Our school is serviced by the MACC (Art) visiting teacher, Paul Allen, once a fortnight. Students participate in a range of visual arts activities during their 90 minute session. Please ensure that your child has an Art Smock to protect their school uniform.
The MARC Van [Mobile Area Resource Centre] provides library resources to both children and teachers and library lessons to children in 9 schools: Buxton, Flowerdale, Highlands, Jamieson, Marysville, Merrijig, Strathbogie, Taggerty and Tallarook.
The MARC van visits your school once a fortnight.
There are approximately 300 children and 30 teachers in the MARC schools, and each class has a fortnightly visit. Please check your school newsletter for this terms timetable. The MARC van has about 9,000 items, including books, magazines, and teacher resources.
PLEASE ENSURE YOUR CHILD HAS A NAMED LIBRARY BAG to help protect items against damage and loss.
Charges: A $20 fee is charged for each unreturned or damaged item.
Darcy Smith / MARC Van Teacher.
LOTE (Language Other Than English)
Why learn a language?
Learning a language:
- develops an understanding of how languages work which leads to improved literacy skills, including English literacy
- helps students develop critical thinking, analysis and problem solving skills
- teaches students about other peoples, their ideas and ways of thinking
- inspires interest in and respect for other cultures
- enhances employment and career prospects
- contributes to social cohesiveness through better communication and understanding
- contributes to economic, diplomatic and strategic development.
- 22 languages are taught in Victorian government primary schools and 19 in secondary schools
The Government's Plan for a Multicultural Victoria
The Government’s Plan for a Multicultural Victoria includes a strong, long term commitment to improve languages education in Victorian schools. Under the Plan, the Government has committed to:
- Revolutionise languages education in Victoria by creating one of the world’s most diverse and effective languages programs
- Introduce compulsory languages classes in every Victorian primary school, with a long-term plan to provide languages education for every government school student from Prep to Year 10 by 2025
- Build a cohort of language teachers qualified and trained to world’s best practice standard
- Increase the number of qualified language teachers by introducing scholarships of $20,000 for undergraduate teachers and $50,000 for qualified teachers to study languages
- Enhance and support the role of community languages schools, including by increasing per student funding for community languages schools from $120 to $190 per year
- Invest $1 million in ‘start up’ grants to schools taking up Languages for the first time to purchase specialist texts, DVDs and IT resources etc.
- Strengthen the sister-school program within the Department.
The Victorian Government's Vision for Languages Education was launched by the Minister for Education and the Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship on Monday 7 November, 2011. It outlines the Government’s commitments to languages education and explains why it has made this a priority. See: The Victorian Government's Vision for Languages Education
Research and Data - Contains languages reports based on data from the annual languages survey of government schools conducted in August, and research on the underlying value of language learning.
THE AUSTRALIA IN THE ASIAN CENTURY WHITE PAPER