Indonesian classes are student-centered and aim to develop the students’ ability to communicate in Indonesian; their understanding of Indonesia and its relationship to Australia; as well as their ability to reflect on their own culture and language.
In Prep the students are introduced to Indonesian through songs, games, stories and computer generated language learning programs.
In grades one – six, students are actively involved in their Indonesian learning: they select and reflect on language learning strategies; and create games, posters, videos, booklets and role-plays to demonstrate their learning.
“One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.” Frank Smith
At Bonbeach Primary School, Digital Technologies is taught as a stand alone subject, providing students with the tools to transform and extend their learning. During these lessons, students explore digital systems and their functions, create digital solutions to student defined problems and explore data and cyber safety. They also have access to robotics kits, STEAM resources and coding programs. Within the classroom, technology is used as a tool to facilitate learning and is also incorporated into all areas of the curriculum through the use of iPads and netbooks.
The Visual Arts program incorporates both art making and art appreciation in association with developing a visual arts language. Arts specialists take weekly lessons across the school where students learn to explore their creativity and imagination through a skills based visual arts program. Clear instructions on the correct use of tools, materials and techniques support the process of art making. Over the course of the year, students experiment with a variety of media including painting, drawing, construction, textiles, modelling and collage.
Physical Education (PE) classes focus on active participation, fundamental motor-skill development, teamwork, leadership skills and having fun! Students participate in weekly one hour sessions with a Physical Education specialist teacher to complement other Health and Physical Education classroom activities. Students will develop fundamental motor skills across a variety of different games and sports, including but not limited to athletics, football, soccer, volleyball, basketball, netball, T-ball, hockey and cricket. Students in Prep to grade 4 attend swimming lessons and students in grade 5 and 6 participate in an annual beach safety program. House sports carnivals are held in athletics and cross country for all students across the school. Middle and senior grades are given the opportunity to participate in Inter-School sporting events such as swimming, athletics and cross-country. Winter and summer Friday Inter-school sport is held for all grade 5 & 6 students, as well as an annual girls football carnival.
The foundation students participate in singing, body percussion, playing on a variety of both tuned and untuned instruments, movement and dancing, and speech activities to encourage active music making. They learn about the elements of music and explore these elements through games and improvisation using a variety of instruments.