To provide every child with the foundations of success now and into the future, there is a comprehensive curriculum on offer from Reception to Year 7.
We have eight year levels; reception through to year seven. Each student learns the required areas of study according to the Australian Curriculum. The core subjects are: English, Indonesian, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), History, Geography, Health and Physical Education and The Arts.
Differentiation and inquiry based learning models are used to cater for the diversity of learning styles in our multi-age classes. The "SA Teaching for Effective Learning Framework" is used as a guide to ensure the design and implementation of rigorous learning opportunities in a caring environment.
Staff have embarked on a 3-year journey to embrace the principles of Visible Learning and Visible Teaching which explore how evidence can be used to further innovation in the learning environment. The focus is John Hattie’s research, and we aim to implement the framework in three impact cycles, one per year.
In term 3, the Upper’s students design and create a major artwork to present to the community. They are encouraged to explore an interest as creatively as possible. It can be in any medium; painting, dance, sculpture, film-making, modelling, animation or directing a play. A portfolio of their work, including an action plan, a history of related artists and their respective art forms, is also included in their presentation.
A comprehensive range of individual music tuition during school hours includes violin, guitar, bass guitar, recorder, drums, voice and piano/keyboard. Students have the opportunity to be a part of performance groups such as our Mixed Strings Ensemble, our Upper Rock Band and our Ukulele band. Many students also participate as orchestra and troupe members and as assisting artists in the Festival of Music concerts.
Starting with tin whistles, ukuleles and recorders, students learn to play and read simple tunes. Lessons are conducted as small groups in class time. All students perform in our ‘Night of Music’ in front of a large and enthusiastic audience. In terms 3 and 4, students work with specialist teachers to develop age-appropriate drama performances, and all the props and associated music for our fabulous Year-End concert.