Beyond the general classroom program we provide opportunties for students to particiapte in as many extra-curricula opportunities as possible.
Enrichment Mathematics Program
An Enrichment Program in Mathematics is offered throughout the year. Students are selected each year based on assessment data and teacher observation. These lessons provide students with further opportunities for challenge and problem solving.
Each year, students have the opportunity to participate in academic challenges to assess their ability to apply classroom learning to new contexts, using higher-order thinking and problem-solving skills. Competitions available for participation in include ICAS, Australian Mathematics Trust competitions and the Da Vinci Decathlon.
When students enter Kindergarten they are buddied with a student from Year 5. Not only to the older students develop a sense of care and responsibilty for younger students, the younger students have a familiar support person for them on the playground. Our buddies also support their younger buddies in a number of school events such as masses, liturgies, assemblies and special days including Outdoor Education, Mindfulness and Harmony Days. Students often continue these buddy relationships for two years.
Perceptual Motor Program
Students from Kindergarten to Year 2 participate in Perceptual Motor activities that focus on balance, coordination and developmental skills. It is organised by experienced teachers
Public Speaking Rostrum
Rostrum is a public speaking competition for students in Year 5 and 6 across the ACT. The competition provides an opportunity for all students to learn how to make a speech for a specific purpose.
There is an interschool debating competition in the ACT for students in Years 5 & 6. Every second year we select a team to represent St Benedict’s Primary School.
We have a biannual whole School Concert every alternate year to give students an opportunity to participate in a real performance for the enjoyment of the whole community.
During Term 1 a local gymnastics club provides qualified staff to teach gymnastic skills for students in Years 3 to year 6.
During Term 2 all students have the opportunity to learn dance (creative, folk and contemporary) with an experienced and qualfied dance teacher.
Zone/ACT Sport Competitions
Throughout the year students have the opportunity to represent the school at local Athletics, Cross Country and Swimming Competitions. Participating in these provides them with the opportuntiy to be selectd to compete at an ACT Competition.
Students in Years 3-6 can participate in gala days for Rugby League,Rugby Union, Touch, Soccer and Netball. Boys and girls are both provided with the opportunity to participate in this.
Individual Music Tuition
We have agreements with three specialist teachers offering individual, private tuition in piano, guitar, violin and cello through the school.