At Kerry Street, we include in our curriculum the various activities, topics and specialist subjects that suit our school, our values and our students. Where possible, these additional programs and opportunities are integrated holistically into our students’ learning experiences. If more appropriate, they are offered as separate subjects.
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.
Sporting Schools Program
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 physical activity. Through exposure to different sports and qualified coaches, we hope that students’ participation in community sports will increase as they develop a love for, and understanding of, what their young bodies can achieve.
Over the years, we have participated in Soccer, Basketball, Rugby, Netball, Athletics, Volleyball, Judo, Tee-ball, Gymnastics and AFL Football. The enthusiasm and engagement of our students has been nothing short of fantastic.
Gardening and Environmental Education
Gardening and environmental education is always a focus for Kerry Street students with initiatives that get us outside and our hands in the Earth supported and planned for by our classroom teachers. We consider ourselves incredibly fortunate to have access to the “wilderness area” adjacent to our Administration Building on Forrest Road. The fencing off of this space occurred in late 2019 and we have spent the majority of 2020 to date working to increase the amount of space our children have to play in.
Language Other Than English
Our Year 1 to 6 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. Caroline Colliss, who is our specialist Art teacher also leads our Italian classes. We are really lucky to have such a multi-talented person on our team!
Caroline first visited Italy as a 10-year old, which resulted in her life-long love of the country and its culture. She has visited many times since, each time coming away with a renewed appreciation for the country’s history and traditions.
“After school, I lived in northern Italy for two years which completely changed my life.
In addition to teaching Italian, I have always wanted to teach art and so now I am rather fulfilled having the chance to do so at Kerry Street.”Caroline Colliss