At Kerry Street we include activities, topics and specialist subjects in the curriculum that suit our school, our values and our students.
Where possible, these are integrated holistically into our students’ learning experiences. If more appropriate, they are offered as separate subjects.
In 2018, Kerry Street continues to benefit from the Sporting Schools program, which is part of a $100 million Australian Government initiative designed to help schools to increase children’s participation in sport, and to connect children with community sport. The aim of the program is to introduce our students to a variety of sports and connect them with community sporting clubs to develop a lifelong love of sport. Through exposure to different sports and qualified coaches, we hope that students’ participation in community sport will increase as they develop a love and understanding for what their young bodies can achieve.
So far in 2018, we have run Soccer, Athletics and AFL Football. In term 4, we are focusing on Netball. The enthusiasm and engagement of our students has been fantastic!
Gardening and environmental education is always a focus for our students. These initiatives are supported by, and planned for, by our classroom teachers, with students having the opportunity each day to get their hands dirty.
Our physical education program is delivered in partnership with the BluEarth Foundation. Schools are supported by BluEarth through sessions to increase physical activity, and more importantly to make that physical activity inclusive and enjoyable through a range of programs and resources. Students also participate weekly in a variety of sports through the Sporting Schools program.
We are very proud of our visual arts program at Kerry Street and consider ourselves lucky to have such a dedicated art teacher in Ariane Roemmele, who works with every one of our school classes. We believe the visual arts has the ability to engage, inspire, and enrich the lives of students, encouraging them to reach their individual potential through developing imaginative and innovative thinking. Ariane shares news of the students' creations in our weekly school newsletter.
Drama and Music are also taught as separate subjects by a specialist teacher at Kerry Street. Our students have been fortunate to be exposed to a number of musical experiences including African drumming, didgeridoo, ukuleles and piano.
Our students are currently learning Italian as their language other than English subject . Our language program is underpinned by the diverse backgrounds of our families and provides opportunities for students to engage with linguistic and cultural diversity.
Our whole school goes on camp every year and all family members, young and old, are encouraged to attend. Camp is an ideal place for families to get to know each other and feel part of the community. Kerry Street’s school camp is organised by both parents and teachers and provides many educational and community benefits.
As we know it can be financially challenging to participate in camps, each year we reach out to local businesses to ask for food donations. We thank and acknowledge IGA Hamilton Hill, Woolworths Melville, Kakulas Sister, Scarvaci's IGA, The Galati Family, Coles Beeliar Village, Wild Bakery, Tony Ale, Peaches Fresh Food and Hamilton Fresh Fruit and Veg for their generous contributions this year.
In 2018, our school community travelled to Dwellingup and stayed for three nights at the Dwellingup Chalets and Caravan Park, run by Rosemary and Ross Bryant. On check out, we received the wonderful feedback from Rosemary and Ross that our school group was a pleasure to host, and our students exceptionally well behaved. We had a wonderful time in Dwellingup, and highly recommend considering Rosemary and Ross' caravan park as an accommodation option, the next time you're in the area.
Next year, we intend to visit Rottnest Island!