Special Programs

At Buchan Primary School our specialist programs include Music, Physical Education, Library, Art, Cooking, Student Leadership, STEM, Outdoor Education, and LOTE (Italian)


All students have an hour of Music a week over an alloted term.
The Junior School (Foundation, Grades 1 and 2) learn to:
Sing - To communicate their experiences and ideas and to use their voices to perform music.
Play instuments - To communicate their experiences and ideas and to understand and respond to beat and simple rhythm patterns.
Composing - They explore contrasting sounds and improvise with them, as well as describe the ways contrasts and effects can be created in the music they listen to.
The Senior School (Grade 3,4,5 and 6) learn to:
Sing - Accurately and expressly perform songs to communicate intentions and ideas to audiences. They also use their voices to perform music and sing music in different styles.
Play instruments - Students accurately and expressively perform instrumental music to communicate intentions and ideas to an audience. They play music in different styles and use music technology.
Composing - Students improvise, arrange and compose their ideas to communicate their intentions. They use elements of music and technologies to improvise, arrange and compose music.
Listening - Students describe and discucc similarities and differences between music they listen to and they explain how the elements of music are used to communicate ideas and purpose in the music they listen to.
Responding - They describe how music making is influenced by music from different cultures, times and locations, using terminology. Students also describe and discuss similarities and differences between music they listen to, compose and perform.


All students have an hour of cooking each week over an alloted term. we have a well equipped kitchen where they are taught how to cook nutritious and healthy food. we also have a vegetable garden which we use to source some of our ingredients.

Library and reading opportunities

School Library - Students are given regular opportunities to access and borrow books from our well-resourced library during our Literacy sessions in the mornings.
East Gippsland.

Library Van - Students are also encouraged to borrow books from the East Gippsland Library Van which visits the school once a fortnight.

MARC VAN - We also have the MARC VAN visit the school once a fortnight. Students are given the opportunity to be engaged in Literacy activities and borrow library resources from here too.

The Scholastic Bookclub - This book club operates in the school throughtout the year and children pay for their books at the time of ordering.

Premiers Reading Challenge - We sign up for this challenge every year.

Physical Education

All students have an hour of Physical Education each week over an allotted term.
Blue Earth - We follow this model of lessons that developes skills and coordination from Foundation to Grade 6.
Swimming - Students are also involved in swimming lessons in term 4.
Wheels Wednesday - We encourage students all students to be active and we have Wheels Wednesday where students can ride their bikes or scooters in the playground on this designated day at lunchtimes We also prvide bikes for students who can't access their own.

Sporting Schools

We are part of this program that involves a coaching session from a qualified practitioner.
Schools Victoria East Gippsland Division - Students are given opportunities throughout the year to represent their school in a variety of sports such as swimming at local, regional and state levels.


All students have an hour of Art each week over and allotted term.

Pottery - Buchan Primary School has it's very own pottery kiln and classes will run for 1 hour over an allotted term by an artist in residence.

Vegetable Garden

We have a dedicated group of gardeners that tend our small raised garden bed. The produce they grow is then used in cooking classes when available.

Student Leadership

Our student leadership program gives every student the chance to experience leadership. All grade 6 students are involved in being School Captains. They have specific roles within the school and are called on to represent the school and make speeches at special events e.g. ANZAC Day, Remembrance Day and when visitors come.
The Junior School Council takes and active role within the school, organising and running special days, while being the voice of the students, developing ideas they would like to see in the school.

Fund Raising for Projects

Our JSC work with our business manager to raise money for special projects they would like to do. During terms 1 and 4 they sell icy poles and in the cold terms they help to provide delicious homemade soup, warm milo and hot dogs. This occurs every Friday with money raised going to by equipment the students would like to get or other initiatives.


Our Grade 6 students also have a program to help them adjust to the change from a small school to a large secondary environment. This includes a whole day trip to the Bairnsdale Secondary College via the secondary school bus and video conferencing with exstudents who attend the school. Exit surveys are conducted with parents at the end of term 1 of the following year to help us develop a valuable program that is beneficial and meets the needs of our grade 6 students.

Camps and Excursions

The school has a comprehensive camp program, beginning in foundation and going through to Grade 6. The camping program is shared with 3 other small schools, Tambo Upper, Bruthen and Swan Reach, from grades 3-6.

  • Foundation, Grades 1 and 2 have a sleepover in the school library. This includes dinner, games and Netflix.
  • Grade 3/4s attend a school camp towards the end of the year, spending 3 days and 2 nights away.
  • Grade 5/6s spend a week away, 4 nights and 5 days, alternating between a city camp and an adventure camps, activities including rope courses, bush cooking, bush walking, canoeing, horse riding etc.

Excursions are used as an activity to support learning that occurs in the class. Incursions happen at regular times as it is often easier to get people in to the school than for the students to travel long distances to attend activities.

Once a term we travel to Toorloo Arm PS for an arts performance. In the past we have seen plays, concerts by African bands, magicians and many other performances.

Information Communications Technology (I.C.T)

The school will go to a one to one program in 2013 for our senior 4/5/6 class, where every child will have the opportunity to lease a netbook for 3 years and at the end of this period own it outright. Students are able to take the netbooks home and use them for research and homework. This will mean that our other 15 computers will be able to be used by our junior grade.

Targeted ICT lessons are held once a week with students learning how to operate a computer effectively in the F/1/2/3 class and in the 4/5/6 class they put their skills to use in teaching others in a collaborative learning atmosphere. Students are asked to explore and take risks, sharing their knowledge and presenting their work in a formal and informal ways to the class. They give and receive feedback as well as self assessing their own work. This provides ongoing learning of the skills required in the 21st century.