To support our students to develop their learning strengths and help them to become well-rounded citizens, the Core Curriculum is supported and enhanced by the extra-curicular programs.
Our school is a Science Specialist School. Every grade from Foundation to Grade 6 attends a Science class each week, taught by our qualified Science specialist teacher in our dedicated Science classroom. Our Specialist Science program engages students by developing their thinking skills and connecting them to the global community. Our Science specialist teacher also runs a Science Club and Garden Club each week for interested students.
Each week our students attend lessons in Art and Music that allow them to express their creativity and learn new skills. Our students’ artistic talents are proudly displayed through our constantly changing Art displays and our music students have enjoyed years of success in the vocal sections at local Eisteddfods.
All students participate in our Indonesian program, which is taught by a fully qualified Indonesian teacher. Our students are taught to speak and communicate in Indonesian as well as learning about the culture of Indonesia.
Our students are encouraged to be healthy and active through our PE and Swimming program. All students are required to participate in Health and Physical Education classes each week. Students work through a curriculum that supports students to improve their fitness, learn skills related to a variety of different sports and develop their gross motor skills.
All students are expected to participate in the Swimming Program, which is part of the school’s Health and PE curriculum. This runs for 8 weeks across terms two and three and is considered a vital element of the curriculum. The swimming program is taught at the Sale Indoor Swimming Pool – Aqua Energy by qualified swimming instructors.
Educational support programs include Literacy intervention programs, Reading Recovery, Special Needs programs and specific parent information/support sessions.
Grades 3 & 4 participate in a camp every 2nd year while Grade 5 & 6 have a yearly camp. At present, this is a 4-day trip to Ballarat every second year and an adventure camp the alternative year.
Our Bike Education program is offered to grades 3-6 students and teaches students road safety and bike handling skills. Every year students have the opportunity the Bike Ed Challenge team and compete against other schools.
Students have the opportunity to be involved in range of sports including soccer, basketball, netball, football, swimming, athletics, soccer and tennis. Many of our students go on to represent Araluen in Sport at a district level.
Students have the opportunity to participate in the school choirs, drama activities, Shakespeare plays and performances, visiting theatre groups, performers and guest speakers, workshops with visiting artists, art displays and competitions. Every year the Choirs compete in local Eisteddfods and every second year interested students also have the opportunity to perform in the State School Spectacular in Melbourne.
Araluen Christmas Concert & State School Spectacular Choir
We have a variety of projects operating each year for students to become involved – including cooking, gardening and grounds projects and building and construction.
Students are able to join in activities at lunchtime such as Science Club, Library Club, Garden Club and Computer Club. They can also participate in varied sporting activities and ride in our Billy Carts. Many of these activities are organised by our student leaders.
From Foundation to Grade 6, all our students have the opportunity to take on a leadership role. Click here to go to the Leadership Page for information about our range of Leadership opportunities.