Spanish Bilingual Immersion Program


What is a Bilingual Immersion Program?
In a bilingual program students do some of their normal classes in both English and another language. It is a type of immersion learning. There are currently a small number of primary schools offering bilingual education in Victoria and certainly no nearby schools currently offering bilingual Spanish.

What does learning look like at NPS?
At Newlands the curriculum is delivered both through Spanish and English. The students currently undertake Literacy and Numeracy both in English and in Spanish. As Spanish was introduced to Newlands in 2016 the students are currently at different stages of the Immersion journey, however all year levels currently undertake Spanish Literacy and Mathematics lessons every day.

Each cohort has English classroom teachers and Spanish classroom teachers who grade share. That means that your child will be taught by more than one teacher; an English classroom teacher and a Spanish classroom teacher. The English teachers are responsible for delivering parts of the Victorian Curriculum for Literacy and Numeracy in English and the Spanish classroom teachers are responsible for delivering parts of the Victorian Curriculum for Literacy and Numeracy in Spanish.

The Literacy and Numeracy lessons are conducted in Spanish 90-100% of the time. We use a method of teaching and learning called Content Language Integrated Learning (CLIL).

Why Spanish?

Spanish has the second highest number of native speakers worldwide and is one of the most widely understood languages in the world. Spanish is spoken by over 400 million people in over 20 different countries across four continents. Spanish is the official language of most of Latin America. It is also widely spoken in Israel, Morocco, the Philippines, and the United States of America, where 40 million people are native Spanish speakers. It is also one of the six official languages of the United Nations.

At Newlands Primary School most of our Grade 6 students attend the local neighbouring secondary school, Coburg High School. By offering the same language as Coburg High School it maximises the likelihood that our students will be able to continue their language studies to secondary and, possibly, tertiary level.

Why Learn Spanish? Department of Education

Benefits of Bilingual Education

Bilingual education has been shown to have many benefits for students and school communities. Students who undertake bilingual education have been shown to perform at above average levels on English and Mathematics. It also leads to increased understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity.

Science World Report – 31 August 2013. The age at which children learn a new language can have a significant impact on the adult brain structure.
(2011) – A research report outlining the benefits of language learning for the individual, community and society. It contains key messages for school leaders, teachers, parents, students and the broader community about the importance of languages learning and what makes an ‘excellent’ language program.


Curriculum Statements

All curriculum planning is completed using the Victorian Curriculum guidelines.

Student Reports

Written Student reports are prepared twice a year. Parent/Teacher interviews regarding your child’s progress are conducted at mid year. You will be notified when these are due to be held and will be asked to indicate an appropriate appointment time during our online booking system.

Parents are welcome to make a time to meet with their child’s teacher at any time during the year. Parents can arrange to meet with teachers to discuss any matters of concern throughout the year.



Specialist Programs


All students attend a weekly art lesson. Our talented art teacher runs an exciting and well planned program. We hold a school art show every second year. Our next art show will be in 2017. Bianca, our visual arts teacher keeps an Art blog with the activities the students have been undertaking. The blog can be accessed at the following link:

Performing Arts

Performing Arts Our Performing Arts program focuses on three key areas; Drama, Dance and Music. Each grade participates in a 100-minute session of Performing Arts each week. This allows us to develop and build upon student’s skills in Dance, Music and Drama consistently throughout the year. We also offer a range of extra curricular programs that support our Performing Arts Program including; Musical Futures for 3-6 students, School Rock Band, Performance Group, Dance Clubs and the School Choir. We are lucky enough to have access to a large multi-purpose room as well as an instrumental music room.

Visual Arts

All students attend a weekly visual art session. Our talented art teacher runs an exciting and well planned program. We hold a school art show every second year. Our next art show will be in 2017. Bianca, our visual arts teacher keeps an Art blog with the activities the students have been undertaking. The blog can be accessed at the following link:

Physical Education

Our Physical Education program is a 50-minute session each week. Students develop their fundamental motor skills in a variety of activities and game focuses. We offer a range of additional programs to help support and extend our physical education program such as; weekly house sport tournaments for the senior school and a Perceptual Motor Program for the junior school. We also access outside expertise in swimming and gymnastics.




