Welcome To St Patrick's Primary School Ballarat

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Specialist Curriculum 

At St Patrick's Primary School, we believe it is important to expand the whole child’s academic, physical, social and emotional skills in all areas of the curriculum. We offer diverse and a unique Specialist programs for students in Foundation to Year 6.

The specialised subjects allow students to identify passions, build on their existing skills and enjoy the engagement of a different learning area. Each child experiences the Specialist subjects for 60 minutes per week. Our classroom teachers plan and collaborate together during this time.

Physical Education


 varied and changing contexts. Our programs offer students an experiential curriculum that is contemporary, relevant, challenging, enjoyable and physically active.

Health and Physical Education at St Patrick’s  focuses on students enhancing their own and others’ health, safety, wellbeing and physical activity participation in

The program at St Patrick’s offers explicit teaching of movement skills, concepts and strategies to enable students to confidently, competently and creatively participate in a range of physical activities. As a foundation for lifelong physical activity participation they develop an appreciation of the significance of physical activity, outdoor recreation and sport both in Australian society and globally.

  • At St Patrick’s all students participate in Physical Education lessons sessions each week 
  • Students in Foundation to Year 6 attend swimming sessions at Shayne Reese Swimming annually. 
  • Students who are successful in school based sporting events are given the opportunity to represent school in swimming, basketball, tennis, soccer, football, netball, cross country and athletics at the District, Division, Region and State levels.
  • The students at St Patrick’s are also extremely fortunate to take part in school camps every year in Grade 4 & 6.


At St Patrick's Primary School students from Foundation to Grade 6 learn Indonesian. Our learners participate in a rich variety of listening, speaking, reading and writing activities that offer opportunities to develop an understanding of the Indonesian language system and cultural traditions.

In the early years the learning emphasis is on developing oral language through activities such as shared reading, songs and games. As learners move to middle primary and senior years they participate orally in classroom routines and tasks and create texts and use phrases in their conversations to develop their skills and knowledge about Indonesian language and culture.


St Patrick's Primary School has a library with a large selection of books and learning resources available for students to borrow. The library, with the help of Mrs Whelan and Wilma, caters for all levels and abilities through selection of a wide, balanced, comprehensive and up-to-date collection of materials. A stimulating and helpful environment is provided so that the students enjoy reading experiences and are encouraged to use the library facilities for independent learning.

Each week our students participate in a 60 minute specialised library lesson specifically developed to promote and foster a love of literature and also equip students with the necessary skills in utilising the valuable resources found within the library. During 2023 our library program is mobile as a result of our extended building works, however the dedicated library space will return with full vigour in 2024 (maybe sooner!).


Involvement in our St Patrick’s biennial School Production builds strong relationships between students, staff and our community. Also, it opens the door for students to delve into stagecraft elements such as lighting, sound, costume and set design. They collaborate to create theatrical props and audio visual backdrops. Students have input into ‘Front of House’ duties; online ticketing, marketing, ushering and programming. Throughout the year, Performing Arts Incursions heighten students’ enthusiasm and assist in consolidating new learning.

The Visual Arts is  a vital part of the curriculum that provides students the opportunity to express themselves as well as demonstrate their learning in a unique and creative manner. Skills using a variety of media are taught from Prep to Grade 6 with examples of individual art being displayed throughout the school in classrooms, common areas and at assemblies. The St Partick's Art Show is held every two years (alternating with the aforementioned Production) and showcases the skill development and creativity of students from Foundation to Grade 6. Our approach to learning and teaching for the Arts includes a specialist teacher for Foundation to Grade 2 with a S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics) approach facilitated by classroom teachers in the Grade 3-6 area.