The students at St Therese’s are fortunate to be able to participate in four specialist areas that encompass Physical Education, Digital Technologies, Visual Arts and Languages – Japanese.
Sport and Physical Education
Our Physical Education program incorporates the following;
- Perceptual Motor Program (PMP) for Foundation students, this aims to develop students’ gross and fine motor coordination through a circuit of activities that involve climbing, bouncing, throwing and catching
- Ball games such as Netball, Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer, Football and Softball are taught within the Physical Education program
- Students in the Senior classes compete against other Catholic schools in the area in an Inter School competition during Term Three
- Lightning Premiership competitions are on offer to students to compete against other schools in the area, including the local state schools
- Foundation to Year Six students are involved in the Swimming and Aquatic program held annually at Casey Arc Swimming Pool
- An athletics carnival at the beginning of each year at Casey Fields is provided for all students from Foundation to Year Six
Languages – Japanese
Japanese is an engaging and rewarding language to learn. Student’s participate in weekly one hour lessons that are culturally based. Lessons focus primarily on oral based communication and understanding; the expressive and receptive components of language needed to communicate. Student learning is often linked to Japanese Art and students enjoy expressing themselves through a range of artistic mediums, including pop culture anime. Students from Foundation to Year Six learn about the vibrant culture, fascinating history, ancient traditions and modern ways of life in Japan.
The program aims to develop the skills, understandings and knowledge to ensure the students extend their intercultural capabilities and show a respect for diversity and difference, and an openness to various experiences and perspectives in an increasingly global world.
The Arts – Visual Arts
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 Arts curriculum aims to develop students’:
- conceptual and perceptual ideas and expressions through design and inquiry processes
- visual arts techniques, materials, processes and technologies
- critical and creative thinking, using visual arts languages, theories and practices to apply aesthetic judgment
- respect for and acknowledgement of the diverse roles, innovations, traditions, histories and cultures of artists, craftspeople, designers, curators, critics and commentators
- respect for visual arts as social and cultural practices, including industry practices confidence, curiosity, imagination and enjoyment and a personal aesthetic through engagement with visual arts making, viewing, discussing, analysing, interpreting and evaluating.
Digital technologies enable students to become confident and creative developers of digital solutions. Digital Technologies can be used to access, process, manage, present and communicate information with others. Students acquire a deep knowledge and understanding of digital systems by creating digital solutions so they can take up an active role in meeting current and future needs of the world.
Students at St Therese’s develop understandings and skills that will enable them to;
- design, create, manage and evaluate sustainable and innovative digital solutions to meet and redefine current and future needs
- confidently use digital systems to efficiently and effectively automate the transformation of data into information and to creatively communicate ideas in a range of settings
- understand the implications of the use of digital technologies and their social and ethical responsibilities (cyber bullying) as users of digital technologies
- express themselves in contemporary and socially relevant ways
- communicate locally and globally to solve problems and to share knowledge
At St Therese’s, students have access to a range of devices and computer platforms, including desktop computers, iPads and chromebooks. Students in Years Five and Six are provided with 1-1 chromebooks to use for learning purposes.
Each classroom is equipped with an interactive whiteboard and iPads. There is a an excellent computer lab for whole class lessons. Robotics are explored and students are encouraged to code and program a range of robotics including Lego and Spheros.