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 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 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 the units of inquiry being focussed on across the whole school. This provides the students with the opportunity to further explore their units in a physically, artistic manner.
Outside of structured classroom lessons, there are numerous other opportunities for Marnebek students to participate in the performing arts.
- The whole school concert. This is held annually and each class performs an item. The concert normally takes place late 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
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.