Educational Programs - Specialist Programs

 Specialist Programs Offered at DCE are:

 
VISUAL ARTS
 
The Visual Arts are practised and valued in our society as important outlets for the communication of ideas, feelings and beliefs. They also provide sources for intellectual, physical and emotional development and understanding and enjoyment. Comprehensive and sequential learning experiences in the Arts provide students with the necessary skills, understandings and confidence to participate fully in the Arts throughout their lives. The Visual Arts program at Diamond Creek East Primary School provides students with the opportunity to plan, design and create works and images using a wide range of media. Students explore techniques and processes in the areas of painting, drawing, clay, threads and textiles, printmaking, paper craft and construction. Each of these areas explores the Elements of Art; line, tone, colour, shape, pattern and texture. A working vocabulary is encouraged at all levels to thoroughly understand the many and varied processes and techniques. Each grade level is allocated a one hour session per week in the Art Room with a specialist teacher.
 
 
 
SPORT
 
Physical Education at Diamond Creek East Primary School helps provide our students with the knowledge and skills that enable them to participate confidently in sport, recreation, physical and fitness activities. Children are given the opportunity to particpate in physical activities on their own and with their peers, with and without equipment learning the basic fundamental motor skills. These skills are the progressed and incorporated into game situations. We offer our children the opportunity to participate in Inter-School and Intra-School Sport, House Athletics, Cross Country, District Athletics, Swimming, Hockey 7's, HPV, Twilight Sports, Balance Gym, Swimming Program and Footyathon Day.
 
 
MUSIC
 
Diamond Creek East provides a music program for students by involving them in singing, dancing, listening, playing instruments, composing and targeted music games. In addition, DCE runs an after-hours rock band (Smash Hits) which performs widely at festivals and other events. In addition, specialist guitar, keyboard, drum and vocal tuition is offered to our students.
 
 
AUSLAN
 
Diamond Creek East Primary School have recently introduced AUSLAN as the L.O.T.E. program for all students Prep to Grade 6. Students attend a weekly session with a specialist Auslan teacher and develop their skills in non-verbal communication. Classes consist of hands on activities involving mime, finger spelling and general singing and students participate in performance and visual displays by visiting experts. Developing the language of Auslan enhances student confidence in communication, opens up networks within our community and supports concepts explored within the general classroom. Our commitment is to develop language skills that will allow students to achieve their greatest possible potential.
 
 
SINGING LESSONS - Gabriella Favretto
 
Lessons are offered to children ideally from Grades 2 to 6.
 
Gabriella has had over 25 years of experience as a vocalist and performer. Her goal for all children is to enjoy the art of singing! Lessons consist of a small group of students and are 30 minutes in duration. Students are taken out of class for their lessons. A broad range of songs is selected throughout the year – from different genres and periods.
 
Lessons focus on:
 
Projection and control of voice
Performance skills
Development of vocal techniques
Fostering the development of self - esteem and confidence
Breathing Exercises
Correct Posture
Ear training – listening and blending
If you have any queries, please contact Gabriella on 0413 676 733.