Holy Family School has celebrated a remarkable 2020 school year. While the year will be remembered as the year of COVID-19, it will also be recognised as a year in which the school took a giant leap to extend "21st Century Learning" across all facets of K-6 student learning programs.
Holy Family School engaged students positively and enthusiastically in high quality remote and online learning platforms during the period of learning from home. The new focus, necessitated by COVID-19, has led to new and exciting programs across the school.
Holy Family's "21st Century Learning" focus during 2020 included four key focus area for student learning.
- Communication - sharing thoughts and ideas.
- Collaboration - working together and being effective in groups.
- Critical Thinking - problem solving and being solution driven.
- Creativity - new approaches, innovation and invention.
During this year a significant allocation of new resources across all classrooms were able to support the new whole school focus. The school has a priority to establish and develop highly resourced learning environments to support student learning, with the school's largest roll out of Chromebook devices and associated programs supporting student learning across all Key Learning Areas.
Current school principal, Mr Kevin Arrow said that 2020 had been a milestone year at the school. "Holy Family's almost 400 students have enthusiastically embraced 21st Century learning/" he said. "Our year has been marked with high standards and high student achievement and we are very proud of our students and staff and all that they have achieved during 2020".
Peer Support - enhancing student health and wellbeing
Holy Family School continued important peer support programs during 2020. The NSW Peer Support Foundation Program, 'Speaking Up: Anti-bullying' engaged all students K-6. Year 6 students were trained group leaders and they delivered the peer to peer program in their 'Care Groups'.
The 2020 program aimed to support students in developing skills, knowledge and attitudes that enhance wellbeing, along with placing an emphasis on promoting positive relationships around the school.
Peer support at Holy Family helps build student values and leads to students building social skills, resilience and a sense of responsibility towards one another. Key outcomes include empowering students to relate positively with one another & participate actively in the school community. Key values in the 2020 Program included care and compassion, respect, responsibility and inclusion.