Art therapy helps our children explore their emotions, improve self-esteem, manage addictions, relieve stress, improve symptoms of anxiety and depression, and cope with a physical illness or disability.
Our Art teacher runs this session once a week and students are referred into the program from the wellbeing team.
Friday Sports Clinics
Fridays at Katandra are known as ‘Fitness Fridays’. After the morning sessions of English and Maths, the students engage in a range of fitness activities that over the year include exposure to various sports, exercise and activities.
These sporting clinics are often run by external providers such as SEDA, Kilvington Students, AFL Victoria, Cricket Victoria and the Special Olympics.
At Katandra we believe that it is paramount to teacher our students to be physically active. We believe healthy habits last a lifetime and if we can establish good foundations at an early age then this is more likely to stay with our students as they get older.
As part of the Health program, Katandra’s HPE teacher runs a Girls Group Program with our senior girls in year 5 and 6. The program allows the girls the opportunity to explore their feelings and talk about issue affecting them in a small group situation where confidences are maintained. The girls participate in a variety of activities such as cooking, art & craft, personal hygiene and personal grooming.
Gymnastics is offered as part of the Sporting Schools program to our students at Katandra. This is organised by our HPE teacher. Katandra also has a large selection of equipment to support a gymnastics and gross motor program that can be run daily at the school.
By developing a child’s fundamental movement skills, Gymnastics provides a sound basis for further skill development across all sports.
At Katandra we realise that, Gymnastics promotes all-round physical development, muscular strength and endurance, joint flexibility, balance, coordination and core strength required for everyday living.
Riding for the Disabled Association Australia (RDAA) is a voluntary, non-profit organisation which provides opportunities for anyone with a disability to enjoy safe, healthy stimulating, therapeutic, horse-related activities.
Katandra is offered 16 spots for students to attend the RDA program each year. The students attend RDA at the Moorabbin site and this is on a Friday.
The 16 spots for the horse-riding program are split into all groups of 8, which means that students attend every fortnight as each group rotates. The students attend the program for 1 hour and are transported to and from the venue on our school buses with a teacher and teacher assistant.
Expressions of interest are sent out to all families for RDA and there is a cost for the program. If students wish their child to attend full payment needs to be made along with all paperwork completed.
Katandra School attends a Swimming Program at WAVES which is located in Moorabbin. Our students attend once a week for an entire term. There is a cost associated for students to attend the swimming program.
Swimming in Schools supports the delivery of quality swimming and water safety education. The students learn how to swim and develop lifelong skills in water safety to reduce their risk of drowning and injury.
By the end of primary school, it is anticipated that our students should be able to demonstrate some of the knowledge and skills identified in the Victorian Water Safety Certificate.
Katandra runs a school Tennis program which is facilitated by the HPE teacher. Katandra also engages with Elsternwick Park Tennis Centre, who run a tennis clinic every week on a Friday for an entire term to enhance on their skills and coordination. Our senior students also have the opportunity to attend a weekly tennis session at the Elsternwick Park Tennis Centre for the duration of a school term.