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A major focus in the learning domain has been as a Literacy Project School over the past 3 years.  This year the school will continue to focus on Literacy and move also into the domain of Mathematics. 

In 2018, Professional Development for staff will focus on our approach to teaching.  Last year staff began teaching using 'the Gradual Release of Responsibility' approach in Reading.  2018 will see staff continue to use this focus in their teaching especially in the Literacy area.   During the year, Professional Development will also be around coaching Team Leaders in the Professional Learning Communities area.  This method of planning, teaching and evaluating will be used in mathematics across our school.

2018 will see all staff using a school wide approach to teaching Phonics and Spelling.

 The aim of all projects undertaken are to continually improve the quality of education being offered to our students so that each individual student can achieve their full potential and beyond this in all learning areas. 

 St Finn Barr’s is a School Wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS) school with a focus on improving the frequency of positive interactions between all members of our school community. Over the last years the SWPBS team have been working on developing the culture and supports to improve the frequency of positive interactions between teachers and students and most importantly, students and their peers. Our school mantra, which was developed through a long consultation process, is:


Our two Kindergarten groups attend school for 3 full days each with Wednesday being a shared day.  We are continuing to work to establish a play-based program in Kindergarten.  The current playground is suited to this style of teaching and we have also added a new play ground structure ready for the start of the 2018 school year.

Our school community is diverse and this adds greatly to the richness to our school's life. St Finn Barr’s has a multi-grade structure with the following classes; Kindergarten (x2), Prep (x2), Gr 1 and Gr 2 (x3), Gr 3 and 4 (x3) and Gr 5 and 6 (x3). Each of the Collaborative Teaching Teams (CTT) plan together so that the students in each class are taught the same curriculum across the school year at the same time. 

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