Specialist Programs

Physical Education Program

The Physical Education Program caters for students of all ages and abilities. Students can expect to participate in activities designed to:

  • develop and consolidate Fundamental Motor Skills
  • explore spatial awareness, rotation, balance and locomotion
  • improve overall Fitness levels
  • encourage fair play, team work and allow for leadership opportunities
  • teach students the skills and rules associated with different sports and minor games

Some of the features of the program are the Gymnastics Unit, Perceptual Motor Program, Jump Rope for Heart, Athletics Unit, Friday Sports Program, X-Country events, whole school sports mornings eg. ‘Footy Day’, and Special School’s Swimming, X-Country and Athletics Carnivals. Students can get involved in several performance based activities including the Main Campus skipping team ‘Rope Rocketeers’ or the Senior Campus team ‘Vaulting Heartz’ who visit local schools to perform a variety of routines. The Aero-base team also competes in competitions during the year, and won the State Championship in 2018.

There is an abundance of Physical Education equipment which enables us to provide a challenging, stimulating and varying program for all students to engage in.

Visual Arts

Visual Arts is a weekly hour long session. Students explore the art elements of colour, shape, line, form, texture, space, tone and value through a variety of 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional activities. In addition, principles of design such as pattern & repetition, contrast, emphasis, proportion, variety, balance, rhythm & movement, and harmony & unity are informally discussed and attempted in artworks. Great artists, Contemporary artists, designers, Inquiry topics and feelings & emotions provide inspiration and starting points to enable students to develop confidence in their creations.

All students create a visual art diary to provide ongoing visual records of the processes, designs, photos and reflections of their art journey.

To complement the Visual Arts Program, Art Club is offered once a week during lunchtime for the extension of interested artists.

 

Performing Arts

Performing Arts is one of the specialist subjects undertaken at Marnebek. Students are granted the opportunity to express themselves creatively via the mediums of drama, dance, music, games and song.

Lessons are planned around whole school focused units of inquiry. This provides the students with the opportunity to further explore their units in a physically, artistic manner.

Outside structured classroom lessons, there are numerous other opportunities for Marnebek students to participate in the performing arts.

These include:

  • The whole school concert. This is held annually and each class performs an item. The concert takes place in Term Three.
  • Participation in the Southern Special Schools’ Music Festival. The festival showcases the dance talents of numerous special schools in our region and alternates each year between junior and senior students. Selected classes are chosen each year to perform.
  • Guitar lessons
  • Rock Band
  • Performances for peers and younger students
  • Performing Arts based lunchtime activities
  • Excursions and incursions

Horticulture

Our main campus operates a fun and exciting horticulture program for students of all ages. It is fully equipped with several raised garden beds, fruit trees, established herb garden, composting area, worm farming stations and a large secure shed. Our students participate in a variety of hands on learning programs that build lifelong passion and skills in horticulture, focusing on safety, respect, responsibility and resilience.

Our Junior students are taught to experience the horticulture garden with their senses. It is a sensory wonderland. Our herb garden, worm farms and fruits and vegetables are incorporated in a range of hands on activities that allow students to explore and experience first-hand. We learn about living and non-living things, cause and effect and how things move. We identify garden tools, insects and parts of a plant. Learning about the weather is important to our horticulture program. Students learn to identify different types of weather, being aware of appropriate clothing attire and being sun smart. Appropriate garden tools are introduced to our junior students, focusing on safety and responsibility. Students practice different gardening activities, such as weeding, watering and properly planting seeds and seedlings into soil. We enjoy watching the garden grow, harvesting our crops and getting a bit dirty in the process!

Our Middles students practice using scientific language and vocabulary as well as incorporating our School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS) values to our horticulture lessons and activities. In the garden, students identify and describe herbs, systematically using their senses. We learn that herbs have many uses, compliment other foods and students harvest them for use in Marnebek’s cooking program, Food Technologies. Students become more familiar with the life cycle of plants and butterflies. They are able to describe attributes of living things with more description. Our Middle students learn more about the earth, its natural resources and how we use them in our everyday lives. Students practice their categorising and graphing skills when presenting data they have collected. Many students enjoy the hands-on activities involving planting seeds, seedlings and plants and the more laborious activities of shoveling mulch, transporting wheelbarrows and constructing garden beds. Many students express interest in our Senior campus’ “Hands-on-Learning” program that provides outstanding experience to further students’ interest of horticulture and landscaping.

Food Technology

At Marnebek School, we offer an engaging study program encompassing Life Skills outcomes. Students, from Prep’ to Year 8 participate in weekly Food Technology lessons, over one semester. These lessons aim to engage and challenge each student to learn new skills and develop knowledge that will contribute to their ongoing learning and independence in the kitchen.

Throughout the year students explore topics such as hygiene and safe practices in the kitchen, nutritional value of food items, food cultural influences, catering and servicing within the industry, gathering information from a variety of sources.

Each week Food Technology involves the preparation and production of food items and cooking, an activity all students love, especially due to the ‘hands-on’ practical approach to learning.

Students learn skills such as safe use of equipment, and following procedures using their individual recipe books, complete with visuals to ensure all students are actively involved in this process. Students are encouraged to take their recipe books home at the end of the semester to practice with their family.

An important goal is either for students to be able to develop confidence in the kitchen, independently or with minimal supervision. These skills may assist students in the future should they seek employment in the hospitality industry. Food being cooked includes recipes from all around the world. We endeavour to make the program cross-curricular involving literacy, Numeracy, ICT and inquiry activities.

 

Mindfulness at Marnebek

Mindfulness means paying attention to the present moment. Practising mindfulness can help students with everyday life and deal with tough issues.

Mindfulness is proven to benefit students by helping students:

  • Who are having trouble focusing
  • Who often find themselves worrying or stressed
  • Want to improve their mental and physical wellbeing.

At Marnebek, students engage in Mindfulness sessions weekly with a specialist teacher in a dedicated calming space in the BER building.

Each term students enjoy learning mindful practices including meditation and yoga.

Auslan

Auslan (Australian Sign Language) is a visual and tactile language that is one of the Specialist classes offered at Marnebek School. The program is delivered by using hands on and interactive games and activities for students to learn subject specific vocabulary with a particular focus on functional communication. Students participate in routine classroom activities such as Circle Time as well as whole class and small group games such as Bingo, Go Fish, Memory as well as requesting and picture matching activities, focussing on using Auslan to support communication with their peers. Due to its tactile nature, Auslan is an incredibly powerful tool to not only support our students to develop their communication skills but also to help them build stronger connections with their classroom learning outcomes not only with their academic goals but also with their personal and social skills. Students at Marnebek enjoy learning Auslan and take various opportunities to use their skills to communicate and engage with their peers throughout the school day.