SPECIALIST PROGRAM

St Robert’s is proud to offer a diverse specialist program that strengthens learning across the Victorian Curriculum: Music, STEM, Visual Arts, Kitchen Garden and Physical Education. Our students participate in a 40 minute lesson for each specialist subject per week.

MUSIC

St Robert’s Music Program

St Robert’s School has a long tradition of valuing and celebrating the Performing Arts. This is reflected in the students’ joyful approach to dance, drama and music making, and also in the way music is embedded in our school community events. Our goal is to help build within each student a lifelong appreciation of the Arts, and research confirms our belief that involvement in music also encourages the development of:

  • creative thinking and problem solving  

  • language skills

  • self-esteem and self confidence

  • spatial intelligence                                      

  • personal and interpersonal skills

  • analytical skills and logical thinking

  • perseverance and self-discipline

 

Classroom Music Program

We offer a rich and vibrant music program where the children participate in a weekly lesson provided by a specialist music teacher in our well-equipped, dedicated music room. The focus is on enabling them to express themselves through music using their imagination, music skills and knowledge. The sequential program incorporates the Kodaly and Orff pedagogies where the students are guided through a range of activities including:

  • Singing and chanting

  • Moving and dancing

  • Composing, creating and recording their own music

  • Playing both melodic, non-melodic and electronic instruments

  • Listening, reflecting and responding

  • Reading and writing graphic and formal notation

  • Developing an understanding of different cultural, historical and stylistic musical genres.

STEM

Students from Foundation to Year 6 engage in Digital Technologies Specialist classes for 40 minutes each week. This is based on the Victorian Curriculum guidelines, which focus on key areas: Digital Systems, Data and Information and Creating Digital Solutions. 

 

Our STEM sessions provide students with opportunities to communicate and collaborate. It allows students to solve problems and develop computational thinking. It gives students learning opportunities that foster ‘curiosity, confidence, persistence, innovation, creativity, respect and cooperation’. 

Students have the opportunity to code, problem solve, apply critical and creative thinking skills. 

We also recognise the importance of teaching children about how to safely and positively engage with the online world. Cybersafety, Digital Citizenship, Cyberbullying, online etiquette, protecting their personal information, appropriate use of apps and devices and accessing or sharing inappropriate content, are some of the common issues covered regularly. This is supported by our Acceptable User Policies.

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PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Physical Education at St Robert’s provides students with a safe learning environment where they are given the opportunity to engage in physical activity that can be stimulating, challenging and where having fun is a priority.

 

The Health and Physical Education domain provides students of all ages with skills, experiences and knowledge to assist them to develop their physical, mental, social and emotional health.

 

St Robert’s students are provided opportunities to develop an understanding of these concepts through sessions which engage :

Human Movement - gross and fine motor movements to develop major fundamental motor skills;

Physical Activity - learning about changes to the body caused by participation in sport as well as feelings associated with participation in physical activity;

Human Relations - working in pairs or small groups cooperatively, modifying games to allow all students to participate, reinforcing fair play and respect of all participating and

Safety - defining the difference between safe and unsafe behaviour, using equipment safely and developing rules and reinforcing appropriate places and spaces to play.

 

The students at St Robert’s are exposed to a 40 minute Physical Education session per week with a specialist teacher and then are given opportunities over the week to be physically active with their classroom teachers as well.  During these times there are both structured and cooperative play sessions. At the beginning of the year there is a strong focus on teamwork, listening to and following instructions, respecting each other and equipment, playing safely and always trying to do your Personal Best.

 

The F - 6 curriculum from is designed to explore strands within the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority. F - 2 are given the opportunity to learn and practice the correct techniques of fundamental motor skills eg: running, hopping, jumping, skipping, rolling etc...in simple fun games as these essential skills are the basis for later learning.  Years 3 - 6 students will develop the capacity to link these skills into more complex and coordinated movement sequences. The skills may be combined or modified, practised with or without equipment and taught through individual practice or by incorporating them into game structures.

 

The aim of our program is designed to equip students to confidently participate in physical activity to the best of their ability so that the skills they have developed, will allow them to engage in physical exercise not only at school but also in the local community where they can embrace physical activity as part of their lifestyle today and in the future.

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VISUAL ARTS

Visual Art at St Robert’s provides students with a stimulating and safe learning environment in which they are given the opportunity to engage in appreciation of art, appropriation of art and the creation of individual pieces. 

 

Students are given the opportunity to produce a range of artworks, drawing on inspiration from famous and local artists. They engage in the use of  different materials and discuss their own and others works of art. Our art space allows for both collaborative and individual work.

 

Mrs Humphries draws upon the Victorian Curriculum and her own talent as an artist and Art Therapist to immerse our students in weekly 'hands on' lessons. Throughout the year students participate in a range of exciting projects including local gallery exhibitions and other school based projects. 

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KITCHEN GARDEN

The Kitchen Garden program at St Roberts is about pleasurable food education. It provides students with the opportunity to grow, nurture, harvest, prepare, cook and share delicious, nutritious, seasonal foods. The program is about giving students hands-on experience in the process of growing and preparing food, as well as encouraging students to consider environmental sustainability and healthy food choices.

 

Students work together to create vibrant, healthy meals which are based on the fresh ingredients from our garden. Being outside in nature and tending to our gardens is a huge part of our program, we love getting our hands dirty. Students learn how to care for our garden through planting, weeding, watering, mulching, fertilising and composting.

 

The kitchen garden program encourages team work, critical thinking and a love of the outdoors. 

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