Curriculum

Specialist Programs

Music

Children at Valkstone Primary School are exposed to an extensive music program which aims at fostering a deep appreciation and love of music.

Grades prep, one and two children begin learning with the building blocks of music, such as dynamics, beat, pitch and rhythm. Developing confidence, improving listening skills and expression through movement are prime objectives. Non-tuned and tuned percussion instruments such as xylophones and marimbas are used extensively.

Children from grade three onwards are taught to play ukulele as accompaniment to their singing. The ukulele is a very social instrument with a real happiness factor and it’s wonderful to see the children forming their own groups and jamming together. Ukuleles are very portable, cheap and relatively easy to play, which promotes confidence and enjoyment in music. Organisers of the yearly Melbourne Ukulele Festival have said that “there is no instrument more cool in Australian music right now.”

A number of other music programs at the school are also in place, to cater for the individual.

Ukulele
All children from grades 3 to 5 learn ukulele as part of the school program.

Guitar
All grade 6 children learn guitar as part of the school program.

Choir
Senior choir (grades 3, 4, 5 and 6) is held each Monday at lunchtime and Junior choir (grades 1 and 2), meet every Friday at lunchtime. Both classes run between 1.00pm. and 1.25pm.

Musicorp works in conjunction with the school to also offer small group lessons from grades 1 up for keyboard or violin. From grade 3 onwards, additional brass, woodwind and percussion instruments are added to the list of lessons on offer.

School Band
There is a school band, which practices every Monday lunchtime.

Valkstone Has Talent
Valkstone runs a very popular whole school talent contest for both junior and senior classes in second semester.

Whole School Concert
Valkstone holds a much anticipated celebration concert at the end of the school year in the school grounds.

Children at Valkstone are encouraged to share their music skills amongst the school and wider community, building confidence, self-esteem and most of all, having fun!

LOTE / Japanese

 

At Valkstone, we have a lot of fun in our Japanese program. All Prep-Grade 6 students have their Japanese lesson once a week. We have a sister school, Takou Primary School, Osaka and developed an amicable relationship through video conferencing sessions and sending each other seasonal greetings. This year we have implemented iPads into our Japanese program. The children are having fun learning Japanese this way. We will introduce new Japanese learning apps to boost achievement and enhance the learning experience.

Every year, a Japanese Cultural Day/Japanese Incursion Day is organized where we experience Japanese traditions and uniqueness. We welcome special visitors to our school to show events and activities – the tea ceremony, Japanese folk dancing, taiko/shamisen playing, martial arts and more.

Muldeary Sensei マルディーリせんせい & Steph Sensei

Phys Ed & Sports

Elements of Physical Education Program

  • Basketball
  • Netball
  • Hockey
  • Gymnastics 4 Hire Program
  • Fundamental Motor Skills
  • Soccer, Football
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • T-ball
  • Fundamental Movement Skills
  • European Handball
  • Lacrosse
  • Badminton
  • Athletics And More!

Elements of the Sport Program

Grade 6 weekly interschool sport program.

Summer sports offered: softball, rounders, cricket, kanga cricket, Hot Shots tennis and circleball.

Winter sports offered: basketball, netball, hockey, volleyball, t-ball, football and soccer.

  • weekly sports training sessions for grade 3 to 6 students.
  • grade 6 summer and winter lightning premiership days.
  • house cross country, athletics and swimming and opportunities to further compete at a district level and beyond.
  • intensive swimming program, prep-6, at gesac.
  • strong athletics program.
  • bicycle education program.
  • walkathon fundraisers.
  • jump rope for heart days.
  • visits from mckinnon secondary college students who work one on one with our students, increasing skills.
  • whole school tabloid sports days.
  • grade 1/2 house sports, grade 3/4 and 5/6 twenty, twenty cricket days.
  • junior and senior hooptime basketball competition.

Kate Francis
PE and Sports Co-ordinator/Teacher

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