We offer a range of great programs that provide enrichment opportunities for students beyond the traditional classroom environment.
Woodside Primary is fortunate to have Saul Stainer as our instrumental teacher. Saul previously taught at Haileybury and was a member of The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. All students in Years Four, Five and Six can choose from the following musical instruments:
Students all aspire to become a member of our popular band. The band performs each year at the Yarram Eisteddfod, End of Term Concerts, Christmas Concerts and compile a CD of their songs at the end of each year. Very few primary schools across the state are able to offer such a comprehensive music program.
There is a cost of $65 a term. This includes hire of brass instrument for students. There are some bass guitars and electric guitars that parents may loan for the first year also.
Yarram Eisteddfod encompasses vocal, drama, piano and instrumental sections. Woodside students compete in junior and vocal groups and junior and senior verse speaking. Our band competes in the Gala night section. Several students compete individually, especially in the brass sections. While we have experienced success in all areas, our verse speaking choirs are consistently placed.
Children in Year Three to Six participate in a four year cycle of camps. This includes:
Our active Parents Club conduct various fund raising events to ensure all children attend all camps. This includes our unique Down Hill Skiing Camp to Mount Hotham. Very few Primary Schools are able to offer this experience. Our young children are quite a novelty on the mountain!
Our younger students from Prep to Year Two experience an overnight sleepover at school. A highlight of this is always the hunt for the elusive ‘Woodside Panther!’
Every second year our Year Five and Six students travel to Canberra for a five day camp.
Woodside Primary School has a proud tradition of success when competing in the interschool sports. Most years in athletics, cross-country and swimming we have at least 50% of children who compete at district level, qualify to compete at zone level. Interschool cricket, football and netball is also participated in, as a member of the Yarram and District Primary School Sports Association. Qualifying children proudly don their school sport jackets and polo tops.
Our Prep and Year One students participate in two Perceptual Motor Program (PMP) sessions a week. Our school is fortunate to have the use of the community hall situated over the road from the school. PMP sessions are held here. Our extensive range of equipment for this program are also stored at the hall.
Year Prep to Year Three students participate in weekly Physical Education sessions which focus on fundamental motor skills. These skills include running, jumping, kicking, throwing, batting etc. These are all skills children need in order to play major games.
Senior students are able to utilise our spacious and well resourced grounds to play a range of major games throughout the year. Should the weather be inclement, they also make use of the community hall.
In Term Four all students have swimming lessons at the Sale indoor pool. These lessons are conducted by qualified swimming instructors. The cost of this has been fully funded by the Sporting Schools program.
Having such spacious grounds also promotes active play contributing to our children’s general health.
Woodside encourages students in all facets of the Arts and biennially holds a Festival of the Arts for students to showcase their skills in these areas. Students attend cultural performances throughout the year exposing them to a diverse range of experiences.
A culmination of our school year is a concert held in the Woodside Hall. Each year several hundred relatives and community members come along to enjoy plays and music performed by our band. Of course, no Christmas Concert is complete without a visit at the end from Santa in the fire truck.
Tarra Festival is held over Easter each year in Yarram. For a population of only 5100 in the greater Yarram area, the Tarra Festival attracts an estimated 10,000 people to the street parade on Saturday and over 18,000 spectators to events in total. Each year Woodside Primary School enters a float with the majority of children participating.
Students participate in a two week Bike Ed Program. The school loans a Bike Ed trailer over this time. At the conclusion of the Bike Safety Program, older students enjoy a ride around the surrounding countryside with a stop off for lunch. A team is then entered in the Bike Ed competition.
In terms two and three an Active Afterschool Program is funded by the Sporting Schools Program. Up to twenty children participate in a range of sports. There is no cost to parents here. In inclement weather we are able to make use of the Woodside Hall.
Children enjoy caring for their chooks and collecting the eggs which are either sold or used by the Cooking Club.
Children attend to the vegetable garden and utilise its produce in their Free Fruit Friday session or Cooking Club.
A range of clubs are run throughout the year. These include, cooking club, coding club, knitting club and woodwork clubs.