Specialist Subjects

At St Paul Apostle South, we offer a broad range of specialist subjects to ensure that each student receives a full and well-rounded education.  In these curriculum areas, students are given opportunities to learn and develop an extensive range of life-long skills.  Individual talents are recognized, developed and nurtured, not only within scheduled class time, but through various events throughout the year, where students can demonstrate their talents to the school and wider community.

Visual Arts and Performing Arts

The Arts curriculum is divided into two interrelated parts – Performing Arts and Visual Arts with students participating in one hour of music and one hour of art lessons per week.

School Concert – The school production takes place every two years and is held over two evenings at a community theatre venue.  Each level in the school participates in a high quality performance featuring acting, singing and dancing and provides a wonderful platform for students to showcase their amazing talents.

Grade 5/6 Production – On alternate years to the school concert, Grade 5/6 students are given the opportunity to once again stage a highly entertaining performance to parents and friends in our school hall.

Opportunities for community engagement include participation in our school’s Art Show (which is held on alternate years to the school concert).  This is a wonderful social affair for families and friends, who can participate in a variety of activities and view the students’ creative art work which is displayed in a variety of innovative ways around our school.

Physical Education

We provide students with knowledge, skills and behaviours to enable them to achieve a degree of autonomy in developing and maintaining their physical health, through the development of motor skills and movement competence, health-related physical fitness and sport education.

The students have one hour lessons per week. The year 5 and 6 students also participate in Inter school sports sessions weekly. All the students from Prep to year 6 also participate in the swimming program in term 4.

Opportunities for representing our school in District, Divisional and Zone competitions are available for students in years 3 to 6 in the areas of swimming, cross country and athletics.


To assist students to develop communication skills in an alternate language and an understanding of that language and culture of its speakers.

Mandarin classes run for one hour per fortnight and students enjoy the opportunity to learn a new language as well as build understandings of the customs and culture of China.

Digital Technology

To assist students to confidently use technology to create products and solutions, including digital information systems and software instructions.

Classes participate in a Digital Technology program with a specialist teacher each fortnight (attended by the classroom teacher) in the computer lab.   On alternate weeks, the specialist program is followed up by the classroom teacher.

Digital Technologies comprises of three related strands: Digital Systems, Data and Information, and Creating Digital Solutions.