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Specialist Program

In addition to our classroom curriculum, St. Gabriel’s offers a number of specialist programs which draw upon the scope and sequences of the Victorian Curriculum.

The Arts

Children enjoy weekly Visual Arts class and Performing Arts class with a specialist teacher. Through visual arts the students explore areas of drawing, painting, construction, modelling, printing, puppet-making, masks and threads and textiles. A sequential program of skills is presented building confidence and an appreciation of their own art works that of their peers and of adult artists. An Annual Art Show is used to showcase the children's achievements.

As part of the performing arts, students explore areas of music and drama. A sequential program supports their skills and opportunities to nurture the unique talents and gifts of all students.. In alternate years the school produces a Musical Production.

LOTE: Auslan

From 2024, St Gabriel’s Primary School are thrilled to offer Auslan as our Language Other Than English (LOTE) subject.  Auslan is Australian Sign Language, the visual language of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community.

All students, from Prep to Year Six, are introduced to the workings of the language through finger spelling, hand shapes and high frequency signs. This will lead to the student conversing in Auslan. Aspects of Deaf culture and its acceptable practices, stories, and songs are all part of the program, creating excitement and curiosity. Many students are now accustomed to seeing Auslan interpreters at major announcements and will now be able to recognise and understand the importance of such inclusions.

Learning L.O.T.E. develops an understanding and appreciation of different cultures and encourages student to develop an acceptance of all people.  By choosing Auslan as our LOTE, we are embracing a more inclusive and diverse community for future generations.

Health and Physical Education


All students participate in a weekly 45 minute session of Heath and Physical Education. During these sessions, the students acquire movement skills, concepts and strategies to enable students to confidently, competently and creatively participate in a range of physical activities. Students develop proficiency in movement skills, physical activities and movement concepts and develop an appreciation of the significance of physical activity, outdoor recreation and sport both in Australian society and globally. The use of our school gymnasium ensures our Heath and Physical Education program can be maintained during inclement weather. Additionally, there are many opportunities for our students to compete at interschool competitions, helping to build their sense of sportsmanship and community.