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Teaching and learning

Teaching and learning

In addition to our core curriculum, we offer a range of programs to develop, extend and enrich the learning opportunities of our students. These programs are offered at various times and are regularly reviewed.
·     Extensive Music Program – instrumental (strings, brass, woodwind, percussion), school band and choirs
·     Gifted and Talented program
·     Chess club
·     Excellence Expo
·     Japanese Club
·     Japanese Garden Club
·     Year 5 Science Club
·     Active Student Representative Council
·     Camping Program
·     Excursions and incursions designed to enhance classroom learning
·     Writing Club

Specialist Lessons
A number of specialist teachers provide lessons in the areas of:
·     Music
·     Physical Education (PE)
·     Languages Other Than English (LOTE) - Japanese from Prep – Year 6
·     Early Years Specialist Arts Program (Visual arts Prep - Year 3)
·     Creative Dance

Assessment and reporting
At Holland Park State School, our teachers use a variety of standardised and diagnostic assessments to diagnose learning needs, determine achievement and inform teaching. Students are also assessed throughout and at the end of a unit of work to determine their overall understanding of the topic, these assessment pieces are moderated across the year level to ensure consistency. Students in years 3 and 5 participate in National Assessment Program in Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN).
Written report cards are issued twice yearly, using a five point scale to report student achievement. Parent teacher interviews are offered in terms 1 and 3. A variety of assessment pieces are used to demonstrate student learning and inform end of semester reporting.