At Marsden it is our vision to inspire, embrace and empower lifelong learning in all students by offering opportunities to enrich learning and develop skills required for the world beyond schooling. To support this vision, we offer a wide range of additional learning opportunities that extend and enrich the classroom curriculum through our variety of enrichment programs.
These programs include lunchtime and after school clubs, as well as a number of extra-curricular and tier 3 excellence programs. These programs comprise of academic and performance (dance/drama) competitions, public speaking challenges, sporting representative opportunities and ICT focused learning activities (e.g. robotics, First Lego League).
Below is a list of the enrichment opportunities currently on offer at Marsden State School
Movie Makers Club - Movie Makers Club is for Year 5 and Year 6 with an interest in movie making. Lunch breaks on Thursday's are dedicated to learning the skills of movie making, filming and critiquing movies (whilst we eat). The focus is on learning all the basics such as; shot types, sound, lighting, writing a script, storyboarding, camera gear, and editing. Experienced movie makers become the 'film crew' for school requested movies. We make real movies for real audiences. Finished movies are all viewable in the 'library' in Clickview. The ultimate goal of Movie Makers Club to leave primary school confident that we can continue to independently make movies outside of school.
Stem Club - Stem Club is an after-school club for years 5 and 6 students, run by staff on Thursday afternoons. The goal of STEM Club is to provide opportunities to be involved in STEM projects beyond the scope of what occurs in the classroom. Initially, we explore a range of STEM technologies so that we can develop some skills and understanding of what is available. We have started exploring Tinkercad, which allows users to create 3D objects which then can be printed on a 3D printer. We will then explore Cospaces which is a 3D online world, used to design and code 3D objects. This world can then be exported to VR goggles to experience the creations in 3D. Stem Club will also be exploring robotics, microbits and drones. Following this introduction, we would be looking to have students work on individual or small group projects, with the intention of attempting to solve a real-world problem.
Glee Club – Run during playtimes, Glee Club welcomes all students across years 2-6. Glee Club performs at a wide range of school functions across the year including academic awards parades and the annual school Christmas concert.
The Logan Schools' Maths Team Challenge - The Logan Schools' Maths Team Challenge is an opportunity for primary students to compete with other schools in the region and showcase their skills in solving mathematical problems.
The Logan Schools' Debating Competition - The Logan Schools' Debating Competition is an opportunity for primary students to compete with other schools in the region and showcase their development and presentation of arguments in a debating format. Students train together to enhance their skills and prepare for the competition.
The Logan Schools' Reading Competitions - The Logan Schools' Reading Competition is an opportunity for primary students to compete with other schools in the region and showcase their collaborative skills in a team environment and their love of reading by answering questions and developing book trailers.
FIRST LEGO League - An initiative and partnership with Marsden State High School, consisting of students participating in a team environment to develop solutions to really world problems. FIRST LEGO League introduces science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to children ages 4-16 through fun, exciting hands-on learning. FIRST LEGO League participants gain real-world problem-solving experiences through a guided, global robotics program, helping today's students and teachers build a better future together. This is an initiative to support student transition to Marsden State High School.
Master Classes - An initiative and partnership with Marsden State High School, consisting of Senior students and teachers of Maths and Science coming to our school to hold workshops of Maths and Science. This is an initiative to support student transition to Marsden State High School.
ENABLE Debating - An initiative and partnership with Marsden State High School, developing students' skills and arguments in debating. Students participate in training led by a High School Teacher. This is an initiative to support student transition to Marsden State High School.
Sport Enhancement Program - An initiative and partnership Marsden State High School, enhancing students' athletic abilities. The program is conducted over a school year with an opportunity for students from Year 4 to Year 6 to attend. This is an initiative to support student transition to Marsden State High School's sporting excellence.