Lewo Primary Years
At Christian Brothers’ High School Lewisham, the Primary curriculum encompasses the development of the whole student: academically, socially, personally and in faith. We expect the boys to always give their best, no matter the task or activity. The curriculum challenges and evokes thought, and is focused on developing individual talents and abilities.
At CBHS Lewisham we understand that what is being taught and how it is being taught are of equal importance. Being a boys’ school, we understand the worth of designing learning experiences that are creative, meaningful and exciting for all the boys, whilst ensuring that each lesson caters for different levels and aptitudes.
Most new students start in Year 5, with a few places offered in Year 7. Despite sharing the campus with high school students, and being included in whole-school activities like assemblies and masses, primary students have their own playground; and each primary class has a classroom teacher – making the transition seamless from early primary years.
Academically, Year 5 and 6 lay the foundations for high school. Through a rich co-curricular and challenging upper- primary curriculum, increased opportunities lead to the development of confident learners.
Children about to start Year 5 at around 11 or 12 years of age are generally open and flexible in their friendships, making this an opportune time to transition to a new school.
During their first weeks at CBHS, Year 5 boys are introduced to their Year 12 buddy who will be a constant throughout the first year and will introduce him to life at CBHS. The whole of Year 5 goes on camp in early Term 1 to help build relationships between the boys. Primary students develop a familiarity with the broader school campus, school expectations and senior teachers that facilitates a smooth transition to Year 7 and the senior school.
I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.
Neil Gaiman, author
CBHS Lewisham offers the seven Key Learning Areas (KLA’s) which are mandated by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA)
- Science and Technology
- Human Society and Its Environment
- Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
- Creative Arts
- Languages – Italian and French
The Counselling Team has worked together with the Primary School to implement ‘The Resilience Project’ as a way to respond to the mental health needs of our students. This is an evidence-based program that provides practical strategies to help your son/s develop their resilience and build their happiness. The main guiding principles of the program are gratitude, empathy and mindfulness with a strong focus throughout on emotional literacy, and Connection and Physical Health education.
Outside the school
To enhance their overall education, the boys are involved in a number of excursions and incursions throughout the year.
A four day camp is organised for Year 5 to Milson Island during Term 1 as a chance for our newest students to get to know each other whilst undertaking outdoor activities such as kayaking, boat building, archery and swimming.
In Year 6, students travel to our nation’s capital overnight to visit sites such as Parliament House, The Australian War Memorial and Questacon to see in real life what they have been studying in the classroom.
Primary students also have the opportunity to represent the School in chess, public speaking, music, choir, swimming, athletics and representative sport. All students are encouraged to participate and share their talents. The opportunities enable boys to enhance their creativity, leadership, wellbeing, resilience and team work skills.
Understanding our wider community
We live in a community, country and world that face justice and morality issues on a daily basis. To be active members in our society, to be advocates and a voice for those in need or who have no voice in our communities, the boys must understand the issues around them.
There are many aspects that contribute to strengthening the religious dimension of the School in Years 5 and 6 which encourage boys to live out the challenge of the Gospels to serve those less fortunate.
Our Social Justice Program is based around the teachings of Edmund Rice. Its focus is Right Relationships and Service to Others. All boys, whether a part of the Primary Social Justice Group or not, are advocates within our community and are encouraged to offer service to those in our community who require it.
Academically, in the last year, CBHS Primary boys received countless awards from the University of NSW in many academic competitions they run each year including ICAS Spelling, ICAS Mathematics, ICAS Writing, ICAS Digital Technology and the Australian Mathematics Competition.
Social Awareness and Action
CBHS encourages students of all ages to engage with their communities. The understanding that many people are struggling in our society, many are homeless, many cannot afford food and many elderly people are without any family to support them in their declining health and age. Primary boys participate in numerous ways as a voice for those who have no voice in our community. Some of these activities included making sandwiches for the homeless of inner Sydney; a chocolate drive for the homeless of the Inner West; Christmas gifts for those in nursing homes; food drives for St Vincent de Paul; assisting at St Vincent de Paul Lewisham; nursing home visits; recycling; and support of Indigenous Literacy through our book swap.
Sport and Teamwork
Sport is important for CBHS Lewisham Primary boys. It is central to the development of the young men at the school. The skills and idea of winning are secondary to the development of teamwork, working hard, doing their best individually, making mistakes but bouncing back and most importantly, having fun with their teammates. The boys participate in a variety of sporting activities against many schools, always doing their best and always enjoying themselves.
Music and Performance
Music has long been a strong part of school life with boys participating in public performances through choirs, School Bands and in individual performances.
All students enrolling at CBHS Lewisham will be placed into their House upon enrolment. They will remain a member of this house for the entire duration of their education at the school. Each primary student is fully immersed in House activities during his time at Lewisham.