Why St Lucy’s?
Our students are all individuals and we encourage their potential. Our educators develop individual educational and social goals for your child, celebrating their individuality and strengths and natural desire to learn.
Student Care and Support
Your child’s happiness and wellbeing while learning with us is of utmost importance. We provide several support services to complement your child’s journey, including expert Speech Pathologist, Occupational Therapists, School Psychologist/School Counsellor and a Positive Behaviour Support team.
Spirituality is encompassed in all that we do. The students come together as a community to pray, celebrate and sing. Religious Education learning is provided in class and a Sacramental Program is available.
The St Lucy’s Primary Curriculum is designed to give students a breadth of education while also meeting student’s individual abilities, interests, and special education needs. This includes the disability adjustments that they require.
St Lucy’s is registered and accredited with NESA (NSW Education Standards Authority), delivering all Key Learning Areas.
There is a focus on community-based learning and this increases as students’ progress through their schooling. Our aim for students is that when they leave school that they take their rightful place as productive and valued members of their community. Key to this goal is a strong focus on Communication, Literacy, Numeracy, Social and Emotional Learning and independence skills.
As a Special School, St Lucy’s adopts a balanced approach to teaching and learning, using both explicit methods and more child-centred approaches.
St Lucy’s has a social learning model. Students learn within a group, learning from and with one another and from and with staff. St Lucy’s also provides opportunities for individual teaching and learning in the classroom with generous staffing ratios.
Explicit teaching is utilised across all Key Learning Areas and particularly in the KLAs of English and Mathematics where research strongly supports this method of teaching and learning.
Complementing Educational Programs
In addition to our in-class academic programs, St Lucy’s provides other opportunities for learning including:
- Creative Arts – a central part of the St Lucy’s curriculum, we have specialist educators in areas of Drama, Dance, Music and Visual Arts. This guides our students to find new ways to express their ideas and build their technical skills to communicate what they learn, think and wonder.
- Physical Education – students enjoy an expansive Physical Education curriculum including swimming, athletics, gymnastics, ball skills and bike riding taught by our trained Physical Education teacher.
- Buddy Programs – Opportunities for learning through play with mainstream peers at neighbouring schools.
- Recreational opportunities including camp, incursions and excursions.
Purpose Built Facilities
St Lucy’s has recently expanded it facilities to include a new building on our Wahroonga campus with 16 purpose-built classrooms. The classrooms include both wet and dry areas and complementary learning spaces to further expand and enrich students in-classroom experience. Each classroom includes enhanced technology and sound systems that link to cochlear implants, ensuring that all our students have equal learning opportunities.
Our outside and sports areas include a large, imaginative and challenging playground, an indoor gym and a ball court. We also have a heated swimming pool for Physical Education and co-curricular swimming lessons.
All of our students enjoy the physical resources, support required and technology at their fingertips to discover, extend and explore their talents.
A community approach to learning
At St Lucy’s we view education as a collaborative undertaking and we provide extra services to our parents, including:
- Bi-annual meetings to develop individual goals for students which form the priority for their learning. Progress on these goals is monitored through careful and detailed assessment and is reported twice yearly in school reports.
- A Family Support Worker – who specialises in providing much needed resources, advice to parents and support in finding appropriate services. The family support worker also supports families with the NDIS process.
- Workshops for parents and the wider community
- Support through our Wellbeing and Welfare Teams and OASIS group
- Parents Community Facebook page – a supporting community for parents to engage and socialise with other parents.
“My highlight is seeing my son’s confidence increase along with his academic achievement.”
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