Our Students - Special Programs

The Primary School has a number of special programs for students to participate in.

Music Program

Music is a valued part of the school Curriculum at Boyup Brook District High School. Music is taught to all students from Pre-Primary to Year Six one day per week with Mrs Renee Knapp. Students are introduced to the elements of music and, at an early age, are taught to read and write music and identify pitch and rhythm through listening. They are given many opportunities to perform on the stage and engage with a variety of musical instruments.

Each year students from Year 3-6 are given the opportunity to join the School Choir. This group meets once a week during school time and is open to anyone with a love of singing. With guidance from Mrs Knapp, students develop a varied repertoire including a mix of popular, rock, traditional and late music. Performances throughout the year include ANZAC and Sandakan services, Musical Evenings, Home For the Aged and many Christmas events. They have attended the Bunbury Eisteddfod and hope to continue attending in future years.

An elite School Vocal Ensemble is also established each year with a selection of auditioned students from Years 5-10. The award winning group performs at many venues throughout the year and in 2012 earned a first place at the Bunbury Eisteddfod. They have an extensive repertoire and perform most songs in two-part harmony.

Art Program

The Visual Art program at Boyup Brook District High School aims through teacher guidance and motivation to instil in all children a love of art, an appreciation for art and the confidence and skills necessary to express themselves effectively through their art. Students are encouraged to explore, discover and invent as they open their eyes to the design, colour, form, rhythm, texture and pattern in the world around them. Art programs aim to keep students engaged in worthwhile experiences so they have something meaningful to express, draw, paint, print, model, or construct.

The art program at Boyup Brook is well resourced, well supported by teachers and the administrative staff and highly valued by the students. The student’s participate in School projects designed to enhance their surroundings and their art work features in a number of community events including the Upper Blackwood Show, the Boyup Brook Country Music Art Exhibition, the Rylington Park Womans Feild Day and the Shire of Boyup Brook Local Government Week Banners in the Terrace. Annually Middle School students exhibit their work in the prestigious Iluka Visions Student Art Exhibition in Bunbury.

Art is taught to all students purposefully and qualitatively so that every lesson augments and enhances their skills in all learning.

Languages Program

All students at Boyup Brook DHS from Years 2 to 8 participate in the Languages Program – Language Other Than English (LOTE). Currently, the School offers Italian at the Primary School, and a choice of Italian or French at the Middle School.

Boyup Brook District High School firmly believes that studying other languages fosters an appreciation of the diverse multicultural society we live in. Students learn about the culture of the chosen language, and how it differs from their own. They study basic vocabulary and grammatical features of the language, and are provided with the tools to explore and extend their language knowledge.

Some of the benefits of learning another language include:

  • Better understanding and knowledge of the nature of language and culture;
  • Stronger general learning capabilities such as creative and critical thinking: brain research shows that language learning uses and develops particular and unique cognitive skills;
  • Increased understanding of themselves, their own heritage and identities, and their sense of connectedness to others through reflection on their experiences and those of others;
  • Improved ability to communicate: proficiency in more than one language expands the students’ range of communication skills, develops literacy, and increases their engagement as citizens and participants within and across local, regional and global contexts;
  • Understanding of, and respect for, diversity and difference, and an openness to different perspectives and experiences that, in turn, develop world-mindedness and a sense of global citizenship;
  • Enhanced employment and career prospects.