At Mossgiel Park Primary School we offer many specialised programs:
- African Drumming
- Indonesian Ambassadors
- Junior School Council
- Environmental Leaders
and many more wonderful programs.
Art is a fundamental part of any child’s expression. Children’s artwork can be seen in the main foyer as well as along the corridors within the school.
Children use art in a range of different ways to express who they are, and their interests in the world. Art takes many forms, with no one piece being more important or better than others.
The library is a fully computerized, air-conditioned, purpose-built classroom. With stepped seating forming and amphitheatre for story-telling, and chairs and tables for co-operative group work.
There is an extensive range of high-quality picture story books, junior fiction and non-fiction titles. The library also holds the reading counts collection of “lexiled” books, which are used to match readers with texts to suit their reading ability and their interests.
The Department of Education and training place a high priority on the learning of another language and it is an integral part of the essential curriculum for all students. Learning a language develops a better understanding of one’s own language, thus improving literacy skills. It also assists and expands students’ thinking skills and teaches about other people in order to inspire trust in and respect for other cultures. Students entering the education system at this stage will find that having a second language will be an essential skill for entering the work force when it is their time to do so. Current research shows that it is important and of most benefit to begin languages as early as possible. The ability to have continuity through primary school and into secondary school can only improve the learning outcomes for students.
Mossgiel Park Primary School is pleased to be able to offer an Indonesian Language program for students in Years 1 to 6. Students have weekly lessons in Indonesian where they have the opportunity to develop their oral and written language skills and their cultural understanding through storytelling techniques, games, songs and role-plays and other authentic experiences where possible.
P.E. and Sport
We nurture teamwork through a strong sporting and physical education program in well-resourced gymnasiums that allow students of all abilities to experience success. Opportunities are offered for individuals to achieve their sporting potential at local, regional and state levels and there is also an Interschool Sport Program (Years 5-6) and Early Morning Swimming Program (Years 3-6).
Swimming is a sport for life
In Australia we have easy access to open water. Whether it is a backyard swimming pool, inland waterway, such as lakes, rivers and dams. As we are surrounded by water, most families spend their holidays by the beach or at a pool. Almost one third of our recreational activities are water based.
Unfortunately, we have had some significant numbers of children and adult drownings in backyard pools, rivers, lakes and beaches. Drowning is still one of the most common causes of accidental death in children, so being able to swim is an essential life-saving skill.
We must equip our children with the skills to swim and the knowledge to know what to do if they find themselves in a dangerous situation.
All children need to be aware of the benefits and enjoyment that can be derived from water activities in a safe and healthy manner, even children who are not particularly interested in water activities at this time in their lives. Therefore it is important as parents, that we all make sure that our children will be able to swim and be safe in, on or around water.
Remember, you can’t always be there. Learning to swim may save your child’s life one day.
Mossgiel Park’s Swimming Program
Aquatic Education is a key component of our school Physical Education Program.
It provides opportunities for the learning of skills, knowledge and attitudes related to swimming, water safety and personal survival.
Our Swimming Program begins in term 1 with the senior school, term 3 for the Middle school and year 1 students, and term 4 for our preps and year 2 students. Attendance each year will give your child every chance to become a proficient swimmer. Swimming lessons are also a good investment in your child’s future safety and fitness.