At PVIS we follow the Australian Curriculum, as it is interpreted by the New South Wales Board of Studies,
Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES), through their syllabuses.
YEARS K-6 English, Mathematics, Science, Creative Arts, Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE), Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) and French.
YEARS 7-10 English, Mathematics, Science, Creative Arts, Human Society and its Environment (HSIE), Personal Development, Health and Physical Edcuation (PDHPE), Technology and Applied Science (TAS) and French. In Year 9 and 10 the Arts and TAS are split into elective strands.
Since the implementation of an Australian wide curriculum BOSTES has re written their syllabuses to ensure all content and requirements are met.
The Board of Studies has developed new NSW K – 10 syllabuses for English, Mathematics, Science (including Technology), History and Geography.
PVIS has developed a programme for implementation for the new syllabuses in line with the requirements of the NSW board.
Until the new syllabuses for the other subject areas come on line, PVIS continues to implement the curriculum following the existing syllabuses. All students being taught the required subjects for the required amount of time.
NAPLAN At PVIS all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 have the opportunity to sit the NAPLAN (National Assessment Program for Literacy and Numeracy) tests in May of each year. NAPLAN is an Australian based assessment conducted to assess student skills in the areas of numeracy, reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation. This is optional.
FRENCH is the LOTE (Language other than English) subject taught at PVIS. Regular French lessons are part of the secondary school programme for all students. Both primary and secondary schools have a specialist French teacher.
SPORT and PHYSICAL EDUCATION The school recognises that physical development is equally as important for children as cognitive and social development. The physical education and sport programmes have been developed to encourage individual and group involvement, physical fitness, co-operation, development of movement, competence, leadership, sportsmanship and confidence. There is an emphasis on variety, fun and a sense of achievement.
Recreational activities are also offered to stimulate good use of leisure time. School sport is conducted weekly where the children are required to wear their PVIS colour polo shirt.