Literacy is the first step towards freedom, towards liberation from social and economic constraints. It is the prerequisite for development, both individual and collective.  It reduces poverty and inequality, creates wealth, and helps to eradicate problems of nutrition and public health.” Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay said on International Literacy Day 2019.


It is within this belief that we put a high priority on Literacy at St Mary’s so that our students learn to appreciate, enjoy and use language to communicate. Literacy is the foundation of all learning, both present and future, vital for active and effective participation in society. It empowers, it nurtures the soul, it touches the heart, it brings hope.

As the world of Literacy changes we at St Mary's also see some important changes in the acquisition of reading, writing, speaking and listening. We are therefore committed to providing programs which are conducive to improving the literacy levels of all our students. We value the importance of a well resourced Library and developing in all students an appreciation of the English language and a love for Literature. We acknowledge that Literacy is vital to the students' future education as it underpins all areas of the curriculum. It is critical to lifelong learning and to successful interaction in our society.

Learning brings hope … that is centred in Jesus Christ and grounded in truth, beauty and love.” Horizons of Hope Catholic Education Melbourne 

The Literacy Program aims to develop in students:

●      the ability to speak, listen, read and write with enjoyment, purpose and confidence in a wide range of contexts.

●      the capacity to discuss, analyse, justify and respond to texts and language mediums critically through writing, reading, viewing, comparing and discussing.

●      the ability to apply the ways in which language varies in all types of texts according to context, purpose, audience and content.

●      a range of strategies and skills so they can compose, comprehend, interpret, justify and respond to spoken, written and visual texts in all areas of the curriculum.

●      an understanding of the distinctive features of literature, media, fiction and factual texts.

●      an understanding of audience, purpose and form using spoken, written, graphic and visual texts.

●      the opportunity to move from the known and use this to interpret the unknown.

●      an understanding that Literacy is an integral component of every aspect of the curriculum, their day to day interactions in their daily lives and the world.

Teachers will:

1.  provide clearly defined and sequential programs using the Victorian English Curriculum in direct response to the identified needs and capabilities of their students.


 2.  implement programs that support, engage, extend and challenge students in their literacy development.


3.  plan for additional assistance and/or extension for students with additional needs in Literacy through Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening Interventions.

4.  be provided with opportunities to build their capacity in delivering quality teaching and learning opportunities and programming for their students.


5.  develop and outsource a range of resources to use with their students. 


6.  assess and report student progress to determine achievements and establish future learning needs.


7.  encourage parental involvement and provide regular opportunites to communicate with parents.


"It is our goal to provide a rich learning environment that evokes enjoyment and love of reading and writing where all the students' attempts at being readers and writers are respected and valued".


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