St Dympna’s School Aspley | Parent Fact Sheet
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Why choose St Dympna’s School?
St Dympna’s School offers high-quality teaching and learning in a well-resourced and supportive environment.
The school motto is “Together we walk in God’s light.” St Dympna’s has a pastoral care program that supports and sustains positive and life-giving relationships between staff, students and families.
Students can take part in many social justice pursuits including Caritas, St. Vincent de Paul, Catholic Mission and Aspley Care (Parish outreach group) where they help with hospitality and entertainment for the adjacent Respite Centre.
Curriculum and extracurricular activities offered at St Dympna’s School:
St Dympna’s has implemented the Australian Curriculum for English, Mathematics, Science, History and Geography. The curriculum documents are also referenced in The Arts, Health and Physical Education and Technologies. The Arts consists of Dance, Drama, Media Arts, Music and Visual Arts.
The school’s Religious Education Program is based on the “Religious Education- Archdiocese of Brisbane” Curriculum.
St.Dympna’s has a a strong choral program, with 4 choirs students can join voluntarily. There is also an extensive music program. Students can begin learning strings such as violin, viola and cello from Year 3. From Year 4, students can learn woodwind, brass and percussion instruments.
The school offers a wide range of sporting opportunities both during and outside school hours.
Swimming, Cross Country and Athletic Carnivals are held for the different year levels, and students are selected to compete against other local catholic schools in the Zone 6 Catholic Schools Competition.
Training is offered before and after school for swimming, fitness and athletic events to help the students develop their skills and confidence both as individuals and as part of a team. The school believes being part of a team helps the students gain a greater understanding of who they are, learn how to lose graciously, and experience the joy of winning.
Students (9 – 12 years) also take part in the Bramble Bay Regional Competitions in many different sports. The school has been quite successful at these carnivals and a number of students are often selected for Metropolitan North and State Teams.
In Term 2 students in years 5 and 6 take part in the Interschool Sports Competition with other local catholic schools. They compete in AFL, Netball, Touch and Rugby League, with a competitive gala day held at the end of the season.
Students are also able to take part in the Queensland Catholic Netball Cup, Carol Berry and Future Stars AFL Cups, ARL Development Cup and Queensland Swimming Relay Championships, along with the Weetbix Tryathlon.
After school sport is offered through partnerships with local sporting clubs. St Dympna’s Cricket Club competes in the local competition, and tennis lessons are also provided each week.
Facilities at St Dympna’s School:
The school’s classrooms are air-conditioned and well-maintained through an ongoing painting and maintenance program. They are all equipped with Interactive Data Projectors and other technology including laptops. Students have access to more than 350 ICT devices that are maintained and updated to keep pace with changing technological developments. St Dympna’s ICT program is fast, interactive and multimodal so that it meets the needs of students at different levels of ICT competency.
St Dympna’s School has a Multi-Purpose Hall that is used for musical, social and religious celebrations, as well as sporting and community events. The modern Resource Centre includes the Library, Technology Room and Music and Learning Support Areas, providing an active learning environment for students to enhance their learning.
There are numerous playing fields, tennis courts and cricket nets forstudents to use before and after school, and during lunch breaks. There are stands of playground equipment for different age groups, and beautifully maintained grounds that offer many green spaces for students and the greater school community to enjoy.
Other information about St Dympna’s School:
St Dympna’s School provides a Gifted and Talent Program based on the Gagne model. Strategies include offering a Differentiated Curriculum, Enrichment Activities, Extension of knowledge, Acceleration of learning, and Curriculum Compacting.
School camps begin in Year 5, giving students an opportunity to undertake challenging experiences. Year 6 students go to Canberra for four days and three nights.