Spinning a yarn
At CHPS we don't practice 'tolerance', we celebrate and delight in Australia's many wonderful cultures. We are extremely proud of the work we do to engage our children with the world around them. Appreciation and understanding of other traditions, festivals and ways of life are fundamental to the values we cherish at our school. Throughout the year, we work with the children to develop their understanding of our Indigenous Australian heritage as well as many others from around the world.
Our Teachers run out P.E program, offering the children lively and fun sessions for one-hour each week. The children learn about health and fitness as well as developing their cooperation and team skills throughout.
Our music program is run by Jacqui for one hour each week. In this program they are exposed to an engaging mix of instrumental music, rhythm and movement and music appreciation.
Art and creativity are an integral part of our classroom teaching. In addition, the children attend a one-hour Art specialist program each week. In this they learn specific skills and techniques around the Visual Arts. They explore Art through sculpture, drawing, painting, collage, print making and many other interesting and exciting mediums.
We highly value Science for its wonderful ability to help our children develop their inquiry skills as well as providing them with invaluable understandings of our planet and the forces that shape it. We run the 'Primary Connections' science program developed by the Australian Academy of Science. The children have a one-hour session each week and over the course of the year, explore content from each of the key science domains: Earth and Space, Biological, Chemical and Physical.
Learning Adventures is a trademark of our school. We designed the program to hold us to our motto 'Where Learning is an Adventure'. The program consists of outdoor activities, drama, craft and many other fun experiences. The children determine the content of the sessions. They also frequently act as 'teachers' running the sessions with our support. All children from Foundation to Year 6 are encouraged to see themselves as teachers and leaders in our school through this and other programs.
Auslan and Drama
We teach the children Auslan (Australian Sign Language) and Drama every week for an hour. We combine our Auslan sessions with Drama as a great way to develop the childrens' confidence in interacting with others and allow them to explore their emotions. Auslan not only has enormous benefits for the childrens' social and emotional skills, it also improves their understanding of the world. As an added bonus, it's great for their spelling! We use 'finger spelling' to sign names.
Each of our grades have a set of laptops. In all things, our focus on ICT is around integration with other learning areas and on ICT being a tool for creativity, rather than just a resource for finding information.