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Excellence programs

Showcasing Quality and Excellence  

 

At Nundah State School we celebrate and showcase student excellence, in academic learning, in social-emotional learning and in effort.  

Students of the week awards 

 

Each week one student from each class is nominated for their quality work as 'Student of the week'. This award is presented on our assembly.  

Excellence awards  

 

One way we acknowledge academic excellence is through our bi-annual excellence awards. These are awarded by the Principal on the basis of report card results each semester, and in the areas of academic achievement, and academic effort. 

 

Showcase 

 

One of the ways we celebrate student talents and skills at Nundah State School is through our Showcase. All children are given the opportunity to be involved in the school’s Showcase 

 Extra curricular activities  

 

Our Nundah community greatly values the learning that occurs through extra curricular activities. Students are encouraged to participate in a number of engaging activities. Students are offered extra-curricular activities to enhance their academic, social, creative and cultural capabilities. Nundah State School students engage in a wide range of extra curricular activities including:  

 

  • Music String Ensemble: children meet one morning before school each week to practice as an ensemble. Children are assisted by one of our Instrumental Music Teachers (strings). Children have one instrumental small group lesson once per week. The ensemble is given opportunities throughout the year to play at assemblies and other special community and school events.

 

  • Music Concert Band: children in years 5 & 6 meet one morning before school each week to practice as a concert band. Children are assisted by one of our Instrumental Music Teachers (brass/woodwind). Children have one instrumental small group lesson per week. The ensemble is given opportunities throughout the year to play at assemblies and other special community and school events. Every two years they attend the statewide Fanfare which they did this year achieving a silver award.  

 

  •  Music Percussion: Children in years 5 & 6 are assisted by one of our Instrumental Music Teachers (percussion). Children have one instrumental small group lesson per week. The percussion students are given opportunities throughout the year to play at assemblies and other special community and school events. 

 

  • Music Camps and Band Blitz: During the year music students will be given the opportunity to attend off site music events such as Band Blitz and Strings Camp. Children are given pieces to practice to perform at the camp. Camps will often conclude with a concert for parents. Camps offered have a high attendance rate from NSS students. Local high schools will offer similar events for the music students. 

 

  • Choirs: Nundah State School has a large number of children that participate in our choirs. We have Junior Choir, Senior Choir and The Nundah Rock Singers. The choirs all meet before or during lunch hours to practice a range of songs. The choirs are given opportunities throughout the year to play at assemblies and other special community and school events.  

 

  • Writer’s Circle: Writer's Circle is a small group of interested writers in Year 4 and 5. It began as an invited group of students, who had been writing as a hobby and were seeking some feedback on their work. Writers meet at once a week to discuss their thoughts about a piece of writing that has been pre-read. The author of the work discusses the suggestions made by the group. The writers group have also investigated participating in writing competitions and events. 

 

  • Games Factory: A group of children who enjoy playing board games meet weekly. The children can choose this quiet lunchtime option and play Monopoly, Pick Up Sticks, Hungry Hippos just to name a few. This activity is supported by two classroom teachers.  

 

  • Chess Club: The Chess Club meets every week at lunch time. Students challenge each other to chess matches during the break. The matches are competitive and students show good sportsmanship whether they win or lose. Students have the opportunity to participate in chess tournaments with other schools throughout the year. 

 

  • Marching Band: Marching Band and Fife meet twice a week before school and at lunch times. The Marching Band students are given opportunities each week to play at assemblies and parade. The band is also given opportunities to perform at other special community and school events such as ANZAC day. The Marching Band participates in a yearly tattoo event with other local schools. 

 

  • Ukulele Club: The Ukulele club meets every week at lunchtime. The Ukulele students are given opportunities throughout the year to perform at assemblies and special school events.

  

  • Drama Club: The students from Years 2-5 participate in a weekly lunch rehearsal to help develop drama skills and explore their creative side. This club provides a wonderful learning opportunity for the children and a great opportunity to demonstrate the talent that they have to share. 

 

  • Dance Club: Students from year 6 meet weekly at lunchtime to choreograph and perform a range of contemporary dance performances. The students have opportunities throughout the year to perform at assemblies and other special community and school events. 

 

  • Art Club: Students from Prep-6 meet weekly at lunchtime with two teachers to explore various Art techniques and processes to produce works of aesthetic and intrinsic value. Students have opportunities to display individual pieces in public areas of the school and also contribute to collective works.

 

  • Science Club: The Junior and Senior Science Club meets once a week to conduct scientific investigations and perform experiments. The Junior Science Club has an annual excursion.

   

  • Sustainability Club: Students from Year 1-6 meet weekly to conduct negotiated projects around issues impacting on our environment including recycling, erosion, packaging, water conservation etc. The students have opportunities throughout the year to present at assemblies and other special community and school events.

  

  • Robotics: Robotics Club meet twice weekly. The children build a robot using specified software that enables that robot to move and follow instructions. The children are given an opportunity to participate in the First Lego League competition. This requires them to build a robot according to their own design and program it according to the obstacles on a competition specific mat. They must fulfill a teamwork component during the competition. On the day of the competition the team must problem solve a new aspect of the obstacle course and finally create a presentation to perform in front of a panel of judges.  

 

ICAS: The ICAS testing is optional for year 3-6. The children have the option to participate in Digital Technologies, Science, Writing, Spelling, English and Mathematics.