Students are provided with an opportunity to borrow books from the school library each week. They can also visit the library on Mondays and Wednesdays at lunchtime and after school to return and borrow books. We are fortunate to have a committed group of parents and friends who give their time to take care of our resources and open our library for our students to access.. Teaching staff are regular lunchtime visitors to the library to read stories to the children.

Perceptual Motor Program

The Perceptual Motor Program is designed to develop balance, fitness, co-ordination, motor skills, body and spatial awareness. Some activities include; obstacle courses, throwing and catching beanbags and balls, balancing on soft beams and stepping stones, walking on stilts, crawling through tunnels, kicking to a given target, skipping and solving movement challenges in small groups.


Technology Program

All students in Years 2 to 6 have access to an individual iPad or Windows Laptop.



Newlands Primary School uses the internet as a teaching and learning tool. We see the internet and mobile technology as valuable resources, but acknowledge they must be used responsibly.

The program is designed so that:

Teachers and students fully utilize the large range of educational applications available on the iPad.

Teachers and students use the iPad to work collaboratively on projects across all key learning areas.

Families of students who use their own iPad have the chance to better manage their Home Learning (this will apply only for families of students who engage in the BYOD option on offer).

Teachers and students capture their learning through video, audio and scanning and can be displayed instantly on the Interactive Whiteboard. Teachers store curriculum, planning and assessment documents online in order for them to be accessed within seconds.

Students create Digital Portfolio’s linked to learning goals uploaded instantly through programs like Stile Education that are accessible to Teachers, Students and Parents.

“It’s one of the most compelling school-change interventions we have seen in decades, but it isn’t about 1-to-1 devices – it’s about what students do when they have full-time access to powerful learning tools, the same tools found in offices and on the desks of professionals in all fields.’ … and yes, above all there is growing evidence that 1-to-1 programs offer teachers a unique pedagogical medium for enhancing learning within their classrooms. Though much harder to articulate or define than the previous drivers, this is potentially the most powerful. In mathematics in can be a bridge from the concrete to the abstract, particularly through the use of simulations; it can scaffold learning such that complex ideas are made more accessible, it can offer students a medium for communication and collaboration that had previously not been thought possible. The goal of technology is not just to enable access to information, but to collaborate with others in creating something new and useful.”

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Extra-Curriculum Activities


School Choir

Our school choir meets once a week during lunchtime. Our choir is for students from Foundation to Grade 6.

School Bands

We have two school bands. Students are asked to audition for the bands. Our junior band meets during lunchtime once a week  to develop the skills needed to work with others to perform within a group. Our senior school band meet after school once a week. Whilst continuing to focus on performance, composition skills becomes a major element as well. The group have performed both at school and local events this year.

School Dance Groups

We have two school dance groups that meet once a week. Our first group is for students from Foundation to Grade 2 and the second group is for students in Grades 3-6. These dance groups are open to any student who wishes to be involved.

Music lessons at Newlands Primary in 2018

There is a thriving music program at NPS with lessons in piano/keyboard, violin, ukulele, drums, bass/acoustic/electric guitar. If your child is interested in starting up music lessons next year, contact the teachers listed below to book in.

Piano/keyboard is on Mondays with Rachel.  You can contact her directly via email at

Violin is on Tuesdays with Renee.  Students are generally grouped into pairs of students at a similar level and have a 30 min lesson priced at $20 per student per lesson. Private lessons for 20 and 30 minutes are also available.  Renee has a limited number of violins available to hire for an additional fee. This is quite a useful option if your child is beginning the instrument for the first time.  To find out more, to see Renee’s impressive resume, or to book in, contact her directly Email: Phone: 0402 307 370

Piano/keyboard and ukulele on Wednesdays with Kyra.  Group lessons of two are $15 and individual lessons are $25 For more information, or to book in, contact Kyra directly. Email or 0410 772 070

Ukulele, bass, acoustic/electric guitar and drums are on Wednesdays with Pat.  Lessons cost $15 for a 25 min group lesson, with children at a similar level, or $25 for a 25 min individual lesson. To find out more and read his colourful resume, or to book in, contact him directly. Email  Phone 0404 395 078

If you have any other inquires about the instrumental music program at Newlands Primary please contact Melisa Chabierski  – or 0407 934 525

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