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RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTION

This school operates an Ecumenical Religious Instruction Program. Students in years
1 - 4 are offered a 30 minute Christian based non-denominational Religious Instruction lesson each week. These classes are conducted throughout the week at designated times arranged at the beginning of each year.
 
Students are allocated to these classes in accordance with the information provided on the student enrolment form.  This information remains operational unless the parent informs the school otherwise in writing.
 
Students who are not participating in religious instruction will undertake alternative supervised activities.

LOTE

LOTE (Language Other Than English) is an important part of the school curriculum in years 5 & 6.  Students participate in 1 ½ hours of LOTE per week.  Oonoonba students are involved in the study of Mandarin Chinese.

Chinese LOTE Program   习中文

Oonoonba State School proudly conducts an ongoing, culture-oriented Chinese Language program. The classroom learning program includes various fun topics and interactive activities, immersing students in Chinese Culture, and raising cultural awareness on an international scale.

   

Engagement in Chinese Language and Culture Activities  中文活

Students at Oonoonba State School actively partake in the annual Regional Chinese Speaking Competition and State Chinese Handwriting Competition. Our students have been successful in receiving prizes in the Regional Chinese Speaking Competition, and one was selected to represent North Queensland in Brisbane.

 

DANCE

 
We value the dance program as part of our curriculum in The Arts and are very enthusiastic about the outcomes for students as a result of their participation. Details will be uploaded when finalized.

MUSIC

At Oonoonba State School each child attends Classroom music lessons for 30 mins each week with a music specialist teacher.  In these classes students learn about the basics of music including rhyme, rhythm, beat, melody and the other elements of Music, with a strong connection to Numeracy and Literacy activities in the classroom.  At the end of Year 2, children are able to nominate for the Strings program where we have a Specialist Strings teacher coming to the school to provide tuition for Violin, Viola and Cello.  Students are able to hire these instruments the first year and then if they continue with the program they are expected to purchase their own instruments. Students are expected to attain a level of competency that will allow them to join the School String Ensemble which performs at regular community and school events and the Townsville Juvenile Eisteddfod. At the end of Year 3 students are able to nominate for our Band program, which includes Woodwind, Brass and Percussion instruments.  We have a specialist Band teacher visiting the school 1 day a week to provide tuition for these instruments.  As part of the program, children are expected to be in the school band by the middle of their first year and will represent the school at various community and school events, including Monday mornings school parade, ANZAC day ceremony and the Townsville Juvenile Eisteddfod. Students are able to loan school music instruments in their first year of tuition but are expected to purchase their own instruments if they wish to continue in future years.  Classroom Music teacher and the Instrumental music teachers work closely together to guide and assist all students to achieve their music goals. Every 2nd year the school String ensemble and Band competes in the statewide FANFARE music festival, competing against other schools in the Townsville region.  

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC

 

Two instrumental music teachers visit the school each week providing tuition in strings, woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. Tuition is available to selected students from 3 onwards. It is essential that students practice their instrument regularly. It is expected that upon acceptance to the program, students remain for the entire year. A small fee is charged. A Music Presentation and Recruitment Evening is held during term 4 annually.

 

STUDENT COUNCIL

 

Student Council includes the school captians and representatives form year 4 - 6  classes. The Student Council body meets regularly to organize fundraising and other events on behalf of the school. 

 
 

EAT WELL AND BE ACTIVE

Oonoonba State School’s health and physical activity program supports continued education about healthy eating and living and the study of how the brain works.   This program aligns with Smart Moves introduced by the state government in 2008. 
Prep – Year 6 students participate in physical activities.  Students across the school are also encouraged to bring healthy foods for “Brainy Snacks” and for lunch breaks.  Prep to Year 4 students stop at 10:00am for a quick snack and drink of water while students in years 5 and 6 generally snack during the first session.