Specialist Subjects

Visual Arts is a highly valued program at KPS. The hallways, walls, outdoor areas, fences, trees and even ceilings are adorned with marvelous creations of KPS students. 

When students are involved in the creating and making part of the curriculum they are exploring experiences, ideas, feelings and understandings as they experiment with arts elements, principles, skills, techniques, processes and media. Throughout the year they do this using materials in 2D and 3D forms. The curriculum spirals around four main themes for each year level, these are pattern abstraction and decoration, the picture tells a story, drawing and working in 3D. Often an overarching concept or question  is also explored.

As students are involved in the exploring and responding part of the curriculum they develop understandings of their own and others works (both other students’ and established artists’ works). Studies of Visual Arts artists can be from various periods in history or a range of cultures.

Some units of  art work compliment and connect to the classroom inquiry programs, so students can use the opportunity to enrich and extend their skills and knowledge through the arts.

In the Visual Arts program students are encouraged to express their imagination, creativity and ability to innovate by extending and transforming ideas. This is done within a supportive, structured curriculum  and classroom climate that develops risk taking, courage and perseverance.

Kensington Primary School has a thriving performing Arts Program consisting of 5 ensembles, private instrumental tuition and a classroom performing arts program. The classroom program follows the Victorian Curriculum Guide. Sections of the Arts are teased apart and taught separately. 

Some units of work compliment the classroom studies. In these cases the performing arts enriches the children’s learning as well as the students bringing their classroom experiences and learning to the performing arts. 

The language Other Than English program (LOTE) taught at Kensington Primary School is Spanish.  The core focus of the program is to expose the students to learning and communicating in a language other than English and to develop intercultural knowledge and language awareness.  The major focus is to help students to see themselves as global citizens of the future with greater sensitivity and a deeper understanding of the Indonesian people, their language and culture.

Students are encouraged to practise conversational language, and to identify and imitate culturally appropriate language.  The students repeat words and learn to ask and answer questions related to themselves, building a personal profile in Spanish. Students are encouraged to join in songs, dances and games and be able to demonstrate both verbally and non-verbally an enhanced understanding of the Spanish language and culture.

The Physical Education program aims for every student to fully participate in an active life. Each student is encouraged to ‘have a go’ at an array of physical activities and they are given advice on how they can improve their individual performances.

The Physical Education program takes the individual to a higher level, in that students are encouraged to work co-operatively and harmoniously in small groups, leading onto the experience of playing in a team. Students are constantly reminded of our Team anagram, that is: Together Everyone Achieves More.

The swimming carnival, soccer tournament, athletics carnival and interschool sports have always been a highlight of each year for both competitors and supporters.  These special events support and are supported by the regular specialist PE classes the students receive weekly.