Teaching & Learning


There are seven Key Learning Areas in the Primary Catholic School Curriculum in New South Wales. These are:

  • Religious Education
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science and Technology
  • History Geography
  • Creative Arts
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

Parents' Guide to the NEW NSW K-10 Syllabuses

National Curriculum

The Australian Curriculum is being developed progressively by ACARA (Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority) in collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders, including teachers, principals, governments, State and Territory education authorities, professional education associations, community groups and the general public. Holy Name is working closely to integrate the new National Curriculum into the school’s Curriculum framework.

To find out more about the development process of the Australian Curriculum and to view the K-10 Curriculum documents for English, Mathematics, Science and History go to http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/ 

NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA)

State and Territory education authorities are responsible for the implementation of the Australian Curriculum. Holy Name follows the guidelines as set out by the NSW Education Standards Authority when creating learning sequences for the students.

MN Catholic Schools Learning Framework

Personalised Learning

Extension & Support

Regular classes are supported with learning support and enrichment teachers and paraprofessionals. These programs assist us in catering to individual student needs. These programs are supported by assessments completed by teachers, or by professionals in related areas e.g. speech pathologists, occupational therapists, so that students’ needs can be more carefully met.

Student Enrichment 

The Enrichment Program seeks to identify and support potential in students who require particular extension or broadening of the curriculum in various academic disciplines. The Enrichment programs and provisions provide a variety of challenging learning opportunities which seek to cater for the different intelligences of children. Consequently, the groups composition is flexible and dependent upon the focus of the enrichment program offered. Students are encouraged to participate in various enrichment activities including the School Band, the School Choir, NSW Academic Competitions, Maths Olympiad, Public Speaking and Debating competitions, Eisteddfods, Regional Maths Challenge day, Science & Engineering Challenge as well as many in class or school activities.

Additional Needs Support Program

Children who need assistance in a particular area of learning are identified by both norm-referenced tests and teacher made assessments. Selected students are given assistance on an individual and/or small group basis within the cohort. This Learning Support program for each grade is managed by our Learning Support Co-ordinator and based on a needs assessment of the students. Students with significant additional needs are supported through the implementation of their Personalised Plan (PP), in consultation with parents and other professionals.

Indigenous Education

Holy Name Primary has a proud Indigenous Education program that includes:

Personalised Learning Plans for each of our Indigenous children

An Indigenous Education Teacher and two Indigenous Education Workers. The team support parents and teachers in the achievement of literacy and numeracy goals and support students in learning about culture 

Accessing community members and organised guest presenters, who assist our community to appreciate the rich and diverse culture of our Indigenous community

The celebration of NAIDOC Week, highlighting critical aspects of our Indigenous people

Indigenous perspectives embedded in the National Curriculum through the NSW syllabus 


The school also provides many extra-curricular activities. These activities include school choir, gardening club, band and musical tutorials, Core5 Reading, MathsOnline program, Library lunchtime activities, and English, Maths, Science, Computer, Writing and Spelling competitions.

The school is consistently promoting our responsibility to the development of community in the Great Lakes area through our participation and support of St Vincent De Paul, Eisteddfods, Anzac Day and Remembrance Day ceremonies.


Sport plays a significant part of both the physical and social development of all students. At Holy Name there are many opportunities for the students to develop the Fundamental Skills that help with a wide variety of sports and games. At Holy Name students through years K-6 have the opportunity to be involved in weekly Physical Education Lessons. These lessons usually focus on Fundamental Movement Skills as listed by the NSW Education Standards Authority.

K-2 Sport

Years K-2 take part in sports lessons throughout the week. These experiences focus on teamwork and cooperation as well as draw on skills learnt in PE Lessons. K-2 participate in an Athletics Carnival, Cross Country and Swimming Carnival. Talented students who are 8 years of age have the opportunity for selection in Manning and Diocesan Representative Teams for Athletics, Swimming and Cross Country. Students participate in a range of sporting lessons through the Sporting Schools program. A variety of sports are taught by specialists, including Gymnastics, Rugby and Touch Football and Year 2 students complete a two-week Intensive Swimming program in Term 4.

3-6 Sport

Years 3-6 participate in a range of different sports throughout the year. These experiences focus on building teamwork and cooperation skills as well as playing games involving strategies and other specific skills. These sports take place at school. Students aged 8-13 years participate in Swimming, Cross Country and Athletics carnivals throughout the year. Students also have the opportunity to trial for all winter and summer sports to follow the representative pathway in their chosen discipline. A variety of sports are taught by specialists, including Gymnastics, Rugby and Touch Football.

Representative Sport

Further opportunities are available to students for selection in representative teams within the manning Region and Maitland-Newcastle Diocesan levels before proceeding to Polding. Selection here results in representation at the Primary School Sport Association (PSSA) State level. Representation opportunities available for students attending Holy Name Primary are: Swimming, Cross Country, Athletics, Summer Sports and Winter Sports.

Student Well-being

The well-being of students is paramount at Holy Name Primary. The following resources support our Pastoral Care and student well-being initiatives and programs.

Pastoral Care Worker

Holy Name School employs a Pastoral Care Worker (PCW) 2 days each week. Our PCW works with our Mini Vinnies group to organise activities and events within the school such as the lunchtime disco, Biggest Morning Tea, Pyjama day, Winter Appeal, parent morning or afternoon teas and other charitable works. The Mini Vinnies group meet each week to plan upcoming activities and discuss issues of social justice. Our PCW also sets up alternate activities during lunchtime such as colouring, craft, chess, skipping and throwing games. 

KidsMatter Framework

Holy Name School is a KidsMatter school. The staff have been trained in all four modules including:

  1. Positive school community 
  2. Social & emotional learning 
  3. Working with parents and carers 
  4. Helping children with mental health difficulties  

The knowledge and understandings developed as part of the Kidsmatter Framework are evident in the daily life of Holy Name Primary. Staff, parents and students are encouraged to access the KidsMatter website for support and information.

School Counselling Service

A School Psychologist is employed at Holy Name as part of our Pastoral Care and student well-being initiatives. If you would like your child to see the Counsellor, please contact the School Office.

Kids Help Line Website

41 Lake Street
Forster NSW 2428

Phone: 02 6554 6504
Fax: 02 6554 8895