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 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 “wild space” 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 Art teacher also leads our Italian classes. We are really lucky to have such a multi-talented person on our team!
Caroline Colliss holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Movement and Italian Language and a Diploma of Education in Physical Education, Health and Italian, both from the University of Western Australia. Caroline has over 20 years of experience as a teacher, having taught the subjects of health, physical education and outdoor education in addition to art and Italian. She has also mentored pre-service teachers at the University of Notre Dame in Fremantle.
Caroline joined Kerry Street as our Language other than English teacher in 2016 and has worked diligently to adapt her teaching methods and materials to meet individual student’s needs. From time to time, she supports our school even further by stepping in as a relief Education Assistant.
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
When Caroline’s not at school, she loves spending time outdoors, cooking, taking care of her family, and running her part-time business selling reversible bicycle seat covers.
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 wider school community. Our camps are organised by both parents and teachers and provide many educational and social and emotional benefits.
As we know it can be financially challenging to participate in camps, each year we reach out to local businesses who kindly assist us with 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 in previous years.
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 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.
In 2019, we travelled up to Camp Leschenaultia and spent four action-packed days learning Bush Wisdom survival skills including how to make damper, courtesy of Vanessa Paget, and whittling and flag making courtesy of our friends Daniel and Trudi from Educated by Nature.
We were planning to visit Wadjemup (Rottnest) this year but unfortunately had to take a rain check as a result of COVID-19. Here’s hoping we will make it back there in 2021!