The Primary Years

St Martins encourages a love of learning in a caring environment during the primary years of schooling. Encouragement, developing respect for one another and contributing to a friendly community are all part of the St Martins' primary years experience.

Essential literacy and numeracy skills are central to a curriculum that also encourages creative thinking and problem solving. Small class size, access to learning support and a child centred learning environment provide opportunities for young people to learn and to flourish.

Our comprehensive curriculum caters for the eight areas of learning in accordance with the Australian Curriculum. Together with a special focus on Christian Studies through lessons and devotional time we endeavour to meet the varied needs of children beginning their educational journey or continuing through the primary years.

The primary school at St Martins is characterised by continuity across the curriculum as well as through each of the year levels. Consistency in whole school approaches to behaviour management and student well-being support the holistic development of each individual.

What is the 'Foundation' Year?

Each state and territory has traditionally used a different name for the first year of schooling: Reception in South Australia, Kindergarten in New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory, Prep in Queensland, Victoria and Tasmania, Pre-Primary in Western Australia and Transition in Northern Territory.

'Foundation' is the Australian Curriculum term for the first year of formal schooling.

Australian Curriculum

Information for Parents


It is parents, families and carers who have the most influence on their children. When families are actively involved in their children’s education, children usually enjoy school and achieve better results.

This section of the website provides information for families and carers about their children and the Australian Curriculum.

The Australian Curriculum sets the goal for what all students should learn as they progress through their school life – wherever they live in Australia and whichever school they attend.

Learn about how the Australian Curriculum is organised, including information about the learning areas, general capabilities and cross-curriculum priorities.