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 Kindy to 6 students are currently learning Auslan as their Languages 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. Students engage with a comprehensive Languages program which explores both vocabulary and culture.
My name is Jamie-Lee and I am profoundly deaf, Auslan is my first language. I enjoy being the Auslan Languages teacher at Kerry Street and I believe sign language is a beautiful language.
I have grown up in the Perth Hills, but I have lived in London, UK for 2 years and travelled extensively all over Europe, UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand and Asia. Before leaving to travel, I was a Veterinary surgery nurse. I love all things the Deaf Community and the Deaf Culture bring and I have had many amazing experiences in a variety of countries. I am passionate about animals, children and travel.
2 years ago, I worked as a Deaf Education Officer as a Support Deaf Role Model for deaf children, including playgroup and Kindergarten children. I also visited the schools of deaf students and conducted Auslan classes with parents and Education Assistant staff. I have worked as an Auslan Languages teacher at various schools over the last 3 years, as well as working with the Deaf and Vision impaired, SSENS.
Auslan will bring joy into your world. We welcome you on our journey.Jamie-Lee
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.