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Literature

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Literature

At St Philomena School we seek to foster a life long love of reading. To this end, we hold in special place the study of classical literary works to lead our students to an appreciation of “the best that has been thought and said in the world” and inspire them to apply these profound lessons to their own lives.

Classical works of literature are valued especially because they use language artfully to teach universally accepted notions of what is true, good and beautiful. For that reason, when selecting books, St Philomena School looks for three things: literary language; worthy stories and characters; and quality illustrations. The choice of books seeks to answer the following questions: Does this story ennoble the child’s mind? What aesthetic, intellectual and moral models does it place before her? Will it help with the formation of better character in the student?

 

School Vision – Sine Deo Nihil

The school motto, Sine Deo Nihil, sums up all that we are striving to achieve, i.e. to form Catholics who, when they leave school, will know their Faith, practise their Faith and, most importantly, have been helped to acquire a love of God and a deep desire to serve Him.

We aim to produce young men and women who will leave this school balanced and well adjusted, ready to go out and make the best contribution to society that they are able.

The most important part of education is the formation of character. Someone who has character lives by principles. They are responsible. They fulfil their duty with the proper diligence. They have a good work ethic. They have the courage to refuse to go along with what they know to be wrong while standing up for what they know is right. They choose the good; they reject the bad.

This school strives to be an environment in which your children can be nurtured and directed to grow into mature and responsible adults, strong in the Catholic Faith. The goal is not to form men and women  without any ambition to use their talents to further good, but who will rather work to build up the reign of Our Lord around them.

Living the Catholic Faith properly implies striving for excellence. Ideally we use our God-given talents to give back to Him the best of which we are capable. This is the expectation of students at St Philomena School.

St Philomena’s classical education curriculum plays a very important role in the formation of character of our students. Through the study of Latin, Logic, Rhetoric, Literature and History, students need to practise self discipline and diligence to learn and master these subjects. They also develop their memory and their abilities to analyse and express themselves.

A classical education means that students at St Philomena School are exposed to the wisdom gained and passed on over the ages. By studying classical literature they consider examples of what is good, what is true and what is beautiful presented in well written language. By the study of history, especially the ancient histories of the Romans and Greeks, our students learn to understand and appreciate Western civilisation.

St Philomena School’s vision is quite clear: to give every child an opportunity to know their Catholic faith but also have the strength to live it. May St Philomena protect and bless our work!

 

History

At St Philomena School, History is a core subject. Who were Plato and Aristotle? Cicero and Marcus Aurelius? Charlemagne and William the Conqueror? Lorenzo de Medici and Oliver Cromwell? By the end of grade seven, our children are expected to be well acquainted with them and all of the most important figures in Western history by the time they progress to high school.

Our view of history shapes the way we view the present, and consequently influences the choices we make in the future. The civilised west, in which Australia was founded and continues to subsist, is for the most part a product of political and cultural institutions forged in ancient times and developed over the last two millennia. To understand who and what we are, we must know whence we came.

The school is committed to fulfilling the requirements of the incoming National Curriculum. Nevertheless, it hopes to surpass them by providing the students with a thorough knowledge, not only of Australian but also of world history, from the classical world to the present.

Prep – 3:
Family history
Local History
Basic Australian History

Cycle I (Grades 4 & 5):        
First year:      Classical Greek History
Second year:  Classical Roman History

Cycle 2 (Grades 6 & 7):
First year:      Medieval History
Second year:  Modern History (with a substantial focus on Australian history)