Young children need time to practise using their gross motor skills in everyday situations to develop their control and coordination of their bodies. Gross motor skills lay the foundation to be able to complete fine motor skill movement such as pinching or grasping needed for writing and cutting. A gross motor program is incorporated in the school’s daily morning routine for all students, Kinder to Year 6. Fine motor skills are a daily occurrence in the K12 classroom and a weekly session for the older students.
The school choir rehearse weekly. Yearly they prepare and compete at a regional eisteddfod. The choir also performs each term at school parent assemblies, for the residents at the local care facility, for weekly and parish Masses and at the end of year presentations. Participating in choir provides a greater sense of togetherness and community. Singing with others contributes to wellbeing: positive mood, is engaging, promotes relationships with others, improves memory and concentration, enhances lung function, boost confidence and can afford a strong sense of accomplishment.
Teacher assistants, qualified in programs such as MultiLit and QuickSmart, work with individuals or small groups daily. Students success with literacy and numeracy underpin the foundations of lifelong learning and full participation in society enabling them to reach their full potential. Success at St John’s is measured by improved student progress and achievement data collated twice each term. The teacher assistants work collaboratively with classroom teachers to improve student results. Student growth is plotted and identified as a whole school and systematic approach from Kinder to Year 6.