What will set our College apart from other schools, will be the unique opportunity of providing single – sex core learning classes (Mathematics, English, History, Science) as well as having the added bonus of co-educational elective experience classes. In this way the College will differentiate the curriculum through recognising learning styles specifically appropriate to gender but also formally address the need for students to be able to mix positively within a co-educational learning community. The future of the College and the central part it plays within the All Saints community is reinforced through the very high demand of families wanting to enrol their sons and daughters within this new and innovative College.
How are our academically most capable students catered for?
A selective stream for our academically most capable students, called the Selective Class, will exist in Years 7-10. Initial entry to this class is determined by ranks in an externally facilitated selective assessment examination. Ongoing student participation is based upon a criteria involving both internal and external assessments. It is possible for a student to be a member of the Selective Class in the literacy stream for English, History and Geography and/or in the numeracy stream for both Mathematics and Science. Please note that the Selective Class is a co-educational class and is based upon like-minded students being appropriately extended.
The College also has a unique specialised Challenge Class for gifted students in Mathematics, which involves identifying students from Years 5 to Years 8 who possess the ability to work beyond the mainstream Mathematics curriculum.
How are students with specific learning needs catered for?
The College has a strategic approach to implementing learning intervention programs in both Reading and Numeracy for students who are identified as requiring extra assistance.
The College has specialised teachers who develop teaching and learning strategies which are integrated into programs which cater for students who have English as their second language (EAL/D). Special Needs Teachers and Learning Support Officers operate the Learning Centre for students who require special needs support programs and Individually Adjusted Learning Programs. These programs include a mixture of in-class and student withdrawal support.
How do students from All Saints perform in the HSC?
We know that as parents who are providing their sons and daughters with a quality catholic education, exam results are important but at the same time they are only one indicator of an effective school. What matters even more is the type of person that graduates. The staff at All Saints firmly believe that it is the all-round calibre of our students which is the best advertisement for our community. The continuous learning growth from All Saints students from K-12 is resulting in significant ongoing academic results. Students from All Saints Catholic College graduate with automatic enrolment into All Saints Senior College, Casula where students regularly achieve outstanding HSC results. In 2014 the HSC results were the best on record with Year 12 students achieving 128 Band 6 results (marks above 90%). 83% of HSC courses achieved results above the state average with 26 students achieving an ATAR score of 90 or more.
What sporting opportunities exist for students at All Saints?
All students participate in sport on a Thursday afternoon. Students either participate in College House / recreational Sport or College Representative Sport.
College House Sport gives students an opportunity to participate in non competitive sports and leisure activities. Some recreational Sports are conducted at school but many are off-site such as: Ten Pin Bowling, Golf, Tennis and Ice skating.
College Representative Sport gives students an opportunity to represent the College in seasonal competitions. The Girls compete within the SCC (Sydney Catholic Colleges) Sports Association in the following sports: dance, swimming, athletics, cross-country, volleyball, cricket, soccer, netball, softball, basketball, touch football and Oztag. The Boys compete in the MCS (Metropolitan Catholic Schools) Sports Association in: swimming, athletics, cross-country, cricket, basketball, rugby league, soccer, rugby union, touch football and tennis.
What co-curricular opportunities exist for students at All Saints?
Academic subjects and co-curricular activities complement each other and develop a well rounded, socially skilled, and healthier student. Co-curricular activities play a positive role in student wellbeing and contribute in the development of the whole student.
Extra-curricular activities may include the following:
- Weekly Sport: Recreational and Representative
- Aerobics and Gymnastics Club
- Debating: South West Catholic Colleges Debating Association (SWCCDA)
- Public Speaking: CSDA and ROSTRUM Public Speaking competitions
- Social Justice Committee
- Peer Support Program
- Youth Ministry
- Environmental Group
- Breakfast Club
How does the College ensure the safety of students?
The All Saints site is a very safe environment. As for most schools, access to the College grounds is restricted by a security fence and gates are locked for the duration of the school day. Access during school hours is via an automated pedestrian gate on Bigge St. No one can enter, or leave, without first identifying themselves via an intercom. Prospective parents at ‘Open Day’ have commented that, “The College is like an island” in the sense that the general public have no access to the site.
What supervision is provided before and after school?
Staff are on duty before and after school, from 8.15am until 3.40pm.
Is the College well serviced by public transport?
Yes, the College is extremely well serviced by bus and train. There are numerous bus routes to and from surrounding suburbs that arrive and depart from directly outside the College gates. Of an afternoon, students line up for buses inside the College grounds and are supervised by staff at all times. Bus numbers are announced over a PA system and students only need to walk from the College gate, across the footpath and directly onto the bus. Students have no contact with the public. In the morning, buses drop off students at the same gates and students move directly into the playground, which is supervised by staff. The College is located within easy walking distance to Liverpool Station. Some students walk to and from the station together each day and safety is not an issue.
How does the College deal with bullying?
The College actively addresses any behaviours which are deemed to be associated with bullying. All Saints Catholic College does not tolerate bullying. As a school with a philosophy based on Restorative Practices, we take a proactive approach to addressing this issue from the moment students arrive at the college. Students are educated on bullying, its effects and ways to deal with it within our Pastoral Care and Wellbeing program from Year 7 to Year 10 in a wide variety of ways. These include classroom-based approaches and guest speakers and performances. Our response to instances of bullying are immediate and reflective of the situation. They are informed both by our Restorative approach and by the College student management system, which means that we take into account that students are still learning how to be a social individual in an adolescent setting, but that we do not accept bullying of any kind and respond to it with the appropriate consequences. Students are provided with safe avenues to report cases of bullying, and we follow up with the availability of counselling to support all parties involved.
College strategies, policies, links and resources on cyberbullying can be found on the Wellbeing Links page
Are classrooms modern and comfortable environments to learn in?
The College has allocated considerable resources to this area and acknowledge the ongoing financial support of the Catholic Education Office, Sydney:
- All classrooms are air conditioned
- The College enjoys a technologically rich learning environment with all students and teachers having access to individual laptops
- All classrooms have mounted projectors that connect easily to teacher or student laptops.
- Many classrooms have upgraded contemporary classroom furniture which allow for a more flexible classroom format
What are College facilities like?
The College is currently involved in a building program which will include a new central Administration, student cafeteria, and a range of newly refurbished classrooms including specialist areas for Visual Arts and Drama. Facilities have been considerably upgraded in recent years to make them more conducive to educating students in the 21st century. For example:
- A brand new modern Library with outdoor breakout space for learning opportunities
- A new Science block, funded by the Federal Government’s Building Education Revolution programme
- A fully-equipped gymnasium
- A state-of-the-art Technology Centre, (where Industrial Technology courses in Timber, Graphics, Engineering, Metal and Food are taught.
Personal tours of College facilities can be arranged by contacting the College on 9602 4555.