Specialist Programs

Visual Arts    Performing Arts    Library    LOTE Japanese    Physical Education      English as an Additional Language     Reading Recovery

Visual Arts

The Mount Waverley Visual Arts program is designed to promote creativity and imagination, where students are able to exercise their emotions and intellect simultaneously, therefore providing a vehicle for self expression. The art program will endeavour to provide all students with the opportunity to use and experience a wide range of art/craft media, techniques and processes to develop an appreciation of all forms of the Visual Arts, in a relaxing and enjoyable environment.
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Performing Arts

In Prep students learn about the fundamental elements of Music including beat, rhythm and pitch. Through instrument playing, singing and movement, students explore concepts such as high and low, loud and soft, and fast and slow. Students create their own performing arts works that express their feelings, experiences and interests. Year 1 and 2 students learn to read and write simplified music notation. They develop vocal and instrumental playing skills through a thorough exploration of performance technique. Students learn to plan effectively when creating performing arts works. Students begin to identify key features of other performing arts works. In the middle years students learn to read and write formal music notation. All Middle School students begin to study the recorder which allows students to apply music literacy skills on a practical level. Students plan their own performing arts works that are informed by the way others have used and combined selected elements to achieve particular effects. Year 3 and 4 students research music from different cultures and genres and begin to describe key features of other musical artists using correct musical terminology.

Year 5 and 6 students continue to refine their technical skills on a number of tuned and untuned musical instruments. Students learn to compose multi faceted musical works incorporating melody, harmony and rhythm with correct, formal musical notation. Senior students continue to investigate music and artists from different cultures and styles.

Mount Waverley Primary School has an extensive Instrumental Program run by the Online Music Solutions Company. (Fees Apply) Instruments currently offered include violin, cello, trumpet, flute, clarinet, saxophone, guitar, drums and keyboard. Intermediate to advanced students have the opportunity to be involved in a variety of instrumental groups and ensembles. All Mount Waverley Primary School students can be involved in Junior Choir (Prep – Year 2) or Senior Choir (Year 3 – year 6).
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Did you know that children with positive reading attitudes, who regularly read for pleasure, have been found to achieve higher results in maths and science? Literacy obviously, but also empathy, engagement with school, positive friendships, understanding of other cultures, general knowledge…the list of benefits goes on.

Reading often, reading for pleasure, using the library regularly, and so on have been found to give a greater educational advantage than having a parents with a degree! And what helps to create keen readers is being surrounded by plenty of attractive books. A strong library program, open and welcoming and operating with a generous and varied collection of quality literature and non-fiction, targeting the needs and interests of the children, encourages young readers at MWPS.

Our library is open before and after school and for half of lunchtime, and students are encouraged to exchange their books, seek book suggestions or simply meet friends or read.

Because parents reading stories with their children has such a powerful impact on success in literacy, parents of younger students are encouraged to come and read for a few minutes before school or help their children to choose books. Parents are also welcome to borrow extra books to read to little ones at home.

Library classes are a weekly hour long session during which the children are strongly encouraged to read often and widely, and to appreciate, enjoy, examine and respond to literature. They are shown how to use the library to find what they need, introduced to the features that help them to read both online and print based factual texts and introduced to strategies that support inquiry, or research.

The library program includes an exciting calendar of events. There are regular author and illustrator visits, which have a profound effect on borrowing and reading; in 2015 alone we welcomed authors Andy Griffiths, Pru Masson, Chrissie Perry and illustrator Martin Brown. The Scholastic Book Fair is held annually, strongly supported by parent helpers and providing us with funds for many wonderful resources which enhance the library environment. Book Week celebrations include the Great Book Swap, which in 2015 raised over $1300 for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, and Library Open Saturday, when school families are invited to come and …read together, to celebrate the amazing impact parents scan have of their children’s reading.  

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LOTE – Japanese

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The ability to use a language other than English helps students to develop communication skills and understanding of the culture of the speakers of the language they are studying. Language learning contributes to the development of an awareness of ourselves as members of a culturally diverse country- within the context of increasing globalisation.

All students will have the opportunity to be involved in a weekly LOTE session in Japanese based on the Australian Curriculum. The program will be organised into the two dimensions of communicating and understanding. Communicating will involve students in learning the knowledge, skills and behaviours through speaking, listening, reading and writing. Understanding will develop students’ knowledge of the connections between language and culture.

Students learn aspects about Japanese culture and language through the means of:

  • Basic greetings and gestures
  • Singing
  • Role playing
  • Cooking
  • Making a variety of Japanese crafts

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Physical Education

The Health and Physical Education program at Mount Waverley Primary School provides students with knowledge, skills and behaviours to enable them to achieve a degree of autonomy in developing and maintaining their physical, mental, social and emotional health. This program focuses on the importance of a healthy lifestyle and physical activity in the lives of individuals and groups in our society.

Students’ involvement in physical activity can take many forms, ranging from individual, non-competitive activity through to competitive team games. Emphasis is placed on combining motor skills and tactical knowledge to improve individual and team performance. Students progress from the development of basic motor skills to the performance of complex movement patterns that form part of team games. They learn how developing physical capacity in areas such as strength, flexibility and endurance is related to both fitness and physical performance.

Students progress from learning simple rules and procedures to enable them to participate in movement and physical activity safely, to using equipment safely and confidently. Students undertake a variety of roles when participating in sports such as umpire, coach, player and administrator and assume responsibility for the organisation of aspects of a sporting competition.

Through the provision of health knowledge, the Mount Waverley program develops an understanding of the importance of personal and community actions in promoting health and knowledge about the factors that promote and protect the physical, social, mental and emotional health of individuals, families and communities. Students investigate issues ranging from individual lifestyle choices to provision of health services by both government and non-government bodies. This program examines the role of food in meeting dietary needs and the factors that influence food choice. Students progress from learning about the importance of eating a variety of foods to understanding the role of a healthy diet in the prevention of disease.

The Health and Physical Education program at Mount Waverley Primary School provides students with the knowledge, skills and behaviours necessary for the pursuit of lifelong involvement in physical activity, health and wellbeing.

Sports covered within the school include: Athletics, Cross Country, Swimming, Tennis, Basketball, Football, Handball, Hockey, Kickball, Lacrosse, Netball, Rounders, Skipping, Softball, T-ball, Hot Shots Tennis, Volleyball, Badmintion, Table Tennis and Racquetball.
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English as an Additional Language
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Reading Recovery

Reading Recovery is a program that provides an additional opportunity for children whose literacy skills are slow to develop. At Mount Waverley, Reading Recovery is available for selected Year One students who, after their first formal year of schooling, are experiencing difficulties with reading and writing. Students receive a thirty-minute individual lesson each day from a specially trained teacher in addition to the regular classroom literacy program. Reading Recovery accelerates student learning and provides intensive teaching for a period of up to twenty weeks. The Reading Recovery teacher identifies the needs of each child and designs an individualised series of lessons that will assist them to develop the skills and strategies necessary to become successful readers and writers.
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