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 Specialist Programs

Apart from instruction in general curriculum areas, our students benefit from the expertise of specialist teachers in the areas of Art, Music, Mandarin, Swimming, Motor Skills (Croc Gym) and Physical Education.

Sport and Physical Education:

specialist1.jpgThe 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. 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 Years 3-6 for weekly lessons. Children in Prep, Years 1 & 2 participate in a motor skills program (Croc Gym). Children also participate in a dance program.

LOTE: Chinese (Mandarin)

specialist2.jpgChildren in Years 3 -6 attend weekly 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.

Music: 

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.

St. Agnes presents a musical bi-annually.  Last year we presented the classic “Alice – the Musical” – a timeless classic, wonderfully retold in a creative combination of music, dance and drama. Students in years 4 – 6 experience the Expressive Arts culminating in the production, over two nights,  in the school hall at the end of Term 3.  

Visual Art:

Children in Years 1-6 attend an Art specialist lesson each week.  Students are encouraged to be curious, innovative problem solvers who see a mistake as an opportunity.IMG_1636 (Mobile).JPG

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.

Students in Years 4-6 are involved in a culminating Expressive Arts production every second year.  The Visual Art Department specialises on the creation of the props and set designs, last year’s musical being “Alice – the Musical”. 

 

Extra Curricular Activities

Parents who are considering enrolling their child in private lessons held during school hours should first liaise with the classroom teacher to assess whether there will be a negative impact on the child’s learning as a consequence of scheduled absences from class.

Issues that need to be considered by parents and teachers include: 
  • The impact regular absences from class will have on the child’s progress in other areas of the curriculum.
  • The number of private lessons is restricted to one specialist lesson.
  • The scheduled times for lessons and options to scheduling that may be considered (e.g. the possibility of rotating lesson times).

 

Instrumental Program:

Children in Years 2-6 are eligible to enrol in our instrumental program which is conducted by external providers with parents entering into a contract with them. The cost is borne by parents. Lessons are given in woodwind, brass, percussion, string instruments and keyboard. The cost of this program is available on application. A student's weekly commitment is to a thirty-minute lesson during school hours and a one-hour band practice outside school hours. Children must supply their own instruments. Children who can play appropriate instruments but who do not learn through the school are welcome to be involved in the school band.

Speech & Drama:

Speech & Drama is also offered by an external provider. Information is sent home via the newsletter at the beginning of each term.

Tennis:

Tennis lessons is also offered during lunch times for students from Years 1-6 by an external provider.  Information is sent home via the newsletter at the beginning of each term.

Piano:

Private piano lessons is also offered to students by an external provider during class times.