Specialist Programs

Osborne Primary offers many Specialist programs including Physical Education, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Languages- Indonesian and Science. These subjects are taught by trained specialist teachers in well equipped learning spaces. We also have a dedicated Library where students have weekly Library lessons run by their classroom teachers.

 

Physical Education

We are proud of the Physical Education programs and sporting facilities we offer our students at Osborne.

A full size indoor basketball stadium, outdoor netball, bat tennis and basketball courts. A well maintained oval and soccer pitch (with goals!), seven exercise bikes, an indoor climbing wall and all the necessary equipment to assist our staff to deliver an effective Physical Education and Sporting Program.

All students attend a weekly 50 minute PE session where they are exposed to a variety of sporting and recreational activities through a structured timetable delivered by dedicated Specialist teachers, Dan Pieters and Jess D’Arcy.

In addition to weekly PE sessions Years 3 to 6 have weekly Sports session where they learn and practise a variety of Summer and Winter sports.

School House Competitions

On enrolment at Osborne Pirmary School, students are placed in one of the following houses, named after local beaches:

* Birdrock – yellow

* Craigie – green

* Dava – blue

* Hawker – red

Each year a school house Athletics Day is held at Ballam Park Athletics Track. Students from Years 3 to 6 compete in a range of track and field events. There is also a House Swimming event.

Inter-school Sports Competitions

Throughout the year students in Years 5 and 6 compete against local schools in a variety of sports with some representing Osborne against other schools. Some of the sports available to play are football, soccer, volleyball, t – ball and netball. Year 4 students are selected to assist in fielding full teams for Osborne.

Students also get to participate in our school Cross Country event. Some students who perform well and are 10 years and over are selected from the school based event to represent the school at the Zone Cross County competition.

See Extra Curricular for details on our Water Safety and Camping programs.

 

Performing Arts

Performing Arts is taught across all levels from Foundation to Year 6, with a weekly 50 minute lesson in our well-equipped Performing Arts Centre. In addition, many extra-curricular activities are available for students in Year 3-6.

Osborne Primary School gives students opportunities to participate in a variety of Performing Arts activities such as bands, singing and instrumental groups. These groups perform regularly at school assemblies, concerts and expos. The school also has rock bands and ensembles for students who participate in the instrumental program. Private instrumental lessons are available in guitar, drums, ukulele and piano, providing one-on-one tuition to students on a fee-paying basis. (See Extra Curricular for more details).

Every second year the students in Years 5 and 6 perform in a Senior School Production. In the alternate year our Foundation and Year 1 students perform a Junior Concert. Students in the Middle Years (2-4) hone their performance skills by joining the annual ‘Music Australia Celebration of Music in Schools’ when children throughout Australia perform together, singing and playing the same song at the same time through a live web link.

We have two Performing Arts specialist teachers; Emma Jones and Carol Ray who give the students opportunities to experience and develop their skills through participation in a variety of activities in Drama, Dance, Music and Media.

Whole School Incursions

Each year students participate in a different professional Performing Arts performance to allow them to experience a variety of genres and develop audience member skills. This year we are excited to have African Beat return to our school.

All students perform in our annual Christmas Concert in Term 4.

Indonesian

Narelle MacNabb is our Specialist Indonesian teacher who plans and teaches students from Foundation to Year 2. They attend weekly 50 minute sessions in our Indonesian classroom where they are immersed in an interesting and comprehensive junior Languages- Indonesian program. Here they have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of Indonesia through participation in songs, games, listening, speaking, reading, writing and cultural activities.

Science

Across all levels, Science is taught by doing, with the students having a go at hands on experimentation whenever possible to encourage their curiosity, hone their inquiry skills, make discoveries for themselves and deepen their understanding of the scientific concepts they are studying. Above all, our aim is to teach Science in a safe environment where the students can have fun experimenting and learning.

Students in Years 3 to 6 have weekly Science classes, taught by our Science Specialist, Mary Johnston in our dedicated Science room. Students in the younger years study Science with their grade teacher as inquiry units during their classroom program.

Science teaching and learning follows the Victorian Curriculum which has 5 areas of Science Understanding: Biological, Chemical, Physical and Earth & Spaces Sciences plus the understanding of Science as a Human Endeavour. Students learn about the Scientific Inquiry process and how to use it in investigations and research in all five areas of Science.

Visual Arts

Students at Osborne Primary engage in a very comprehensive Visual Arts Program. Students in Foundation, including ‘Little Ossies’ (LOS) and Years 1 to 4 attend weekly 50 min sessions while students in Years 5 and 6 have 100 minute sessions each fortnight.

Osborne boasts a fantastic Visual Arts Centre, well equipped and maintained incorporating indoor and sheltered outdoor working areas. Three teachers work together to plan and provide an extensive ‘child-centred’ program where children have the opportunity to explore creative ideas, develop skills, and experiment with a variety of materials in a nurturing and non threatening environment. Children engage in a wide range of activities including, painting, print- making, drawing, design, collage, ceramics, digital art, construction, woodwork, textiles and art appreciation.

The Visual Arts teachers, Julie Oldenburger and Jess D’Arcy are committed to the belief that every child should have the opportunity to gain confidence and success in the Visual Arts.

Library

Osborne Primary has a modern automated Library which is central both in location and curriculum, within the school. Its comprehensive collection of resources is available for use by all members of the school community.

All classes are scheduled a 50 minute session per week to borrow. Class teachers take the lesson and children are taught valuable information skills which are reinforced through all year levels. They enjoy some great story-telling sessions and the openness of the Library allows them the opportunity to spread out for shared reading groups.

The Library is open during lunch 3 days a week where children may come in and read, research, draw and play quiet games.