Apart from instruction in general curriculum areas, our students benefit from the expertise of specialist teachers in the areas of Art, Music, Drama, Mandarin, Swimming, Motor Skills (Croc Gym) and Physical Education.
The school endeavours to maintain a balance between the teaching of physical skills and sports competition. Sport is a component of our Physical Education program.
St Agnes School is a member of the Catholic Primary Schools Sports Association - Zone 2 and the Ekibin District Association. These organisations provide opportunities for children to compete, at a school and representative level, in sports such as netball, soccer, swimming and athletics. Class swimming lessons are conducted in Terms 1 and 4 and are held at Mt Gravatt State School or Griffith Aquatic Centre. Classes participate in one term of swimming. Focus for these lessons are waters sense, water safety and rescue.
A Physical Education teacher takes students in Prep-6 for weekly lessons. Children also participate in a dance program for one term each year.
Children in Years 2 -6 attend lessons in Chinese (Mandarin). This program aims to develop each child’s ability to communicate in Mandarin, as well as an appreciation and respect for Chinese culture. The focus of LOTE is cultural literacy through language.
Each year level at St. Agnes has a classroom music lesson each week. Preps to Year 2’s enjoy music games, singing, playing classroom percussion instruments, movement and appreciation of a variety of musical styles. Years 4 – 6 learn to play the recorder, move, dance and respond to a variety of music from different countries, historical eras and styles including jazz and rock and roll. Singing and playing of classroom tuned and untuned percussion instruments enable the students to explore composition, expression and presentation of musical themes.
The St. Agnes school choir is involved in the Western suburbs Choral Festival each year where ten Catholic primary schools join their choirs together to form a massed choir concluding in a wonderful concert in Term3. The choir leads the school at masses, liturgies, our annual Christmas carols, the Fete and community concerts.
Children in Prep- Year 6 attend Art lessons.
Visual Arts provides students with opportunities to explore diverse forms of art and craft in both two and three dimensional forms. Students experiment with a variety of mediums and techniques including drawing, painting, pottery, textiles, printmaking and mixed media.
Learning in the Visual Arts supports and continues to expand learning in other curriculum areas. This enables students to develop an understanding of their own and an appreciation of other traditions, histories and cultures. Students have opportunities to investigate and make meaning of their artwork, their peers and to learn about artists from different eras and cultures including the art of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups as well as the art traditions in the Asian region.