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Our Curriculum

We use the Victorian Curriculum F–10.

The new Victorian Curriculum F–10 helps us to plan student learning programs, assess student progress, and report to parents and caregivers.

Our curriculum covers:

The Arts

  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Media arts
  • Music
  • Visual arts
  • Visual communication design

English

Health and physical education

The humanities

  • Civics and citizenship
  • Economics and business
  • Geography
  • History

Languages

Mathematics

Science

Technologies

  • Design and technologies
  • Digital technologies

Capabilities

Critical and Creative Thinking

  • Ethical
  • Intercultural
  • Personal and Social
  • Big Ideas

We use the Big Ideas program to help children explore and learn in meaningful and real-world ways.

Big Ideas offers lines of inquiry related to our school community. We call this work Projects and provocations because it connects a child’s own knowledge and skills to a larger intellectual framework.

Projects involve assessing current knowledge of a learning area, collaborating and exploring new approaches to it, creating a research project, and sharing findings.

We cover a core curriculum

English

Under the Victorian Curriculum F–10 for English, we cover:

  • reading
  • viewing
  • writing
  • speaking
  • listening

We help children become confident communicators, imaginative thinkers and informed citizens. Specifically, we:

  • teach children to listen, read, view, speak, write, create and reflect on a range of increasingly complex texts
  • encourage celebration of English language in all its variations
  • develop in children an informed appreciation of literature by teaching how standard Australian English works and the aesthetic aspects of texts.

Mathematics

Under the Victorian Curriculum F–10 for mathematics, we cover:

  • mathematical concepts
  • thinking skills and processes
  • the application of these to pose and solve problems

We equip students to creatively investigate, interpret, understand and represent mathematical situations and to acquire new knowledge and skills when needed.

Teacher reading to kids
Boys working on their laptops

Digital technology

Under the Victorian Curriculum F–10 for digital technology, we cover:

  • creating and innovating
  • creative forms of expression
  • problem-solving using technologies such as coding, robotics, blogging, virtual reality and 3D printing.

We give students skills for deeper questioning, making connections and problem-solving.

Under our Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program, children use their own computer to help them manage their learning and to become independent and responsible global citizens.

Boys working on their laptops

We also offer a specialist curriculum

Music

Our music program encourages abstract thinking and creativity. By singing songs and playing singing games, our students learn to think about:

  • text
  • language
  • culture
  • sound
  • rhythm
  • pitch

The children also study:

  • music notation
  • music literacy
  • ways of notating sound through
  • shape and colour.

We welcome specialist guest musicians on music projects, and we run dance and African drumming workshops to help students develop listening skills and rhythmic ability.

Students write and perform their own songs and original soundscapes, find their musical path through digital technology, and design and build instruments or sound sculptures.

We share our musical abilities in performances for our school community.

Students playing guitar music class
kids playing school grounds

We want to inspire lifelong physical activity.”

Physical Education?

We stage our PE program like this:

  • junior school—skill acquisition and building self-confidence and resilience
  • middle school—skills application and making positive contributions to a team
  • senior school—interschool sports competition.

We get active together with our walkathon, swimming, athletics, cross country and junior school sports day activities.

kids playing school grounds

Visual Art

Children create art works in a range of mediums during weekly visual art classes.

We link learning to historical and contemporary artists’ work and to current exhibitions in major galleries where possible.

Our annual artist in residence program brings in practising artists from within the community to share their expertise and passion

Italian

We explore the Italian language and culture, within Australia and in Italy, through:

  • interpersonal interactions (oral interactions help students develop skills in speaking and listening)
  • games
  • puppet play
  • online quizzes
  • songs
  • rhymes
  • dramatic performance
  • authentic Italian texts
  • learning reflections.