Key Learning Areas


Our curriculum is underpinned by Key Learning Areas that help our children develop their knowledge and potential to its fullness.

Religious Education

Our focus on Religious Education is integral to the mission of a Catholic School.  We provide opportunities for students to learn about and develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and to grow in appreciation of Christ's message.


We believe that literacy is essential for any individual's active and effective participation in their learning. Therefore, our students learn about the power of language, how it is used in different ways for different purposes and how to communicate effectively and imaginatively in a wide range of situations.

They learn to become critical and creative users of the English language, developing their skills as listeners, speakers, readers, viewers and writers.


Maths is a way of understanding the world. It involves the study of number and algebra, measurement and geometry, and statistics and probability. Students are encouraged to develop confidence in dealing with mathematical concepts through positive hands on learning experiences and realising the relevance of Mathematics in their daily lives.

They explore and analyse mathematical problems through investigating, comparing, reflecting, and testing information to work out possible answers. A strong emphasis is placed on mental computations and problem solving activities.


Science is a process of discovery as well as the gaining of knowledge about the world. Students have an innate curiosity about their world. Through Science, skills in investigating, explaining, predicting events and devising solutions are fostered. From these, students gain self-confidence and become empowered to invent, shape and influence their future and the future of others.

Health and Physical Education


Health and Physical Education
Health and Physical Education help students become aware of the importance of physical activity and good health and wellbeing. Development of good health practices, participation in physical activity and personal and social skills are incorporated in this area. We have a strong emphasis on Eat Well Be Active and are involved in community programmes through the Charles Sturt Council and through Sporting clinics offered by different sporting groups. The opportunity to participate in Inter School Sports is part of our Physical Education program for older students.

The Arts

The opportunity to creatively explore and develop ideas using skills, techniques and processes is provided through the different stands of The Arts. Key focuses at Whitefriars include:

- Classroom Music: Music has the capacity to engage, inspire and enrich all students. An engaging and interactive curriculum is taught to all year levels. Older students have the opportunity to be a part of the Catholic Schools Music Festival Choir.

- Dance and Drama: Dance and Drama actively involve body, gesture, movement, voice and language. Individually and collaboratively students work to create, rehearse, perform and respond in expressive ways.

- Visual Arts: Art and craft activities involving different skills and mediums are integrated with other curriculum areas.


Humanities and Social Sciences

Students' curiosity and imagination are developed through inquiry into the past. History brings about an understanding of societies, events, movements and developments that have shaped humanity from earliest times. The study of history encourages skills such as asking relevant questions, critically analysing and interpreting sources and respecting and explaining different perspectives.


Geography is a structured way of exploring, analysing and understanding the characteristics of the places that make up our world, using the concepts of place, space, environment, interconnection, sustainability, scale and change. Students learn to question why the world is the way it is, reflect on their relationships with and responsibilities for that world, and propose actions designed to shape a socially just and sustainable future. 

The Technologies

The creation of products, processes and systems to solve problems or meet given needs is developed. Technological learners bring together knowledge, experience, resources, ideas and values to design, make and critique for a variety of purposes.


Italian is taught across all year levels. It allows students to learn about language and culture. An awareness and appreciation of cultural diversity is promoted through the development of knowledge and skills.