Introduction

St. Luke’s School was opened in 1961 and is situated in the northern suburbs of Melbourne. St. Luke’s School is in a unique situation regarding its status as a Parish School. Its students, and therefore the families it serves, come from a wide geographic area and come from 28 different cultural backgrounds with students with a Language Background other than English being 67.4% of our school population. Curriculum provision needs to be specifically designed to meet the wide variation of needs of our students.

Many parents of our students speak little or no English and interpreters (often members of staff) are used on a regular basis when meeting with families. This ensures accurate understanding of all issues and gives parents the opportunity to ask any questions they may have.
Whilst the majority of parents are very interested in their child’s education, and supportive of the work of the staff, due to their own very limited education, many lack the confidence and / or ability to assist their children with their work. Another factor which adds to our context is the number of CSEF (Camp, Sport, Excursion Fund) eligible families. These two issues are considered when setting expectations and goals for student outcomes and when establishing community relationships.

In 2011 after funding from the BER project (Building the Education Revolution), a technology/library resource area and two new classrooms were occupied by the school thus ensuring that all classes are housed in the main building  The buildings attached to the hall (inadequately resourced as classrooms) are being utilised for activities such as drama, music and use by community groups. The new learning centre and classrooms to the east of the main school building bring an added, state of the art, resource area to complement the existing areas in the school and will ensure an engaging and creative learning space to enhance the curriculum presented by the school.

Outside facilities have been improved to facilitate students’ safety and comfort as we added much needed synthetic playing surfaces and shade areas. We offer a Catholic education in a safe, caring, challenging and stimulating learning environment. We value knowledge, learning and reasoning. We believe in open and honest communication between home and school to develop happy, well balanced, thinking individuals. Our school curriculum is based on the National Australian Curriculum and Victorian Curriculum  with inquiry units of work developed which incorporate Physical, Personal and Social Learning, Discipline-based Learning and Interdisciplinary Learning. Religious Education is taught in its own right, but is also an integral element in each inquiry unit of work. We offer specialist lessons in all year levels in Physical Education and Performing Arts. L.O.T.E. (Italian) taught in year two to six. Private keyboard and guitar lessons are also offered as an option for students as an elective.

Information and Communication Technology is integrated in all key learning areas of the curriculum. The students all have full access to laptop banks, iPads and Chromebooks used as tools for effective learning and inquiry. All classrooms and the Learning Centre have interactive boards to enhance students' learning. These are an integral component of the learning process at St. Luke’s.

Literacy and Numeracy competency are major foci at St. Luke’s. Students study literacy for two hours and numeracy for one hour each day. The School’s Literacy Program is based on the CEO Literacy Advance model. We implement programs for students at risk with language and numeracy development and we have a very comprehensive special needs program.

St. Luke's follows the School Wide Positive Behaviour Support Program (developed by the Catholic Education Office) as well as the inclusion of the SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) program to the successfully manage students' behaviour and the formation of positive relationships within the school community.

Camps for Years five and six  are also conducted and a Year four School Sleepover is held each year.

Year 6 students participate in Inter School Sports. A school sports carnival is held each year utilising the facilities of the neighbouring Catholic Secondary College, St Monica’s, Epping.

The Year 6 Student Leaders work togerther and with the staff to plan and conduct activities that involve decision-making, promotional and fund-raising skills. The leadership program in Year six is an integral part of the inquiry curriuculum as well as an important element in the students' social development.

Parents and parishioners are encouraged to participate in our school activities as we continue
to develop a vibrant Catholic community.