MacFarlane Primary School

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Specialist Programs

Gateway to Literacy
An integrated approach which develops perceptual motor skills, oral language and phonological awareness.
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Physical Education

All classes participate in specialized Physical Education. lessons. Students learn individual and team sports and are coached to develop their skills to a level which will enable them to play a game or improvised game of the specific sport. They
will further develop their fine and gross motor skills, and along with learning sportsmanship they will have fun. Throughout the year clinics are also held with a focus on a variety of different sports such as rugby and AFL. Upper primary students also have the opportunity to participate in interschool sports each Friday afternoon throughout the year.

 

Indigenous Cultural Unit
An Indigenous Cultural Coordinator is employed to conduct Indigenous Studies in each class throughout the year.  The units focus on linking culture and heritage to learning programs.  Throughout the two or three week block, students will go on excursions, be involved in making artifacts, aboriginal song and dance, storytelling and many other engaging activities.

Pastoral Care

The school has a Chaplain who works at the school three days a week.  She is employed through the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program.  The aims of the service within the school are to have the Chaplain assist with building relationships within the school community through working with students, parents, carers, and staff in 1-1 situations, in the classroom and in small groups throughout the day.  She also works as part of the school wellbeing committee to plan for and deliver parent and student support services under the direction of leadership.
Our school Chaplain is there to provide support in times of need such as when a student is experiencing difficulties with family or peer relationships or just needs someone to listen. She is available to speak with parents and arrangements can be made at the school office.

Swimming
A water safety program takes place in Term 4 for all students.

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Specialist Programs