LOTE – Mandarin
All students participate in the Mandarin Program and are encouraged to:
• Develop an understanding of the culture and a positive attitude towards learning another language.
• Develop their verbal and non-verbal communication skills as well as their reading, writing and listening skills.
• Participate in all aspects of the program and special events such as Mandarin Day.
• Become aware of similarities and differences between English and Mandarin.
The Music Program is an integral part of the Montessori Curriculum with the development of the whole child. The broad aims of the music program are to develop musical skills in the areas of pitch, rhythm, melody, harmony, timbre, form and music literacy among many other aspects of music.
The classroom Music Program has in-built music activities, for example, weekly recorder lessons, Montessori & classroom bells for discovering pitch, and tone bars for exploring notation and scales. The co-curricular program is based on the Orff and Kodály approach to music education, focusing on skill development through singing, speech, body percussion, improvisation, movement and instrumental work. This high quality and award-winning program has seen regular student participation in the Boroondara Eisteddfod and other similar tournaments.
Physical activity helps children to develop a positive self-image, encourages strength of character and it teaches resilience. In Physical Education we encourage students to:
• Do their best and be proud of their efforts.
• Persevere when faced with challenges.
• Encourage and support team mates.
• Learn to be gracious in victory and in defeat.
The primary goal of Visual Art is aesthetic development of students. The Montessori Creative Arts Curriculum is an expansive framework within which key lessons offer knowledge and skills needed for independent work. In creative arts the key lessons enable children to develop knowledge, understanding and appreciation, as well as the development of skills and techniques that enable them to follow their interests independently. In Visual Art lessons the children are engaged in observing, interpreting, discussion, sharing, making decisions, exploring and experimenting, designing, problem solving, working in groups, practical life and using tools, creating, researching and self-expression.