Curriculum Areas

In all areas of curriculum, St Joseph's strives to give students a learning environment which is motivating, active and collaborative. Classrooms strive to be inclusive places where students feel safe enough to take risks whilst acquiring the skills they will need to participate fully in society as they grow and develop.

Students at St Joseph's study nine curriculum learning areas:

Religious Education

Religious Education is the strong primary focus in our Catholic school. Students learn about the Catholic faith and traditions through the Catholic Education Office "Units of Work". This syllabus teaches concepts developmentally and sequentially and is integrated throughout all other learning areas.

In the remaining eight learning areas St Joseph's follows the Western Australian Curriculum Framework. Integration of these learning areas occurs across the curriculum and each is taught considering the developmental needs of the students.


In the English learning area, students learn about the English language: how it works and how to use it effectively. They develop an understanding of the ways in which language operates as a social process and how to use language in a variety of forms and situations. They learn to speak, listen, view, read and write effectively.


In Mathematics, students learn to use ideas about number, space, measurement chance and data and algebra. They learn to use mathematical ways of representing patterns and relationships, to describe, interpret and reason about their social and physical world. Mathematics plays a key role in the development of students' numeracy and assists learning across the curriculum.

Currently, St Joseph's, through the Catholic Education Office and the Australian government's National Partnership Program, is ensuring that the literacy and numeracy needs of students are being addressed. Student learning and progress is closely monitored and classroom programs are tailored to be directly effective in addressing needs.


In the Science learning area students learn to investigate, understand and communicate about the physical, biological and technological world and value the processes that support life on our planet. Science helps students to become critical thinkers by encouraging them to use evidence to evaluate the use of science in society and the application of science in daily life.

Health and Physical Education

Health and Physical Education provides students with an understanding of health issues and the skills needed for confident participation in sport and recreational activities. This enables students to make responsible decisions about health and physical activity and to promote their own and others' health and well-being.

Society and Environment

The Society and Environment learning area develops students' understanding of how individuals and groups live together and interact with their environment. Students develop a respect for cultural heritage and a commitment to social justice, the democratic process and ecological sustainability.

The Arts

In The Arts learning area students develop creative skills, critical appreciation and knowledge of artistic techniques and technologies in drama, music and visual arts and combinations of arts forms. The Arts develop students' sense of personal and cultural identity and equips them for lifelong involvement in, and the appreciation of the arts.

Languages Other Than English

In the Languages Other Than English (LOTE) learning area, students learn to communicate effectively in Indonesian. They gain an understanding of other societies, the ability to interact with people and cultures other than their own and practical skills which they can use in future social, cultural and vocational areas. Through LOTE, students are also able to further develop their skills and understandings in English and of literacy in general.

Technology and Enterprise

In the Technology and Enterprise learning area, students apply knowledge, skills, experience and resources to the development of technological solutions that are designed to meet the changing needs of individuals, societies and environments.

Students become innovative, adaptable and reflective as they select and use appropriate materials and information to create solutions that consider the short and long-term impact on societies and environments.