At St Columba’s we have a strong focus on The Arts with an aim to bring out the individual creative talents in each child. The Arts are unique, expressive, creative and communicative forms that engage students in critical and creative thinking and help students to understand themselves and the world. In 2018 regularly throughout each term, students will have the opportunity to participate in music classes with a specialist music teacher focusing on music making and creating. In Term 3 we will hold our biannual Community Arts program, which focuses on all aspects of the performing arts including drama, dance, music and media arts. The students nominate a particular area of interest and participate in eight weeks of ‘master classes’ in that field. The program concludes with our Community Arts Expo.
Every second year we have a school production during Term 3. Every child from Prep – Year 6 is involved in the musical. In 2017 we performed Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’.
Language other than English (LOTE): Mandarin
Students from Prep to Year Six participate in weekly Mandarin lessons. Students are immersed in Chinese culture and customs, with an emphasis on language acquisition as they move through to Year Six.
We place a strong emphasis on Physical Education and Sport at St Columba’s. The school values the role of Physical Education in the total education and wellbeing of each child. Each week students participate in a Physical Education lesson and a sport session. Physical Education lessons focus primarily on the acquisition of movement skills and the concepts and strategies which will enable students to confidently, competently and creatively participate in a range of physical activities. During Sport, students participate in game-based activities, strengthening their sense of self and building relationships and a strong sense of teamwork.
Visual Arts includes the fields of art, craft and design. Students create visual art works that communicate, challenge and express their own and others’ ideas. The visual art program reflects our inquiry units as well as other topics related to the wider community. Our students are encouraged to be ‘artists’ and not only work to create individual pieces but contribute to whole school projects. The students’ work is displayed throughout the school and playground.
All children have access to iPads, laptops and computers for their learning. Lessons on specific programs, applications and STEM are provided by the classroom teacher with the support of the Innovation and Learning Leader.
As well as the central library all classes have their own class libraries within their rooms. These libraries are stocked with a variety of texts (fiction, non fiction, magazines, picture story books and reference books) and have been classified and arranged by the children themselves to ensure familiarity and ownership. Children are encouraged to use this space frequently as a quiet reading area and teachers encourage regular book borrowing and swapping of texts for individual student book boxes.
Opportunities such as camp further contributes to the overall development of each child. The camp programs we offer further supports the Social Emotional Learning experiences provided in the classroom by reinforcing the concepts of relationship building, teamwork and resilience. The challenging and stimulating experiences provided on camp, take the children beyond the classroom with the aim to foster independence and self-confidence.
- Year 3/4 overnight camp
- Year 5/6 two night camp
- Year 5/6 Canberra every second year