craft | music
| languages | eurythmy
| sport & games | excursions
| special needs | plays
Craft (hand work)
is an important area of the curriculum, harmonising and balancing
the intellectual work undertaken by children. Through craft work
certain qualities can be developed, such as perseverance and determination,
concentration, an eye for beauty, colour and design, fine motor
skills and particular technical skills. In craft, the school works
with fine quality natural materials to encourage care and respect
for the handwork process.
It is helpful for parents to take a supportive interest in the
progress of their child’s craft activities. The beautiful
and useful items created all encourage appreciation and respect.
Parent involvement in craft is encouraged and appreciated and
will be communicated to parents either through the class carers
or through the Penny for Your Thoughts newsletter.
Music is a strong part of our curriculum with both a classroom music
program and a specialist stringed instrument program. In the class
room, all students learn recorder and singing. Music plays an important
role in the festivals of the school.
The stringed music programme is introduced in Class 3 until Class
6, when every child commences on a violin, viola or cello. In Class
7 and 8, students elect either to continue a stringed instrument
or to participate in a general class music ensemble. The school
is gradually purchasing a bank of instruments. Purchases of stringed
instruments are recommended through a range of local music businesses.
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LOTE - German and French
Both German and French are introduced in Kindergarten and followed
through to Class 8. This helps develop children’s oral and
aural skills. Through learning two second languages a child is also
introduced to whole new cultures and a wider concept of the world.
LOTE - Spanish and French
Spanish is introduced in Prep and followed through to Class 8.
French is taught in the senior classes. Students have an introduction
to two Languages Other Than English, enabling opportunities for
smooth transition to local secondary schools. Learning second languages
helps develop children’s oral and aural skills and introduces
students to whole new cultures and a wider concept of the world.
Eurythmy is an art of movement that came into being early in this
century. Movement through gesture and dance plays a vital part in
every culture and community, expressing people's experience of the
world, their interpretation of what is beautiful and true. Eurythmy
is movement which is filled with meaning, enlivening our senses
and nourishing our imagination. Eurythmy can awaken feelings which
can sometimes be dulled if they have no full outlet in the daily
Sport and Games
Sport and games are planned to correspond with the child’s
developmental needs. Sport and games develop children as cooperative
individuals, rather than forcing children into one sided competitive
positions. Swimming lessons take place in term 1 and term 4.
The School employs a specialist teacher for
Physical Education. Students from Class 4 onwards participate in
lessons once a week as well as a
wide range of games and physical activities in class.
Excursions and Camps
Class camps and excursions take place each year for classes 3 and
above. Excursions and camps are not optional as they are seen as
an important part of the child’s social development, and are
clearly integrated with the curriculum and main lesson work.
A note advising details of camps and excursions is sent
home to parents in advance. The cost of camps and excursions is
added to the next terms invoice. Permission notes must be signed
for all camps.
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Increasingly in our times children come to school with special learning
needs, developmental needs, behavioural or social skill needs. While
many of these needs can be met within the class, one-to-one tuition
or small group work outside the child's usual class situation may
also be offered. The school offers programmes to children with Special
Needs according to the availability of funds and resources to adequately
support the needs of the child. Assessment of children's learning
needs is discussed during the enrolment application process.
During the year each class presents at least one play related to
the epoch being studied, (either during the day or in the evening)
for their parents, relatives and friends. These are wonderful events
of very high quality, not to be missed.
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