Specialist Program

Construction- Nina Kahle

This Term students in Secondary 7/8 SMO and SJH have enjoyed designing and creating a piece of string art. Before starting, the students looked at various designs that would be suitable to turn into an artwork. They learned about creating designs to scale and using tools such as hammers and pliers correctly and safely. 

Performing Arts- Justin Hall

This term in music the elective groups in Year 9 through to Year 12 have been exploring song writing through both music production software (Ableton) and more traditional instrumental based writing.  Students have created some amazing pieces while learning the mechanics of this new software and truly embracing their creativity.


Year 7/8 students have explored their own choice of songs on instruments with a favourite being ‘Come and Get Your Love’ featured in the Guardians of the Galaxy Soundtrack.

Outdoor Education- Donna Thomas

Students participate in a double swimming, water familiarisation session for a term. The content covered includes theory and water safety techniques. Students are instructed on safety procedures when in unfamiliar water. Students are also given the opportunity to explore and use equipment like PFD (Personal Floatation Device) in structured water activities as well as the swing rope to enhance their confidence.

Food Technology- Jane Stacey

We have been very busy making lots of different foods in this subject. Upper Primary and Secondary 7/8 students have been learning about healthy snacks, breakfast, lunch and dinner. We discussed the importance of eating well and how to choose healthy foods, drinking lots of water, getting enough sleep and doing exercise to make our bodies fit and strong.

Physical Education – Rachael McKeown and Hayley Northridge

This Term the P.E program has provided students to further develop their fundamental motor skills by working in pairs, individually and in teams. Throughout the term the students also worked on good sportsmanship and the skills required to be successful in team game situations. The students took part in basketball circuits and were able to transfer these skills into a basketball game. Each Term the students participated in a timed run working on improving their time and fitness.

Science – Sam Hutson

Students in Lower Primary, Secondary 7/8, Secondary 9/10 and Secondary 11/12 have participated in a variety of experiments and hands on activities as part of the science program. Beginning with exploration and immersion in Lower Primary, students in PKS, PKW and PMM have participated in science activities as part of Thursday afternoon rotations. Each group has participated in a four week program, engaging in science activities that are visual and demonstrate cause and effect. These experiments have included; Bicarb Fizz, Orange Sink and Float, Lava Lamps, Blowing up a Balloon and Bubble Painting.


Secondary 7/8 classes SMO, SAL, SFH and SJH have experienced an experiment based program ‘Extraordinary Experiments’. For one term students have participated in a weekly experiment where they learn to set up, conduct and record results of guided investigations. These long and short term investigations have included; Coke and Mentos, Film Canister Rockets, Observing Xylem in Celery, Gummy Bear Osmosis, Lava Lamps, Elephant Toothpaste, Slime, Static Electricity Balloon Tricks and Sprout House. The Discovery Centre is often filled with excitement as students work together to make each experiment come to life.

Digital Technology- Jess Mitchell

The focus for Digital Technology this year is movie making. The Secondary 7/8 classes dove into making a LEGO Movie using the LEGO Movie Maker App and their choice of characters. To film, they had to move their LEGO characters in very small movements and then take a photo, then move it again and then another photo. The smaller the movements, the smoother the film looked. It took a lot of patience but it was worth it to see the moving LEGO at the end. The 9/10 classes had a chance to create a short movie in front of the green screen. They could use costumes if they wished and then used the iMovie program to change their green background to any picture they wanted. They also created new music using Garageband to add to their movie. It has been a fun semester!


Jane Stacey

Acting Team Leader and Food Technology Teacher