Choir & Ensemble
At James Cook Primary School, we give students many opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities. There is the opportunity for grade 3-6 students who love to sing, to be part of our school choir. The choir sings a mixture of contemporary and older popular music as well as embracing the music of other cultures. We also perform Christmas songs at the end of the year at the local shopping centre and library.
The school ensemble is a chance for students with musical talent to be part of a group that builds a repertoire of contemporary and older songs throughout the year. They are lucky to be using brand new technology from Roland that allows them to learn songs at their own pace before bringing the rest of the band into their headphone monitor mix. The instruments involved are drums, guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, vocals and tuned percussion.
These students perform throughout the year at various school performance days and nights as well as the school musical and some local public performances.
James Cook Primary has been aware of the difficulties we all face with disposing of waste produced at school and within the local community for a long time. This year we have endeavoured to tackle the issue head on by attempting to reduce, recycle and reuse the items we no longer require as opposed to discarding it all to land fill. We have sought the expertise and experience of CERES and Resource Smart to guide us through both student and staff in-servicing, group consultation and individual visits.
Green Team is an ongoing group of children from all grades that meets weekly to discuss the progress of our sustainability efforts and to address needs such as nude food, tree planting, watering, bin emptying, compost turning, assembly reports and project creation. With the assistance of the children their families we have encouraged ‘Nude Food’ therefore significantly reducing the amount of wrappers brought to school. Waste audits have commenced to ascertain what we are disposing of and whether the correct decisions are being made. We have re-established our garden patches to grow edible fruit, vegetables and herbs.
Bunnings have assisted with support, discounts and generous donations in this area. Composting regimes have been created in classroom modules with associated bins placed next to all outdoor areas. Casey Council has supplied us with a substantial grant to assist us in reducing our waste and have also provided new recycling bins which are placed in classrooms to ensure paper, cardboard and bottles are disposed of correctly. They have supported us through visits, in-servicing and ongoing suggestions and advice. We have collected clothing and toys which were gifted to the SIDS Foundation. A major change has been in our curriculum where sustainability has become an ‘Inquiry through line’ across all school levels.
Annual School Musical
During Term 3 of each school year, students at James Cook Primary School put on their spectacular musical performance in front of a large audience at Dandenong’s Drum Theatre complex. Every student has the opportunity to audition for a speaking role, ultimately developing confidence and speaking skills. Students become immersed in the topic of the musical through the learning of dances, songs, actions and dialogues culminating in the one night show, usually during September. Students are provided wonderful costumes for the night and can even purchase a DVD showing the performance of the night. This is a fantastic event to become a part of for students aspiring to build their performance art skills.
Just Get Active Program
The school has adopted an innovative Mind & Body training program called Cognercise designed by Melbourne-based ‘Just Get Active.’ The program is a collection of digital videos designed to teach children how to correctly utilise their Minds & Bodies for improved confidence, performance & wellbeing. The sequential program covers such areas as Posture, Cardio, Strength, Flexibility and Positive, Mindfulness. Simply select the video from your member page and follow the guided tutorial.
Kids can ‘get active’ by themselves or with the whole family 24/7 during the school term and over the Christmas holidays.Jump on line and visit www.justgetactive.com
Student Representative Council (S.R.C.)
The SRC (Student Representative Council) provides students with an avenue for greater participation and representation in decision making about issues affecting the school community.
The committee is made up of students who are elected by their peers. The role of SRC is:
- To share students’ ideas about issues which are valued by them and will benefit the whole school community.
- To decide upon and organise activities to raise money and support chosen charities and school projects. The charities that the SRC has chosen to support this year are ANZAC Day, Daffodil Day (Cancer Council), Remembrance Day and Footy Colours Day to support children with cancer.
- To liaise with the Principal, staff and the wider community.