Curriculum - Specialist Programs

ICT

Technology is everywhere and here at Cowwarr we believe in preparing our students for success in post-secondary education and the business world. An integral part of their life in the real world is to know how to use technology.  

We operate on a 1:1 ratio of devices for our students to enhance and support learning. All students in F-2 have a school owned iPad to use and all students in 3 -6 also have a school owned 11” touch screen netbook to use. Students are taught many skills such as how to save files, send emails, access work from google classroom, google meet and compass. All this assists student’s preparation for secondary college and their future learning.

Each classroom is set up with a 70’ touchscreen and are used daily in the classrooms to share learning and to support teaching. Students, families and staff are able to conduct video calls to external parties such as speech therapists and other experts. This was a great asset to have during our remote learning faze during the Covid19 pandemic.
Our ICT extends to our STEM learning. Sphero balls and bee bots are used to support the children to learn coding and a 3D printer is available for student to design and create objects.

Library and reading opportunities

MARC VAN visits once a week providing students with the opportunity to borrow books from our school cluster mobile library.

Bookclub – Scholastic book club operates in the school throughout the year and children pay for their books at the time of ordering.

STEAM

Once a week student have the opportunity to engage in a variety of STEAM learning with our specialist science teacher.

CAMPS & EXCURSION

Being a small school, Cowwarr Primary join with all our Cluster Schools for camps, allowing students to meet and create new friendships within the cluster. Years 3/4 students alternate between Worrabina and Allambee attending 2 nights, with 3 days full of adventure and activities including rope courses, bush cooking, bush walking, canoeing, horse riding etc. Year 5/6 students alternate between a Melbourne City Camp and adventure camp at places such as Gelantipy; attending 2 nights, 3 days.

Families with a valid health care or pension card are entitled to $125 per primary student to help cover costs of Camps, Excursions & Sports.

LOTE – Chinese

Cowwarr students in F-2 learn Mandarin using the Chinese based language program, Meg Languages. This Mandarin language and Cultural program are delivered on-line for students once a week. Students get the opportunity to communicate with their language teacher who is on the ground in China.

Physical Education

All students have an hour allotted a week for physical education. Along with our swimming program during term 4 at Aqua Energy Indoor Pool, students participate in a wide range of sports offered in our cluster such as athletic competitions, swimming competitions and interschool team sports like cricket and soccer.

Sporting Schools

When successful with Sporting School funding students have the opportunity to have coaching session from a qualified practitioner. In the past Cowwarr Primary students have learnt Tae Kwon Do, Gymnastics, Ten-pin bowling, Tennis and Swimming just to name a few.

Sports

All Students within the Sale Rural Cluster attend the following sports days. Swimming, Cross Country and Track & Field. Students in years 3 – 6 are given opportunities to progress and represent Cowwarr within the Sale Rural Cluster at local, regional and state levels of competition.

Student leadership

Our student leadership program gives every student the chance to experience leadership. All grade 6 students are involved in being School Captains and attend the GRIP leadership conference (the four core values of the team and the conference: Generosity, Responsibility, Integrity, People). Students have specific roles within the school and are called on to represent the school and make speeches at special events e.g. ANZAC Day, Remembrance Day and when visitors come. This Junior School Council takes an active role within the school, organising and running special days, while being the voice of the students, developing ideas they would like to see in the school.