Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Primary school offers learning facilities that are extensive in nature and are supportive of the diverse educational needs of our children.
The physical school site, located adjacent to Our Lady of the Rosary Parish Church, offers a mix of solid surfaced and expansive grassed playground areas.
The more formal learning spaces provide opportunities for flexibility in catering for the disparate educational needs of all our children.
OLOR's school’s facilities include:
- air-conditioned learning spaces
- flexible and dynamic library/resource centre
- special education learning centre
- welcoming physical surroundings
- extensive outdoor play areas
- large covered outdoor learning area
- Year Facebook
- healthy canteen Tuckshop 2 U.
Technology at OLOR
The teachers at Our Lady of the Rosary, Kellyville strive to incorporate the use of technology into the curriculum, via the SAMR model. Learning about and being held accountable for the responsible use of electronic and digital tools is an important part of preparing students to be successful in today’s knowledge society. The application and integration of ICT tools in the classroom supports teaching, learning, reflection and assessment.
Students at OLOR are exposed to the latest 21st century learning resources through the use of technology within the classroom. Students are now more equipped than ever to investigate and find answers to their curious questions about the world. At OLOR, students no longer need to rely on Google to find solutions to the tricky questions. Through the use of the student portal, students can access a wide bank of resources, including E-Resources, E-Library and ClickView, which provide students the opportunity to further research, investigate and consistently consolidate curiosity.
Our school promotes digital creativity through the art of coding. Coding allows students to develop their own interactive games and write programs to control robots, while deepening their understanding of mathematical language and concepts.
Google Classroom is a digital platform being used at OLOR. Google Classroom allows teachers to send students information, videos and tasks in an online classroom. The digital classroom allows students to submit tasks online, receive feedback from teachers and reflect on learning success.
Online student portfolios
The aim of our online student portfolio, Seesaw, is to create a meaningful home-school relationship, which allows students to upload and share what they have learnt with meaningful audiences, while practising 21st century skills. Seesaw allows families to follow their child’s progress throughout the year, which will give families a clear insight on how their child’s learning can also be supported and nurtured at home.
Helping students achieve their learning potential
Learning at Our Lady of the Rosary is engaging, and our committed and professional staff strives to encourage students to grow to become lifelong learners. Learning is collaborative and directed toward the learning needs of the students. Teachers strive to challenge our students to achieve their potential academically, physically and socially in a welcoming environment where mutual respect and trust are valued. Providing our students with learning opportunities which will assist them to deepen their knowledge and commitment to their faith is an essential aim of our school curriculum.
Close partnerships with parents and the community
We value our partnership with our students, parents and the wider community. As a staff, we strive to place the students at the centre of our work together. We encourage the involvement of parents in the spiritual, educational and social life of the school. Our Parents and Friends Committee (P&F) is very supportive of our goals and assists us to involve the parent body in our activities. The use of class and grade blogs allows students and teachers to share with parents classroom activities and learning.
Prayer, Liturgical Life and Faith Experiences
Liturgy and prayer are integral components of school life as they can deepen our personal faith and help us to celebrate our faith at a community level. Classes had the opportunity to join with members of the parish and attend morning mass regularly. The Sunday gospel message is an important spiritual focus for the week. Students are encouraged to see the face of Christ in everyone they met and this concept is reinforced in their daily school lives through the way they interact with their peers, teachers and those in the extended parish community. Prayer life is also an important part of our school life. Christian meditation is offered to all classes on a regular basis during school time and children who wish to participate in lunchtime meditations can do so once a week.
Our Social Justice program encouraged the students to reach out in service to others. Some practical examples of activities included:
- Project Compassion, compiling hampers for the local St Vincent de Paul Chapter
- David's Place, a homeless shelter in Sydney
- a Knitting group comprised of children, staff, parents and grandparents where squares for blankets were knitted and given to St Vincent de Paul
- Christmas Shoe Box appeal, offering gifts to children and families in other parts of the world
- Christmas card program, offering Christmas greetings to isolated members of the community
- Mini Vinnies, comprised of students in Years 3 to 6 identifying ways in which assistance could be rendered to those less fortunate
Our Lady of the Rosary Kellyville has a Kindergarten Transition program where current Kindergarten students introduce new Kindergarten pupils to aspects of school life. A Year 5 buddy is also allocated to each new Kindergarten student to assist in the transition into school life.