The Visual Arts curriculum at Holy Eucharist school supports and provides art education, through the Victorian curriculum and the school Inquiry process. It’s a great medium to bring out the full potential and development of the student. Visual Arts is also a universal means of communication, conveying messages, encouraging individuality, self-expression and emotions. It also enables students to develop curiosity, imagination, enjoyment as well as being therapeutic. It engages students in the making, viewing, discussing, analyzing, interpreting and evaluating. It recognises visual arts histories, theories and practices, exploring and making of artworks. Students at the school are introduced to various tools and mediums through drawing, painting, sculpture, textiles, ceramics, printing and other technologies, giving them experiences such as experimenting, exploring techniques, strategies and skills essential in these areas. The art room is a motivating space, equipped with large colourful tables and stools. Great pieces of artwork are produced and then showcased at the annual art exhibition for public viewing. Some artworks are selected and submitted for the Catholic Education week, Visual art exhibition competition conducted by the Catholic Education Office in March. We have been recipients of the Social Justice prize by the Australian Catholic University, four or five times in a row and other prizes including portraits.
Physical Education at Holy Eucharist offers students from Prep-Grade Six a curriculum that is physically active, challenging and fun.
At Holy Eucharist students have a weekly Physical Education lesson which involves a warm-up game, skill development, whole class activity and a warm down. In the Junior years (Prep-Grade 2), there is a strong focus on developing fundamental movement skills and applying them to skill-based games and drills. In the Middle to Senior Years, students continue to refine these motor skills, as well as participating in a wide variety of sports.
Digital Technologies provides students with the opportunity to acquire and apply specific ways of thinking about problem-solving to create innovative, purpose-designed digital solutions.
At Holy Eucharist the students in Grades Prep, Three, Four, Five and Six have specialist Digital Technologies classes where they problem solve through basic colour block coding, working with robots and other digital technologies.
The Digital Technologies curriculum is new, and it is a discipline based learning area, not a capability. In the Victorian Curriculum, skills associated with ICT as a capability are either specifically embedded in the content descriptions of Mathematics, Media Arts, Geography, English and Digital Technologies or schools have the flexibility to determine how these skills will be used in their teaching and learning programs for other curriculum areas.
The students in Grades Prep – Three have specialist Mandarin classes.