Jump Jam is a kids aerobic fitness program launched at South Ballajura Campus in 2013. Students of all fitness levels and abilities take part in fully choreographed, energising routines that allow them to increase their fitness whilst having fun to age appropriate music.
The movements involve patterning, repetition, cross body, fine motor and importantly, increased cardio fitness. Aerobic activity is proven to increase children’s learning abilities and enhances brain function at a fundamental level (Spark, the revolutionary science of exercise and the brain). Jump Jam is a perfect fit for this. Students love Jump Jam and want more. They feel successful, active, included and part of something that is truly important.
South Ballajura campus promotes healthy, active, happy children striving to be the best they can be. Jump Jam gives them all that and much more.
Our successful South Ballajura Signing Club has been performing both at school events and community events for almost ten years. The Signing Club offers a unique opportunity for students from our partner Primary School and the Education Support Centre to learn Auslan and perform together, representing the whole Campus. Students are taught to “key” sign upbeat and relevant songs for events.
Signing Club is voluntary for students to attend, however attendance is important in order to be invited to perform at our many events throughout the year. These include Harmony Day/Choirfest/Ballajura Community Fair and our super fun End of Year Performance.
Signing Club is held during lunchtime, and the sessions are engaging and fun whilst building the students’ confidence to perform in front of an audience.
Year 6 Mainstream Playlinks Monitors help run a variety of rotations and activities for ESC students to engage with and practice their social skills, turn taking, requesting and conversation. The focus for the Monitors is Active Citizenship demonstrating enthusiam and empathy when working with our special needs students.
Year 6 Monitors complete 3 compulsory training sessions and 1 optional training session.
Certificate One teaches Positive Behaviour Management, Certificate Two teachers Basic AUSLAN (Australian Sign Language), Certificate Three teaches How to Use Visuals for Communication and the optional Certificate 4 allows the Monitors to become Peer Tutors for the next group of Monitors. At the end of each training and demonstration of those skills when working with the ESC students, they receive recognition and a certificate of achievement at Assembly.
We introduced the Drumming Club at our school about 4 years ago during this time we have seen it grow from 10 students to almost 30 students.
The students learn drumming techniques and rhythm structure in a fun and easy way. One of the many benefits of our Drumming Club is our mainstream and Education Support Centre coming together as one, working together in harmony.
Students with communication difficulties, whether from disorders like autism or ADD, emotional or language problems drumming gives a voice to those who struggle with one of the most important life skills.
In Drumming we use five core elements:
- Core Rhythms – interlocking rhythm songs that promote teamwork
- Rhythm Games – having fun, promoting cooperation and understanding boundaries.
- Discussion – personal reflection and moral reasoning utilizing personal experience.
- Improvisation – building self confidence and key social skills.
- Our Performances – recognition and connection to the community, in turn giving them positive self-regard and positive regard and reappraisal from others.