St Kieran Catholic Primary School Philosophy

At St Kieran Catholic Primary School, we strive to continuously improve upon and deliver high quality education and care to our students.


We believe that:

  • we discover God’s presence in the people and the world around us
  • through play children learn resilience, develop independence and become competent and confident to take safe risks.
  • child and adult directed play provide learning opportunities to help children develop creative and inquiring minds.
  • learning areas must include intentional play opportunities (Years K-2) and meaningful and engaging learning experiences that meet the needs of the children (Years K-6)
  • spontaneous teaching moments arise through play.
  • planned and spontaneous play provide children with opportunities to practice the skills that have been explicitly taught.
  • play settings provide educators with valuable information.
  • we purposefully engage with students during play.


We believe that:

  • Jesus is a living example of how we interact with others and build positive relationships.
  • the connection between home, school and parish needs to be respected and supported.
  • positive relationships need to be developed between staff, parents and children.
  • each child is encouraged to act and communicate constructively with others in all situations.
  • positive relationships between students reduces conflict and assists them in being ready for learning.
  • a fair and positive approach to guiding behaviour builds children’s confidence and self-esteem.


We believe in:

  • acknowledging families as the first educators of our children and using the model of Christ and the Gospel values at the core of all our interactions
  • recognising, valuing, and affirming the diversity of families
  • creating an environment where children and families feel valued, respected, and safe.
  • creating effective partnerships with families by welcoming and encouraging their involvement.
  • establishing positive and regular communication with families.


We believe in:

  • the teachings of Christ that they are at the forefront of all that we do.
  • delivering high quality education by selecting and implementing the best practices available for our St Kieran school children.
  • accommodating different learning styles.
  • differentiating the curriculum to extend each child’s potential.
  • including digital technologies to enhance learning.
  • making our assessments and reflections an integral part of the planning cycle which direct the future learning of individuals in a class.
  • using the following to direct our planning for learning:
  • the interests, strengths and needs of the children.
  • Catholic Education Religious Education Units of Work.
  • Making Jesus Real Program.
  • Early Years Learning Framework.
  • Kindergarten Curriculum Guidelines for WA.
  • Western Australian Curriculum.
  • ABLEWA Curriculum (Abilities Based Learning, Education Western Australia).
  • Keeping Safe Child Protection Curriculum .


We believe in:

  • appreciating others and the natural environment as gifts from God and interacting with them in respectful and meaningful ways.
  • promoting children’s wellbeing by creating environments that encourage positive outcomes and where children feel that they belong and are safe.
  • creating aesthetically pleasing and productive learning environments where the children experience personal success.
  • creating environments which foster spontaneity, creativity, flexibility, inventiveness and a love for learning.
  • providing indoor and outdoor environments which consider the needs and abilities of the children.
  • creating environments that consist of open-ended activities and engaging materials that encourage children to become intrinsically motivated learners.
  • acknowledging that both the outdoor and indoor environments are classrooms that work together to support planning, teaching, and learning.
  • helping children to develop a sense of agency by welcoming and responding thoughtfully to their questions and ideas where possible.
  • providing thoughtfully planned indoor and outdoor environments which consider the interests, needs and abilities of the children.
    encouraging sustainable practices.
  • creating environments that include clean, safe and well-maintained equipment.
  • ensuring that children are always supervised appropriately.