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​Distinctive programs 

Greenslopes State School offers a range of distinctive programs, in addition to the regular school curriculum, to enhance the quality of educational experiences provided to our students. These innovative programs have been developed in response to the needs of our students.

We believe that all children have strengths in one or more cognitive domains, and that educational experiences should cater for and develop different ways of ‘being smart’. Therefore many of our distinctive programs reflect the educational philosophy of 'multiple intelligences.'

Philosophy

A 'Philosophy for Children' program, based on the acclaimed Buranda State School model, is taught in all classes from Prep to Year 7 by the class teacher. All classroom teachers who teach philosophy are either trained to level 1 accreditation or, if new to the school, are currently being trained. We have two level 2 trained teachers, who are involved in the coaching and mentoring of teachers in philosophy at various schools.

The objectives of Philosophy as a discipline are to support students in developing lifelong skills which enable them to:

  • Maximise their personal power to think, reason, reflect and communicate.
  • Be confident in using 'tools of inquiry' and applying them in academic, social and behavioural circumstances.
  • Understand the relationship between their thinking, their reasoning and their learning.

Research has shown that philosophy increases student engagement, enriches their conceptual development, deepens understanding and fosters clear thinking and reasoned judgments.

Philosophy for children is taught every week, in every class at Greenslopes State School. For more information on philosophy for children, visit the Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children website.

LOTE Italian (Word Smart)

Learning a foreign language broadens children's cultural awareness as well as helping their intellectual development. Research shows that it is advantageous for children to learn a second language from a very young age as they are less inhibited about speaking in front of their peers and also develop a more authentic accent.

Learning a second language improves children’s intellectual development in many ways, including the development of English language skills. Children also develop intercultural competence as they learn how to consider the perspectives of people from other cultures in their communications. Currently at Greenslopes students commence their language learning from Year 2 through to Year 7.

The school’s official Language Other Than English (LOTE) language is Italian and the school community comes together for a variety of celebrations, such as “Carnevale”.

Involvement with a sister-school in Città di Castello, Italy, enhances our students’ studies of the Italian language by giving them opportunity to communicate and share learning experiences with Italian students.

SEL (People Smart/Self Smart)

Social/emotional learning (SEL) is a whole school program that provides opportunities for students to develop a positive sense of identity and learn skills necessary to become active and responsible citizens.

A specialist teacher conducts weekly SEL lessons in all year levels covering topics of:

  • Friendship building skills
  • Peaceful conflict resolution (working it out wheel)
  • “I" messages – known as the four steps
  • Language of feelings and emotions
  • Control of reactions
  • Anger management
  • Positive thinking
  • Different methods of communication eg verbal, tone of voice, body language, musical and visual communication
  • Recognising and valuing the strengths in themselves and others
  • Growth and development
  • Cybersafety

 

The SEL program has a highly positive effect on our school culture as it educates children to understand themselves and others, and to be accepting of differences.Van gogh's starry night (Ella, 8 Years)
 

The Arts

 

Art enrichment programs (Art Smart)

Greenslopes employs specialist visual arts teachers to extend student learning and experiences in all aspects of the arts. Specialist arts instruction is provided to all students from Prep to Year 7. Middle primary students who demonstrate giftedness in the visual arts may be selected to participate in an arts enrichment program. Selection for the program is based on their talent and level of interest. The program enables children to expand their artistic endeavour.

'Show Choir' (music smart)

'Show Choir' is an extension program for students in Years 4 to 7 who demonstrate talent in the performing arts to develop their skills under the guidance of a specialised musical director. Selection into the 'Show Choir' is by audition. Students receive whole group and individualised tuition, working towards public performances.

The Greenslopes 'Piccoli Voices' program gives junior students who love to sing the opportunity to learn how to make beautiful music as a choir. Children learn about singing and pronunciation, music reading, phrasing and dynamics, breathing techniques and correct posture as well as working as a team and being a team member.

Instrumental music programs (Music Smart)

Instrumental music instruction is offered to students at Greenslopes from Year 1.

The keyboard (piano) program is offered to students in Years 1 to 7. Junior primary students in particular benefit from this early introduction to musical literacy.

The 'strings' program for students in Years 3 to 7 is a natural 'follow on' from the keyboard program. Enrolment information and fee schedules are available at the school office.