Teaching & Learning

Specialist Program


The Arts enable students to develop creativity and expression by learning about the different practices, disciplines and traditions that have shaped the expression of culture locally, nationally and globally.  The Arts present ideas that are dynamic and rich in tradition. Through engaging in The Arts students are entertained, challenged and provoked to respond to questions and assumptions about individual and community identity, taking into account different histories and cultures. The Arts contributes to the development of confident and creative individuals and enriches Australian society. Students express, represent and communicate ideas in contemporary, traditional and emerging arts forms. In Dance, Drama and Music students explore the performing arts whilst in Media Arts, Visual Arts and Visual Communication Design students explore the world of visual representation and expression. At OLGC both Performing Arts and Visual Arts are highlighted through dedicated specialist programs.

Visual Arts

Visual Arts supports students to view the world through various lenses and contexts. They recognise the significance of visual arts histories, theories and practices, exploring and responding to artists, craftspeople and designers and their artworks. They apply visual arts knowledge in order to make critical judgments about their own work and that of others. Learning in the Visual Arts helps students to develop understanding of world cultures and their responsibilities as global citizens.

Students participate in a focussed Visual Arts class each week, led by a specialist art teacher.  Sessions  focus on the art elements of colour, shape, line, pattern, texture, space and form. Areas such as drawing, painting, printing, collage, textiles and construction are explored through an Art History focus. Through the Visual Arts program at OLGC, students are encouraged to be both artist and audience as they actively plan, make and respond to traditional and contemporary arts works.

The Visual Arts curriculum aims to develop students’: 

  • conceptual and perceptual ideas and expressions through design and inquiry processes 
  • visual arts techniques, materials, processes and technologies 
  • critical and creative thinking, using visual arts languages, theories and practices to apply aesthetic judgment 
  • respect for and acknowledgement of the diverse roles, innovations, traditions, histories and cultures of artists, craftspeople, designers, curators, critics and commentators 
  • respect for visual arts as social and cultural practices 
  • confidence, curiosity, imagination and enjoyment and a personal aesthetic through engagement with visual arts making, viewing, discussing, analysing, interpreting and evaluating.


Music has the capacity to engage, inspire and enrich all students, exciting the imagination and encouraging students to reach their creative and expressive potential. Skills and techniques developed through participation in music learning allow students to manipulate, express and share sound as listeners, composers and performers. Music learning has a significant impact on the cognitive, affective, motor, social and personal competencies of students.

Music exists distinctively in every culture and is a basic expression of human experience. Students’ active participation in music fosters understanding of other times, places, cultures and contexts. Through continuous and sequential music learning, students listen to, compose and perform with increasing depth and complexity. Through performing, composing and listening with intent to music, students have access to knowledge, skills and understanding, which can be gained in no other way. Learning in Music is aurally based and can be understood without any recourse to notation. Learning to read and write music in traditional and graphic forms enables students to access a wide range of music as independent learners. Through focussed, weekly sessions led by a specialist teacher students participate in an experiential curriculum that is contemporary, relevant, challenging and enjoyable.

The Music curriculum aims to develop students’: 

  • confidence to be creative, innovative, thoughtful, skilful and informed musicians 
  • skills to listen, improvise, compose, interpret, perform, and respond with intent and purpose 
  • aesthetic knowledge and respect for music and music practices across global communities, cultures and musical traditions 
  • understanding of music as an aural art form, its relationship with other arts forms  and contributions to cultures and societies.
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Physical Education

Physical Education is the key learning area in the curriculum that focuses explicitly on developing movement skills and concepts students require to participate in physical activities with competence and confidence. The knowledge, understanding, skills and dispositions students develop through movement in Physical Education encourages ongoing participation across their lifespan and in turn leads to positive health outcomes. Movement competence and confidence is seen as an important personal and community asset to be developed, refined and valued. Through focussed, weekly sessions led by a specialist teacher students participate in an experiential curriculum that is contemporary, relevant, challenging, enjoyable and physically active.

The Physical Education program at OLGC is supported in the classroom through an Inquiry Based focus on the Health aspects of this curriculum area. Through learning about aspects of health, students develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to strengthen their sense of self, and build and manage satisfying relationships. The curriculum helps them to be resilient, and to make decisions and take actions to promote their health, safety and physical activity participation. As students mature, they develop and use critical inquiry skills to research and analyse the knowledge of the field and to understand the influences on their own and others’ health, safety and wellbeing. They also learn to use resources for the benefit of themselves and for the communities with which they identify and to which they belong.

Health and Physical Education aims to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to enable students to: 

  • access, evaluate and synthesise information to take positive action to protect, enhance and advocate for their own and others’ health, wellbeing, safety and physical activity participation across their lifespan 
  • develop and use personal, behavioural, social and cognitive skills and strategies to promote a sense of personal identity and wellbeing and to build and manage respectful relationships 
  • acquire, apply and evaluate movement skills, concepts and strategies to respond confidently, competently and creatively in a variety of physical activity contexts and settings 
  • engage in and enjoy regular movement-based learning experiences and understand and appreciate their significance to personal, social, cultural, environmental and health practices and outcomes 
  • analyse how varied and changing personal and contextual factors shape understanding of, and opportunities for, health and physical activity locally, regionally and globally.
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Languages - Italian

Learning languages broadens students’ horizons about the personal, social and cultural opportunities that are available in an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world. The interdependence of countries and communities requires people to negotiate experiences and meanings across languages and cultures. A bilingual or plurilingual capability is the norm in most parts of the world.

Learning languages: 

  • contributes to the strengthening of the community’s social, economic and international development capabilities 
  • extends literacy repertoires  and the capacity to communicate; strengthens understanding of the nature of language, of culture, and of the processes of communication 
  • develops intercultural capability, including  understanding of and respect for diversity and difference, and an openness to different experiences and perspectives 
  • develops understanding of how culture shapes and extends learners understanding of themselves, their own heritage, values, beliefs, culture and identity 
  • strengthens intellectual, analytical and reflective capabilities, and enhances creative and critical thinking.

At OLGC we have a quality languages program that is visible and valued by the school community. Through focussed, weekly sessions led by a specialist teacher, students participate in an experiential curriculum that is contemporary, relevant and challenging. Students acquire communication skills in Italian. They develop understanding about the role of language and culture in communication. Their reflections on language use and language learning are applied in other learning contexts.

The Languages curriculum aims to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to ensure that students:

  • communicate in the language they are learning
  • understand the relationship between language, culture and learning
  • develop intercultural capabilities understand themselves as communicators.
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