Jells Park is most fortunate to be able to offer a number of programs, delivered by specialist teachers, including Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Physical Education, ICT and LOTE.
The Performing Arts program is a special feature of the school, providing students from Foundation to Level 6 the opportunity to participate in a range of exciting activities, including the school choir, performance groups and music lessons, as well as the whole school concert at the end of each year.
Student performance skills are showcased and celebrated at the Performance Showcase held every second year. This is an opportunity to undergo an audition and then perform in front of 500+ parents and students.
Term 1 & 2 - Music & Dance
During term 1 and 2, students participate in a music and dance focused program in their Performing Arts lessons. The Performing Arts program has an experiential learning approach, constantly linking theory and practical skills to then apply them to ‘real-life’ music making. Lessons focus on the elements of melody and rhythm recognition and playing. Students learn a range of instruments with a focus on particular instruments for each year level. Students are taught a range of different skills and are encouraged to perform and explore these skills. The Performing Arts Program has a strong voice focus. Students are encouraged to sing and learn different techniques with their voice that also assist their instrument skills and their theory skills.
Term 3 - Drama
In term 3, Performing Arts lessons are focused around Drama and Drama skills.
Term 4 - Whole School Concert
In term 4, Performing Arts lessons transform into whole level concert practice. Students learn songs and dances that they perform at the end of the year in a final whole school concert in Caulfield Grammar’s fantastic Performing Arts Centre. The concert is held annually and is a large part of the Jells Park Primary School calendar. The concert also provides opportunities for students in Level 6 to use their acting skills, linking the whole concert together with a play on the concert’s main theme.
The Physical Education program promotes the development of coordinated movement, strength and endurance. Group activities and games encourage teamwork and leadership with an emphasis on skill development and participation.
• All children in Foundation to Level 6 have weekly Physical Education lessons.
• Level 3 & 4 students participate in weekly 'sport' sessions that introduce the students to the games they will be offered in Levels 5 & 6.
• Level 5 students participate in weekly ‘sport’ sessions to practice the major sports and they also have the opportunity to enter Regional and Divisional teams.
• Level 6 students participate in an interschool sport competition (eg: football, netball, cricket), swimming, athletics and cross-country in the Waverley East District. Successful students also participate in Divisional, Regional and State events. Our school concentrates on the participation of as many children as possible in these activities while striving to obtain excellent results.
The Visual Arts Program at Jells Park Primary School cultivates creativity, risk-taking and imagination. In the weekly lessons, all students explore various materials, techniques and processes. During that time they experiment and develop their skills in one or more areas of drawing, printmaking, collage, painting, textiles, construction and modelling. They draw inspiration for their artwork from a range of local and international artists.
Throughout the process of making and viewing art, students are encouraged to:
· express their feelings, ideas and view of the world
· enjoy each step along the way to the finished artwork
· present their work for discussion and display
· give kind, specific and helpful feedback to their peers
· be a community of artists and learn from each other
The Arts are valued at Jells Park Primary School. The fully equipped art room has been enhanced by a new state-of-the art kiln paid for by the school community. Student artwork is showcased and celebrated by being displayed around the school and at the Art Show held every second year.
LOTE (Language Other Than English)
Mandarin - pinyin (Romanised script) is taught in Levels 3, 4, 5 and 6 for one lesson per week. Children are taught Mandarin words and phrases which cover the following topics: greetings, numbers, animals, body parts, family, colours, countries, action words, sport, food, etc.
Children are introduced to the Chinese culture to develop their knowledge and understanding of the tradition and lifestyle practices of the Chinese people. They are also introduced to Chinese History and geographical facts about China.
ICT (Information Computer Technology)
ICT at Jells Park Primary School offers a broad range of programs that encompasses multimedia, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) and Cyber safety. Our students benefit from the use of the Computer Lab, the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program in Levels 4, 5 & 6 and classroom banks of both iPads and laptop computers.
While coding forms a large part of the ICT curriculum, Cyber safety and keyboarding skills are also important regular inclusions during ICT sessions.
The students are taught the basics of coding from Foundation, where the logical steps of programming are discovered using our mini robotic BeeBots. The students continue their understanding of sequencing commands and the various languages used until they reach the upper school where Lego is used to design objects and more sophisticated programming skills are required to run the NXT Mindstorm robots.