At St Kevin’s we offer three specialist classes; Languages, Performing Arts, Physical Education and Science
Functional Language Learning
The Italian language being taught at St Kevin’s is both functional and practical. We are focusing on words and phrases that our teachers and students use on a daily basis. We practise speaking Italian everyday (retrieval practice) and gestures help us to recall language. Teachers at St. Kevin’s are continuing. to take up the challenge to be co-learners along with their students, as many of our teachers do not have a background in the Italian language.
We believe that being co-learners is a powerful tool for both our teachers and students, as we can learn together and allows teachers to better understand the challenges that students have when learning new knowledge and skills. Students and staff are already doing really well and there is a genuine buzz throughout the school. Ben fatto a tutti. Well done!
The Performing Arts program at St Kevin’s is designed to enhance the creative potential of every child. It provides learning experiences where students are encouraged to create, have a go and take a risk, to feel good about themselves, their efforts and the efforts of others. Performance based skills assist in the development of self-awareness, self-esteem, confidence, individual and collaborative creativity and decision making and informed aesthetic responses to their own works and the works of other people.
The Performing Arts elements of Music, Drama and Dance are taught by a specialist in weekly one hour lessons. The program is developmentally structured and provides learning experiences in:
- percussion instrumental playing
- recorder playing
- dramatic play and skills
- stage craft
- listening skills
- oral language skills
- dance and movement
We have a whole school production every second year and have performed shows such as The Lion King Junior, The Jungle Book and Alice in Wonderland.
Our specialist classes for Physical Education allow students to develop their fine and gross motor skills as well as learn how to play a wide variety of sports. We have a specialised tennis program on site, where all students spend one term focusing on tennis skills. We also have a swimming program for Prep to Year 4, that promotes water safety and develops swimming skills. Year 3-6 students have the opportunity to represent the school in many interschool sporting competitions such as: athletics, cross country running, swimming, basketball, football, netball, soccer and tennis, just to name a few.
The Science program is based on Victorian Curriculum and is divided into four key areas: Chemical Science, Physical Science, Biological Science and Earth and Space. With a strong inquiry approach to Science, students are encouraged to pose and solve questions and to observe and record their understanding. Students have the opportunities to design and set up a range of controlled experiments that provide hands on learning. The Science curriculum supports students to develop their scientific knowledge, understandings and skills to make informed decisions about local, national and global issues.