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Extra Programs at Macarthur PS

Mini blue jigsaw Music Tuition

Students at Macarthur primary School have access to music tuition on a weekly basis. A visiting qualified music tutor offers lessons to students in piano, guitar and recorder. A school recorder group receives weekly instruction.

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Mini green jigsaw Camps


The school offers an extensive camping program for students. Children in grades Prep, One and Two participate in a major excursion each year followed by a sleepover at school for the grades One and Two. A structured camping program is offered to students in grades 3 to 6. The program follows a biannual rotation so that all students experience all camping opportunities:

Macarthur Primary School Camping Program
GradeYears 1, 3Year 2
Prep, One, TwoExcursion
Ballarat Wildlife Park
Three and Four
Cape Bridgewater/Portland
Seal Boat Trip,
Codrington Wind Farm,
Portland Discovery Centre,
Petrified Forest, Blowholes.
Camp Cooriemungle
Bush camp Experience
Five and Six
Sovereign Hill CampMelbourne Camp/ Somers Camp

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Mini yellow jigsaw Clubs


Our school Clubs Program is offered in term three each year. Parents and community members are involved in running a wide range of arts, craft, and sport activities for our students. Look at our "Parent Involvement" page to see more information about our Clubs program.

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Mini red jigsaw Visiting Arts Performances


Each year the school organises a range of visiting arts performances to enrich student experiences. Performances and workshops include music, visiting authors, dance, storytelling.

Some highlights over recent years have included

2007 included a wonderful marimba workshop conducted over two days where students made marimbas, created music and rounded off with an impromptu outside concert for parents in our school amphitheatre.

2008 children experienced a visiting zoo with some close encounters with some amazing reptiles

2009 The Science of Yoyos Workshop combined a lively demonstration of yoyo skills with some hands-on scientific learning.

2010 The Billy Tea Bush Band visited in 2010 to help us celebrate the opening of our new multi-purpose room. Parents and community members joined the children for a very enjoyable lunch and bush dance.

Other visiting artists included a day of drums workshop with an African drummer which culminated in whole class performances with percussion instruments.

2011 A visiting puppet show explored the theme of "making friends". In term 4 all children participated in dance workshops and prepared dances to perform at our end of year concert.

2012 Visiting acrobats performed in our ampitheatre and captured the imagination of students and staff alike with their energetic performance and tricks.

2013 The planetarium visited Macarthur PS and children from Macarthur Kinder joined us for a truly magical "Space Experience".

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Mini pink jigsaw Auskick


Each year during term 2 parents are involved in running the Auskick program at Macarthur. The program runs for 10 weeks and is available to all students after school one night a week. Children learn football skills and have "footy" fun in a supportive environment.

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Mini purple jigsaw Active After School Communities Program


The Active After Schools Program was introduced in 2012 and is run by a group of trained community coaches and staff on Tuesday evenings and Friday afternoons for seven weeks each term. This is a free program and includes a wide range of sports with the aim of encouraging children to participate in more physical activity after school.

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Mini hot pink jigsaw Special Events


Macarthur Primary School students are always given opportunities to become involved in any special events happening in their town.

During 2007 Macarthur Primary School children participated in a very special event for the town. Macarthur celebrated its 150th Anniversary and all students at the school participated in the street parade. Visiting artist Maureen Fitzgerald worked with students producing banners and props for the procession. A fantastic experience for students on a memorable day for the town.

In 2009 the Great Victorian Bike Ride was a major event in November. Students were involved in the creation of banners and posters for the town to welcome the participants to their home town and community.

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