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Visual Arts
This semester in art we have many exciting things happening!
In Junior School, the students are engaging in play based explorative art. They will spend their time exploring how to apply and manipulate paint in various ways by making their own papers. Then to formalise their learning the students are going to discuss landscapes, horizon lines and colour. Using all the papers they have made students will now tear up their work to collage a landscape picture.
Middle School students are looking at fairy tales and art.  In particular, they are looking at the story of Jack and The Beanstalk. Students are using each lesson in a variety of mediums to look at the pictorial elements of the story. Using printmaking, collage, drawing and sculpture, students will finish this unit with a diorama of their version of the fairytale!
Senior School students are looking at the Masters of Art this year.
The Year Five students are visiting the National Gallery of Victoria to have real life experience of looking at the Artist David Hockney. These students are building a relationship with the Art Gallery and have been invited there for two consecutive years by the Gallery. This is an exciting new adventure for our school.
The Year Five and Six students are starting their Masters experience with Paul Klee looking at tone and line. From their first study of his work using water colour they will then move on to an extensive sculpture.

Kylie Wickham


This term students have been really working well in the MLC.

Year 3/4 and 5/6 students have been creating animations using a coding program called Scratch, which is available online.  They are currently using PowerPoint to create a variety of different presentations which we hope to have available to view on the website soon, so…. watch this space!!


Year 1/2 students have been learning how to create a range of products using Microsoft Word. They have also been learning how to save their work in their own folders.

Prep students have been learning how to log on all by themselves and to navigate around the Reading Eggs website.  



Brad Campbell


With a new term comes new learning activities and a new Social Concept focus 'Have reasons for the things you say and do' is Term 3's Social Concept focus with Mr McGowan and the students have been undertaking activities to help them understand what this means.

For students in years 3,4,5 and 6, real life scenario based discussions and practical activities have/are being used to help the children gain an understanding of the concept and emphasise other relevant learning goals.

Discussion around what we think is the 'right' and 'wrong' thing to do has been a big focus as the Prep and grade 1/2 students have been identifying real life situations where they do the 'right' thing and exploring the reasons for why they have made these choices.

Another exciting part of this term's Social Competencies program is the introduction of 'Cranbourne West Effort Olympics'. What this entails is the children have the opportunity to earn Gold, Silver or Bronze medals for their Home Group by putting in their best effort, showing great behaviour as a class or doing a particular act that emphasises our learning goal or social concept. The children have responded really well so far which has been great.

It's going to be an exciting term and we all look forward to seeing the students' hard work and effort.

Mr McGowan



Sport and PE have a high profile at Cranbourne West Primary School. Students enjoy their physical education sessions and their sport.

Engaging in physical activity, games, sport and outdoor recreation contributes to a sense of community and social connectedness. These are vital components of improved wellbeing.

At Cranbourne West Primary School, we believe that every child deserves the opportunity to develop good attitudes and abilities in sport. Our PE program caters for all cultures, abilities and interests.

We believe that by encouraging students to actively participate in sport and physical education we are supporting the development of:

  • a positive attitude towards life and positive self esteem,
  • an attitude towards persistence,
  • a caring attitude towards themselves and others,
  • a sense of responsibility for their own health and well-being by learning to make healthy choices,
  • respectful attitudes towards others.

 Our Aim is to:

  • Promote and develop life-long attitudes towards active participation in physical activity.
  • Encourage a wide range of opportunities for students to engage in sport and physical activity.
  • Maintain the enjoyment and attractiveness of sport for both student participants and their parents.
  • Develop skills that support greater access to sport and physical activity increasing the potential to impact on the physical, social, emotional and mental health of students.
  • Foster an understanding of the qualities involved in being a cooperative member of a sporting team.

One of the best ways to support children to enjoy physical activity every day is to create environments that make healthy choices a regular part of every child’s day.


Sport and PE is inclusive and aimed at developing positive attitudes towards physical activity through learning skills and having fun.


Andrea Leonard


Performing Arts is offered to keen students in a small group format rather than a timetabled home group, as is the case with other Specialist subjects.

The small groups are withdrawn during Specialist classes and I have found that students really excel due to the structure of theses groups. The activities offered vary depending on need and/ or the focus each term (Community Fun Day, Concert etc) however beginners ukulele and a craft activity are standard. The craft activity evolves into costume production and props/set construction around mid year.

Two activities regularly run in the lunch breaks specifically the CWPS Choir every Thursday and Advanced Ukulele (Uke West) every Thursday. These two groups are of performance standard and therefore entertain within the local community from time to time.

Finally, as Co-ordinator I have a variety of other duties including coaching students who are main characters in our school production. During their weekly rehearsal we work on script development and stagecraft.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries regarding Performing Arts activities at Cranbourne West Primary School.

Thank you,

Sharon Start

Concert Co-ordinator/ LOTE

Cranbourne West Primary School