Specialist Programs

Newcomb Primary School provides specialist teaching in the areas of:






Kit Hyland is our talented and inspiring Art teacher and our students are lucky enough to have an Art lesson every Thursday.


The Newcomb Primary School Arts program encourages students to express themselves, to be creative and to use their imagination. Our program develops the appreciation of art and an exploration of well known artists.  Students learn about the principals of art and have the opportunities to develop their skills and technique.


The Arts program provides opportunities for painting, printmaking, collage, ceramics, scuplture and textiles.


Our school is regularly involved in art competitions and showcases student work at the Geelong Show.  we have an Annual Art Show which also showcases the brilliant work done by the Newcomb Primary Students.


Physical Education (PE)


At Newcomb Primary School we value a high quality, fun and engaging Physical Education Program.  All students at Newcomb Primary School participate in two sessions a week.  The P-2 sessions have one session of PE and one session of Perceptual Motor Program (PMP).  Years 3-6 students have one session of PE and one session of sport each week.  Our Physical Education specialist is Marion Perdrisat. 


We believe children need to develop the knowledge and skills to create an active and healthy lifestyle.  The curriculum is designed to develop fundamental movement skills and game tactics while increasing fitness levels, as well as the ability to work as part of a team.  Students explore a wide range of sports including basketball, netball, AFL, cricket, gymnastics, athletics, volleyball, soccer, tennis, soft ball, lawn bowls and hockey.


There are a number of additional sport experiences at Newcomb PS including:


  • Annual intensive swimming program.
  • Bike Education Program.
  • School Cross Country.
  • School Athletics Day.
  • Opportunities to compete at district, division, regional and state level.


Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)


At Newcomb Primary School students participate in a STEM session each week with our specialist Paul Noonan.  This subject area incorporates the learning areas of Mathematics, Science, Design and Technologies, Engineering, Digital Technologies, as well as cross-curricular capabilities such as ethical, critical and creative thinking.  Our students explore coding and robotics and utilise a range of technology.


Young children experience rapid brain development and acquire skills at a faster rate than at any other time in life.  Children have a natural curiosity to explore the world around them.  STEM provides opportunities to ask questions and seek answers about the world around them.  Building passion for, and developing, STEM skills in the early years can encourage children to feel positive and enthusiastic, leading to interest and achievement in this area later in life.


STEM requires children to: 

  • Ask questions.
  • Work together.
  • Think creatively.
  • Solve problems.
  • Explore and take calculated risks.
  • Test solutions to problems.
  • Discover new ways of doing things.




At Newcomb Primary School our chosen additional language is Auslan.  Auslan is Australian Sign Language and is a visual-spacial, natural language with its own grammar and vocabulary.  Auslan has linguistic elements, such as hand shapes (including orientation, location and movement), non-manual features (including eye gaze, facial expressions, arm, head and body postures) and finger spelling.  Auslan grammar is composed of precise hand shakes, facial expressions and body movemens that convey concrete and abstract information.  All classroom teachers provide Auslan education each week to their students.


Teaching and learning Auslan has many benefits for both deaf and hearing children including:

  • Enhancing children's educational and personal development.
  • Providing visual gestures to support verbal communication.
  • Increase memory retention and motion processing.
  • Stimulating brain development and mental flexibility.
  • Increasing enjoyment in communicating for both hearing and deaf children.