Specialist subjects and teachers further enhance the Primary curriculum
There is a wide choice of specialist subject areas offered at Buckley House and these include Physical Education, French, Art, Music, Instrumental Program, Science and Library.
Children at Buckley House from ELC4 to Year 6 all learn French. The ELC4 students have one, 40 minute lesson each week, while students in Prep – Year 6 have two, 40 minute lessons each week. The program uses an integrated curriculum model where possible, and cultural topics form an important part of developing tolerance and understanding of others. A Native Speaker Assistant Teacher Program also operates, with a volunteer regularly hosted by the school to work within the French language classes.
Buckley House is home to the Innovation Centre, a unique stand-alone Science and Year 5 and 6 Facility with its own specialist Science teacher. The Vivarium contained within the Science classroom allows students to study animals such as green tree frogs, blue tongue and dragon lizards and long necked turtles in their natural habitats.
The facility places an emphasis on the Physical Sciences and helps children develop a passion for their scientific world. It helps harness children's natural curiosity and spark their imaginations.
The Marjorie Gregory Library at Buckley House is a state-of-the-art, two storey facility with a mezzanine; it is a bright and welcoming learning environment. A vast collection of picture fiction, fiction and non-fiction texts are available for student borrowing, including latest releases and the classics.
The library collection is housed on the ground floor and a teaching area, video conference room and substantial storage space is upstairs, all of which link seamlessly with the Innovation Centre and the Years 5 and 6 classrooms.
Lessons include information literacy, library skills, author and genre studies. Students also enjoy daily lunchtime activities in the library.
Buckley House offers a comprehensive Physical Education and Sporting experience for all children. In addition to the weekly Physical Education classes, children are also involved in swimming lessons, Perceptual Motor Program classes and weekly after school sporting programs. Our school Auskick program is ranked in the top 30 in the state and gives the children a chance to play on the MCG or Etihad Stadium every year!
The class music program includes singing, listening, speech, movement, folk dancing and playing percussion instruments to encourage all students to enjoy music.
All students in Years 2 and 3 receive weekly instrumental tuition in violin, viola or the cello while students in Year 5 learn the flute, double bass, clarinet or the trumpet.
The instrumental program is available to all students on a range of orchestral and popular instruments. These include: violin, viola, cello, piano, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, guitar, drum kit and voice. Other instruments are also available upon request.
Concerts and Productions
There is ample opportunity for students to perform throughout the year at both formal and informal concerts. Music Performance ensembles include the Senior Choir, Year 2 and 3 Singers, Concert Band, Senior Strings, Dodemaide Strings, Percussion Ensemble and Guitar Ensemble.
Highlights of the music program are the biennial musical production, with all students in Prep to Year 6 appearing on stage, music soirees and the annual Buckley House Showcase Concert.
The Visual Arts program at Buckley House provides students with opportunities to express themselves through their art works - to record what they see and know, to explore their imaginations, to express what they feel, and to experience the joy of creating and making.
The Buckley House Art Studio is an exciting, well-resourced space where students are encouraged and stimulated to think, plan, discuss, research, experiment, make, share, evaluate and present. A positive environment where effort and creativity are valued is promoted, and students understand that artworks are individual and we think and respond in our own unique ways.
The Visual Arts program is based on classroom Integrated Units, following the interests of children and the development of specific art areas. Skills are taught through practical activities and children understand that each art area has particular tools, media and techniques to be learnt.
By viewing and responding to the work of other artists, children expand their own language of art and come to understand, appreciate and develop aesthetic values of their own.