is comprehensively planned by the 3/4 teaching team, which are supported by our curriculum leaders. Students participate in hands-on, collaborative and guided learning sessions to enhance their educational experiences. We aim to guide our students through their learning by promoting our school dispositions through collaboration, self management and challenging themselves. Learning is a social process, and we aim to provide opportunities for students to experience a broad range of perspectives and expertise as well as build personal and interpersonal skills, central to living in our modern society. In Year 3, Baptised Catholics continue their journey into the Catholic Faith by participating in the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Year 4 students celebrate  their First Holy Communion. 


Senior School

Students in Year 5/6 at St John XXIII are involved in many exciting learning opportunities and experiences that encourage the development of the school learning dispositions, independence, critical thinking skills and community participation. Students are provided various opportunities to demonstrate leadership through the SRC, Mini Vinnie’s and Year 6 / Prep Buddy program.


Our school participates in a range of interschool sports throughout the year. These include cross country, athletics and a variety of summer and winter sports on Friday mornings. Through the Interschool sport program we aim to develop students' confidence, skills and sportsmanship through their participation in a variety of sports. The school competes against other schools in the Lalor District to ultimately decide the district representatives for each sport. 

As part of the Year 5/6 curriculum, all students are given the opportunity to develop their independence and team building skills by attending school camp. Students attend school camp in Canberra and Phillip Island as part of a two year rotation. During our Canberra trip students learn about the values that underpin the Australian democracy and the electoral process by visiting Parliament House, the Electoral Education Centre and the Museum of Australian Democracy.