Specialist Programmes

Specialist Subjects

Music, Art and Italian form an important part of the curriculum at Southern Montessori School and enrich students’ learning.

These lessons are taught by specialist teachers and provide our students with rigorous, dynamic, high quality learning experiences in a warm and supportive environment.


“Art is a place for children to learn to trust their ideas, themselves, and to explore what is possible” – Maryann F. Kohl

Our Arts program is an integral part of our school curriculum and community. It includes the subjects of Drama, Dance, Visual Arts and Media Arts.


In Dance students learn to explore different skills and elements through use of choreography, performance and appreciation. Students are given opportunities to explore movement styles, create their own movement and learn about dancers and styles throughout history.


Drama learning occurs through exploration, expression and interpretation of experiences through role-play. Students participate in a broad range of activities from games and improvisation, to character building, script learning and performance.

Visual Arts

Visual Arts is the study of art, craft and design and is learned through creating and responding. Students participate in lessons that teach the skills, techniques and processes needed to be successful at creating different art forms in addition to learning about the history of art and art appreciation.

Media Arts

Media Arts is the study of communication technologies. Students are taught how to design, create and respond to different forms including audio, film and print. In lessons, students experience and learn many different skills to communicate their creative ideas.

These subjects are often integrated with classroom studies and lessons designed to be responsive to student interests, to create rich and meaningful learning experiences for students.


At Southern Montessori School we offer students the opportunity to be involved in Wakakirri in alternate years. Wakakirri is the search for the best Story-Dance created by an Australian school. Hundreds of schools across Australia perform in professional theatres in front of large audiences to compete for ‘Story of the Year’. Students from Year 2 to Year 6 are invited to participate. The event requires a big commitment from our students but is great fun and a valued learning experience.


‘To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world.’

Our Italian program aims to instil an appreciation of culture, and a global awareness, which are both so important for a peaceful world.

Students are given many exciting opportunities to interact, respond, reflect and create with the language.

We discuss how language is always changing and that it can vary depending on the context of the situation. We make comparisons between Italian, English and other languages, which has been proven to give students a deeper understanding of their first language.

Students are encouraged to use the language as often as possible in our lessons and also at home with their families. To support this we have ‘La parola della settimana’ (the word of the week).

Each year students look forward to our ‘Italian Day’ festivities. The Gelatissimo ice cream cart was a favourite!


To share music with a child is a very special gift but to teach a child to make their own music is the best gift of all; that way the gift of music will last forever.

Our Music program develops positive connections in a fun and engaging environment, nurturing in students an enjoyment for music, thus developing a positive basis for continued musical growth.

Students experience the excitement involved in performing music through singing, dancing and playing instruments, whilst developing a sense of beat, tempo, pitch, form, rhythm and dynamics. They compose their own music, they improvise, read and record music using graphic, simplified and traditional notation.

Students listen to variety of music from a range of genres, eras and places. They explore meaning, gain inspiration, learn about composers and their purpose for composing. As students respond to music, they consider stylistic and elemental features and examine the power that music plays in invoking feelings and memories.

Kitchen-Garden Project

In the Early Learning Centre, Primary School and Middle School, students have regular opportunities to engage in gardening and cooking activities.

Some of the key benefits for students include:

  • Developing positive food behaviours as students learn how to grow and cook a range of nutritious, delicious food.
  • Connecting with the natural world and the outdoor environment. Learning how to grow seasonal foods, and care for a productive, healthy garden.
  • Developing practical life skills through hands on learning.
  • Developing skills, knowledge and understandings about environmental education, sustainable living and food security.