German is a valued specialist area at Marmion Primary School and the language has been taught at the school for the last twenty-five years. Students from Year 2 to Year 6 receive one fifty minute lesson per week. Within the course, there is a strong emphasis on speaking and pronunciation. Oral work, songs and authentic material are used to make learning enjoyable and meaningful. Reading and writing are emphasised more in the upper years. Selected students or classes are chosen to participate in a German assembly each year, and cultural elements are also included, to give the students a better understanding of the German speaking people and the way that they live.
At Marmion we are giving our students the opportunity to experience Music as a tool of communication, a reflection of their culture and as method of expression that they can continue all their lives.
Children in Years 1 – 3 received 100 minutes of music lessons per week with a cross-arts (dance/drama/music) focus. All students from Years 4 through to Year 6 received 50 minutes of specialist music time per week. Students were given the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities that ranged from singing, playing multiple instruments, reading music, composing using a range of technologies, learning about different musical styles and genres and reflecting on their musical experiences.
Our Senior Choir is made up of between 70-80 students in Years 5 and 6 who rehearse from 8.00am to 9.00am each Wednesday morning. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to learn a variety of choral techniques, sing music in many different genres and work collaboratively to ensure a high level of performance.
Instrumental Music School Services (IMSS) offer weekly lessons during school time for Violin, Viola, Cello, Clarinet and Trumpet. Each Friday morning our String Ensemble rehearses from 7.45am to 8.30am.
The focus for Music at Marmion is taken from the National Curriculum as developed by the Department of Education. The program aims to encourage children’s enjoyment of Music via movement, singing, playing instruments, listening to a variety of music, learning to read and write musical notation and composing using available instruments and technologies.
Junior Music lessons use a combination of Kodaly and Orff approach with a focus on tuned percussion, solfege and creativity. Students develop a sound understanding of beat, rhythm and simple pitch sets as well as learning music language to identify and describe the musical elements. Middle and upper primary Music lessons include ukulele, recorder, composing and arranging using IPads, traditional percussion instruments and also audio mixing and digital editing.
We have a highly supportive learning environemt made possible by the entire Marmion School Community and are fortunate to provide students with a vast array of opportunities to express themselves musically.
The Visual Arts program at Marmion Primary School offers our students a variety of stimulating, creative, fun and engaging activities. Students from Year One to Year Six are given opportunities to create and express their ideas through a variety of art forms and design and explore their own artistic choices when completing artworks. Students develop skills, techniques and processes and use a variety of materials as they explore and experiment with different genres. They have the opportunity to respond to artworks and reflect upon their own work.
Year One students attend Visual Arts lessons twice a week while Year 2 to Year 6 have one fifty-minute lesson per week. The students are exposed to techniques from artists and cultures from the past and present, and have the opportunity to replicate their artworks. The Visual Arts room is a safe and nurturing environment which is well resourced to enable the students to achieve their highest potential. The program is highly valued and strongly supported by the school community.
Marmion Primary School provides a Physical Education Program for all children outlined in the ACARA Health and Physical Education Learning Area Statement. Physical Education at Marmion encompasses a Daily Fitness Program, Swimming, Athletics, Cross Country, Interschool sports and also has special links with a variety of sporting bodies such as, Edu-Dance, Gym Bus and the Sporting Schools Program. Every student attending our school is involved in a minimum of 120 minutes of physical activity each week.
It has been our goal at Marmion to offer a wide range of sports to children across all Year levels to motivate and encourage students to lead healthy lifestyles. The Sporting Schools Program has been a driving force behind our ability to engage children in a variety of sports in our community.
Sports covered during student’s time at Marmion PS includes such sports as; Tennis, Basketball, Netball, Volleyball, Rugby, Lacrosse, Hockey, Soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, Athletics, Dance, Surfing, Swimming, Gymnastics, T Ball, Cricket and Football.