Cultural Connections is a gifted and talented program with links across the curriculum. The program is student-led and facilitated by a teacher within a small group of students selected from across Year 5 and 6. Students take ownership of their own learning by initiating projects and making links with their learning within their classroom.
Students are given opportunities to apply their learning from other curriculum areas and extend their understandings into other contexts. Students follow their interests and use their skills to work collaboratively within small groups. Students learn Business and Economics through real-life skills in running a coffee business selling to staff and parents on assembly mornings, and have a strong voice in the management of this business. Links are made to Civics and Citizenship through investigations into values within our own culture and others. Students also make links to Mathematics through surveys and analysing results, as well as valuable ICT skills such as using emails, Microsoft Excel and movie making applications. In 2018, Year 5 and 6 Cultural Connections students created a movie linking the school values to cultures found in our school.
The Casuarina Street PS Choir is made up of students from years 4, 5 and 6. We come together each week for 90 minutes to sing and learn about music. The choir performs at many events throughout the year including Katherine and Darwin BEATS, school assemblies, Community Christmas Carols to name a few.
Students learn how to sing as a group, sing in two parts, listen to each other and to soloist singers and learn how to work together in a fun and enjoyable environment.
The school choir is supported by the NT Music school by having a teacher assisting at each choir session.
STEM — Science Technology Engineering and Maths
Students in STEM sessions develop confidence in designing and building solar cars with support from a visit from the solar car challenge team. We have worked with New England University on collecting data on ants within our school. We have participated in engineering competitions and celebrated Science Week with an inter-school competition at Katherine High School. Throughout the year we have continued to code, fly drones and prepare students for now and the future world.