SPECIALIST PROGRAMS

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

All of our students participate in our comprehensive Physical Education program. Our program is based upon the development of fundamental motor skills to promote lifelong participation in physical activity. Our students participate in both individual and team based games and movement challenges to promote inclusion, resilience and teamwork. Students participate in our school swimming program during term four.

Our senior students have the opportunity to represent their school with pride during interschool sports, athletics carnivals and various events throughout the year. Our Physical Education program is supported by incursions and excursions for a variety of sports such as hockey, golf, football, soccer and an afterschool sport program provided by Kelly Sports.

VISUAL ARTS

We offer a Visual Arts Program, where we aim to develop the creative potential of all students. Within the curriculum, every student has weekly exposure to Visual Arts, where they learn different techniques and skills. Mediums include

Biennially, we hold a whole school Art Show, where students are given the opportunity to showcase their creations. This is a wonderful time for students to share and reflect on their learnings throughout the year.

JAPANESE

Students from Foundation through to year six take part in an exciting Japanese Program in weekly one hour lessons over one semester each year. The focus of the Japanese program is to develop the children’s cultural awareness through learning about Japanese festivals, customs and lifestyle.

Our program offers a mixture of learning about Japanese culture and language, with opportunities for the students to speak, read and write the Japanese language.  The students learn about geography and Japan’s unique culture, traditional folk stories, engage in traditional cooking and celebrate significant events on the Japanese calendar, including the many Japanese festivals.

Each lesson is structured to engage the students through a variety of stories, videos, songs, games and hands-on materials.

We celebrate ‘Japan Day’ with a variety of exciting activities.  During the day children engage in reading, writing, number, arts and craft, movement games, cooking and performance activities that centre on cultural traditions. 

INTERCULTURAL STUDIES

Intercultural Studies is taught from Foundation level to year two in semester one, and years three to six in semester two. The program endeavours to teach students empathy and respect for those of a different culture or background. Students spend time recognising that everyone has differences and similarities all over the globe, and giving them an understanding that ‘where we live often plays a big part in how our life looks’.  The curriculum is linked closely to the school values and the students spend time talking about respect and tolerance for others in all sessions. Australia is a multicultural society with a rich indigenous history, both of which are evident in Ballarat and especially at Dana Street. Within each class, we have a range of cultural backgrounds, and students who speak more than one language. Intercultural studies harnesses this diversity in the classrooms, while also investigating topics linked to education, families,  food, everyday living, playing and celebrations in other cultures.

PERFORMING ARTS

Drama and Dance experiences are provided for students across all year levels and allow students to explore their sense of curiosity, aesthetic knowledge, enjoyment and achievement through exploring and playing roles, and imagining situations, actions and ideas.  Body awareness and expressive skills are used to communicate through movement confidently and creatively.

Music is taught to students in Terms 2 and 3 through Coco Sounds.  As part of these lessons, students develop their skills to listen, improvise, compose, interpret and perform a range of musical songs and genres.  Students also learn about music practices across global communities and cultures.  Our school concert series takes place every two years, with our next one occurring in 2020.