OUR SCHOOLS | All Saints curriculum day

The community spirit at AllSaints Catholic schools from kindergarten to year 12 was evident when year 4 students visited All Saints' Catholic College Liverpool to taste high-school learning at the school's annual curriculum day.

About 23 year 10 students gave up a day off after year 7 camp duties to help teachers guide 260 year 4 visitors through maths, technological and applied studies, art, music, history, geography and wellbeing activities.

In science, some gifted year 8 students facilitated an experiment to test the pH levels of household products.

Year 9 students studying a PDHPE elective ran soccer drills for the sport taster class.

Pupils attended from St Joseph's Catholic Primary Moorebank, St Christopher's Catholic Primary Holsworthy, St Francis Xavier's Catholic Primary Lurnea and All Saints' Catholic Primary Liverpool.

The annual curriculum day helps pupils make informed choices about where to attend high school and helps remove any anxiety they may feel in making the transition from primary school.

A wellbeing session introduced the young visitors to the school's wellbeing centre which provides quiet breakout spaces near the school counsellors' office and complements pastoral-care lessons that focus on wellbeing, goal-setting and individual learning plans.

Then they used a helping hand to identify five people -- one for each finger or thumb -- who'd help them achieve at high school.

Students spoke about the personal qualities that would help them succeed, choosing coloured ribbons for their friends that denoted qualities such as caring, positive, serene, outgoing, determined, bright, earthy, helpful and adventurous.

All Saints' primary-transition co-ordinator ReneeAnderson said the day broadened the scope of what pupils expect of high school.


RIGHT, TOP: Pupils of St Christopher's Primary School at Holsworthy, Marco Khena (from left), Stephanie Stanton, Billy Bickle, Ava Gemmell and Alicia Natoloczny, at the wellbeing session with All Saints' Marisa Wilkins, of year 10.