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LOTE (Italian)
The Italian Program has had a long history of operation at Daylesford Primary and relates to the Swiss & Italian heritage of the area.

Students at Daylesford Primary School begin learning the Italian Language from Grade Prep (Foundation) to Grade 6. They receive 60 minutes of Italian language learning once a week. Topics studied in lower grades include greetings, numbers, colours, family and a variety of themes that support wider classroom programs. At senior levels a more advanced language program is introduced. Activities are progressive, building on prior knowledge in the areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing Italian. A Thematic and Inquiry approach is used to further assist with maintaining and extending the Italian Language.
Our focus is on communicating and understanding how a language works and gaining insights into the culture which gives the language its life and meaning. Students learn to communicate in the target language for many purposes and in many contexts including the introduction of Italian in the Kitchen and Garden Program. Students are also able to extend their social contacts through our Sister School in Romagnano Sesia, Novara, Italy.

ICT programs and resources, including computers, flip video cameras, listening post and clay animation play a part in our language program to further assist students with their studies.

An Italian Day/ Cultural Day is held annually and the whole school is encouraged to participate in the local Swiss & Italian festival.

Visual Arts
The Visual Arts Program at Daylesford Primary School allows students to experience and develop skills in wide range of both traditional and contemporary mediums and art forms including digital art and construction. Skills are built on in an innovative and sequential program from prep to grade six.

Our students develop skills in exploring and responding to artworks by build their capacity for creative, critical and higher order thinking, and through the integration of classroom literacy skills with visual literacy understandings. This enables students to explore and discuss ideas of culture, identity and self-expression.

Students are encouraged to participate in a variety of extension programs and activity’s that are periodically on offer. These include working with and exhibiting in the National Gallery of Victoria’s Education department on a “Local Landscapes Project” and “Artist in Schools” Programs. Students are also given the opportunity to engage in many community arts activities including exhibiting in our Local Agricultural Show art exhibition and exhibitions and activities that are part of the Swiss Italian Fiesta.

Here is a great example of a recent visual arts project involving our students. The brief they were given to inspire these artworks was fairly simple. They were asked to create a self-portrait, using collage. A portrait that represented their past, their present or what they aspire to or see for themselves in the future, imagining a grown up version of themselves.

Each student was given a black and white photo portrait of themselves as a template for their collage. They were asked to select and manipulate paper from a variety of sources to help them make choices about depicting texture, tone colour, shape, expression and composition.

Whilst an accurate likeness to was not a part of the brief many are very easily recognisable. The diverse range of responses to the task has illustrated the lively sense of humour and whimsy of our students as well as an insight into the dreams and aspirations and concept of self that the students possess.

The opportunity to exhibit in a very public place within our community has given the students the authentic experience of creating with a particular audience in mind and a chance see and hear that audience’s response and feedback first hand.

Performing Arts
Students at Daylesford Primary School are involved in a program that provides them with opportunities to:
  • Build a repertoire of action, multicultural and traditional songs.
  • Play a variety of musical instruments including percussion, keyboards, guitars, marimbas and ukuleles.
  • Develop drama skills through games and activities and involvement in drama productions.
  • Explore concepts of beat, rhythm, tempo, duration and dynamics through movement, singing and playing instruments.
  • Listen and respond to a variety of musical styles including classical and world music.
  • Learn folk dances from around the world.
  • Develop an understanding of Performing Arts’ concepts, vocabulary and general knowledge.
  • Read notes and play pieces on recorder.
  • Be involved in the school Choir, which offers unique contributions to the development of personal confidence and a high level of musicianship as well as reading, speaking, listening and team skills.
Performance opportunities include whole school assemblies, Daylesford Rotary Concert, Swiss-Italian Festa, Royal South Street Competitions and performance nights at the Daylesford Town Hall.

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